Stanislaw Saluda and Justyna Makarczyk - EFL teachers & ESLBrains Creators

eslbrains poland Jan 26, 2019

Stanislaw Saluda and Justyna Makarczyk are busy teachers who live in Poland.  They are the brains behind the website ESL Brains. Find out what regrets they have as teacherpreneurs and the #1 teaching skill that has helped them to achieve success.  

 

1. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day for this interview. Can you tell us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?

S: We’ve been teaching English for over 10 years. We’ve had a lot of Business English learners, engineers, and IT professionals. We've also taught for 2 years at a university.

J: I’ve also taught some senior learners and my oldest student was 75. Now, we have our own business and give private lessons to adults.

2. Can you describe a typical day?

J: A typical day? That’s a tricky one. Apart from teaching English, we are also involved in many other activities. We’re English translators and Stan works for a large company. Our working day ends at around...

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Tetyana Skrypkina - Multilingual Online Teacher, #teachingisfun Creator

Tetyana Skrypkina is a very busy teacherpreneur.  She teaches English, German, Spanish, Ukrainian as a foreign language and survival Hungarian,  works as a language teacher consultant, is the creator #teachingisfun and a successful YouTuber. She does it all by being a self-proclaimed planning maniac!

1. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day for this interview.  Can you start off by telling us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?

I am self-employed and I teach online. I teach English, German, Spanish, survival Hungarian and Ukrainian as a foreign language. Also, I consult language teachers, sometimes conduct workshops for them and run my project #teachingisfun for teachers.  I’ve been teaching for 12 years.

2. Can you describe a typical day?

My husband wakes me up at about 8:30 with a cup of coffee and it cheers me up. I do my morning routine and start teaching online. When I have breaks between lessons, I do quick exercises as...

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Agata Pul - EFL/Business English Instructor, DIY handouts Creator

Agata Pul is the creative genius behind DIY handouts - a grammar handouts generator that helps English teachers to create personalized grammar exercises for their students. When she couldn't find what she needed for her own students, she found a solution.  Her productivity tip? The worst thing you can do is start your day with social media, replying to emails or reading the news.

1. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day for this interview. Can you start off by telling us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?

I have been working as an English teacher for more than 8 years running in-company courses. My students are CEOs, managers, artists and other professionals who are passionate about their jobs and inspire me to develop as a teacher and entrepreneur.

2. Can you describe a typical day?

My day looks the way I plan it so it can be different every day. I am self-employed so I make my own schedule. I love the flexibility of my job. I often travel...

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Marek Kiczkowiak - EFL Instructor, Author, Online Course Creator

Marek Kiczkowiak is best known for his important work with TEFLEquity.  He has creatively built on that success and offers valuable resources to support teachers who are non-native speakers of English and has also co-authored a new book. Marek says that it’s vital that whatever niche you’re in that you understand your customers.

 

1. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day for this interview. Can you start off by telling us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?

Thanks for having me.  I’ve been teaching for almost 10 years now and have taught in several different countries, both in language schools and universities. I currently teach in a university in Belgium called KU Leuven, where I mostly give academic English classes.

2. Can you describe a typical day?

It actually varies a lot depending on the time of year! Now (January, early February), I don’t teach but spend most of my time marking tests and essays. The same...

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Alina Leonova - ESL Teacher, e-book Writer, Online Course Designer

Alina Leonova is a creative e-book and online course designer from Belarus who lives in Poland.  The idea for her resources came about from the effective materials that she made for her students and that she also used for her own English language learning.  Despite the challenges of creating her resources, she learned new skills, met new people and built resilience.

1. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day for this interview. Can you start off by telling us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?

I’ve been teaching English as a Second Language since 2013 in different language schools in Poland. I’ve mostly taught adults, but I also have some experience with children and teenagers. Right now I’m working in two language schools and have some private students.

2. Can you describe a typical day?

Not really because my schedule is different every day but I can give you an example. I get up, have breakfast and go to work. Then I come...

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Julie Vorholt - ESL Instructor, Writer, Editor & Consultant

consultant editor usa Jan 20, 2019

Julie Vorholt's career path hasn't followed one direct path which has provided her with opportunities to develop many skills.  Julie shares a productivity tip which helped her to balance teaching and editing a massive new book for TESOL.  

 

1. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day for this interview. Can you start off by telling us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching ESL, EFL, and English for over 20 years. Since 2006, I’ve been teaching ESL at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, USA while also working as a freelance writer, editor, and consultant.  

It may interest other teacherpreneurs to know that my career path has not followed one direct path. My entire career has been dedicated to the field of education, but I have not always worked in the classroom. For example, I worked as Employer Relations Coordinator at the San Jose State University Career Center and the Enrollment Manager and...

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Tariq Ben Porter - Business Developer, Business English Trainer, Business Owner

Tariq Ben Porter balances running a business, teaching soft skills, leadership, managerial skills and Business English. He believes that teachers are dynamic professionals who have so much to offer the world and by exploring opportunities, have the opportunity to do bigger and better things using the skills they have developed as effective teachers.

1. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day for this interview.  Can you tell us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?

I currently teach in two primary capacities at the moment: for Gulf Business Training Center where I handle business development responsibilities as well as soft skills, leadership and managerial skills training; at ELC Excellence I do business development and teach business English.

2. Can you describe a typical day?

An average day is spent preparing engaging training sessions for clients and seeking out new clients and/or putting together proposals and customizing program outlines for...

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Brad Deacon - EFL Teacher and Owner of Brad's English Boot Camp

bootcamps japan Jan 16, 2019

Brad Deacon's casual response to his students was the catalyst for his successful side hustle - Brad's English Boot Camp. Read the full interview to find out what Brad said!  Brad believes that there are potential “teacherpreneur” seeds that are ready to grow within all of us.

1. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy day for this interview.  Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

My primary job is as a teacher-researcher in the newly formed Global Liberal Studies department at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan.

I am also a teacherpreneur running private workshops through “Brad’s English Boot Camp” (BEBC). BEBC uses a wide variety of activities (discussion, debate, presentations, survival simulations, etc.) primarily to develop participants’ language skills. I launched this about 6 years ago.

2. How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching in Japan now for about 20 years.  

3. Can you describe a...

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Brian Cullen - EFL teacher, Writer, Business Owner

Brian Cullen is a multi-talented teacher, writer and trainer living in Japan. Brian believes that you don’t need to invest a lot of money to get started as a teacherpreneur but just start small and ignore people who tell you that your idea is impossible. Brian shares his #1 productivity tip. 

1. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy day for this interview.  Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach at Nagoya Institute of Technology, an engineering university in Japan.

2. How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching about 24 years.

3. Can you describe a typical teaching day?

My typical day involves teaching my classes, doing preparation (most of my preparation has been done because I write textbooks for my own courses), working on research projects, keeping a light eye on part-time teachers and admin stuff (way too much of that).

4. Teacher self-care is so important.  How do you relax?  

I play music, take walks, do tai...

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Louise Potter - EFL Teacher, Author, Teacher Trainer, Business Owner

Louise Potter has extensive experience in the ELT field as a teacher, author, and trainer.  Find out how she started her teacher training company in Brazil and her advice for teachers thinking about starting a company and her #1 productivity tip for getting things done.

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

I am not physically in the classroom anymore. I am an English coordinator at a mainstream school in Jundiai , a small city 60 km out of São Paulo, Brazil. I am also a writer for young learners at Somos Educação, one of Brazil’s largest basic education company and one of the largest educational groups in the world. As a coordinator, I am constantly in contact with students in K-12. Interacting directly with teachers and promoting workshops in teacher training I feel I learn every day from these teachers. Apart from that, I have a teacher trainer’ website called Teach-in Education, where...

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