Alina Leonova is a creative e-book and online course designer from Belarus who lives in Poland. The idea for her resources came about from the effective materials that she made for her students and that she also used for her own English language learning. Despite the challenges of creating her resources, she learned new skills, met new people and built resilience.
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’ve been teaching English as a Second Language since 2013 in different language schools in Poland. I’ve mostly taught adults, but I also have some experience with children and teenagers. Right now I’m working in two language schools and have some private students.
2. Can you describe a typical day?
Not really because my schedule is different every day but I can give you an example. I get up, have breakfast and go to work. Then I come...
Sapna Sehgal successfully balances graduate studies, teaching and developing resources for both teachers and teacherpreneurs. Read how a single blog post inspired Sapna to write an e-book and how she is blogging as a way to increase her profile.
Thanks for taking time out from your busy day for this interview Sapna. Can you start off by telling us where you teach?
Well, I teach in quite a few places! For my in-person private classes, I teach English as a Second Language to Spanish children and adults here in Barcelona, Spain. In the past, I taught at language schools in the city, but I now teach English to undergraduates at the University of Barcelona. Online, I help a variety of students, including some students I used to tutor in person in Canada.
How long have you been teaching?
When I was 15 years old I started private tutoring by giving English lessons to the neighbours' children; there were both native speakers and ESL kids. So,...