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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 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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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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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 – …

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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 ...

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 …

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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 — …

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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 …

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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. …