Patrice Palmer, M.Ed., M.A., TESL

I help ESL/EFL teachers around the world develop their professional skills by providing instructional coaching, free teaching materials/resources and blogging weekly about teaching and learning issues and topics.

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Latest Blog Posts


How Teachers Monetize their Professional Skills

This is the first Fall in 20 years that I won’t be teaching English in a classroom setting....

Aug 23, 2016

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What does Michael Jordan have to do with teaching English?

Absolutely nothing but his quote about “never say never” applies to everything in lif...

Aug 20, 2016

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20 Ways to Learn Students' Names

Do you struggle to learn your students’ names?  The largest class that I have ever had...

Aug 15, 2016

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Winter Lyn Cohen, Program Manager of Con Ed (TESL), Kennesaw State University

“Today I linked to your blog and found several helpful tips for our trainees. With your permission, may I share the Top 5 Mistakes New Teachers Make with our externship group? I think it would be so valuable! I will also be passing along your blog to my instructors in the course. Thank you for this fresh and insightful resource!”

Bill Vastis, ESL Instructor

“I just wanted to write and say a very sincere thank you for all that you share in terms of free resources as well as the wisdom and knowledge that you are passing on through your blog. I really enjoy reading your blog posts. Please continue your excellent work. ”

Tanya Bemboleta, English Teacher

“ I just wanted to tell you how helpful your posts have been for me. I received great student feed-back which has led to being offered an extension on my contract so I am in China another year. You have truly been a great help in terms of resources. Thank you.”

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