Exactly one year ago, I sat through my very first lesson on Preply. I was unsure if this adventure would end sooner than it started, but 12 months later, here I am, still talking about it. Sit down, relax and read the story about the time I was questioning my solo venture when suddenly an… Continue reading One year on Preply🎊
Preply – So…when does it get good?
I have been a Preply tutor for almost five months, and as I've said before, it was an instant success. As with anything in life, some people may have an experience completely different from mine. The other day I was asked if the platform gets any better. Here is a post tackling this question. I… Continue reading Preply – So…when does it get good?
Group lessons on Preply
Preply is an online teaching platform that I've been using for the last three months. It's mostly known for its 1:1 lessons, but recently I received a notification saying that I'd be an ideal candidate for their group lessons. After some thinking, I decided to give it a go and see if this option is… Continue reading Group lessons on Preply
Starters – Listening Part 4 – FRUIT!
Language exams can be taken at pretty much any age possible - very young learners included! There are many opinions for and against examining children. Some people believe that we need to prepare to take exams early on, and get ready for the adult world, filled with examinations, courses and certificates. Others believe that children… Continue reading Starters – Listening Part 4 – FRUIT!
5 ways of keeping private students
Ever since I started working with private students, I quickly realized that this is what I'm good at, and as a result, I love doing it. I think that it's safe to say that I think about my students a lot. I always think about new lesson ideas and plan classes that will benefit them… Continue reading 5 ways of keeping private students
Valentine’s Day-themed C1 speaking
There are only a few days left until Valentine's Day. Why not take a breather from exam preparation, and talk about something that all teens and young adults love - love. If you want to talk about romance and everything related, have a look at this no-preparation Cambridge C1 exam speaking practice. One of my… Continue reading Valentine’s Day-themed C1 speaking
Thanks, but no thanks!
When you first start teaching, saying 'NO' will be one of the most challenging things you will have to do. There are so many situations that come to mind when I should have said no, but didn't and regretted it instantly. I also remember the very first time I stood up for myself and then needed… Continue reading Thanks, but no thanks!
Your year in preview
Let's forget about the past and start looking into the future! In my time teaching, I've taught the New Year's resolutions class one too many times! That's why I decided to switch it up just a notch. This year I dove into 2022 predictions about the world. I mean, the world is so unstable right… Continue reading Your year in preview
The Christmas Countdown
If you live and teach in one of the European countries, it's almost impossible to avoid Christmas-themed lessons. A year ago, when I worked at an academy in Alicante, I was asked to prepare a short Christmas video or project with some of my younger groups. With my Movers group (ages 7-9), we spent about… Continue reading The Christmas Countdown
Technical language vs. ESL
ESL teachers are expected to know all about the language. Of course, we have no problems explaining grammar, preparing for the exams and of course, going over the most commonly used vocabulary. What happens when you have to teach something you have no expertise on? Should ESL teachers have any other educational background to be… Continue reading Technical language vs. ESL