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General FAQs

Is Insights to English only for ESOL?

No, the concepts presented can be useful for teachers of English from any angle.  So far, we've based our methods on ESOL standards, but they can be applied to English in general.  Before long, we'd like to have material tailored more toward homeschooling, toward standardized tests like college entrance exams, and towards English language exams like TOEFL, IELTS, and YLEs.

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Do your methods replace the curriculum we've been using?

No!  All Insights to English resources exist to supplement your curriculum.  If you've been teaching out of a book, continue doing that.  When you reach a topic that could use a different approach because your current materials simply aren't getting through to some of your students for whatever reason, that's when you use our videos.

Do you have any worksheets I can use?

There are some great websites out there that provide resources you can simply hand to your students.  This isn't one of them.  We don't do worksheets because the point of Insights to to revitalize the ways in which you present grammar topics.  When it comes to practicing those topics, it's up to you to find the materials to do so.

I'm an English learner, not a teacher.  Can I use your resources?

You are welcome to use them, as we're sure they can be helpful to you.  But understand that our resources are meant for teachers.  To get the most out of these methods, it's best to have a teacher work with you.

Is Insights to English nonprofit?

As of now, we are not registered as a 501(c)(3) organization for logistical reasons.  However, we do run the business as a nonprofit: after covering expenses, every dollar we make goes back to producing and distributing more resources for educators.

Shouldn't it be 'Insights into English'?

Yes, that would be a more acceptable collocation.  However, the additional syllable throws off the rhythm; 'Insights to English' just sounds better.

Furthermore, our name implies from obtaining insights to producing English, which is what we're going for.


FAQs about the Videos

Why would teachers need to watch grammar videos?

Just because a teacher can speak English well doesn't mean they can give students all the answers at the drop of a hat.  Maybe you've been asking yourself all kinds of questions about how English works even if you've been speaking it your whole life.  Or maybe you've just delivered a fantastic explanation on a particular grammar point, only to be met with blank stares from half the class.  Maybe you've explained the same topic multiple times, but a couple students still can't grasp it.

Whatever the reason, sometimes it simply helps to try a new approach.  That's all our videos are: different approaches.

The videos are for you; what you learn from them is for your students.

Can I just show your videos to my students?

The purpose of the videos is for teachers to learn new methods of teaching various topics.  We suggest teachers watch the videos on their own, then adapt the method presented therein to suit their own teaching styles and classroom needs.  That said, most videos were designed so that students could follow along as well, especially if you turn the subtitles on.  You can try showing a video to your students to see if it works well enough for them, but it should be far more effective if you teach our methods yourself.

What happens after I watch a video?

The videos are all about the approach you take to presenting a grammar topic.  Next you have to apply it.  Consider all the other methods you have for teaching English and incorporate our approaches into them.  Your own teaching style is crucial, so don't set that aside.  Think of it this way: in our videos we recommend what to say to your students; how you say it to them is completely up to you.

If you wish, you can use our slideshows to present the grammar point with the same visuals as the video used.  You can also give your students some handouts that summarize key points of the video or that show a more detailed list of time expressions, for instance.  Also, our bonus notes and extended-cut videos can tell you some of the finer points like exceptions, constrains, alternatives, and more in case those things come up in class.

Finally, practice the grammar points with your students (both controlled practice and free practice).  Go back to your course books or find some worksheets for practice exercises, or use your own ideas!

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Support FAQs

We love education and believe knowledge should be shared freely.
— Erik Arndt, founder

Why do you need people to support you?

We don't charge money for access to our videos; we would rather share our methods freely.  However, we do need money to keep our business running.  The more people that support us, the more Insights can be shared with educators who are tight on cash.

How much money are we talking about here?

However much you can spare helps educators who don’t have anything to spare. If a small amount is all you can offer, we’d still be incredibly grateful!  If you can give a higher amount, we'd love that even more!

The best thing you can do is tell your fellow educators about us.

What would you do with my money?

We'd buy better equipment and software, and we'd hire more people.  This would improve the quality of our resources, increase the speed at which we release them, and allow us to include more types of resources.  So you get better and more stuff in the end!

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