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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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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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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