Staples of an ESL Teacher’s Bookshelf

Andrea and I had an hour to kill at the Seoul bus terminal before heading back to Cheongju, which worked out very nicely because I’d told her about Bandi and Luni’s bookshop and was keen to have a wander through the shelves with her while nerding out about literature.

And indeed that’s exactly what we did.

As I’ve mentioned after my last visit to Bandi and Luni’s, it’s hard to come across English books. Being one of the indispensable resources for a teacher wanting to incorporate literature into their lessons, it becomes tricky to find out where to get your hands on them.

My favourite book buying station to date has been, kind of like a Korean Amazon if it were just for books. I haven’t actually bought anything off there yet, but I’ve been slowly accumulating titles in my online shopping cart. It’s been intimidating to buy anything off the internet here, though mostly I think my bank account is afraid once the seal has been broken…

Luckily for me, during this trip to B&L’s, I actually managed to find two of the books I was looking for without having to delve down that deep, dark hole of fiscal self-destruction.

imageI’ve been wanting to incorporate Shel Silverstein poems into my classes for ages. For my grade 5’s and 6’s, I feel there are enough short, easy poems that they’d really enjoy a chance for some whimsical fun.

As for Hop on Pop…well, maybe not an obvious choice, since this is one of the few books of my childhood that always gave me an uneasy-queasy feeling when listening to my bright pink cassette recording and following along to the words with my finger. Dr. Seuss is a trip and a half.

But I still want to use some parts of it though for my new kindergarten classes I’ll be teaching (as of – SURPRISE – tomorrow…I’m writing up a post about this, but decided I better give it some space lest it come out embittered and cranky). It’s nice and simple and the rhymes can’t be beat.

Anyway, Andrea found a book for herself to read too – one that I bought on my kobo at recommendation from a coworker at Indigo before I left.

I’m excited to hear what she thinks of it. I might just add it to my up-next list…if I find time to finish Dune. I haven’t even finished Eat Pray Love yet…


And on that note, I’m out to jam some tunes (aka jam my fingers in the string in the attempt to make some tunes).

2 thoughts on “Staples of an ESL Teacher’s Bookshelf

  1. So ❤ the first illustration on this blog. Yeah I get that fiscal self-destruction sentiment where books are concerned.
    So play on ! young Jedi !


  2. Makes you understand the financing some of your elementary school teachers put into their private classroom libraries, eh? That was partly why they were willing to go through the trouble of processing orders for Scholastic…they would get books in return…which they often gifted to the students at year end.


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