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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Tuula Lindholm and Johanne Mednick Myles - Co-authors

co-authors Jan 10, 2019

Tuula Lindholm and Johanne Mednick Myles are the authors of a new book Navigating the Intercultural Classroom.  Read how they combined their skills and expertise to co-author the book as well their advice for finding time to write while teaching.   

 

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?

Johanne: I teach at Queen’s University, in Ontario, Canada and have been teaching for over 35 years at the college and university level.

Tuula: I teach communication skills courses in two community colleges and coach individual students.  I have been in the ESOL field for 20 years and was an adult educator and business trainer before.

2. You took on the tremendous task of writing a book. Can you talk a bit about it?

J: I was interested in exploring educational research in the area of second language acquisition and intercultural communication. The sole idea was...

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Aziz Soubai - English Teacher, Author

author morocco Jan 09, 2019

Aziz Soubai teaches English in Morocco.  He was curious about making grammar instruction more fun for his students and easier for teachers.  Read about how he gathered information from teachers before writing his book on using games in grammar teaching.  Aziz's advice? Success means working hard, trying new things, failing and trying one more time.  

1. Thank you, Aziz, 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 teach in Tighmert at a little high school on the outskirts of Guelmim city in the south of Morocco. I have more than 10 years of classroom practice.

2. Can you describe a typical day?

I’m an early riser so I wake up around 7 a.m., have breakfast and check what I’m going to teach (my lesson plans and the activities or projects that I planned with my students)  I’m a huge fan of project-based learning. When the class is over, I encourage my...

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Teacher to Teacherpreneur Tactics Blog - End of Year Review 2018

Uncategorized Dec 28, 2018

The Year in Review

When I went back to classroom teaching mid-2017, I knew that I would have very limited time to work on creative "teacherpreneur" projects.  That's exactly what happened so I didn't "create" much at all in 2018. I always tell teachers to be realistic about their time and energy when working on things outside of the classroom. I'm not saying put your ideas on hold, but to make sure that you are not overloading yourself.  Self-care is important in the work that we do so more on that later!

Now that I have officially left my 10-year part-time teaching position as an academic writing instructor, I'm excited about getting to that long 'to-do" list.  First on my list is writing a book on teacher self-care which will be out sometime in 2019 (I will be working with Alphabet Publishing again).  I knew that this was a topic of interest but it has really taken off!  In 2018, I presented at the TESL Ontario conference in November, I did two...

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