Talk:Freelance teacher

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I'm wondering if I should bring the "considerations" section to the front of this article or hive it off by itself. "How to freelance" or something like that.--Bob M 10:40, 12 October 2009 (UTC)

found this while idling around Toast 10:43, 12 October 2009 (UTC)
Just glanced at it looks interesting. Might fidn some "inspiration" there too.
I've been thinking that country guides would be a good idea. Create a page for each country with the appropriate links to blogs or web pages which talk about jobs schools salaries or whatever. Might go well in that.--Bob M 10:49, 12 October 2009 (UTC)
Curious. What do people learn English for?
My ideas:
  1. to go to an English speaking country
    1. on holiday;
    2. on business;
    3. to live there;
  2. to conduct international business from e.g. Spain;
  3. to conduct business (inc tourism) with English speakers in e.g. Spain;
  4. to backup other educational stuff
  5. to obtain qualification for e.g. University entrance.
Others? Toast 11:27, 12 October 2009 (UTC)
Also: what qualification is aimed at if any? Toast 11:36, 12 October 2009 (UTC)
All these things and more really. For example, I've met students whose motivation was based on the fact that most members of the opposite sex spoke English, or that computer manuals are written in English or that they want to watch TV programmes and films in English. The reasons are as varied as the students.
There are many qualifications for both students and teachers. The university of Cambridge has a number of qualifications. In the US TOEFL grades are said to be important for university entrance. It's a whole world.--Bob M 12:16, 12 October 2009 (UTC)
I asked about the "why" because I thought it might give some idea how to cat the Conversation Questions so that they could have relevance to particular types of students. Some might be in "Business Questions", some in "Leisure Questions" or "Health Questions" and some in more than one of them. Holiday insurance in all three of these, but cycling in Leisure and Health. I'm thinking aloud (I think). Toast 15:55, 12 October 2009 (UTC)
Mmmmm. Could be, but I believe you may be over-thinking it. Most students will be studying, let's say, general English as opposed to English for specific purposes. It's important that such students have an opportunity to talk about a wide variety of issues. I know from my own experience that I'm pretty good at talking about things in the house and garden with my wife in Spanish, but some subjects never come up and when they do I sometimes find myself out of my comfort zone. So really I don't think that we'd really want to say "These are conversation topics suitable for x students".
Having said that, there might be teachers who use them in that way. They are certainly popular. So far this month 348 people have come in on a search with the key word word "conversation" and 191 on "questions". Other variations such as particular conversation topics also drive traffic. Unfortunately, I've got no data on how people actually use them as nobody provides feedback.--Bob M 09:49, 13 October 2009 (UTC)


I'm wondering if I should bring the "considerations" section to the front of this article or hive it off by itself. "How to freelance" or something like that.--Bob M 10:40, 12 October 2009 (UTC)

Quite a few of the subheads could be given their own articles as well as their entries here, I think. Toast 04:23, 13 October 2009 (UTC)
In the "considerations" you mean? For now I think they're better in one place, but if they continue to grown then I'd agree. I'm now thinking about something else. This article and Language school cover the same issue from different perspectives. I wonder if a side-by-side would be better?--Bob M 20:07, 14 October 2009 (UTC)


I've moved part of what Toast wrote about computers down a bit. Using computers in English Teaching is called CALL, it's an enormous subject in itself.--Bob M 08:09, 13 October 2009 (UTC)


I've cut most of the content as it's now at School v freelance.--Bob M 20:08, 14 October 2009 (UTC)

Only way to work[edit]

I don't know if this page is meant for discussion of the issue or the article, but in my opinion it's the only way to work.--Freelance 15:53, 20 November 2009 (UTC)