I’ve been working over the past year or so on getting an online language-training business up and running. My hands have been a little tied because rollout of fibre-to-the-cabinet broadband has been continually postponed since September 2011. Finally, however, we have managed to get the blessed beast installed. Now we have to wait a couple of weeks to see how it settles down, but the man who came round to install it was pleasantly surprised by the speeds we were getting so far out.
Faster, in fact, than some lines he’s installed in the city centre.
So I have a favour to ask of those of you who follow my occasional posts. I’m currently setting up a website to administer and market online English training. You can find this site here. It’s not going to be a grand business venture – I’m more interested in generating enough income to pay the bills for the moment. But I am looking for a very specific market of learners who have been learning English for a couple of years or so, and still find – for whatever reason – that they cannot speak as fluently as they would like.
That group, that group which can read OK and listen decently but still finds that in important moments they tend to be tongue-tied, is the group I would like most to attend to.
If you do have any feedback you’d like to provide, please leave a comment or two at the bottom of this post. And if you have any suggestions on how the site might be usefully improved – official launch time, if the fibre settles down reliably in the meantime, will be some time in December – please do not hesitate to let me know. We’re all sensitive souls of course, especially when receiving criticism – but if this criticism is constructive, there is no reason why we should be unhappy!
Now is there?