Cara Leopold - Online Teacher, Owner of Leo Listening

france online teacher Feb 03, 2017

Cara Leopold's niche is helping English language learners get their listening conversation ready.  Find out why Cara thinks that teacherpreneurs should invest in themselves by paying for paid programmes, books or courses by people who’ve been there and know what they’re talking about. 

 

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

From my office, which is a room in my apartment. I live in the French city of Besançon virtually unheard of both inside and outside of France. For those in the know, it’s a city of 100,000 people, about an hour from the Swiss border.

How long have you been teaching?

I started back in 2007 when I finished university, so I’ve been teaching (on and off, because I have studied full-time as well and worked outside of teaching) for almost ten years. I used that opportunity to come and live and work in France.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

My “typical” teaching day keeps evolving as my...

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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

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.

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 became an...

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Eva Oros - EFL Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Writer, School Owner

Eva Oros is a creative teacherpreneur who is constantly working on improving her teaching methods to meet students' needs.  Find out what Eva says about embracing the digital era and how it is opening new doors for education.

Eva, can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I’m an online English teacher, teacher-trainer, materials designer and blogger currently based in Porto, Portugal. I’ve been around since 2003 helping people from all over the world improve their English language skills. I am a passionate educator who believes that professional development is not always formally delivered. I am a technology missionary, on a quest to inspire and help teachers to try something new.

How long have you been teaching?

For almost 15 years.

What do you do in your spare time to relax?  

I like watching movies, reading and working out. I believe that having time for hobbies can help you escape to a happy place.

You took on the tremendous task of...

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Mark Bartholomew - EFL Teacher, World Traveller and Website Designer

turkey website designer Jan 06, 2017

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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Jason Manning - EFL Teacher and Website Designer

china website designer Dec 31, 2016

Jason Manning's position as a college teacher in China has given him the time and flexibility to pursue other goals outside the classroom.  Read how Jason used his self-taught technical skills to build a website and focus on a specific niche in the ELT world.  

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I’m currently living in Foshan city, very close to Guangzhou in China and the ancestral home of Bruce Lee. I’ve been living and working here since 2009, usually I work in a city for two years then move to another, but stayed because I met my wife. What I love about Foshan, apart from being my wife’s hometown, is it’s as cosmopolitan as Guangzhou, but not as expensive.

How long have you been teaching?

I’ve been teaching since 2002 and I started in Shanghai, I was convinced by an old classmate who was already working there to leave Australia and join him. At first I was hesitant because my background was in art not English. Finally I...

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Steve Mullen - EFL Teacher, Website designer, MyLAMPA Team Leader

app designer moravia Dec 27, 2016

Steve Mullen has spent the past 10 years developing an online platform for teachers and students called MyLAMPA. Find out how the motto “Teachers Together” relates to this powerful networking platform.  

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I live and teach freelance in Vsetín, which is a town of about 27,000 in eastern Moravia.

How long have you been teaching?

I’ve been teaching since 1991 and, with the exception of three years in the late ‘90s when I worked as a training course writer in Canada, I have spent my entire ELT career working in the Czech Republic.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

At the moment, it’s overwhelming. I start teaching shortly after 7:00 a.m. on most days. I teach 7-10 lessons a day, so it works out to more than 40 contact hours per week, but I do that out of necessity. I mostly teach individuals and I’m lucky that I’m established and known here so I usually don’t have...

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Joan Bartel - ESL Teacher, Writer

canada writer Dec 27, 2016

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.

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.

How long have you been involved in ESL education?

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

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I think my day is pretty similar to...

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