*Comment "listening" below if you're interested. Three years ago we launched our flagship course: Teaching Listening Made Easy. It was the height of the pandemic and we like many had just moved our business from a face-to-face model to an online model. We had no idea if it would work. As soon as things shut down, we ran a series of webinars called "Pedagogy before Technology." The aim of the series was to help teachers make the transition from their physical classroom to their digital one. You can see a recording of one of those sessions here - we all look a bit younger 🤣 What came of that session was a niche we didn't know existed up until that point: how to teach listening skills. We got message after message about listening and how teachers struggled to improve the SKILL of listening and not just TEST comprehension. From that, Teaching Listening Made Easy was born. It's a course that walks you through the steps of: - teaching the skill of listening - creating autonomous learners in their listening - using any authentic text with any student - never having to plan again - a transferable process you can use in any course you design We tackle three essential stages of a listening lesson: 1. Pre-listening 2. While listening 3. Post listening And how - with this process - you won't need to plan again and your student will be able to see remarkable progress in processing and overall listening skills. It's also by far our most successful standalone course we've produced. To honour the 3-year anniversary, we're offering anyone the chance to jump in and take the course at a 30% discount. At our roots, CPD and how languages are learned is why we started LYE in the first place. This course really does embody that, at least to us. If you want to take how you approach listening to the next level, comment "listening" below or send us a message and we'll get you access to the course for the discount.
Hey there! Welcome to the Teacherpreneur Support Network! @Michael Landry , @Leonardo Gomes and I are excited to have you here. Over the past half decade, we’ve surveyed thousands of teachers from around the world, and there are two things they are passionate about: finding news ways to improve their teaching and having a steady income. These combined play a major role in teacher wellbeing, and the main goal of this community is to help you develop in both of these areas. To kick things off, Step 1: Make your first post HERE by using the template below: Let everyone know: 1. Your name 2. Why you joined this community 3. Are you focused on developing your teaching skills, improving your income, or both? 4. Your idea for a teaching business or new product 5. Your goal for the next 30 days 6. What you're looking for help with in this community. Step 2: Learn how to get unstuck & set up your foundations - start with Module 1 here. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The goal of this network is to help YOU and other aspiring teacherpreneurs feel confident in setting up their teaching businesses the right way. Watch the video below, answer the poll, and introduce yourself as an orientation to the platform and this community. The community here will be what we all make it. Let's not consume passively but rather contribute actively, build accountability, and help each other along the way. Some ways to do this: - make useful posts consistently - share tips that have worked for you - ask good questions - offer advice to those you believe you can help One thing is for sure: everyone here wants to see YOU succeed.
We took our passion for working with language educators and formalized it into an official business. This was powerful because it shifted our mindset and made a big difference financially. Here’s how. 1. We chose a name and set out to make it our own. We used a service called Business Development Centre here in Canada to make sure our name was available. Find a similar service in your country. 2. We registered our business with our provincial authorities. Once we knew our name was ours, we registered our company as a partnership. You will need to choose if a partnership or sole proprietorship works best for you. The key question is: Do you work alone or with others? Decide now and fill out the relevant forms. 3. Take your name and registration number for your business to a bank and open a business account. You can use your current bank or choose a new one. We chose the cheapest one. We each chipped in $250 bucks to open an account and paid $7 a month in fees, which covered a handful of withdrawals (to cover bills) and unlimited deposits. We just deposited enough upfront for business expenses such as space rentals and refreshments for our workshops. You could probably open one with $100 if you work online and have no overhead. The reason you need to have a separate account is so that you can use your business account (not your personal account) to cover business expenses. It’s just good accounting practice. 4. Set up your tax account with your country’s tax office. In Canada, companies can create a business account with Revenue Canada. As you grow, you will need to report and remit tax collected to your local governing body. You just provide your business information and banking details. 5. Stay on top of these accounts. Make sure that you update your accounts with any changes as they happen. For example, you might move, or you might need to renew your provincial or state license. Update this information in the relevant portal. It takes 5 minutes but saves you heaps of time and stress later on.
Hello. My name is Paul Jacobs. I live in Okinawa, Japan. I work as a freelance consultant in the field of language learning. I specifically work as a researcher for an Institute here in Japan that provides research based ideas to the general public in the target language (Japanese). I also work teaching young children (preschool to primary school age children) English with a special emphasis on helping children with learning difficulties. I have been working in this field for about 11 years. I joined this community because I want to grow my business specifically teaching children with specific learning difficulties, but I know I will hit a wall if I have to go to more schools myself. I want to find a way to help these children but not over book myself. I am not completly sure what my goals should be for the next 30 days, but my first step was to join a community and actually get started on this journey so here I am.
I am a bit late with my introduction! My name is Camila, I am an entrepreneur from Brazil who has been juggling with her teaching businesses for quite some time already! 😂 Always glad to be part of a community managed by Andrew, Leo and Mike, love u guys! (Brazilian warmth can’t be hidden nor disguised!) 🤣 Hope I can help and share whatever is important to the community … ❤️
Hi everyone! I'm Lori. I'm from the US, but I live in Peru where I teach online. I help adults improve their professional lives by feeling confident when they have conversations in English. I've been teaching 1-on-1 classes, but now I want to do other things - courses, workbooks, etc. I have two courses in the planning stages now about listening. I've followed LYE on and off, so I'm excited to see what the community here is like!
Hello everyone. Glad to be here with you. My name is Safa and I've been mainly teaching English to adults,on and off, for almost 9 years. Currently Working as a freelancer teaching 121 online. I joined this community because I need a place where I can connect with like-minded people- people who can give me the boost I need to become a successful teacherpenure. I'm also looking to learn about the dogme/TBLT approaches as I believe they will help me a lot to cut down on prep time and achieve work-life balance, which is exactly why I decided to venture into freelancing and online teaching. One of the teaching areas I'm interested in the most is learner autonomy. I've always believed that autonomous learners can attain their goals faster. It's also our duty as teachers to equip our students with the tools needed to build those effective study habits so they can continue their learning outside our classrooms. Thus, I thought It would be a great idea to create a whole course around this topic. The aim of the course is to help students be their own teachers. I would teach them some learning techniques (e.g, noticing lexical chunks, recording language on their notebook , reviewing vocab using active recall techniques, working on their mindsets , building a system they can stick to, creating an action plan, etc.) My goal for the next 30 days would be to come up with a topic outline of my course and think of the course format (mostly asynchronous) with one or two live sessions. Do you think this is a good idea for an online course? Your feedback is highly appreciated. By the way, I'm using your free e-book "Course Creation Workbook" to get things done .So you're helping me already. Thank you so much, guys ( Leo, Andrew, & Mike). You're the best.
Hey all! Hope you're free to join @Leonardo Gomes and me tomorrow (Wednesday) for a live workshop on lead generation for your business. We're excited to announce this new series - something we'll be doing every other Wednesday here inside TSN. Whenever we ask you what your biggest challenge with your business is, the vast majority of you say that finding clients/students is the #1 obstacle. This is usually due to a lack of lead generation and keeping those leads warm. So in this session, we'll dive into: 1. What a lead magnet is and how to create an effective one 2. Three types of lead magnets to consider 3. How to avoid the common pitfalls of lead magnets - it not LEADING to paying clients Remember: if people say 'no' to your free stuff, you're likely asking too much of them. We'll strategize how to avoid this as well. So, join us tomorrow for this session. The recording will be available here afterwards as well. We want this community to be as valuable and useful to you as possible - if you have other tips and suggestions for what you'd like to see here, drop it in the comments. *See the calendar for the session link and time.
Hi everyone, I'm Nick from the UK. It's good to be here with you all. 🙂I work as an independent teacher helping busy adults to improve their communicative competence. I'm here because I'd like to improve my marketing and find a clearer, more effective message. At the moment I'm developing a semi asynchronous course on speaking skills.
Thanks to everyone who attended today's session on lead magnets. Here's the recording for those that missed it. We discussed: - the criteria for a lead magnet (i.e. to "lead" as a verb) - 3 types of lead magnets you can use - how to have quality leads take action - why you should be hesitant to create one without an offer @Leonardo Gomes and I do these every Wednesday, so see you at the next one! After conceptualizing an effective lead magnet, the next step is to actualize it by nurturing these leads passively into paying clients. We also dive deep into these concepts inside our TAP program. We're running a free 7-day trial right now for 5 people to test out their lead magnets with us free of charge. If you're interested, comment "magnet" below and we'll get you set up. Thanks for attending! And of course drop any questions about lead magnets below and we'll help the best we can.
In our Teacher Accelerator Live Q&A this week, we talked about needing to provide quality value for free to get people to invest time in you. This also relates to what @Andrew Woodbury and @Leonardo Gomes talked about in their live session on Lead Magnets on Wednesday. Think of your niche and the problem you help them solve. What content do you have to make cold leads warm and get them to start investing their time in you? Share below or reach out in the DMs.
Hello TSN community! This is Adrian from Spain. I came to know LYE recently and have been following you guys since then. Love what you do! I want to have accountability and support for my business ideas to move from 1:1 sessions and being paid per hour to a more flexible lifestyle, spending time on what I love most: motivation, mindset, listening and pronunciation. My business is called: The Language Potential and I promote a stress-free environment where learners can develop their language skills in a healthy way. I offer coaching sessions, although right now I'm creating a crash course for people to become independent learners To launch the course and offer it first to my former and current learners. As I mentioned before, I'm looking for accountability, support, and any feedback you might want to offer. I'm a newbie in the concept of creating digital courses, but I would be glad to offer my help if anyone needs it. 😉 Ok, that's all from me. See you around! Adrian G.
According to Brown and Abewickrama (2010) listening is much more than just a linear process of recording strings of language as they are transmitted to our brains. Listening is complex. Here's what makes listening so difficult: 1️⃣ Clustering: Focusing on groups of words or phrases - aka “chunks”. 2️⃣Redundancy: Noticing and benefiting from repeated or rephrased words in unrehearsed natural speech (i.e. repetition, elaboration, insertions) 3️⃣Performance variables: Ignoring unnecessary parts like pauses, hesitations or corrections in speech. 4️⃣Colloquial language: Understanding slang, idioms, and cultural references. 5️⃣Rate of delivery: Keeping up with how fast someone speaks (and processing it). 6️⃣Stress, rhythm, and intonation: Getting the tone and rhythm of spoken language. 7️⃣Interaction: Handling the back-and-forth flow of conversation. Which one of these do your students struggle with? What else would you add? Let me know in the comments 👇
Hey everyone! Brad here, originally from South Africa, living in Spain coaching English. I joined this community because I want to take the next step in my language coaching business. I am still in the early stages but my idea is to create a course to help Spanish speaking industry professionals (IT, Sales, Executives) feel more comfortable communicating and expressing themselves in english for their careers. My goal for the next 30 days is to work on my LinkedIn and network. In this community I am looking for all round support and a space where I can learn and connect with others in this space! :)
Thanks for dropping by @Leonardo Gomes session today on marketing. We hope you enjoyed it. Here's the recording for your reference. CALL TO ACTION: Brainstorm a decoy effect for your offer and drop it in the comments below. We'll come up with these and help each other out. If you have any questions on the decoy effect or marketing in general, drop them below and we'll continue the conversation. Here are the talking points of the session: 1️⃣ Have you ever noticed how the introduction of a third option can drastically influence your decision-making? 🤔 2️⃣ Are you curious about the powerful strategies that successful companies like AMC, Starbucks, and "The Economist" have used to boost their sales by leveraging the psychology of marketing? 3️⃣ Do you want to unlock the secrets of consumer behavior, understand your prospects on a deeper level, and gain practical strategies to enhance your marketing efforts as a teacher entrepreneur? 🎯
Greetings everyone! My name is Parisa. I have been teaching English at language schools and universities for more than 15 years up until now. I have been actively engaging in personal development and self-awareness since 2019 that changes everything in my life. I have started from zero and have private clients as a life coach. However, I have had a feeling to combine my previous experiences to my passion. I have always loved how the mind works and mindset shifting. And since I have seen the changes in myself, I would like to help those who are learning or using a foreign language to express themselves confidently and freely, in short. I am structuring the content I would like to offer in an organized manner to effectively communicate my experiences using strategic and tactic approaches, which is my focus for this and next month. I have joined here because I believe in the power of community and the contribution we can give and receive, because I believe we are much greater than what we think we are. It was also a feeling to join here! Thank you for creating this Space, lovely people (don't know your exact name to mention, yet).
Hi guys. Great to be here 😊. My name is David. I have joined this community because I really like the stuff you post on Linkedin and the content of your emails. I am an English coach who helps Spanish professionals to communicate in English confidently. My goal for the next 30 days is to improve my teaching skills (dogme, reducing preparation time...), find out my niche and share experiences, ideas and challenges with this community.
I just want to say how awsome you three are, in terms of ELT and supporting novice (and experienced) teachers like myself, at 54 ! Really enjoyed the Geoff Jordan webinar, awaiting future ones like Nation, Krashen and others, and hoping to learn a bit on ELTeaching for my dual context in Egypt. Mainly, to help V. novice teachers in a poor village with grades 3-9 students learning English (PreA1 to A2), and to help adult caregivers (admins, nurses and clinicians A1 to B1) learn English within their capacity in our hospital group of 1000 ! Thanks again.
Hey there, when you are starting out on Instagram as a teacherpreneur, and you've chosen a niche in which you have experience but not a whole lot, is it better to start offering classes, or do you need to have a course already. Because even though I've created the course based on my experience with the subject and also with experience teaching some of my past students, I never fully immersed myself in this niche exclusively and now I want to. So the problem here is, I don't know how long it should last. I don't want to say the course lasts 4 months if I don't know for sure how much time the student will require to have a real transformation.😖
My name is Alexandre Melo, and I've joined this community due to my strong appreciation for its content. Not only did I thoroughly enjoy the material, but I also had the pleasure of discovering LYE through the guidance of a renowned and kind teacher named Fernanda. Her implementation of this knowledge in her lessons greatly impressed me. My aspirations are centred around growth and independence. Specifically, I'm eager to establish a presence on Instagram, attract more private students, and achieve a greater level of autonomy in my teaching journey. Simultaneously, I am diligently working towards obtaining my C2 proficiency certificate. Over the next 30 days, my primary objective is to expand my student base while delivering meaningful and impactful learning experiences. I hold a genuine curiosity about various teaching approaches featured on this platform, such as the concept of teaching without traditional textbooks. Thank you for your attention and assistance. I greatly value your guidance as I work towards achieving my goals. Warm regards, Alexandre Melo
Hey everyone! Thanks to everyone who joined us yesterday for our webinar with Geoff Jordan on SLA and language learning. Did you find it beneficial? What's one takeaway you have from the session? Geoff looked at the strong vs weak interface in TBLT as well as additional theories (hello, Krashen). More practically, we looked at two different approaches to the same task: who gets the job? One from a synthetic approach and one from an analytical approach. We hope the differences are clear and how using an analytical approach will really help you grow your business: it's outcome based. Let's keep the discussion going and ask any more great questions in the thread below.
Hi Everyone, Thank you for your ongoing involvement in TSN. While summer continues to heat up, the end of August 31st is the last day to sign up for lifetime access memberships to our Teacher Accelerator Program (TAP). We offer a free trial of our TAP coaching program. You can work 1-1 with Leo, Andrew, and me (Mike) for free for 7 days and get clarity on exactly where you see your business heading in the next 12 months. Sign up by August 31st, 2023, and you qualify for lifetime access. You can join for free right here: https://www.learnyourenglish.net/tap-free-trial
Hi all! My name is Nolan Schmalenberger. I'm an adult ESL teacher at a language school in San Diego. I used to do 1:1 tutoring as a side hustle and had a small income from it. I now work full-time at my school and don't have as much flexibility as I used to. That said, I'm looking to either ramp up the tutoring business again and/or build something different around hybrid teacher training for new ESL teachers. My goal for the next 30 days is to meet more folks and get the ball rolling in some direction. I'm looking for help/guidance/advice on becoming a teacherpreneur and also getting better as a teacher in the modern world. Looking forward to connecting! Nolan
We recently polled our mailing list on the most difficult aspect of growing their teaching business. If you responded, thank you very much - your insights are invaluable as we continue to improve how we help you the best we can. Over 40% of you said that finding clients is the most challenging aspect. So @Leonardo Gomes and I did a session last week on how to get 5 clients in 30 days. If you missed it, watch it here: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/andrew-woodbury-99378662_we-recently-polled-3k-teacherpreneurs-on-activity-7094726233447399424-LtzH?utm_source=share&utm_medium=member_desktop In the session, we outline a strategy to: 1. Get to your target monthly revenue within 12 months 2. A system to use to get there 3. Get the momentum going by getting your first 5 clients within 30 days The best part is you don't need social media to do it. After you watch, do let us know in the comments if you found this helpful and what questions you have about implementing it. We're happy to put together other trainings on aspects of growing your business quickly. Answer the poll question attached to this post to vote for what you need help with next and we'll put it together.
Hello to all. I'm returning after a long hiatus, in which I've simply tread the hamster wheel of selling my time doing 1:1 lessons online for an agency. While I enjoy many aspects of this work, I want to learn to implement strategies to build my confidence, narrow down to a niche, and grow as a teacherpreneur. Glad to be back!