Phil Wade’s 10-Minute Intro site is great for Business English teachers, which most freelancers are, naturally. You should give it a look. There is a great Dogme book and an interesting Sustainability one which is essential for those jumping in to freelance/agency teaching.
The other day I was teaching an upper-intermediate student who had difficulties presenting her ideas about a process. She said she finds writing much easier than speaking.
“You should start an audio diary,” I suggested.
“What do you mean?” she asked.
I know that I haven’t put up a podcast in a while; I am working on something that I hope is really cool.
In the meantime, here is an interesting podcast for intermediate speakers and higher.
I particularly recommend it for TOEFL or IELTS students but anybody who likes philosophy or thoughts about life should find it interesting.
There are so many different standardised tests available to test your English skills: the Cambridge certificates, TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS, BULATS and, here in Japan, the Eiken/STEP test.
For a lot of people, these tests are pointless. If you need the certificate to get a job or a college place, go for it. If not, read on.