Adam Chambers is an online teacher and the creative brain behind chatbots to help education institutions grow and automate processes like recruitment and engagement. His patience and understanding of Chinese culture have helped him excel as a teacherpreneur.
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?
I have taught English online for 6 months. My students are all Chinese kids. It's a fun way to keep connected with the culture because I lived in Shandong for two months interning at a company. Teaching online for a Chinese company is a decent deal. My hours are flexible, and most classes are enjoyable. I’d recommend it to anyone seeking to earn income part-time.
2. Can you describe a typical day?
I wake up at 6 a.m. and dive into a shower of ice-cold water. Then I read some Spanish texts while guzzling oats and milk. Informed, I mount my bicycle and...
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...