Frequently Asked Questions
Is Insights to English only for ESL?
No, the concepts presented can be useful for anyone learning English. Our focus this year is on ESL/EFL in the classroom, but we will soon expand to English for home-schoolers, the English in standardized tests like college entrance exams, and English language exams like TOEFL, IELTS, and YLEs.
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 being said, most videos were designed so that students could follow along as well. If you like, you can try showing a video or slideshow to your students to see if either works for them. Check out the Video Guide page for some tips.
Does your material 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 angle because your current materials just aren't getting through to your students, that's when you use our videos. Or use ideas on this site to give your students a fun side-project.
Do you have any worksheets I can use?
Some, but honestly not much. That's not the point of Insights to English. Besides, there's already tons of workbooks and worksheets out there that you could buy or download for free. When we think of a unique worksheet idea, we'll make one, but we'll leave the creation of standard exercises to others.
Our focus is on presenting topics with a new perspective. When it comes to practicing those topics, it's up to you to find the materials to do so.
I'm a self-taught English learner. Can I use your resources?
What's the difference between ESL, EFL, ELA, and other acronyms?
ESL stands for 'English as a Second Language' and is for learners who are now in English-speaking countries. EFL stands for 'English as a Foreign Language' and is for learners in their native countries. Some teaching styles may differ between the two, but the curricula are essentially the same.
The 'T' in TESL and TEFL stands for 'teaching', so you can figure out the rest.
TESOL is the profession that includes TESL and TEFL collectively. ELA (English Language Acquisition) is a newer term the U.S. government uses for ESL and EFL programs.
The bottom line is that they are mostly the same, with just slight difference between them. "ESL" is most widely used by laymen as a blanket-term for all of that, so that's what we use on this website. Assume its use applies to the other acronyms as well(unless otherwise specified).
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.
Why do you need people to support you?
We don't charge money to access individual videos or other resources. We love education and believe knowledge should be shared freely. However, we do need money to keep our business running.
How much money are we talking about here?
If you can spare just a few dollars, pounds, or euros a month, that would be very helpful. Instead of a few people giving us a lot of money, we rely on a lot of people giving us just a little money. So tell your friends about us!
If you can give a higher amount, we'd love that! But if you're tight on cash, it's no problem; you still get our stuff for free!
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!