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An ESL Teaching Journey

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From Chalkboards to Clicks: My Wild Ride Teaching ESL Online


Hey there! I’m here to share my rollercoaster journey of teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to go from teaching in classrooms filled with energetic kids in Vietnam to staring at your computer screen trying to connect with students online, well, buckle up.

From Vietnam with Love

So, picture this: me, fresh out of my teaching program, ready to take on the world. I landed in Vietnam and started teaching at schools and learning centers. Let me tell you, nothing builds character like a classroom full of beginners who repeat every question you ask because they don’t realize it’s a question. Add to that, driving to work during the rainy season, sweating in a shirt and tie because the air conditioners didn’t work half the time. But I loved it! The kids were enthusiastic, and every day was an adventure.

After a few years, I decided to make a move to online teaching. I started with one of those big Chinese companies. You know the ones, where you’re pretty much an actor in a sitcom, complete with props and exaggerated expressions. It was a fun gig, but after a while, I thought, “Hey, why not go independent and make this teaching thing more personal?”

The Material Maze

Here’s the kicker: going solo sounds great until you realize you need good teaching materials. Cue the montage of me hunched over my laptop at 2 AM, surrounded by empty coffee cups, desperately searching for decent lesson plans online. Spoiler alert: most of them suck.

Creating my own material was another level of commitment. It was like cooking a gourmet meal when all you really want is a microwave burrito. At first, my lessons were a hot mess. Think of it as a Frankenstein curriculum – bits and pieces cobbled together, some parts working, others…not so much.

The Eureka Moment

After a lot of trial and error, and maybe a few minor breakdowns, I finally hit my stride. I created a curriculum that was actually fun and effective. My students were getting it, and more importantly, they were enjoying it. I felt like a rockstar.

One day, I shared my materials with a teacher friend. He took one look and said, “Dude, you’ve got to make this available to other teachers.” And just like that, I was in the curriculum business. I started a website and, to my surprise, other teachers loved it too. They kept telling me how their students were learning faster and how they were getting more referrals because of it.

The Sweet Success

It wasn’t long before the positive feedback started rolling in. Teachers were raving about how their students were progressing at lightning speed and how much easier their teaching lives had become. And the best part? Their students were actually enjoying the lessons. Who knew learning English could be fun?

I was so busy with new students and positive feedback that I actually had to turn away some clients. It’s a good problem to have, but still, it’s a testament to how well my system works. It’s incredibly rewarding to see students who struggled with other curriculums start to thrive with mine.

Lessons Learned

So, what have I learned through all of this? First off, the right materials can make or break your teaching experience. You can be the most enthusiastic teacher in the world, but if your materials suck, your lessons will too. Secondly, perseverance pays off. It took a lot of late nights and coffee-fueled work sessions, but in the end, it was worth it.

Give It a Try

If you’re an ESL teacher tired of sifting through subpar materials or spending hours creating your own, why not give my curriculum a shot? I’ve poured my heart and soul into it, and it’s been a game-changer for both me and the teachers who’ve used it. You don’t have to take my word for it—try it out for free at and see the difference it makes in your teaching and your students’ learning.

Final Thoughts

Teaching ESL online has been a wild ride, full of highs and lows, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. If you’re thinking about making the switch to online teaching or going independent, just remember: it’s not going to be easy, but it will be worth it. Keep pushing, keep experimenting, and most importantly, keep caring about your students.

Thanks for reading my story. If you’re in the teaching game, I hope it inspires you to keep going. And if you’re a student, well, now you know a bit more about what goes on behind the scenes.

Happy teaching!

Teacher Shane

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