As online ESL teaching has become more common over the past years; almost exponentially so in 2020, students have more choices. With their choice of teachers and companies, students need to be able to see something different in you and how you manage the class. Moreover, if you want to keep them, they’ll need to […]
Due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, most industries, if not all, have shifted from physical operations to online setups.
Within just a few months, the outbreak has affected at least 185 countries and 10.4 million individuals all around the world. To slow down and contain the spread of the virus, several regions from different nations called for lockdowns and travel bans. Governments around the world prohibited large physical gatherings, physical stores and establishments closed, and public transportation halted. People were forced to stay at home and, as a result, economic activities significantly reduced. Read more
Just as people are learning English from home, so too, companies are hiring ESL teachers to work from home. As home-based online ESL teaching jobs become increasingly more common, companies are giving a lot of effort to recruit and screen new hires. One of the first places this begins is with your resume. In today’s blog, we’ll show you how to prepare a resume that shines brighter than others. So, continue reading to learn more about what you should be focusing on and highlighting in your ESL teacher resume. Read more
As online teaching has become increasingly more popular and convenient, the demand for good quality teachers is rising. You can cover quality training with a certificate course from OnTESOL, but the interviewing part is something you’ll need to work on to get the job. But, we’ve prepared a few tips below on how you can be better prepared for an interview with an online ESL company for a home-based ESL teaching position. Read more
With so much emphasis in the ESL industry on teaching young learners. It might be time for us to consider teaching older people. They may not always be the students we want to teach, but they are still customers just the same. And, they’re still fellow humans with hopes, dreams and aspirations. So, if we’re not thinking of how to serve them better, we may lose them.
It may not happen often, but if you teach adults online for long, you’ll probably encounter a lesson with elderly folks—people over 65, and even in their 80s, and possibly 90s (yes, I’ve taught such classes). In my experience, teaching seniors isn’t uncommon. And what I’ve noticed, is that they need a little more care than the average student. They can come across as shy, quiet, and non-participative, perhaps because we fail to realize the dynamics involved with teaching them.
Our blog today will give you a few pointers on how to manage elderly students in your online ESL classes. These tips are not meant to stereotype older learners but to be used as general rules of practice when teaching them. Read more
The International English Language Testing System, otherwise known as the IELTS is one of, if not the most popular English proficiency test out there. As such, it’s a common lesson among university and adult ESL learners who want to live, study, or work abroad. The IELTS consists of four sections:
reading, writing, listening and speaking. Read more
As far back as I can remember I had a passion for the intricacies of the English language. I think my ‘love affair’ with the English language began when my first-grade teacher invited me to become a ‘reading helper’. It was in this position that I helped my peers gain confidence and competence in phonics and then onto basic reading mechanics.
Have you ever taught a speaking class where you distributed textual conversation starters but it seemed your students didn’t really know what to say? If you’ve experienced this before I have a simple three-level approach called progressive questioning to get ESL students speaking.
In today’s blog, we’ll look at ways to create systematic questions so you can be more interactive and methodical with your students. In this article, I break down Progressive questioning into three levels and it’s as easy as 1-2-3. Read more
As a teacher, how do you handle dialogues when you encounter them in ESL textbooks? Do you brush past them thinking, no one talks like that? Do you think they’re irrelevant to learning? Are your learners just reading them like text from a book? Or do you use them as effective tools that can provide opportunities to use English in realistic ways? Today’s blog will show you how you can view dialogues differently then use them to help English language learners develop greater fluency. Read more
Many times I’ve taught conversation classes where English language learners were so silent you could hear a pin drop. If it’s been your experience too, we’ll show you how to change that. We’ve prepared a planned conversation lesson strategy for you to use. Read more