Professional development for private teachers

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The course

If you are a private teacher, working online or face to face, and feel you need to brush up your teaching skills, this course is for you.

We designed this course in a way it is 100% customized to fit participants’ needs. Before the beginning of the course, the trainers will carry out a needs analysis process in order to determine a syllabus that is relevant to all participants.

Course calendar

This course consists of a total of 8 hours of live input sessions via Zoom. Sessions are recorded and will be available on the same day and participants will be able to revisit the recordings for one month after the end of the course.

April 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

All sessions will be held from 10 a.m to 11 a.m (Brasília time)


2 instalments of R$249,00
BRAZ-TESOL members in good standing are eligible for a special discount, get in touch with us!


Participants will submit an audio or recording of something they feel they need to improve in their teaching, for instance, giving instructions, presenting language, classroom management, working with speaking etc. After that, trainers will give feedback and trainees will devise an action plan to put the trainers’ suggestions into practice.

Participants will receive a certificate at the end of the course.

The trainers

T. Veigga is Trinity CertTESOL tutor in training, teacher, teacher trainer and materials designer based in Rio. He holds a BA in Languages (UFRJ), a Specialisation in Media-Education (PUC- Rio), the CPE, and Delta Modules 1 and 2, currently working on module 3. He has written articles on various subjects related to teaching, as well as presented at conferences in Brazil and abroad. An active member of the ELT community, T. is part of the BRAZ-TESOL advisory council and has been a pedagogical coordinator for BrELT since 2015.

Sérgio Pantoja is a CELT-P and CELT-S tutor, teacher, teacher trainer and Cambridge speaking examiner (Main Suite and YLE) based in São Paulo. He holds, among others, the CPE, a degree in Languages, a postgraduate degree in English Language Teaching and Translation, a TESOL Certificate from the University of Oregon, USA, and the Delta. His Delta Module 3 Specialism focused on LDT (Language Development for Teachers). Sérgio will be an advisory council member for BRAZ-TESOL in 2019/2020.


Will I learn about contracts, receiving payment and other bureaucratic issues involved in being a private teachers?
No, you will not. Our course will focus solely on the pedagogical aspects of teaching privately.

Is this course going to teach me how to be a private teacher?
We feel being a private teacher is something very complex and there is only so much we can do in eight hours.

How is this course different?
Our course is going to have a syllabus that is tailored to its participants. If there is something that you particularly struggle with in your lessons, we are going to help you with that. Something that private teachers often complain about is the feeling of isolation and lack of feedback from another ELT professional. In our course, we will watch a snippet of your lesson and give you feedback. After that, you will think of an action plan, which you will also receive feedback on.

Is this course going to teach me how to be an online private teacher?
Despite being an online course, this course will not focus on online teaching, but on being a private teacher as a whole. There are some free, high-quality courses if you are more interested in learning more about teaching online, such as this one from Future Learn.

Will I learn marketing techniques and how to sell my services as a private teacher?
We are teacher trainers with more than 15 years of experience in ELT and even though we sell our services as freelance trainers, we do not feel qualified to teach you about marketing.

How will this course help me with student retention?
A key factor for any private teacher is student retention. In our course, we approach this topic from a pedagogical point of view. If your lessons are engaging and students see results, they are more likely to continue studying with you and to refer you to their friends. We often see private teachers who are very good at selling their services, but students cancel after a short amount of time. Our course is going to help you improve the quality of your lessons by providing you with strong theoretical foundations and practical tips.

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