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10 steps to becoming an online English teacher

Here’s your ultimate cheat sheet to becoming an online English teacher. It’s a step-by-step guide of how to get your first paying student quickly. Of course, it’s only one approach, and other successful online teachers may have their own ways,

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Put student language at the heart of your online lessons with the reformulation approach

The Reformulation Lesson

How can you help your student improve their English rapidly, and ensure that your lessons are focussed on their needs, wants and interests? How can you do this, and save planning and resourcing time? Here’s a great approach known as

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10 things you can do with one student that you can’t do with a class: the magic of one-to-one

The magic of one-to-one

How is one-to-one teaching different to teaching a group of students? Most online teachers teach on a one-to-one basis,¬†and it’s a totally different ballgame to teaching groups of students such as those you’d find in a classroom. In this article

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How much bandwidth do you need to teach online?

How much bandwidth does Skype need?

One concern understandably raised by people considering teaching English online is whether or not their Internet connection is going to be fast enough. You don’t want to go to all the trouble of finding a student and preparing a lesson

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Teaching Unplugged Activities for the Online English Teacher (Part One)

In my time teaching in language school classrooms, it’s always been a common sight to see teachers staggering into classrooms armed with piles of photocopied worksheets, laminated cards, DVDs and, increasingly, trays full of iPads – this in classrooms in

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Simon’s Cat: lesson ideas

Just been reading Larry Ferlazzo’s excellent English language teaching blog and one post that jumped out for me was using Simon’s Cat videos in your lessons (actually I found his blog because I was Googling this topic!) Simon’s Cat is

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Buy the The Online English Teacher

The Online English Teacher

Available now, The Online English Teacher eBook, containing everything the current or aspiring online English teacher needs to know. How to set up your computer for online English teaching How to find students How to get paid How to teach

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How to use IDroo (Part 1)

IDroo is a great whiteboard for using online with your student. Here’s a quick video outlining its basic tools. Here’s a quick demonstration of IDroo’s drawing and moving tools. http://youtu.be/Sj6FKuS2Zzc

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Needs Analysis

Needs Analysis

Doing a needs analysis helps you find out about what your student wants to do with English, what their language needs are and what they are interested in. Click on the link below to find an interview template. You can

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Why teach online?

English teachers have been supplementing their income by taking on private students for as long as there have been private students. Teachers usually do this because their income from teaching English in a school is so low. When you teach

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