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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 …

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. …

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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 – …