James Rice - ESL Teacher, Language School Owner and Textbook Writer

canada school owner writer Dec 15, 2016

James Rice has spent last past 20 years in the ELT field in Canada and abroad as an ESL teacher, language school owner, and writer. Find out how the iBooks Author software created the perfect opportunity for him to produce over 50 different digital textbooks with valuable feedback from students. 

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach at Connect School of Languages in Toronto, Canada.

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching English for over 20 years throughout the world before coming back to Toronto. I taught in Toronto for a number of years before opening my own school in 2003.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I only teach on a part-time basis now.

What do you do in your spare time to relax?  

I am a film buff. I take any chance I can get to watch movies.

You took on the tremendous task of writing the Study It ESL textbook series. Can you tell us about it?

The Study It ESL textbook series grew from a desire of getting rid...

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Moacir Sena - EFL Teacher to School Owner to Freelancer

Moacir Sena (aka Mo the Americanoid) has extensive experience as an EFL teacher, translator, language school owner and has had a successful solo career in the US, Ireland and his home country, Brazil. Find out why Mo thinks that a solo career is a good choice

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I’ve been teaching English and Spanish at banks, law firms and other industries in Brazil. (99% of the time it’s been one-on-one basis) and the students usually came from managerial positions up to the CEO). I’d say 60-70% of the students have been upper-intermediate to advanced (B2-C1+).  I have some online students as well.

How long have you been teaching?

I’ve been teaching since 1986.  I started teaching at a small language school near where I lived and from then on I moved to other language schools until I started my solo career back in 1998.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

In the past I’d have classes early in the...

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Nicholas Walker - ESL Teacher, Writer and Website Designer

app designer canada writer Dec 11, 2016

Nicholas Walker is a fellow Canadian who has successfully used his experience as an ESL teacher to write books and design and develop a website to help students improve their writing.  Find out how Nicholas reduced his marking time significantly by developing a website called the Virtual Writing Tutor. 

Could you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach English as a Second Language at Ahuntsic College in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is the largest publically funded French language CEGEP in Montreal. We have a student population of about 10, 000 students in a range of pre-university and vocational programs.

Could explain a little about the CEGEP system for our readers?

Sure. Quebec does things a little differently from the other provinces in Canada. Students graduate high school at the end of grade eleven here. After that, they have a choice of going to either an English or French junior college, called CEGEPs. Most are publically funded and offer a range of...

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Chris Mares - EFL Teacher and Writer

usa writer Dec 10, 2016

Chris is an experienced EFL teacher and a very talented and creative writer.  Read how Chris wrote 150 "Richard" stories for his students based on his own life. Look for another interview in the future once the "Richard" stories are published, along with lesson ideas and templates for teachers and students to write their own stories.

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach at the University of Maine (in the USA) where I’m Director of the Intensive English Institute.

How long have you been teaching?

Although I feel very youthful and zesty, I have been teaching for 37 years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I get up early and write for an hour or so.  I like to get in to work early, around 7:15 am, before anyone else and deal with the fiddly stuff of administration.  I teach three classes, two called ‘Personal Writing’, where students work individually on their writing and I work with each student on their writing. ...

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James Flieder - EFL Teacher and English School Owner

china school owner Dec 09, 2016

James Flieder has combined his passion of teaching, language learning and drama by opening up a language school in China.  Find out how James uses a specific goal-setting technique which had lead to his success.  

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach in Ma’anshan, Anhui province, in China. It’s a “small” city of about 1.5 million people. I have lived here for two years now.

How long have you been teaching?

ESL, 9 years. German, 2 years. My first job after college was as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at a secondary school in Linz, Austria. I had double-majored in Theatre and German, so when I arrived I was looking for ways to combine my passion for language and drama in the classroom. Adjacent to the school I was working at was a private international school that already had its own English through drama program. I knew I could do the same. Our students’ parents agreed, so we held weekend workshops to give...

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Todd Vercoe - ESL Teacher and Creator of www.tesolgames.com

canada website designer Dec 08, 2016

Todd Vercoe is the creative genius behind the website http://www.tesolgames.com.  He provides lots of great advice in his interview for teachers who are looking at teacherpreneurship.  Todd says "Start. You never know when or where you will finish, but starting is key".

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I am taking a break from teaching at the moment, though I started standing in front of classrooms back in ‘79. Then, I was just a young pup instructing Saturday morning classes, after 4 p.m. programs and summer school sessions. I taught games mostly such as Dungeons and Dragons before most had even heard of the game and also delved into historical simulation games, world games and other Role Playing Games (RPGs). I taught drama as well, especially after studying theatre as an undergraduate.

How long have you been teaching?

I worked with the then Toronto Board of Education until 1996 when I left to teach in South Korea. I planned on being...

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Douglas Rummell - EFL Teacher and Board Game Designer

game designer usa writer Dec 06, 2016

How often do your students play board games?  Do you ever think about the creative genius that goes into designing engaging board games?  Read this fascinating interview with teacher to teacherpreneur Douglas Rummell.  Douglas talks about how he came up with the idea for Say it Right!

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

At the moment, I’m teaching part-time at a local language school here in Seattle, Washington, USA. I’m also working in the wine industry as a Sales Representative here in Washington State.  I think sales is the most important skill of an entrepreneur and I realize now that a lot of teaching English is sales.  You have to sell the students on the idea that a grammar lesson about noun clauses will be fun.  When you go into a job interview for another teaching position you have to sell the hiring manager or the school director that you are the right person for the job.  Getting up in front of a class of...

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Matt Purland - One of the First Teacherpreneurs!

Matt is a prolific writer with 24 books to his name and more than 4,000 worksheets! I think that Matt is one of the original teacherpreneurs. He wrote his first book 15 years ago, and I remember using it in Hong Kong. If you have been teaching for a long time, you may be familiar with some of Matt's books such as Big Grammar Book, Big Grammar Book 2, Big Activity Book, Big Resource Book, and Talk a Lot Elementary Books 1 and 2. I also had the opportunity to interview Matt live and have posted our podcast here https://soundcloud.com/user-819463124/interview-with-matt-purland

 

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1. Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach in language schools in northern Poland, and also on Skype.

2. How long have you been teaching?

I’ve been teaching English since 1999, when I first became qualified with the Trinity Cert. TESOL. I started off by teaching EFL in a summer school and then worked as an ESOL teacher at a government-funded training centre in Derby, where I...

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Hall Houston and Gerhard Erasmus - EFL teachers and Writers

taiwan writer Dec 04, 2016

Hall Houston and Gerhard Erasmus are the authors of What Teachers Need to Know about Brainstorming.

Where do you teach now? How long have you been teaching?

Hall Houston: I currently teach at Kainan University, located in Luzhu, Taiwan. I have been teaching EFL for over 15 years.

Gerhard Erasmus: I am the Director of Studies at a language school in Taipei, Taiwan and I do quite a bit of teacher training. My favorite has to be tutoring in Delta Module 2, mostly because of how clearly you can see teachers develop over the period of the course and afterward if you manage to stay in contact with them.
 
How did the idea for your e-book Brainstorming come about?
 
HH: I read a fascinating book of brainstorming and creative thinking exercises over 10 years ago. The book was Cracking Creativity by Michael Michalko.  I began to read many other books, then wrote my first book, The Creative Classroom, which is a collection of short creative thinking exercises for ESL/EFL...

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Jose Torres - EFL teacher, Writer

When Jose Torres saw the need for a resource for his adult learners, and couldn't find an appropriate book, he decided to write his own.

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach for Baltimore City Public Schools and Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) in the United States.

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching for over 15 years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

My day normally begins at 7:30 AM with young students at Curtis Bay Elementary School in Baltimore. Generally, I work with students at the Pre-K level all the way up to 8th grade. My day students are at different proficiency levels, so I differentiate a lot. I try to work with them in small groups, as I group them according to their proficiency levels. Some need more attention with their literacy skills, some auditory, others with reading and writing. So, I cover a wide range listening, speaking, reading and writing activities during the day. In the evenings, I work with adult...

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