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If you want to teach online, you can choose among several platforms, create your profile and start teaching. That’s exactly what I did when I registered at italki 5 years ago. It enabled me to quit my job and start living as a digital nomad – all without my own website.

You don’t need your own website when ….

  • you only intend to teach for a limited period of time
  • when you only want to teach for 1 –

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Today I had the pleasure to interview Gwendolyn from the USA who is another great example that digital nomads aren’t all in their 20’s and that it’s always possible to venture into a new life. Thanks for being an inspiration, Gwendolyn.

So here we go:

Gwendolyn is an online English teacher with the Chinese education company VIPKID. She became a digital nomad in 2014, at the age of 39,

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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.

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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.

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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.

¿Puedes contarnos un poco de ti?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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