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 …

How to Find 6 Exams Students to Practice Teaching

This is article 4 of 6 in the series, How (& Why) to Teach Exams.  To become a really effective exams teacher, you need to practice.  A lot.  A whole lot.  You basically just need to follow the same process that brought you the sense of confidence about teaching other things.  Below you’ll find advice about how to fill your schedule …

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 …

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. …

The Face of Virtual ELT (ep1) “Learner Coach” vs. “Teacher”

When your ESL students aren’t excited about English, it’s hard for you to be excited, either.  That’s why I knew I had to share two really important teacher trainers with you.  I met Daniel Barber and Duncan Foord at the Innovate ELT conference and I asked them to do an interview with me for my new series, The Face of Virtual ESL.  You …

Why online teaching liberates ESL teachers

During one of the mini-plenaries at Innovate ELT 2015, in Barcelona, Spain, Duncan Foord referenced a fear in the industry: that EdTech will render teachers obsolete. Nothing could be further from the truth, and I say that with five years of experience teaching ESL online, and three years of sourcing 100% of my income from private Skype exams lessons for …

I’m presenting “The Future of Online ESL Teaching”

Amazing news!  So I spent Friday through Tuesday at the IATEFL conference in Manchester, England and I met the amazing committee who gave me the Online Teaching Scholarship (so that I could attend for free).  I could literally talk your ear off about everything that happened at IATEFL but… Here’s the coolest thing… It turns out that there’s another conference …

7 Ways to Boost Energy & Connect with Students from Ken Wilson

Day 1 of IATEFL, Manchester — Ken Wilson didn’t accept our “Good morning” since it was, admittedly, devoid of energy. We sounded a bit like a car trying to start so he kept at us until we sounded sufficiently alive. It was a welcome change from the typical presenters who just get up and induce an audience-wide coma within moments — …

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IATEFL Manchester, Day Minus 1

Today was the “pre-SIG” (pre-conference, special interest group).  I was in a packed session led by Simon Borg who discussed strategies for how to make teacher training sessions more effective.  Simon skillfully guided about 70 of us through a series of questions, concepts and strategies.  The day literally flew by, it was so engrossing.  I left just brimming with ideas for Online Teacher …

IATEFL, Manchester, Day Minus 2

I got into Manchester tonight.  Navigating the London underground and not missing the coach for Manchester required some Olympics-worthy-suitcase-dragging-while-running on my part.  haha   So to finally be here is quite a relief. I had plenty of time on the bus for some soul-searching and I got clear that I really have three main goals in attending: First, I’m incredibly grateful to Stephen …