Tips, Strategies, & Resources for Teaching English Online

  • AN AMAZING way to meet the needs of students needing to learn English skills
  • WHILE also giving yourself the flexibility of working from anywhere
  • AND either supplementing your income or bringing in a full-time income

That said…

Teaching ESL online can come with its fair share of challenges! That is why I’ve put together this page of resources for you.

If you teach English online remotely, then the resources and tips below are for you!



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1. Get the Right Level

Use a good assessment to gain insights into a student’s abilities in each language domain. If you don’t have a clear picture of where a student is, you’re not going to be able to plot a good course to help them get to where they need to go. Once you assess a student’s abilities in speaking, listening, reading, & writing, you can then choose content that is leveled to get them results.

You can grab the Kid-Inspired ESL Assessment for online teachers here if you haven’t had the chance to download it yet.

2. Get Students Practicing Consistently

Whether you’re teaching online or in a classroom, consistency is incredibly important. You need students to practice content consistently at regular intervals in order for that student to make progress. This means that you have to be careful about talking too much. This is obviously a big challenge with shy students who don’t particularly like to make conversation. You can feel a lot of pressure to fill in the gaps.

That is why you need a good curriculum like the Kid-Inspired ESL Curriculum which provides loads of structured speaking practice as well as listening, reading, and writing. The curriculum was developed in collaboration with actual teachers in a classroom and online and revised constantly over more than a decade to meet the needs of both teachers and students. We were able to get both shy and outgoing students talking loads and making awesome progress that both the students and the parents were impressed by.

3. Assess Student Progress Regularly

Be sure to check in with students at regular intervals to get a clear picture of how well they are doing with the content they are learning. Communicating these results with students’ parents regularly also helps parents understand better how they’re children are doing and build more trust with you as their teacher.

If you need a curriculum that has regular assessments built in, tools for tracking progress, and benchmarks to know where students need more work, you’ll want to check out the Kid-Inspired ESL Curriculum Membership. The Pro version of the membership comes with everything you need for teaching online.

4. Create a Positive Learning Environment

It’s a bit of a platitude, 😅 but foster a supportive and encouraging atmosphere with your students. Positive reinforcement, patience, and understanding goes so far in building students’ confidence and motivation to learn. That said, you want the encouragement to be meaningful which means that students actually have to work for it as well as make obvious progress in order to receive it. Students can tell when they have made progress and when they have not. Praising them just to praise them does not help, especially if they can tell your heart isn’t in it.


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