Gerald Smith

Gerald Smith is an EL teacher, journalist and occasional poet. Originally from Texas, he now lives on a houseboat in Glasgow, Scotland with his partner and their two kittens.

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how to teach the IPA chart

Teaching English Pronunciation: How to Teach the IPA Chart

The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is an invaluable tool when teaching English pronunciation and listening, but many teachers struggle with how to teach the IPA chart. We’ll answer the question, “What is the IPA in ESL and EFL?” and offer some simple strategies and tips for teachers to effectively use the IPA chart in their […]

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English Tutor Marketplaces

How English Tutor Marketplaces Are Continuing to Evolve

Whether you are an independent online tutor, an ESL/EFL teacher at a language school or a language school owner or manager, a good grasp of ELT marketplaces is essential for understanding your students or customers, and for succeeding in an increasingly competitive field. A decade ago, the idea of online marketplaces, especially for language courses […]

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reflective teaching

What Is Reflective Teaching and Why Is It Important?

If you feel that your teaching is becoming a bit stale or you’re unsure of a lesson’s effectiveness, reflective teaching is the best way to regain your confidence and interest in ESL education. Let’s take a closer look at what reflective teaching entails, why it’s important, and how you can implement reflective practices in your […]

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IATEFL CONFERENCE 2022

Everyone eagerly put real faces to names they knew only from Zoom calls or Linkedin. Walking into the hall of the 55th International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language conference, it was impossible not to think about the state of the ELT industry. The past few years, with an assist from a […]

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stand out on English teaching platforms

How to Stand Out on Teacher Marketplace Platforms

Tutor marketplaces can be scary places for both veteran and new teachers. With hundreds of profiles, it can be hard to stand out on English teaching platforms. Let’s take a look at some easy ways you can increase your profile’s visibility and attract a lot more students. Earn Specialized Certification in Teaching English Online as […]

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