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...
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...
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...
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...
Adra Young is a compassionate educator, trainer and author who devotes her time working with youth tackling tough topics such as race, anti-bullying, suicide prevention and reducing school suspensions. Read more about Adra's important work and how she finds clients to share her important work.
1. Can you tell us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?
I’m currently certified to teach in the State of Indiana, USA however I'm not teaching full time at the moment. I have taught youngsters from 1995-2016 for the Detroit Public School System. I worked at the Detroit Impact Center as a Social Skills provider where I pinpointed the lack of resources available for both middle and high school students so I created a curriculum that addressed the concerns of youngsters facing overwhelming social dynamics. I'm happy to report that this program was utilized in several Detroit Schools. During that time, I also...
Dr. Marquita Blades is an outstanding educator, consultant, author and talk-show host. Dr. Blades says that it’s okay to want to earn more money but self-care is very important which means putting ourselves and our families first.
I am not currently teaching. I resigned in 2016 to focus on consulting full-time. I taught high school biology, chemistry, and physics for 16 years in the United States.
My typical day begins with me getting up at 4:00 am and I am in my office by 4:30 am. The first thing I do is respond to and send emails for action items that are currently open on my To-Do List and post/interact on social media. By mid-morning (8:00 – 11:00 am), I am working on consulting projects which include creating workshops, resources, and writing. I spend the early afternoon (11:00 am-12:30 pm) checking and responding to emails. I also use this...
Dave Stevens love of learning Spanish lead to opening his own language school and publishing 10 books! Dave says that we have to be honest about our ideas and make it about our students, not us. Dave's advice for becoming a teacherpreneur? “If you try, the worst that can happen is that you might learn something".
I teach at The Language School in Denver, Colorada in the United States. I started teaching English informally in 2001 when I started learning how to speak Spanish. My first “student” was a neighbour of mine named Juan, from Mexico. One evening I was on my patio and he was on his, and I invited him over for a “cerveza”. We became really good friends, and within about 6 months he was very conversational.
Later, I moved to Argentina to study Spanish full time for a year. Everyone I came in contact with wanted to practice English...
Taylor Sapp is a talented teacher and writer. Read how he used his international teaching experience and love of creative writing as inspiration for his first book. Advice? We all have an interesting and unique story in us because we’re all unique! The key is you just have to find what that is!
1. Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule for this interview. Let's start by telling us where you teach and how long have you been teaching?
Currently, I have been teaching at ELS Portland (located at Concordia University in NE Portland, Oregon, USA) for the last 5 years. Previously I spent about 8 years in Japan teaching English at several Universities including Meiji and Hosei in Tokyo and Sugiyama Jo Gakuen in Nagoya.
2. Can you describe a typical day?
I wake up very early ~ 5 a.m. and do writing and creative work then. I teach all day and then come home to my family and 2 young boys (2 and 4) who keep me busy in the evening!
Teresa Nguyen is an ESL Teacher, Author and successful YouTuber based in California. Find out how she utilized her first language to start a bilingual (English-Vietnamese) YouTube channel with more than 12,000 subscribers from around the world to help Vietnamese speakers learn English.
Hello Teresa. Can you start off by telling us about your teaching journey?
I became interested in language development due to my own experiences as a child immigrant from Vietnam, an ESL student, and then as an English instructor in three different countries. These experiences have given me an understanding of how lives can be transformed through learning English.
Through the years, I have found that teaching a wide range of learners in a variety of subjects has allowed me to explore different perspectives on teaching as well. I taught specialized English to immigrant adults in corporate America (2008) and to Vietnamese programmers in corporate Vietnam (2010). I taught...
Daniel Israel has written three books. Find out how writing articles and interviewing teachers was the impetus for his first book The EFL Teacher's Handbook and read his productivity tip for writing while teaching.
1. Daniel, can you start by telling us where you teach?
I teach in various cities in the Netherlands such as Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam.
2. How long have you been teaching?
I have been teaching for 9 years, though as a freelancer for eight years. For four years I taught at universities and one year at secondary school. While, most of the time, I've been working with language centres (in-house and in-company).
3. Can you describe a typical teaching day?
I tend to teach 2 x 2-hour lessons on weekdays. Sometimes, I have 1 x 3-hour BEC (Business English Certificate) preparation class and then a 2 hour-lesson. I have worked evenings, though this had only been when I wanted to earn some extra cash or, most recently, as a favour for a friend and...