New Course: How to Become an Online ESL / EFL Teacher

There have been a lot of changes over the summer! Don’t miss this video update on the changes in my online training programs. Online Tutor Launchpad starts October 20th! It is a business development course that leads you through the same process I did (without wasting time on the mistakes I made). By mastering five concepts, I went from having …

A Beginner’s Guide to Teaching Online, Part 2: Screen sharing

This is Part 2 of 3 in the series. If you missed Part 1, click here. I’ve been teaching private online lessons for TOEFL iBT since 2010. By 2012, I left local schools and earned 100% of my income from teaching online lessons. Below, I’m comparing Skype, Zoom, and Wiz IQ to see how they differ in terms of their functionality to ‘share …

What I told this new online teacher…

8 September 2015 Today I talked with a teacher who wants to start up her own website — an independent platform that becomes her bread and butter. Ideally, something that can bring in enough to sustain her, full-time. I told her that the first major action step she needs to take is establish how serious her intention is and SET …

A Beginner’s Guide to Teaching Online, Part 1

I’ve been teaching private online lessons for TOEFL iBT since 2010. By 2012, I had left local schools and was earning 100% of my income from teaching online lessons. There are a lot of questions about which of the many platforms – Skype, Google Hangout, WizIQ, Join.Me, Go to Meeting – is best for teaching online. Let me tell you …

How To Double Your ESL Wages

This is article 3 of 6 in the series: How (& Why) to Teach  Exams. If you’re an ESL teacher, I bet you could do with some extra money each month.  Let me walk you through the same simple process that my business mentor took me through back in 2010.  Making these shifts doesn’t happen immediately or get results tomorrow — …

How to Find 6 Exams Students to Practice Teaching

This is article 4 of 6 in the series, How (& Why) to Teach Exams.  To become a really effective exams teacher, you need to practice.  A lot.  A whole lot.  You basically just need to follow the same process that brought you the sense of confidence about teaching other things.  Below you’ll find advice about how to fill your schedule …

Love a good challenge? These ESL classes are for you.

This is article 2 of 6 in the series: How (& Why) to Teach  Exams. There are some people who like to splash around in the shallow end where life is safe.  Others of us head straight for the deep end.  It’s the thrill, right?  For me, it’s definitely the thrill. My love of risk was why I moved to Turkey …

5 Reasons Teaching TOEFL Makes Me Happy

This is article 1 of 6 in the series How (& Why) to Teach Exams. It was January 2010 in Izmir, Turkey.  I was sitting at a conference table with my first-ever private student for TOEFL iBT lessons.  She had already taken TOEFL iBT a couple of times and the senior teachers at my school declared she had reached her highest speaking score. …

The Face of Virtual ELT (ep1) “Learner Coach” vs. “Teacher”

When your ESL students aren’t excited about English, it’s hard for you to be excited, either.  That’s why I knew I had to share two really important teacher trainers with you.  I met Daniel Barber and Duncan Foord at the Innovate ELT conference and I asked them to do an interview with me for my new series, The Face of Virtual ESL.  You …

Why online teaching liberates ESL teachers

During one of the mini-plenaries at Innovate ELT 2015, in Barcelona, Spain, Duncan Foord referenced a fear in the industry: that EdTech will render teachers obsolete. Nothing could be further from the truth, and I say that with five years of experience teaching ESL online, and three years of sourcing 100% of my income from private Skype exams lessons for …