Choosing The Right Materials to Stand Out in Your Interview & Ace Your Demo Lesson

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You got an interview for an ESL teaching position — congrats! But they asked you to prepare a demo lesson… or, during the interview, they ask you what you plan to use for materials. Don’t worry! This session will help you be prepared. Using lesson plan providers is a great way to supplement lessons and materials that you’ve already made in your personal portfolio. This session will help you choose which lesson plan company will work for you, and then, which lesson plan to choose for your demo lesson!


Tara Benwell
VP of Publishing @ Ellii Tara Benwell is the VP of Publishing at Ellii. She manages the publishing team, which is made up of writers, editors, artists, designers, and assistants. Tara has been working with Ellii (formerly ESL Library) for 16 years, first as head writer and later as the company’s social media manager. During her career with Ellii, Tara, a former ESL teacher, has written and revised hundreds of materials in a variety of sections, including her two favorites: Discussion Starters and Phonics Stories. Tara lives in Windsor, Ontario.
Chris Rush
Head of Community @ Off2Class Chris Rush is the Head of Community for Off2Class and is responsible for leading all aspects of its direct-to-consumer sales strategy. Over the last five years, Chris built one of the most passionate product-focused teacher communities on the web (10k+ active members). He leads sales to a broad spectrum of teachers in more than 120 countries, ranging from solo teacher entrepreneurs and online schools, to global NGOs and private international schools. Whatever the client, when it comes to direct-to-consumer sales at Off2Class, Chris ensures that teachers occupy the driver’s seat.
Erin Hernandez
Owner @ Larchmere Language Services Erin Shaw Hernandez is an experienced TESOL professional with expertise ranging from teaching in the classroom to owning and operating an accredited language school. She received a MA TESOL degree from Brigham Young University, and has extensive experience in curriculum and program development, teacher training, language assessment and program marketing.
Jake Young
Founder @ Fluentize Jake Young is a certified EFL instructor with over nine years of teaching experience in his own private teaching practice in Prague, with a specialized focus on General English, Business English, and conversational English. He is also a “teacherpreneur” and founder of Fluentize, an online resource creating modern and engaging ESL lesson plans based on real-world videos for English language teachers with teenage or adult students. Fluentize was born out of Jake’s frequent use of authentic videos with his own private student clientele in Prague, resulting in him developing his own video-based learning materials and spinning it off into a platform for other teachers to use and enjoy.

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