Irina Malinina - EFL Teacher, Teacher Trainer

Irina Malinina is a bilingual multi-talented teacherpreneur.  Read Irina's interview where she honestly discusses what she had to do outside of her comfort zone as a teacherpreneur, what drives her to be the best she can be and discrimination against non-native teachers of English.

1. Thank you so much Irina, for taking the time for this interview.  Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

Currently I am a freelance teacher. I embarked on this adventure after 20 years of teaching first at university and then at language schools. 

Leaving my full-time job was a tough call for me since it looked rather precarious and dubious. But I had to bank on both my extensive experience, commitment to teaching, and, last but not least, a stroke of luck.  I mapped out the way to get to my goal. Once the guidelines were set forth, I quit.

2. Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I mostly teach via Skype now so a normal day would see me prepare for a morning set...

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Anastasiia Martinez - ESL teacher, Materials Developer, Video Producer

Anastasiia Martinez is a creative bilingual teacher who is a new teacherpreneur.  Find out why she thinks that teachers should take risks, engage in professional and self-development and why native/non-native doesn't matter in the world of teacherpreneurship.

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

I teach English Language Arts and English Language Development classes at a public middle school in Pittsburg, California in the United States.

How long have you been teaching?

It’s my first year at a public school. Before I jumped on a middle school teaching journey, I’d taught at several private language schools for 7 years. I’ve also been teaching English online for 5 years and I’m absolutely loving it! I wouldn’t say that an online classroom is completely different from a traditional one. I just have to use different tools when I teach online.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

My day usually starts very early. I like...

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Helen Waldron - EFL Teacher, Translator, Writer

germany translator writer Feb 18, 2017

Helen Waldron is a veteran EFL teacher who is now making her mark in the ELT materials writing world.  Find out why Helen believes that teacherpreneurs should cultivate their networks and support others as well as the importance of keeping a sense of balance.

 

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

I teach freelance in companies around Hamburg, Germany.

How long have you been teaching?

Over 30 years, which makes me a real survivor! I have to add I’ve recently reduced this to 2-3 days a week, and am spending the rest of the week writing company materials and translating. Writing ELT materials is the new adventure.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

If I’m teaching, I get up earlier than I would like, as I seem to have an odd affinity for teaching techie people (why do they all get up so early?). Having spent years coaching senior managers one to one, I’ve recently returned to teaching elementary and pre-intermediate classes,...

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Anthony Holt - EFL Teacher and Co-creator of Dimmideck

italy materials writer Feb 08, 2017

New ESL/EFL teachers can also be teacherpreneurs. Find out how Anthony Holt and his talented partner Alessandra Gagliano combined their creativity and ambition to see an idea come to life as Dimmideck.  Read why Anthony believes that getting feedback from people will only improve your product.

 

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I moved to Palermo in Sicily, Italy in August 2016. It’s my first experience teaching outside the UK. I speak Italian quite well, so it’s been interesting seeing the issues the students have here when studying English as a lot of them are very logical when you understand both languages. It’s been really interesting so far as an insight into what it’s like to be a foreigner trying to get by in their second language in a strange city with a different culture. I think the experience will have a really positive effect on my teaching!

How long have you been teaching?

I’ve actually only been teaching...

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Marlene Paglia - ESL teacher, Writer

canada writer Feb 06, 2017

Marlene Paglia is a perfect example of a teacherpreneur with grit and determination despite receiving many rejection letters. Find out why she thinks that ‘being in the zone’ is a good barometer for knowing you’re on the right track.

Can you start off by telling us where you teach and how long you’ve been teaching?

Hi! I’m Marlene Paglia and I’ve been teaching English as a Second Language with the Toronto District School Board for over 20 years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I have taught all levels from Literacy to Toefl, but at present, I teach two (2) 2½ hour multilevel classes. My teaching day begins with my first Benchmark level 3-4 class from 9:00 to 11:30. The second Benchmark level 4-5-6 class begins at noon and ends at 2:30.

What do you do in your spare time to relax?

I enjoy travelling, watching engaging movies, cooking and spending time with my family and friends.

You took the tremendous task of writing two books....

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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.

Can you describe a typical...

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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

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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