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Who else are you besides an “ESL teacher”?

When I was doing my CELTA, our trainers would teach sample lessons for us. Once, one of them got in front of a fresh group of 10 learners, went into character and did a sort of dancing, air-bongo thing while he drilled the rhythmic patterns of target language. He kept them completely focused and got them to perfectly echo him …

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How to Teach Exams Starts Soon

I started developing the teachers-only training course How to Teach Exams course in 2014, after I had already created three self-study programs for TOEFL iBT (which are still quite popular in the online TOEFL student community)… In 2017, there is only one session of the How to Teach Exams training, which starts on May 2nd. I have not decided when …

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How I Got Students When I Had No Reputation

Students come to me for help with TOEFL iBT because they need all kinds of things — most of which they don’t even know they should be asking for. They need something as reliable as Google Maps GPS navigation, a project manager, a tutor who understands the nooks and crannies of English, and a system for shifting their accent patterns. …

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5 Specs Every Online Teacher’s Computer Should Have

When I started my first website and online presence to teach TOEFL iBT in 2010, I started with the computer I had brought with me to Turkey: a teeny-tiny Gateway netbook. The keyboard was really cramped and the screen was about 10 inches. I had never been the type of person who looked at the “specs” (specifications) for any computer …

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Use Zoom for Effective Online Lessons

Previously, I shared A Beginner’s Guide to Teaching Online with you. You may remember that I raved about Zoom. I enthusiastically recommend it if you need to do any of the following: Zoom, all the way. Let me save you from falling into the rabbit hole of video conferencing and webinar options. Many of them are either extremely expensive (about …

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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 …

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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 …

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Teaching ESL when the World is out of Control

I have been wanting to share something with you, but… I was afraid to share it. Last week, I wrote the email, but I couldn’t click send. Because I was afraid my message would get misinterpreted as nothing more than doom and gloom. Then, however, I had a conversation with a teacher friend I haven’t heard from in a long, …

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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 …

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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 …