Mateusz Wawrzynowicz - EFL Teacher, Web Designer, Materials Writer

Mateusz Wawrzynowicz is a bilingual teacherpreneur with technical skills that he used to design his own website.  Read why he thinks that we have nothing to lose by becoming a teacherpreneur and why being open and trying new things can make your students love English even more.

1. Mateusz, can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I'm an ESL teacher in Poland. I teach kids aged 3-15. I work at a primary school as well as a language school. I also teach adults preparing for FCE and CAE exams.

2. How long have you been teaching?

It's been 9 years.

3. Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I'm always pretty busy. I start classes with my primary students at 8 a.m. and finish at 2 p.m. Next, it's time for the language school where I teach. I usually finish at about 7 p.m.    

4. Teacher self-care is so important.  How do you relax?

I go out as much as I can. I often meet my friends but I also try to be active. I jog whenever I can in the...

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Stanislaw Saluda and Justyna Makarczyk - EFL teachers & ESLBrains Creators

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Stanislaw Saluda and Justyna Makarczyk are busy teachers who live in Poland.  They are the brains behind the website ESL Brains. Find out what regrets they have as teacherpreneurs and the #1 teaching skill that has helped them to achieve success.  

 

1. Thank you 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?

S: We’ve been teaching English for over 10 years. We’ve had a lot of Business English learners, engineers, and IT professionals. We've also taught for 2 years at a university.

J: I’ve also taught some senior learners and my oldest student was 75. Now, we have our own business and give private lessons to adults.

2. Can you describe a typical day?

J: A typical day? That’s a tricky one. Apart from teaching English, we are also involved in many other activities. We’re English translators and Stan works for a large company. Our working day ends at around...

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Agata Pul - EFL/Business English Instructor, DIY handouts Creator

Agata Pul is the creative genius behind DIY handouts - a grammar handouts generator that helps English teachers to create personalized grammar exercises for their students. When she couldn't find what she needed for her own students, she found a solution.  Her productivity tip? The worst thing you can do is start your day with social media, replying to emails or reading the news.

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 been working as an English teacher for more than 8 years running in-company courses. My students are CEOs, managers, artists and other professionals who are passionate about their jobs and inspire me to develop as a teacher and entrepreneur.

2. Can you describe a typical day?

My day looks the way I plan it so it can be different every day. I am self-employed so I make my own schedule. I love the flexibility of my job. I often travel...

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Alina Leonova - ESL Teacher, e-book Writer, Online Course Designer

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...

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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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