Today, I’d like to introduce a brand new website to you. It’s called didaski.com and is being developed by a group of language teachers with the aim to make our lives as teachers easier. Well, most of the work was actually done by my friend Óscar Ortega who is not only a language teacher but also a programmer and who designed this site from scratch. The website is not based on WordPress and therefore,
I come from a professional background (nursing) where working on weekends and public holidays is normal. This may be one of the reasons why I’ve offered lessons on Saturday and Sunday ever since I started as an online language teacher in 2012.
However, I realized that quite a few teachers don’t work on weekends. Or they do work on weekends but don’t like it. So I started a poll in my community for digital nomad online teachers and asked why or why not people work on weekends.
Language Journeys will take a break. It may last just for a short while or for a couple of weeks or longer. At this point, I’m not sure and have decided that this is all right. I have a lot of ideas for articles in my head but at the same time, I feel that I need to look after myself at this moment in my life and Language Journeys is too much related to my job as a language teacher –
Teaching offline is not the same as teaching online and teaching 1:1 is not the same as teaching groups. With Language Learning Club, we will offer online lessons in small groups of 4 students. This will be a new experience for most students but also for many teachers. Therefore, I decided to write this article about how to teach small groups online. I’m not an expert at all but I’ve worked with groups in the past and hope that my observations from those lessons will be helpful.
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 –
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.
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.
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.
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.