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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[...]


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[...]


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[...]


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[...]


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[...]


Have and Have Got Lesson Plan Content

Learning have and have got is a key step for all ESL learners. We've released a lesson content series designed for your private tutorials! You can find the lessons here. If you need a free account for Off2Class you can set one up here. Have and Have got are essential to express ownership, possession and relationships. These[...]


Lesson content to Teach ESL Online (part 2)

In our previous Teach ESL online post we show you how to prepare and launch our lesson content for your private ESL lessons. In this post we  focus on how to teach it. We have released a set of 75 (and expanding) lesson plans designed for ESL teachers to run their own private lessons and[...]


Lesson content to teach ESL online (part 1)

We've been releasing lesson content designed for ESL teachers to run their own private lessons. In this two-part post we will show you how our content will save you hours in prep time. For this post we will use our Ed-Ing-1 lesson plan. Our Ed-Ing lesson plan is designed to teach students the difference between[...]


Teach the Past Continuous – Free Lesson Content

We've released a five part series of lesson content designed for you to teach the Past Continuous! The past continuous is an essential tense for ESL students to develop natural speech. For this reason we've released a set of five lesson plans that you can access here. If you haven't already, request an account for[...]