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Young Learners online: parental briefing DOC

If you are teaching ESL to young learners, it is worth thinking about online discipline and behavior management. In my previous Young Learners post I mentioned the importance of sending a briefing document to parents before your first ESL lesson. Today I wanted to provide you with a copy of it. You can download our[...]

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Online group ESL lessons: what I’ve learned (2)

This is the second part of my post where I discuss some of my experiences running online group ESL lessons. In the first part of my post I offered some strategies for running group lessons, in this post I'm going to discuss some key considerations to make sure your group lessons are worth it for[...]

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Online group ESL lessons: what I’ve learned (1)

When I talk about my experience as an online ESL teacher, most educators are amazed that I've run group ESL lessons online. Today I would like to share some experiences and thoughts on running online group ESL lessons for educators who are thinking about (or already have) made the jump to online ESL teaching. This[...]

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Online discipline with young learners (ESL): part 2

In this two-part post I offer some techniques that I've learned to maintain discipline when teaching ESL to young learners online. In previous posts I discuss how the online ESL environment can be very successful for young learners, and I offer techniques to maintain energy levels. In this post I discuss discipline. There are a number[...]

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Online discipline with young learners (ESL): part 1

In this two-part post I offer some techniques that I implement to maintain discipline when teaching ESL to young learners online. In previous posts I discuss how the online ESL environment can be very successful for young learners, and I offer techniques to maintain energy levels. In this post I discuss discipline. There are a number[...]

ESL to young learners online: maintaining energy

Over the last couple years I've had the pleasure of teaching ESL to a number of young learners online. In a previous post, I discussed that teaching young learners online is not only possible, but (for some students) it even has advantages over in-person lessons. Today I want to discuss one of the most important[...]

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ESL to young learners online: lessons learned

Over the last two years I've had the pleasure of teaching a variety of young learners online. When I mention this to other teachers I often get looks of amazement. I would like to share some thoughts on my experiences and lessons I've learned over the last two years of teaching ESL to young learners[...]

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Quality lesson content for online ESL

In our previous Teaching English Online posts I discussed the importance of Relationships and Quality to a successful online ESL business. In this post I explore how high quality lesson content is vital to retain your students long-term. The role of quality lesson content in the online ESL environment What do we mean by lesson[...]

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Get premium rates for your online ESL business

In our previous Teaching English Online post I discussed the most common question I hear from teachers contemplating online ESL teaching, "How to get students?" In this post I would like to discuss the second most common question, "How do I earn good rates for teaching online?" ESL students have lots of options... The past[...]

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How to get students for your online ESL business

Starting your own online ESL business is a great way to earn independent income. The obvious question I hear from colleagues who want to teach online is 'How do I get students for online lessons?' It took me a year and a half to make a full time transition to online ESL teaching. In this article, I share some strategies to[...]