Tutoring Ethics: More Dos and Taboos for Novice English Tutors

  “Good judgement comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment.” —Rita Mae Brown (1944-), American writer and activist   What are some common ethical issues that arise for private English language tutors? How are they supposed to respond? What advice exists for novic… The post Tutoring Ethics: More Dos and Taboos for Novice English Tutors...

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Teaching Matters: Tips on Tutoring Conversation Skills to Adult ESL Students

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” ―Tony Robbins (1960- ), American motivational speaker What does it mean to effectively tutor conversation skills to an English language learner? How can you make the most of your time – typically 60-120 minutes – together? … The post Teaching Matters: Tips on Tutoring Conversation...

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Dwelling in Possibility: The Benefits of Intensive Reading for ESL Students

“A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.” ―Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), American poet What are the benefits of intensive reading for ESL students? How can reading for pleasure spark teachable moments in the English classroom? Reading can be a great – and over… The post Dwelling in Possibility: The Benefits of Intensive...

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Teaching English on Skype: Practical Platform Advice for Novice Online ESL Tutors

“Don’t be afraid to make a mistake. But make sure you don’t make the same mistake twice.” —Akio Morita (1921–1999), former chairman Of Sony Corporation What are some of the advantages of teaching English on Skype? How can you, the English teacher, make the most of Skype as an innovative educational … The post Teaching English on Skype: Practical Platform...

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Teaching with Skype: Practical Platform Advice for Beginners

“Don’t be afraid to make a mistake. But make sure you don’t make the same mistake twice.” —Akio Morita (1921–1999), former chairman Of Sony Corporation What are some of the advantages of teaching via Skype or other online video-chat options? How can you, the teacher, make the most of Skype as an inn… The post Teaching with Skype: Practical Platform...

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