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NB: GCSE = General Certificate of Secondary Education, used in the UK
Each academic (GCSE or other examining body for schools, colleges etc) subject course consists of 4 x 12-week terms: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Courses in business, creative or academic writing, personal development, or ESOL will vary in length dependent upon the category and subject.
Each course is supported by a Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (TLA) Pack, containing:
Lesson material – a short text, article, or extract from a relevant primary or secondary source. A new text is posted on the Edmodo group’s page and emailed to members of the group at the start of each week. The material will address a key issue or debate on the course subject, which the group will then discuss in class via Zoom, and also through the group chat room through the week.
Discussion questions - 5 questions which are specifically designed to stimulate reflection, discussion and debate. Members of the group may be asked to consider either or both sides of an issue, justify their opinions, provide evidence in support of their arguments, negotiate a compromise between various options, recount a relevant personal or professional experience, and so on. There are no right or wrong answers, only well- or poorly-explained or expressed responses.
Assessment task – a short consolidation task or series of questions, which provide evidence of learning, and which the member can then upload to their personal portfolio.
Teacher’s guidance notes – because the TLA packs and other resources will be available for purchase via the Madrigal Publishing Ltd website, each pack will also contain guidance for educators, including Learning Objectives, Assessment Objectives, and other information, advice and guidance relevant to the lesson, topic, examination, or course.
Each lesson is spread over one week. The course tutor posts the lesson material and discussion questions to the group at the start of the week. The group members can then read the material at their leisure, and consider their responses to the discussion questions.
At the start of the week, the group have an online class via Zoom. For most groups, this will be a 30-minute class, during which the members have a conversation about the discussion points, guided by the tutor.
During the middle of the week, these conversations can be continued via the peer-to-peer group chat room on the Zoom platform. Although not an active participant, the tutor monitors these discussions to offer advice and guidance where necessary.
A private chat function is available for tutors to offer specific support to individual students, relevant to the lesson, topic, or course.
Finally, at the end of the week, there is another 30-minute Zoom meeting, where the group offer feedback on the week’s work and draw their final conclusions on the topic. The learning is then consolidated by the assessment task.
All academic courses (GCSE etc)
ESOL, Personal Development, Business - according to requirements and demand
January, February, March (weeks 1 – 12)
April, May, June (weeks 13 – 25)
July, August, September (weeks 26 – 38)
12 weeks + 2 weeks breaks (summer holidays)
October, November, December (weeks 39 – 52)
12 weeks + 2 weeks break (Christmas & New Year)
Extra days are used as Independent Study Time (non-compulsory project work etc), allocated at the tutor’s discretion.
Subscribers will be informed of the dates and times of courses during the subscription process and as part of the terms & conditions of subscription.
Each lesson is a stand-alone discussion of a particular topic or area of interest. Members may attend online group meetings, and contribute to the chatroom discussions as much or little as they wish.
There are no formal exams or assessments, but members will receive a record of achievement upon completion of a course. Parents of younger members may request a record of progress and achievement if they wish.
Madrigal Education accept proposals and suggestions for new courses from all stakeholders in the community. Tutors can apply for a freelance content creator contract to produce the TLA pack for a full course or quarterly term. These packs will then form part of the Madrigal Education library, open to all members of the Madrigal community for future use. Additionally, the packs will also be available for sale to the general public through the parent company website's bookshop, providing extra revenue for both course creator and Madrigal Education, quid pro quo.
Courses currently on offer
Let’s Talk Business 1 adult/business/ESOL CEFR B1 – C2: Combined ESOL & native-speaker groups, general conversation around all aspects of starting and running a business. Ideal for middle-management level ESOL or native-speaker entrepreneur or business community members.
Let’s Write a Story 12 y.o.- 16 y.o. GCSE An 8 – week project-based, guided writing course which introduces, and explains the skills and techniques of crafting a narrative. Suitable for CEFR B1+ level ESOL and native speaker middle and high school students as exam preparation.
Let’s Talk Today 1 adult/ESOL CEFR B1 – C2 A series of guided discussions to explore topical issues – health, relationships, global events etc.
How to Teach ESOL adult 20-week course in 3 modules, written by the founder and CEO of Madrigal Education Ltd, Dave Beech BA (Hons), PGCE, a fully-qualified ESOL tutor and course creator with over 20 years’ experience. This course explores all the basic concepts, terms, and approaches in the world of teaching English to speakers of other languages. There are comprehension checks and optional essay tasks after each module.
Tutor as Course Creator
The Madrigal business philosophy is very simple: quid pro quo capitalism is not a zero-sum game, and everybody hates their boss.
Because the tutor creates the course, sets the hours and days they wish to work, decides which and how many subscribers they will accept, and then teaches the course using whichever methodology and approach they wish, and because Madrigal Education offer freelance contracts, the independent tutor has complete responsibility for the success of their own career. It is not an employer-employee relationship; it is a partnership.
If your course is appealing, and your personal style of leading the group is effective, you will make a good living doing something you love, and Madrigal Education will earn a good commission. Everybody wins.
Madrigal Education offer courses in the 4 sectors above. Academic courses are based on national or global exams, such as (in the UK) the GCSE national curriculum, the Common Entrance exams, Key Stage SATs, or their equivalents in other parts of the world such as the IB, and are therefore expected to appeal primarily to monolingual, monocultural groups.
For the ESOL sector, course subjects include the Cambridge suite, IELTS, and TOEFL qualifications (these are huge opportunities for tutors to become content creators as an additional source of income).
A crossover course is one that can be taken by native-speaker subscribers and ESOL students together. The ESOL students practise their English through real conversation and the native-speaker subscribers share their interest with a global community of fellow enthusiasts.
You provide the passion; we provide the platform. Quid pro quo.
Let’s assume that the tutor wants to run a course on gardening because he/she is a gardening enthusiast. He/she writes 4 TLA packs (4 x £100) = 1 course.
This would be marketed as a Personal Development-sector crossover course. The logic of the mutually beneficial agreement (MBA), quid pro quo relationship between Madrigal Education and tutors is based on the following logical argument:
Premise 1: ESOL students want to talk with native speakers (NS).
Premise 2: NS gardening enthusiasts want to talk about gardening.
Conclusion 1: ESOL students who also like gardening want to talk about it with NS gardening enthusiasts.
Conclusion 2: The two groups have a mutual interest; they can and want to learn from each other.
Conclusion 3: The tutor and subscribers will all benefit from their shared passion.
How it Works
One course costs Madrigal Education £400 to produce (4 x TLA packs x £100)
If you create and teach the course, Madrigal Education will not take commission until
you have accumulated £1000. Madrigal Education can then use the TLA with other tutors and subscribers.
Benefit to you: £600 + more subscribers = higher OTE
Benefit to Madrigal Education = more courses on offer to subscribers = higher commission earnings
5 subscribers (1 group) x £40 pcm = £200 per group, per month
x 12 groups = 60 subscribers = £2400 per month
x 12 months = £28,800 = £24,000 tutor salary + £4,800 Madrigal Education commission
If you wish to have more subscribers per group, or take on more groups, that’s absolutely fine. As long as the other members of the group are happy to welcome more members, and provided you are willing to put in another 3 hours per group, you can increase your salary accordingly. For example, if you have 10 members per group, that gives a 40K salary for a 36-hour week, based on 1 hour per group Zoom chat, plus 1 hour monitoring group chats, which will only be relevant to and focused on the lesson topic (3 x 20 minute sessions or whichever way you prefer), plus 1 hour availability for private chat with individual subscribers who need extra support.
For example, in a course on gardening, an ESOL student may want to ask about a grammar point but a native-speaker may ask for more guidance on composting. For an experienced, professional tutor who loves gardening, three hours is ample time to provide the group with this effective, guided support.
In addition, freelance tutors and subscribers receive discounts and exclusive offers from the other companies within the Madrigal group, as well as the opportunity to sell their other creations through these channels.
How quickly can a tutor make money through partnership with Madrigal?
At the time of writing, it is nearly 3 o’clock in the morning. I have been working on this project since about 7 o’clock yesterday morning. I have a theory that the best ideas come when the waking brain and the unconscious mind meet, particularly at times like right now.
I just had an idea. It took me 30 seconds to scribble down the following notes on a handy piece of paper:
‘finished no more in’
‘no more out’
What does this mean? Obviously, it means nothing to anyone except myself. I jotted down the first hobby that came into my head, gardening. I vaguely recall reading somewhere that this is the most popular hobby in Britain. This led to a connection with something I think I saw on a gardening programme on TV years ago. I remember somebody saying that ‘an English garden is finished when you can’t put anything else in; a Japanese garden is finished when you can’t take anything else out.’
These were just a couple of obscure memories buried somewhere in my head, but activated by connecting them to other ideas that appeared to be random at first, but which actually showed an underlying structure and connection.
Now I can expand an incredibly simple idea into a course on gardening, a course on the cultural significance of gardening, a course on the difference between English and Japanese gardens, the psychology of association, cue-dependent memory, memory formation….
This is how Madrigal Education courses are created: simplicity masks complexity. Take any simple idea or concept and explore it. Use language, discussion, and ideas to discover the deeper significance and relevance of either the most mundane or the most sublime of topics.
The founder of Madrigal Education, Dave Beech (me) is already working with fellow tutor Barry Parker, who is based in Poland, and 3 students to test, develop, and refine the Madrigal method. We will be holding mock courses during October and November 2020, ready to launch on January 1st 2021, with the first paying courses starting on the first Monday in 2021, January 4th.
From January to September 2021, Dave, Barry and any other interested potential tutors will be continuing to create and develop new Madrigal Education courses and groups, recruited primarily through word-of-mouth and targeted recruitment campaigns, co-ordinated by Dave.
With financial backing from investors (this is being explored now), Madrigal Education Ltd will launch as an independent company, separate from but connected to the parent company, Madrigal Publishing Ltd, on September 1st 2021, ready to enter the home-education market at the start of the 2021-2022 academic year.
We are inviting all interested parties to join us in developing the Madrigal Education project. Based on quid pro quo co-operation and mutually-beneficial agreements, we believe everybody who joins the Madrigal community will derive far greater benefit from membership than the minimal initial cost.
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