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...
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...
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...
Jake Young is an inspirational teacherpreneur who had to learn many technical skills to launch his website Fluentize. His advice? Stop thinking and start doing. There's not a person in the world who built something from thinking - they built it from doing. Business is the result of action and every action you take is worth taking.
I'm from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA but I've been living and teaching ESL for 7 and a half years in Prague, Czech Republic. I received my TEFL certification from TLH in Prague in 2010. I started off teaching a variety of different lessons for language schools in Prague. I then shifted to develop my own private practice for one-on-one / small group lessons for both teenagers and adults. Now I mostly teach private lessons for students at small and big companies in Prague.
Welcome to all my new subscribers here and to those who recently joined my LinkedIn Group Teacher to Teacherpreneur. In this Fall issue, I discuss a growing trend in alternative career information for ESL teachers, mention the MWIS Panel at TESOL and include five new Teacher to Teacherpreneur interviews.
Career Connections - A Growing Trend in the ELT Field
Last week, I was part of a panel at the annual TESL Ontario conference (in Toronto, Canada) to discuss alternative careers for ESL teachers. There were approximately 85 teachers in attendance. My particular section addressed how to earn income from online sources. Do you think that more and more conferences are addressing this issue? A teacher friend of mine recently told me that she is having trouble finding supply ESL teachers at their school. It makes me wonder if fewer people are enrolling in TESL programs due to the lack of full-time or permanent positions in my part of the...
Suzanne Rajkumar is one of the hardest working teacherpreneurs putting in 14 hour days. As a result of her teaching of English in Honduras, she developed a game called Codebreaker which helps students excel in their language learning and develop their confidence as speakers of English. She believes that becoming a teacherpreneur ensures our survival as teachers.
1. Thank you for taking time out of your very busy day for this interview. Let's start with where you teach and how long have you been teaching?
I have been teaching since 1993. I started as a middle school substitute teacher for Spanish, Literature and History in Trinidad and Tobago, my country of birth. I taught in Trinidad at public high school and part-time at three adult ESL institutions - teaching French and also English to Venezuelans. Now, I am married and living in Honduras, Central America and I have been teaching here for the 18 years with a 14-hour work day for the last 12 years. In Honduras, I...
Anne Marie Fowler started her online company after a 20 year career in ELT. Even the most experienced teachers like Anne Marie have doubts about becoming a teacherpreneur. Her advice? "Stay true to who you are and what you want to do, put your head down and do the work, and you’ll be able to accomplish far more than you thought was possible".
I currently teach 100% online via my company, Speak Confident English. I made this move in 2014 after nearly 20 years in the industry where I gained experience as an EFL/ESL teacher, a curriculum designer, a teacher trainer, a program coordinator and the deputy director of a language school.
To a large extent, it depends on the time of year. One of my courses is a month-long intensive course. I only offer it 3 times per...
Tracy Sherriff has always had a side hustle or two and enjoys finding ways to turn her passions into things that create additional monthly revenue. Read more about Tracy's successful side hustles and her challenge with conquering "imposter syndrome".
1. Thanks for taking the time to be interviewed Tracy. Can you tell us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?
I currently teach part-time at a college in Ontario, Canada. I have been teaching in higher education since 2007 but have been a practicing Registered Early Childhood Educator since 1994. My primary focus in early childhood has been supporting children with special needs, their families, and their caregivers. I have also tutored school-aged children and sought both informal and formal teaching opportunities within my community. I currently work in developmental services, leading a team of educators who build caregiver capacity in inclusive practice in licensed child care programs.
Nik Peachey is a very creative and well-known Digital Product Developer, Materials Writer and Author in the ELT field. His advice about facing your fears of putting yourself out there? "There is nothing to lose but your fear. In the end, it comes down to the saying, It's the things you don't do and the risks you don't take that you end up regretting."
1. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day for this interview. Can you start by telling us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?
I've been involved in education since about 1990. I started off teaching guitar in a prison while I was a student and when I left I did CELTA with IH in Cairo and got hooked on teaching. Since then I've migrated through teaching, teacher training, ICT training and now I work mainly in digital product development. At the moment I'm working for EtonX, an edtech company owned by Eton College, and I'm developing online courses aimed at non-native speakers of...
Bernard Kuhn started a very useful website where he reviews online teaching companies and helps teachers navigate this relatively new world. What has he learned about trying to start a business? "Believe in yourself, take your lumps and keep going and remember that as a teacher you are already different from other people".
I have been teaching in one form or another for 11 years. I am a high school Spanish teacher in Pennsylvania, and I have also taught online for a few different companies on and off for the past 4 years.
I run a website https://www.stressfreeteach.com/ where I write review articles for many different online English teaching companies. I try to update the site at least every other day with a new company review. A...