Tonight I had my first slightly sad moment in what has otherwise been an incredibly exciting and fascinating foray into the world of ELT. I had received a lot of emails via the Blabmate platform from a girl called Viki (*fake name) who almost started to sound quite desperate in her quest to improve her English. After my first ever paid lesson with my lovely Korean student, I called her and we had a nice little initial chat so I could see what her level was. Her English was great, but upon learning that the point of the Blabmate platform is to facilitate a business transaction between student and teacher, she became instantly hesitant. She comes from Albania, and she said her circumstances were tough, and that she would be unable to afford the suggested price of £8 per 40 minutes. It was a hard decision to make, as I would like to help everyone, but I am also currently working a full-time job based 60 miles from my home, trying to study for my CELTA course and then trying out online teaching on the side. This means, unfortunately, that I will probably be unable to help Viki…but I will certainly send her some resources where she can try and speak English without so much financial outlay.
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