Training New Teachers on ESL Fundamentals - Part One

In a perfect world, you could easily fill your staff roster with fully trained ESL teachers. But few things are perfect when you’re launching your own school, or in school management in general. You may need to recruit teachers who have little or no training teaching English as a foreign language. As research has shown, ESL teachers need specialized training to do their jobs effectively. Simply practicing “good teaching” isn’t enough.
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Mistakes Your ESL School is Making

Mistake #1 Policy is Always the Answer
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How to Evaluate Your ESL Teachers Like a Pro

Ineffective teachers come with a hefty price tag. Research suggests that spending a single year with an egregiously underperforming teacher can cost a student as much as $1.4 million in lost lifetime earnings. They can also cause even the best-run ESL schools to lose valuable clients and credibility. A well-developed teacher evaluation plan, then, is essential for protecting both your students and your business.
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Conquer the Chaos: How to Develop Effective Classroom Management

True or false: Effective classroom management makes only a marginal difference in teacher retention and student outcomes.
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ESL CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT SERIES: WHO ARE YOUR STUDENTS?

By MK Argo
Here at Your Agora, we understand the Curriculum Development process can be tedious and confusing, especially when you're starting an ESL school. Through our series on ESL Curriculum Development, we will walk you through the important steps in this process to ensure your successful school will have the best curriculum possible!
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Guide to Understanding School Finances

Starting, running and improving an ESL school cannot take place without proper financial and operations management. Clear policies and procedures in the areas of finance, operations and risk are critical for a financially-sustainable school. By consistently implementing these policies and procedures, schools ensure their ability to serve current and future generations of students.
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How Your ESL School Can Go Paperless

Schools across the world are aggressively cutting back on the avalanche of paper sent home. They are taking advantage of much-cheaper and more efficient communication and administrative channels, such as online interfaces. While financial considerations are often the main motivation for this movement, some schools are seeing other major benefits. This includes eliminating student distractions, having a quicker ways of communication with parents about test results or swine flu outbreaks, and promoting environmentalism.
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Education Tech Trends in ESL Classrooms

We are living in an era of never-before-seen learning and instruction systems. The impact of modern technology on the education industry is rapidly growing. The results are impeccable — we are making instruction smarter, more accessible and efficient by using state-of-the-art tools.
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The Scientific Method to a Successful School

You're thinking of starting an ESL school, or already operate one, but would like to see it be more successful. But what makes a successful language school? How can your school join the ranks of the best? The answers may be found through the scientific method — observing, asking questions, forming an approach, acting, and analyzing your findings. Then, you evaluate the process and its conclusion and start again! Through this trial and error method, you will find the method that works for your school, make money, and, most importantly, bring your students to success.
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How to Make Money as a Language School Owner

Language schools have a significant impact on the economy. Surprised? Don’t be. Language instruction has proven to have impressive financial benefits in the countries where the industry is abloom. In fact, a 2014 BVA study by Campus France for French Language Training in France says that FSL (French as a second language) training provides $2.1 billion in direct economic profit to France. Moreover, the study pointed to a number of additional positive impacts of language instruction on the economy, beyond the net fund. These include:
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