Leandra King - EFL Teacher, Writer

Leandra King has always wanted to combine teaching with entrepreneurship and has found the perfect way to do this as a teacherpreneur.  Find out why she hired people to help with the launch of her new book The Culture Sensitive Handbook and what she says about the value of networking online and collaborating with others in complementary niches.


Leandra can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I currently run English with Leandra where I help non-native expats learn how to fit in with their native English-speaking colleagues and friends by teaching them the culture behind the English language regarding politeness, social English such as small talk and everyday language functions.

How long have you been teaching?

I’d love to say since I was about 7. Haha. My teachers would always put me to help the weaker students in the class and I loved helping them along. But on a serious note, I’ve been teaching since 2013.

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Daria Storozhilova - EFL Teacher, Digital Product Designer

Find out why Daria Storozhilova decided to develop a digital product.  Read what she has to say about perfectionism in business and the benefits of being a non-native speaker.  Daria also took time out of her busy day to record a podcast with me.  Go to https://soundcloud.com/user-819463124/interview-with-daria-storozhilova

1. Daria, thank you for taking time out from your busy day for this interview.  Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I have two contracts with IT companies as their corporate English teacher. I teach the staff of these companies online. I also have a couple of students from italki.com and some private students. So, it's about 20 teaching hours a week, all of them online.

2. How long have you been teaching?

It's been 16 years now. The number increases every year and scares me. I got my first student in my last year at university, and have been teaching non-stop since that time. I worked in two language schools, then...

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Mark Bartholomew - EFL Teacher, World Traveller and Website Designer

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Mark Bartholomew is the Director and Co-Founder at ReadListenLearn Ltd. Find out why Mark believes that reading is the most important activity in developing language skills and why he partnered with Simon Dalton to develop their website.

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

At the moment, I am teaching part time in Istanbul, Turkey. It is a city I know quite well and have taught in before. Most of my work is private lessons.

How long have you been teaching?

Nearly thirty years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I don’t really have a typical teaching day as it depends on the needs of my students and their schedules. Some days I leave home before 8 in the morning and get back at 11 at night, having travelled to many different parts of the city. On other days, I get up at the same time and develop my website www.readlistenlearn.net or try to promote it on social media. There is no weekend either as social media has a very short shelf life and a...

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Maha Hassan - EFL Teacher, Teacher Trainer and Training Company Owner

Maha Hassan feels that teachers have a lot to give beyond the borders of classrooms and schools.  Read about her innovative ideas for teacher professional development in Egypt and find out what she believes is the secret to success as a teacherpreneur.

Maha can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I used to teach Preparatory, Secondary students and Adults for more than 30 years in different language schools and language centres.  I have trained teachers in different schools for more than 17 years. I am still working as a Teacher Trainer and Teacherpreneur in Egypt.

How long have you been teaching?

For more than 30 years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

A teaching day usually starts the night before when you had to go through the lesson at hand, prepare the lesson plan and materials to be used. You may also do some correcting late at night. The next day, the day may start with a morning class or two and ends with you as a teacher running...

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Katy Simpson - EFL Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Online School Owner, Writer

Katy Simpson has developed online resources that focus on a specific niche.  Find out how Katy used feedback to improve her resources and why she asked for advice from people outside the ELT field.

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I'm based in Thailand but since taking the plunge to go freelance I'm often travelling. In 2016, I set up an online school for speakers of International English, called My English Voice http://myenglishvoice.com/ I publish self-study listening lessons featuring speakers from around the world, aimed at developing learners’ ability to understand a wider range of accents than you find in most coursebooks. I also offer lessons in communication skills using Skype, with groups of learners from different first language backgrounds.

How long have you been teaching?

I've been teaching for seven years, in the UK, Dubai, and Thailand. Before that, I worked as a journalist in the UK, so I have always been passionate about...

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Joan Bartel - ESL Teacher, Writer

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Joan Bartel has published three books.  Joan candidly talks about both the "success and failure" and how she has applied what she has learned to become a successful teacherpreneur.

1. Thanks for joining us Joan.  Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I’ve been at Humber College, Toronto, Canada, for several years now. I teach Occupation-specific Language Training (OSLT) courses on contract (usually three per year) and give guest workshops in the TESL Training Program. OSLT is a free program for job-seeking professionals who have immigrated into Canada.

By the way, I haven’t always been a teacher. I’ve spent a significant part of my career in ESL/EFL program management, most happily when I was able to creatively influence the program. But I chose to go back to teaching in 2005.

2. How long have you been involved in ESL education?

A long time! Over 30 years. And I’ve never regretted my career choice.

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Karin Heuert Galv√£o - EFL Teacher, Teacher Trainer, ELT Consultant and School Director

Karin Heuert Galvão is the ultimate multi-tasker - mother, EFL teacher, teacher trainer, ELT consultant and school director.  Read Karin's advice about wearing one's "teacher hat” and “businesswoman hat”. 

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I currently teach at i-Study Interactive Learning, a language school based in São Paulo, Brazil.

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching for 16 years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I start very early in the morning, because my first lesson is at 7 a.m., however I don’t need to worry about being stuck in traffic for hours, because all my morning lessons are online. God bless the Internet!

I teach online from 7 to 11 a.m., and then I get ready, pack my things and go to a company close to my house, where I teach General English, Business English and work as a consultant. I stay there until 2 p.m., then I come home, have a quick lunch and I am back online by...

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James Rice - ESL Teacher, Language School Owner and Textbook Writer

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James Rice has spent last past 20 years in the ELT field in Canada and abroad as an ESL teacher, language school owner, and writer. Find out how the iBooks Author software created the perfect opportunity for him to produce over 50 different digital textbooks with valuable feedback from students. 

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach at Connect School of Languages in Toronto, Canada.

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching English for over 20 years throughout the world before coming back to Toronto. I taught in Toronto for a number of years before opening my own school in 2003.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I only teach on a part-time basis now.

What do you do in your spare time to relax?  

I am a film buff. I take any chance I can get to watch movies.

You took on the tremendous task of writing the Study It ESL textbook series. Can you tell us about it?

The Study It ESL textbook series grew from a desire of getting rid...

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Moacir Sena - EFL Teacher to School Owner to Freelancer

Moacir Sena (aka Mo the Americanoid) has extensive experience as an EFL teacher, translator, language school owner and has had a successful solo career in the US, Ireland and his home country, Brazil. Find out why Mo thinks that a solo career is a good choice

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I’ve been teaching English and Spanish at banks, law firms and other industries in Brazil. (99% of the time it’s been one-on-one basis) and the students usually came from managerial positions up to the CEO). I’d say 60-70% of the students have been upper-intermediate to advanced (B2-C1+).  I have some online students as well.

How long have you been teaching?

I’ve been teaching since 1986.  I started teaching at a small language school near where I lived and from then on I moved to other language schools until I started my solo career back in 1998.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

In the past I’d have classes early in the...

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Nicholas Walker - ESL Teacher, Writer and Website Designer

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Nicholas Walker is a fellow Canadian who has successfully used his experience as an ESL teacher to write books and design and develop a website to help students improve their writing.  Find out how Nicholas reduced his marking time significantly by developing a website called the Virtual Writing Tutor. 

Could you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach English as a Second Language at Ahuntsic College in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is the largest publically funded French language CEGEP in Montreal. We have a student population of about 10, 000 students in a range of pre-university and vocational programs.

Could explain a little about the CEGEP system for our readers?

Sure. Quebec does things a little differently from the other provinces in Canada. Students graduate high school at the end of grade eleven here. After that, they have a choice of going to either an English or French junior college, called CEGEPs. Most are publically funded and offer a range of...

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