Even though our world is becoming more connected and increasingly global, there’s at least one area that is going in the opposite direction. And that area is media. Because of our personalised news feeds, cookies and other digital aids, a phenomenon called a ‘filter bubble’ has appeared. Eli Pariser coined this phrase in his 2011 TED talk where he describes his concern with web personalisation. A filter bubble means that you can get a different search results when googling something, compared to someone else, based on your previous search history.

A classic example is that people with liberal political orientation…

1. Extreme flexibility

When you’re a Language Teacher Rebel, you can set your own hours. You can also choose to move hours around. If you need to do something a particular date, you can shift your hours around to make up for it. You might wonder how this works for the learners. Won’t they be expecting you to have the same hours available every week? Some do, but most don’t. The reason why they come to you for language lessons online is flexibility. Many will come to you because they can’t attend a traditional language school for various reasons. They might travel for…

Working online back in 2003 in Auckland with a super cool laptop!

How do you become an online language teacher? Do you need any particular education? Any specific work experience? Do you need to be a language teacher to start with?

The answer is no.

All you need is a language to teach, an entrepreneurial mindset (or an interest in developing one), and a passion for helping people. Of course, if you have a background in language teaching, it will be even easier.

This was not the case for me though.

I come from Sweden. Although I was born in Stockholm, I grew up in rural Sweden three hours outside of Stockholm…

What do you need in order to teach a language online, as a self-employed language teacher? In this article, I’ll take you through some of my favourite tools that I use every week when I run my online teaching business, and that make my life so much easier.

If you want to grab a full Tools and Resources Guide with all the tools and programmes that I use, click here.

1 Acuity

This is the booking system that I switched to early 2018, after nearly crying with frustration over my previous system, and I have not looked back once.

Here are the…

You may have heard of the gender neutral Swedish pronoun “hen“. It has been debated in Sweden during the past decade, and some people feel strongly about it. So what’s the fuss all about?

Swedish gender and pronouns

The Swedish language, like German, used to have three grammatical genders: masculine, feminine and neuter. This started to change during the 14th century and the Swedish language today has two grammatical genders: the common gender (indefinite article en and pronoun den) — a merged form of masculine and feminine, and neuter gender (indefinite article ett and pronoun det).

Swedish also uses the third person pronouns han

I’m a Language Teacher Rebel. I run my own business as a language teacher, and I work from home. Or from anywhere that has a Wi-Fi connection. I create and sell material, and I interact with people on Skype from all over the world, every week. All of this has been possible because of digital technologies and the era we now live in.

In the past, being a language teacher meant working in some kind of physical school or classroom environment. The school would advertise their courses and students would turn up and enrol in a course.

If you were…

Anneli Haake

I help language teachers to become Language Teacher Rebels by teaching the steps to set up and market their teaching online.

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