I'm continuing the Fluent Show's little business series with a solo episode about online language teaching.
Last week you already heard a little bit about how Lindsay and I got started, what we value in our businesses and our brutally honest views about both the sacrifices and the rewards of doing this work.
So in today's episode:
I've got three fundamentals that I believe made me a better language teacher.
- Let your student do their student thing. Allow them to know their own answers and ask more questions.
- Put effort into explaining grammar in a way that makes sense.
- Make the tech and the setup a non-question. This includes boundaries.
In today's show, I'm also answering a listener question from Chenelle about successful collaborations
How do I go about approaching someone about my project in order to get them to come on board with me?
For us as one-person enterprises, it's often so beneficial to collaborate with others when it comes to creating successful projects like courses, books, and lessons. Look around you and you will see DOZENS of collaboration examples. In the online teaching space, here are a few that are successful:
- Languagelovers.au by Penny and Bec in Melbourne
- Con Parole Nostre by Elfin, Silvia and Barbara in 3 countries
- Women in Language by Lindsay, Shannon and me (and all of you!)
And of course let's not forget [Teach & Thrive](www.fluentlanguage.co.uk/teach-thrive) by Lindsay and me. And [German Uncovered](www.german2019.com) by Olly and me. You've got me, I love collaborating. It's more social, compensates for weaknesses and creates cool results.
So how do collaborations work best? How do you become a success? Listen in to hear my 5 most important tips - all hard won through experience.
Thank you to Maria for this episode introduction. Sorry about the slightly lower quality sound - next week back to the usual high standards.
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