About three weeks ago, I shared an idea in my Facebook group for Digital Nomad Language Teachers: I asked if anyone was interested in offering small group lessons and join forces to spread the word about the project and do the marketing together. Well, and now I’m working together with a group of language teachers from around the world to make this project become reality. During the past couple of days, I was approached by teachers and prospective students who wanted to know more.
In my article about how to optimise your course descriptions on italki, I listed a few possibilities of courses you may offer and promised to go more into detail as far as teaching them is concerned. So let’s start today with an article about how to teach test preparation.
Some teachers like to prepare students for official language exams, some hate it. Personally, I wouldn’t want to do this exclusively.
Esta vez tenemos otra entrevista en español. Hablé con Óscar Ortega, un buen amigo mío y marido de Luciana Pegoraro que fue mi primera entrevistada hace algunos meses. Óscar es dueño del blog UnIdiomaCadaVez que tiene un acente parecido a lo mío y se ha desarrolado en uno de los mejores puntos de contacto para hispanohablantes que están interesados en trabajar como profesor online de idiomas.
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Introverts are often very good language learners which is not too surprising. Language learning requires many skills which introverts have in abundance. They’re not easily distracted. They like to do things in the quietness of their homes. They can concentrate well. However, many introverts struggle with speaking their target language.
SHYNESS VS INTROVERSION
Many people seem to think that introverted people are shy. That may be the case but not necessarily. Shyness and introversion are two different things.
This is part 2 of my interview series “Teaching English in China”. I’m talking to people who either went to China to teach at Chinese universities or language schools or who work with Chinese students online.
In part 1 of the series, I interviewed Alexandra MacArthur from the US and this time it’s Cynthia Bil’s turn.
Cynthia is from Belgium and used to work as a special education teacher,
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As a professional italki teacher, you have the possibility to offer 5 different courses to your students and add descriptions to them. Many teachers don’t realise that this is a powerful tool to attract prospective students. The courses I see are often divided by level: English for beginners, English for intermediate students, English for advanced students. Or something similar. Even worse if there’s almost no or no relevant information in the course description.
When I started teaching online five years ago, I chose italki as my platform to find students and it has been working perfectly for me. However, at times, italki doesn’t accept new English teachers and competition has also increased. So you may decide that you need more opportunities, especially when you just get started. Or you may prefer to teach for a company so that you don’t have to worry about finding students at all.
This time I had the pleasure to do an interview with Waldir Prado who is originally from Peru but has been living in South Africa for quite a while and also likes to travel extensively. He’s a great example that the digital nomad lifestyle is not only for privileged people from the US or West Europe. Everyone can do it if he has the right attitude and mindset. Nationality, gender or educational background should never stop us from striving for the life we want.
Do you have to pay taxes when you teach languages and travel around the world? This is a delicate topic and I certainly don’t want to encourage anyone to evade taxes. If you’re a US citizen, you can skip this article, anyway because no matter what your personal situation is like, your government requires you to pay taxes.
I paid taxes when I still lived in Germany and I also did when I lived in Portugal in 2016.
Let’s imagine the following: You’re just getting started as an online language teacher but don’t have enough students yet to make a living. However, you’re keen to leave your home country and start travelling.
The most obvious solution is to go to a country with low living costs. Thailand and especially Chiang Mai are very popular among digital nomads in general. However, there are lots of other options. Finances are important but going to a place you’re not excited about just because it’s cheap,