Nancy Callan - ESL Teacher, Writer (ESL Jigsaws)

canada writer Feb 01, 2019

Nancy Callan turned her love of jigsaw readings into a series of successful books.  Read Nancy`s views on the importance of testing your materials before publishing, and how criticism of one's materials is an opportunity for improvement.  

1. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule for this interview.  Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

In Vancouver, BC, Canada, but no longer full time as I have another job. Contrary to popular belief, I have not retired off the profit from my books!

2. How long have you been teaching?

Since 1992.

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

I run a dining group, I garden and study languages.

4.  You took on the tremendous challenge of writing several books: Callan’s Thematic Jigsaws 1 and 2, Callan’s Contemporary Jigsaws 1 &2, Callan’s New Canada Jigsaws, Callan’s Beginner Canada Jigsaws, Callan’s Holiday Jigsaws 1 & 2, Callan’s...

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Sarah Mulvey - EFL Teacher, Writer and Ex-pat Coach

coach japan writer Jun 21, 2017

Sarah Mulvey recently left classroom teaching after 22 years to focus on her coaching and counselling business for ex-pats in Japan. Sarah combines her interest and training in NLP, coaching and counselling with her personal experience of being an ex-pat to offer a very unique service.  Sarah believes that we should take chances, get our vision out there, and try new things. 

Sarah, can you start off by telling us where you teach?

Well, my transition from teacherpreneur to small business owner has already happened. My teaching career came to an end on March 31st of this year, and I am in the process now of getting my new venture underway. Up until April 1st, I was teaching at Nagoya City University in the heart of Nagoya, Japan.

How long have you been teaching?

I have been a teacher for twenty-two years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

At Nagoya City University, my day would generally start at 9:00 am with a morning class. I taught 8 to 9 classes per...

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Tom Czaban - EFL Lecturer, Writer, Editor, Documentary Producer

Tom Czaban has learned many skills as a teacherpreneur including how to self-publish his own books.  Find out why Tom thinks that trying to make everything perfect is a perfect way to never finish anything and how the habit of intellectualizing everything can bring a project to a standstill.

Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed, Tom.  Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach at the University of South Bohemia in the Czech Republic.

How long have you been teaching?

I’ve been teaching for around five years now.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

It’s difficult to say because teaching at the university is just one of my jobs; I’m also an editor for a university journal, and I have a number of language school students too. I try to plan all my classes for the week on Mondays (in between classes), which makes the rest of the week pretty straightforward. I usually teach three or four classes a day and do any other tasks I might have...

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Helen Waldron - EFL Teacher, Translator, Writer

germany translator writer Feb 18, 2017

Helen Waldron is a veteran EFL teacher who is now making her mark in the ELT materials writing world.  Find out why Helen believes that teacherpreneurs should cultivate their networks and support others as well as the importance of keeping a sense of balance.


Helen, can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach freelance in companies around Hamburg, Germany.

How long have you been teaching?

Over 30 years, which makes me a real survivor! I have to add I’ve recently reduced this to 2-3 days a week, and am spending the rest of the week writing company materials and translating. Writing ELT materials is the new adventure.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

If I’m teaching, I get up earlier than I would like, as I seem to have an odd affinity for teaching techie people (why do they all get up so early?). Having spent years coaching senior managers one to one, I’ve recently returned to teaching elementary and pre-intermediate classes,...

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Marlene Paglia - ESL teacher, Writer

canada writer Feb 06, 2017

Marlene Paglia is a perfect example of a teacherpreneur with grit and determination despite receiving many rejection letters. Find out why she thinks that ‘being in the zone’ is a good barometer for knowing you’re on the right track.

Can you start off by telling us where you teach and how long you’ve been teaching?

Hi! I’m Marlene Paglia and I’ve been teaching English as a Second Language with the Toronto District School Board for over 20 years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I have taught all levels from Literacy to Toefl, but at present, I teach two (2) 2½ hour multilevel classes. My teaching day begins with my first Benchmark level 3-4 class from 9:00 to 11:30. The second Benchmark level 4-5-6 class begins at noon and ends at 2:30.

What do you do in your spare time to relax?

I enjoy travelling, watching engaging movies, cooking and spending time with my family and friends.

You took the tremendous task of writing two books....

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Leandra King - EFL Teacher, Writer

Leandra King has always wanted to combine teaching with entrepreneurship and has found the perfect way to do this as a teacherpreneur.  Find out why she hired people to help with the launch of her new book The Culture Sensitive Handbook and what she says about the value of networking online and collaborating with others in complementary niches.


Leandra can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I currently run English with Leandra where I help non-native expats learn how to fit in with their native English-speaking colleagues and friends by teaching them the culture behind the English language regarding politeness, social English such as small talk and everyday language functions.

How long have you been teaching?

I’d love to say since I was about 7. Haha. My teachers would always put me to help the weaker students in the class and I loved helping them along. But on a serious note, I’ve been teaching since 2013.

Can you describe a typical...

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Joan Bartel - ESL Teacher, Writer

canada soft skills writer Dec 27, 2016

Joan Bartel has published three books.  Joan candidly talks about both the "success and failure" and how she has applied what she has learned to become a successful teacherpreneur.

1. Thanks for joining us Joan.  Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I’ve been at Humber College, Toronto, Canada, for several years now. I teach Occupation-specific Language Training (OSLT) courses on contract (usually three per year) and give guest workshops in the TESL Training Program. OSLT is a free program for job-seeking professionals who have immigrated into Canada.

By the way, I haven’t always been a teacher. I’ve spent a significant part of my career in ESL/EFL program management, most happily when I was able to creatively influence the program. But I chose to go back to teaching in 2005.

2. How long have you been involved in ESL education?

A long time! Over 30 years. And I’ve never regretted my career choice.

3. Can you describe a typical teaching...

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Rob Howard - EFL Teacher, Writer, Business Owner

Rob Howard is a multi-talented ELT professional involved in many interesting projects as a teacherpreneur.  Read about Rob's EFLtalks and how he has provided Continuous Professional Development to more than 100,000 teachers around the world. 

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I own Online Language Center where I do most of my teaching to advanced level learners, teachers and professionals throughout the world. I was a face-2-face and classroom teacher for years while I built up the online business so I and my students could truly experience a seamless global classroom regardless of where we were on any given day.

How long have you been teaching?

Coming from a business background in Sales Management, you could say I have been teaching for over 36 years. Teaching EFL started in 2002 when I moved to Brazil and was asked to open a school where I lived in the Northeast before moving to Rio de Janeiro.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

For me, there...

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Joseph Ng - ESL Teacher and Author of Dictation Triptychs

canada writer Dec 25, 2016

Joseph Ng has used his skills and expertise as an ESL teacher to develop a resource called Dictation Triptychs. He is looking for partners.  Find out what Joseph had to do outside his comfort zone as a teacherpreneur.  

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I teach in both a LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) classroom in North York, Ontario, Canada and a LINC distance-learning program. LINC is a federally-funded language program for immigrants and refugees.

How long have you been teaching?

I’ve been teaching ESL for about 10 years, spanning EAP in a college and university in Asia and several LINC centres in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

It’s a flipped classroom of sorts as my LINC classroom meets in an Internet-ready lab in 3 time segments from 9 to 2:30.

We start off with a skill-building CALL lesson that takes us to a morning break. During this first segment, learners are guided from the...

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Ryan O'Loughlin - EFL Teacher and e-book/audiobook Writer

audiobooks usa writer Dec 17, 2016

Ryan O'Loughlin spent 4 years teaching in South Korea.  He is back in the US and has found his niche in the ELT market - phrasal verbs. Find out how Ryan promotes his products by using email list building to drive traffic to his website and his advice for teachers who have doubts about becoming teacherpreneurs.

Can you start off by telling us where you teach Ryan?

Actually, I don’t teach in the physical classroom anymore. I spent three years teachings at a public middle school in Seoul, South Korea and one year at an after-school program (just outside of Seoul) teaching elementary students. I used to give English Skype lessons. These days all of my teaching is done online through eBooks and (soon) courses. I actually now live back in the United States with my Korean wife and have a full time job in a completely unrelated field.

How long have you been teaching?

I taught for about four years, all in Korea.  I balance the part-time teaching business with the full...

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