Monday, June 2, 2008

E-book on Starting an ESL Business

Almost on a daily basis, I receive emails from folks asking questions about teaching ESL to adults. Some of the questions are about teaching methods or grammar--most of those questions I answer with links to certain pages on my ESL website.

I also receive many questions about the business part of running an ESL tutoring business. And lots of questions about how to get started. I usually write back to the questioner and sometimes write the answer here in my blog if I have the permission of the asker to publish his or her question.

I've decided to try to put all these questions and answers (and a lot more) in an e-book about how to start an ESL tutoring business.

I'll be referring to all the prior questions I've received, but I'd like this book to be very thorough. Please contact me with any questions you might have about starting and running an ESL tutoring business.

Thank you,


Melissa said...

What do you use as an Inital Assessment for adults?

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ElePran said...

I'd love a copy of the book.

Susan said...


I am currently teaching (and learning how to teach) EFL to native Spanish-speakers. I am soon to have another student; who was referred through an acquaintance. I was informed that she does not know anything about English (and therefore I need to "interview" her). My questions of dilemma are: What are the best questions and/or activities to go through to determine how much English the student actually knows?

Also, (provided that the student does not know anything about English) What do you recommend to be a good "first lesson"? I thought about going through the alphabet - pronunciations, and the sound that each letter makes when added to words.
Since my student is an adult, and the Spanish alphabet has some similarities to that of the English alphabet, I am concerned that this activity will be a bit juvenile.

I have been searching through the WWW as much and as often as possible, only to come up empty-handed regarding this issue.

I came across your blog while doing a search on "ESL Blog" (which btw is listed #3 in the Google search ;-) ) it seems to be a wealth of knowledge (Thank you!) and I really enjoy reading through it.

I would really appreciate your help on this matter.