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 — …

Real Feedback about Online Teacher Launchpad

I recently asked Sally G., one of the teachers who is going through the Online Teacher Launchpad for TOEFL iBT, to answer some questions about her experience.  Her responses are below.   1.  What was frustrating or unsatisfying about your previous position teaching English that made you want to do the Online Teacher Launchpad for TOEFL iBT? There honestly just isn’t …

Trustworthy Tax Advice for Online ESL Teachers

Disclaimer: When I lived in Turkey, reputable tax advice never came from the local FB group of expats.  What is true for one expat is different for another.  I am not an accountant or a lawyer. Consult one.  See the recommendations below to get on the right track. “So I finally got a hold of my accountant and it turns out …

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 …

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 …

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 …