How to Give a Great Trial ESL Lesson – Webinar

Welcome to the final Off2Class webinar of 2016!

For this addition, we’ve invited Chris Rush from Better Business English to coach us on how to deliver successful trial ESL lessons.

Providing a trial ESL lesson is an inevitable part of teaching ESL independently. The typical conversion funnel for obtaining a new ESL student looks something like this:

  1. Lead is Captured: Student comes to your social or web presence and makes an inquiry into you services
  2. Trial Lesson Scheduled: Some communication is exchanged, you decide that the student is serious about learning with you, and a trial ESL lesson is scheduled
  3. Trial Lesson Delivered: A trial ESL Lesson is held and you propose a lesson package to the student either during the trial lesson or just after (by email)
  4. Student Decision: your ‘trial’ student decides whether to buy a lesson package with you!

But how do you maximize your chances of success? How do you structure your communication before and after the trial ESL lesson to maximize your chances of a sale? What should you do during the trial ESL lesson? That’s what today’s webinar is all about!

Watch: ‘How To Give a Great Trial ESL Lesson’ 

About the host: 

Chris Rush has been teaching English exclusively online since 2012. He has taught over 1,000 students from over 100 countries, and he helps teachers successfully make the transition to online teaching. You can read more about Chris’ story here.

About Off2Class:

Off2Class is an ESL Teacher Toolkit designed for blended environments (screen-equipped classrooms, online lessons, and one-2-one tutorials). It’s comprised of a vast Lesson Content Library, a Free Placement Test and Free Interactive Games.
‘How to give a great trial ESL lesson’ concludes our professional development webinar series for 2016! As a reminder, you can watch all of our webinars here.

Let us know how you structure your trial ESL lessons below!

And as always, let us know what topics you’d like us to cover in our 2017 professional development webinar series!


  • Brett says:

    December 23, 2016 at 12:47 am

    Great webinar. I was locked out and didn’t get to watch it live (too many got in the door first!)
    However, I watched the replay and felt quite re-envigorated!
    Am I able to find a link to that two-page summary that Chris talks about at the beginning?

    • Kris Jagasia says:

      December 23, 2016 at 1:03 am

      Hi Brett! Glad you enjoyed. I’ll let Chris answer you on the 2-page summary. Perhaps you’re referring to his video walkthrough of his profile: ?

      • Brett Phillips says:

        December 23, 2016 at 1:15 am

        No, actually I’m talking about the webinar from Wednesday where Chris Rush discusses using Off2Class for having an awesome trial lesson.

        • Kris Jagasia says:

          December 23, 2016 at 1:22 am

          Sorry Brett, no I was referring to your comment ‘two-page summary that Chris talks about at the beginning’

    • Chris says:

      December 29, 2016 at 1:55 am

      Here you go, Brett!

      • Brett Phillips says:

        December 29, 2016 at 5:39 am

        Great, thanks so much Chris.
        I really enjoyed the webinar (replay) too!

  • James Rantell says:

    December 27, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Hi Kris,
    I’ve just watched the recording of Chris Rush’s webinar on How to Give a Great Trial ESL Lesson. I was very encouraged to learn that, like me, he is a great believer in Off2Class and incorporates the placement test and builds the package plan around it.
    I am also curious about his two page cheat-sheet and wondered if you still had the link to this. I guess I can always contact Chris directly about this but if you have it I would be most grateful if you could pass it on.
    Many thanks,

  • Jacquelyn Mattingly says:

    August 2, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Hello Chris! I just finished your youtube video about how to give an awesome trial lesson, am I still able to retrieve the cheat sheet?

  • Gulnara says:

    March 14, 2019 at 6:50 am

    Hello, I am from Kyrgyzstan

  • Ryan says:

    July 1, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Hi. Another great video. I plan to use the assessment and off2class. Would I go over the assessment and a mini lesson based on errors during the “show the mechanism”?

    • Chris says:

      July 1, 2019 at 2:03 pm

      Hi Ryan, thanks! Yes, definitely go over the assessment, but you may not have time for the mini lesson, and that’s OK — as long as you’re mapping out what lessons will look like, that will be enough!

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