How to Build a Language-Tutoring Business on the Cloud

Become a "Cloud-Tutor" and learn to teach hundreds of paying language students in less than one hour a day.
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  • Lectures 32
  • Length 4.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 9/2012 English

Course Description

Wouldn't it be nice to privately tutor hundreds of languages students from anywhere in the world in less than one hour a day using just your Smartphone?

Impossible...right?  Even 5 private students would mean running all over town 7 days a week to meet appointments and still make barely enough money to pay rent.  You could try Skype tutoring, but you'd still eat up your days re-scheduling cancelled appointments and creating activities to fill up the hours of face-time you have to spend with students.

Well thanks to the social web revolution, the old ways of teaching language have become obsolete.  In this “How to Start a Tutoring Business” course, you will learn about the "Cloud-Tutoring" system Idahosa Ness uses to manage over 500 hundreds language students in less than one hour a day with his "Flow Series Courses." 

The system is centered around the sound-hosting service, Soundcloud. Soundcloud allows us to structure meaningful conversations around sound.  More specifically, it allows you as an educator to give valuable personal instruction to your students in a streamlined manner and on your own schedule.

So throw out that scheduler join the league of profitable and location-independent "Cloud-Tutors” and learn how to start a tutoring business.

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Lifetime access.

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Section 1: An Introduction to Cloud-Tutoring
Intro: What You Will Get from this Course

In this video presentation we review the basic theory behind the Virtual Language Training Model and the value of semi-personal learning experience with Soundcloud.


In this presentation/screencast mashup, I walk you through the 5 steps of the Soundcloud feedback system from both the student's and teacher's perspective.  

You can click the slides at the bottom to skip around the video and focus on a specific step.  I recommend viewing this lesson in full-screen, which you can do by clicking the button in the bottom right of the player next to the volume slider.

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1 page
This document reviews what exactly you will learn in this course and the order the information is provided.
Section 2: Getting Started with Soundcloud
Intro: Start NOW!
In this screencast, I walk you through the process of creating a Soundcloud account and setting up the notification settings you need for the Cloud-Tutoring System
In this screencast, I walk you through the process of setting up email filters for your student submissions.
In this video presentation, I discuss some challenges you may face when getting current and future students to try out Cloud-Tutoring - a completely new model for private instruction - as well as provide strategies for addressing these challenges.   Be sure to check out the sample tutorials included in the "Supplementary Materials"
It is easiest to manage students on your computer, but it is also possible to listen and give feedback using a smartphone and the Soundcloud app, this short powerpoint will review how you can do this.
Presentation: Section 2 Review
5 pages
Section 3: Creating Your Course Content
Intro: Digital Audio as the Basis for Sound Education
In this Video Presentation, I go over some important issues to consider before creating the audio content for your virtual course.
Audacity is a free software for recording and editing audio.  In this screencast, I walk you through the basics of using Audacity to record audio, edit it, and navigating within the Audacity interface.

In this screencast, I walk you through some advanced editing "effects" on Audacity that you will be likely to use when creating content for your Language Course

In this screencast, I show you how to import an existing audio file to an audacity project, as well as export a project to file format suitable to play on normal medial players.
Presentation: Section 3 Review
6 pages
Section 4: Setting up Your Course
Intro: Bringing the Pieces Together
In this video presentation, I discuss some options you have for your "Content Management System" and how to determine which is best for you.  The slides can be downloaded from the "Extra" Section.
In this screencast, I cover the process of creating a weebly account and doing some basic editing.  
In this screencast, I walk you through the process of uploading an audio file to Soundcloud and embedding it into your course on Udemy, Weebly, or Wordpress.

In this screencast, I quickly walk you through the process of adding dropbox links to your course so that students can easily submit recordings to you when they complete a lesson.

Audio Lecture: Creative Course Development
Example Lesson: Grammar
Example Lesson: Pronunciation
Presentation: Section 4 Review
7 pages
Section 5: Enhancing the Student Experience
Intro: The Value of Being Human
In this video presentation, I go over the importance of having your students actively interact with your course, as well as provide you with tips for encouraging this engagement.
In this screencast, I walk you through the process of creating a group on Soundcloud.  I also show how a student would then join the group and contribute tracks to it.  Be sure to include a tutorial on this in your course, as the student may not be savvy enough to figure this process out on his or her own.
Presentation: Section 5 Review
4 pages
Section 6: Growing your Business
In this intro, I talk about the importance of "starting small but thinking big"
In this lecture, we go over some strategies for increasing your student body and growing your business organically.
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Instructor Biography

Idahosa Ness, Sound Educator and Entrepreneur

Idahosa Ness is the founder of The Mimic Method language approach and creator of the "Flow Series" courses for musical accent-training (  He is a pioneer in the field of social-web sound education, bringing several innovations to the field.  The biggest innovation is his use of the Sound-Sharing service "Soundcloud" to provide precise and personalized feedback to language students in a fast and streamlined manner.

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