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A while ago, I wrote an article about how to teach a trial session. In that article, I mentioned that my trials (or first lessons) are normally quite informal and conversation-based. However, it doesn’t make sense to have just a pleasant conversation with a student. So let’s discuss how to ask the right questions which will make your student feel confident about future lessons and will encourage him to book further lessons with you.

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When I first came to Lima, I knew almost nothing about the city. I had heard of Miraflores and knew that it is one of Lima’s richest and most touristic suburbs. However, I’ve always been a bad tourist, meaning I’ve hardly ever bothered to read guides or internet sites about the places I’ve travelled to.

I arrived at my AirBnB at night and although I knew that it had an ocean view, I had no idea what my surrounding was like.

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Hoy tengo el placer de presentarte a Estefy, una profesora de español de Argentina que vive en Valencia, España . Conocí a Estefy hace poco tiempo, primero solo por Facebook pero mientras tanto charlamos por Skype también. Estefy es la profesora perfecta para ti cuando quieres aprender más que gramática y vocabulário porque su enfoque está en la cultura y como el idioma y su uso nos enseña mucho sobre un país o una región y su gente.

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Back in the 1990’s, I lived in Brazil and learnt Brazilian Portuguese. From December 2015 – March 2017, I lived in Portugal and would like to share my experiences with those two variations of the same language.

Was it easy to get along in Portugal speaking Brazilian Portuguese? Short answer: Everyone understood me but the problems started when Portuguese people answered back. In the beginning, I was really frustrated. When Brazilians speak, I understand almost everything and that was not the case at all in Portugal.

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I’m proud and thankful to present Luciana as my first interview partner here on Language Journeys. I first met her as my Portuguese teacher in 2015, so I can assure you that she’s a great teacher with a passion for her native language, a lot of patience and a dynamic teaching style. Later on, we became friends because we both lived in Portugal and had the chance to see each other in real life,

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I do admire people like Richard Simcott or Luca Lampariello who speak an incredible amount of languages at an advanced level and keep learning new ones all the time.

However, not everyone has to be a polyglot. A recent trip to Peru taught me that it’s time to be honest with myself.

When learning languages keeps you away from the real world

Learning languages kept me busy in recent years but it also kept me away from the real world.

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Sometimes, this question seems to be dogmatic. Like: If you don’t use your own material, you’re not a real teacher.

So let’s have a look at both possibilities, textbooks or own material.

Working with your own material

In most cases, “own material” is not as original as the expression suggests. When preparing their own material, teachers use texts from the internet, videos, pictures, excerpts and exercises from grammar books etc.

Authentic material taken from websites or newspapers for native speakers often has to be adapted,

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At the end of last year, I decided to raise my italki rates considerably. However, I felt bad about suddenly charging my current students 8 -10 US$ more per hour and tried to find a solution.

Other teachers group their students meaning that a student who already started to learn with them two years ago may book a different course at a lower price. It’s a possibility but I don’t like it very much.

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In this article, I’d like to talk about how to provide material when conducting an online lesson.

How do you present your material? How do you make it available to your students?

I’m not going to talk about what kind of material is most appropriate to use. This is actually a topic I intend to cover in my next article.

In general, you have these possibilities to  provide material: 

  1. Send it by email before the lesson
  2. Send it through Skype before or during the lesson
  3. Share your screen during the lesson
  4. Share links to websites or videos during the lesson
  5. Give your students the possibility to download the material

So,

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Some time ago, an English teacher in a Facebook group expressed her surprise about a student who had told her how important it was for him to have a good and personal relationship with the teacher.

Being as much a teacher as a student, I know 1:1 sessions from both perspectives and the importance of a good and personal relationship between a teacher and a student doesn’t surprise me at all.

How a teacher changed my life with his personal approach towards students

When I was seventeen,

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