The 5-step Map to Teaching ESL Online

Everyone seems to be doing something online, but is it going to be an effective website that brings you the income that you need? I’ve seen what happened to someone who had a decade on me (in terms of teaching experience) invest a bunch of time, energy and money creating a website for students that did absolutely nothing. Loads of …

Stop Wasting Energy on Pointless ESL Lesson Plans

Whether you have enough creative energy to guarantee you’ll be whittling or knitting on your deathbed, like me — or especially if you don’t have that much creative energy — you should choose to teach a specific type of English lesson to a specific type of student. How “Yes” chewed me up and spit me out When I stopped working …

How to pass Delta Module 1

I got my results last night! I passed Delta’s Module 1 test the first time. If I hadn’t been teaching TOEFL for so long, I’m not sure how I would have done on Module 1. Honestly, I just turned a lot of the same strategies that I use when I coach my TOEFL students on myself. I imagined that I …

Get students to choose you (before they even meet you)

Most freelance teachers and private tutors find it really hard to get new students or a full schedule. It can take so much effort to find out what your students want, explain how you can help — and then the ultimate pain is that after you’ve already spent all that time with them (for free!) students try to negotiate your …

Are you ready to teach ESL online? [Quiz]

It seems like the hot new buzz is online ESL lessons. A mobile, ultra-lightweight lifestyle fueled by a magic pixelated money machine and multinational lessons that cross time zones. Flexible work schedules and fabulous students that let you focus on the things that matter to you… How sweet the dream is! Wonder how well-suited you are to teach ESL online? …

Invest in the Right Professional Set-Up

I taught my first online lesson in 2010.  Last I checked, I’ve taught well over 1,000 lesson hours of online TOEFL lessons.  This doesn’t include all the other consultations I’ve given, or time I’ve spent making teaching videos for my programs. I’m just a digital girl in my self-made digital world. Over the years, I have learned a lot about …

5 Tips from my DELTA Module 1 Exam

I survived my Module 1 test last week.  I have to wait to get those results, but here are my observations of tips to pay attention to at DELTA.  If I have to do it again, I’ll be following my own advice below… 1. Do a lot of timed practice. Keep your eye on the clock. I did a bit …

10 Tips: Satisfy Students with Great Skype Lessons

Note: I now use Zoom — if you still use Skype, this article could help you — but for the article on Zoom, please click here. When you use Skype to talk to your family and friends, I’m sure that you feel comfortable, right?  But what about for teaching? Let me share some of the most important things you can …

How I learned to love my captor (Delta, Module 1)

Today, my cohort (or rather, the lambs who are steadying their nerves and preparing their necks for the chopping block) took a DELTA practice test for Module 1 today.  The mood was grim: Faces were drawn. Notebooks were returned to bags without any joie de vivre. Sighs were audible. I was extremely cautious as I used the cryptic guideline answers …

A Breadcrumb Trail through the Digital ESL Forest

When I signed up to do Module 1 of DELTA, I had trepidation.  My bricks of flashcards indicate it was a valid concern and my level of success at getting them to stick in my mind is questionable. What I didn’t expect was that Module 1 would catalyze my enthusiastic discovery of the huge digital world of ESL.  I’ve just …