30 Skills Every Online Teacher Should Have

I’ve taught full time online since 2012, but I officially got started back in 2010. Depending on my schedule, I teach 3 to 5 hours online per day. Most of what I do is one-to-one tutoring, but I do also teach groups. Now that my team of online teachers at English Success Academy has expanded considerably, I’m seeing over and …

Information Session for “How to Teach Exams”

Last week, I was hosting an information session for “How to Teach Exams” and I want to share some of the highlights of the webinar with you:   We had over 15 teachers beam in from Italy, Brazil, Poland, the UK and the US. Some of them have experience with teaching ESL exams, while others are pursuing a career change …

At the ELTons 2016

In early June, the ELTons award ceremony was generously put on by British Council and I was lucky enough to be there. (If you haven’t heard of the ELTons before, it’s an annual event that celebrates authors and material writers in a variety of areas. The categories for awards are Excellence in Course Innovation, Innovation in Learner Resources, Innovation in …

Should ESL Exam Tutors Take the Test, Too?

Have you ever used Google Maps on your smart phone? Or some form of satellite navigation? Even if you haven’t, you probably know the concept. You type in a destination and a starting point, and you get routes. I love knowing exactly what to do whenever I’m going to an unfamiliar place. If a sat nav gave vague directions like, “In …

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. …

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. …

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 (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 ...