This Year’s Schedule: How to Teach Exams & Online Tutor Launchpad

Looking for a way to burnish your CV and stand out from the crowd? Scroll down to read about the two programs I’ll be leading in the rest of the year. Develop expertise and authority (locally or online) as a top-notch exams teacher. Also, if you are interested in teaching online with English Success Academy, this is a necessary first step. …

When ESL Teachers Blend In…

I’m a member of a Facebook group for IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language). In December, 2015, I made an open poll and asked “What kind of class is your first preference to teach?” I waited until almost 60 teachers answered before making the pie chart below. I’ll be the first to admit that this data may …

Teacher’s Experience in How to Teach Exams

In the following interview, Laura Woods, who holds an MA in Linguistically Diverse Education and a TEFL Certificate, talks with Jaime Miller about her choice to enroll in the How to Teach Exams course, as well as the impact of the course on her students’ scores and Laura’s own view of herself as a teacher.  The Full Interview 00:00 – …

Peer Review of the Digital Reference for How to Teach Exams

Peer Review of the Digital Reference for How to Teach ExamsJessica Beck holds an MA in Applied Linguistics (2002), created the first teacher certification course in Taiwan (2005) and is currently the Director of IELTS Training for All Ears English. The following is her guest post and peer review of How to Teach Exams, an online certification run by English ...

Setting Up the Ideal Home Office to Teach ESL Online

I’ve lived and traveled in 5 cities in the last 12 months — and I still managed to teach ESL online. I average 18 hours of Skype lessons per week and 3 hours of teacher training. Since I’ve been in temporary housing for all this time, I’ve had to get creative about how I maintain a professional presence on camera. …

Showcasing Effective Success Stories

The question I get asked over and over again is, “How do I get students?” I’ve earned 100% of my income from online lessons since 2012, taught online since 2010 and self-published 3 digital courses that learners buy and use through my own school’s website. Now I’m training a team of highly-qualified teachers. Whatever you do, I’m sure we have …

IATEFL 2016: How to Fix Fossilized Errors

How to Fix Fossilized Errors: A Lesson Sequence Do your students need extremely accurate spontaneous speaking for work or studies? Join me and discover a step-by-step lesson plan that destabilizes old errors (pronunciation, grammar or vocabulary) and embeds correct usage. The technique has helped my students increase TOEFL iBT speaking scores from 23-24 to 26-28 (IELTS 7.0-7.5 to 8.0-8.5). You …

The Face of Virtual ELT (ep3) The Life of an IELTS Podcast Creator

I interviewed Jessica Beck, an ELT materials creator of 3 Keys IELTS, podcast co-host and IELTS expert. We talked about her experience teaching exams, working at home (she's a mom!), and creating content for her podcasts and online course. If you're short on time, click open the video table of contents below and jump forward to the topics you want ...

The Face of Virtual ELT (ep2) How to Get ESL Students Online

Nicola Prentis, ELT materials writer and prolific blogger interviewed Jaime Miller about her experience teaching ESL online. Nicola asks about how Jaime keeps her schedule full of motivated students, as well as her opinion on how women in ELT can step out of their comfort zone. Video Table of ContentsUse the time stamps and Nicola's questions below to navigate the ...

A Beginner’s Guide to Teaching Online, Part 3: Sharing materials

This is part 3 of 3 in the series. Click here if you missed Part 1 and here for Part 2. The elements that we discussed in the previous articles were the technology you need to bridge the distance between you and the student. Now we turn to what you actually teach. Your content. Your material. Online teachers need supporting material that is …