How to Build an Internet Company Teaching English to Spanish Speakers Online with Marcus Carter

A Seasoned LifterLMS User Puts the Focus on Enhancing the Learning Experience for Spanish Speakers

Marcus Carter

Marcus Carter, Carter Method

Success Story Highlights

Created an efficient, practical, fun English language teaching method for any age

500,000 followers: Successful social media marketing by sharing useful content

Combining the power of LifterLMS with engaging interactive videos and custom plans

To succeed in any kind of global business in our interconnected world, one needs a good
handle of the English language. In Spain, and in many other Spanish speaking countries,
English teaching is not always presented in an interesting manner, often resulting in
less-than-successful language ability. Enter Marcus Carter, whose own “Carter Method” at the
Carter School of English approaches English learning through practical but engaging
techniques, and use of technology.

Marcus Carter

“Embrace technology, personalize your passion, and create a unique learning experience. In the evolving landscape of education, LifterLMS has been my trusted companion, empowering me to turn challenges into opportunities and offer language learners a journey beyond the classroom. Together, let’s redefine education in the digital age”

—Marcus Carter, Carter Method

Originally from the UK, Marcus has been residing in Spain for many years, teaching English in different types of schools, and to all age groups. He became frustrated with the way English was taught, leaving students feeling unconnected and less than confident, so he dove into different teaching methodologies, hoping to find a way to make learning English easy and quick. Eventually he created the Carter Method and opened his own schools, attracting students of all levels.

Marcus also knew that he needed to stand out in a crowded market. His emphasis on phonetics, along with a willingness to apply a multifaceted technology stack, has helped him reach a wide variety of students, from children to business people, and he eventually had three schools, with a total of 23 teachers.

That facility with technology served him well when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of his brick and mortar schools. Marcus was able to get his teachers to switch to online teaching, using digital whiteboards, Zoom, and funneling traffic via TikTok, Instagram, and Telegram to his website.

Although he’s located in Spain, Marcus has students in South America and Mexico as well,
areas where good English skills are increasingly critical for global interaction, but where
students are not always adequately prepared. Eventually demand for classes had Marcus
looking for ways to digitize his course content.

He had always been a WordPress user, but was unfamiliar with learning management systems (LMS.) He had started using a stand-alone membership plugin to create digital courses, but it proved clumsy and unreliable. He was not yet aware that software existed that could help him create digital courses easily.

Although unfamiliar with LMS software, Marcis eventually happened upon a LifterLMS tutorial video in YouTube by Ferdy Korpershoek and realized that LifterLMS was the ingredient he had been missing. Soon he was reformatting his course content to input into LifterLMS, and using the LifterLMS Universe Bundle to set up payment gateways and groups.

Carter Method online course for Internet Company Teaching English to Spanish

I’ve had quite a few students go through the course on the LifterLMS plugin
and everybody loves it.

One of the big advantages of the groups add-on is that it allows Marcus to create custom portals for businesses as opposed to individual learners. He customizes the group to reflect the company’s branding, opens a small number of seats, and sends the company the link so that they can register, try the product, and opt for a license that fits their needs.

Challenges of Online Language Learning: Interactivity

LifterLMS offers Marcus other advantages as well; he notes that one of the benefits of digital courses is that they allow a student to go back to a lesson over and over again, in order to learn the concept well. However, learning a language as a functional tool of communication needs interaction as well.

What I’m doing with the digital course is turn it into something more and
more interactive

Using Adobe Captivate, Marcus has created interactive videos that he has embedded into his LifterLMS lessons. What makes these videos stand out is the use of semi-transparent overlays displaying phrases and phonetic symbols to make the videos interactive. Students can then click on the overlays on the screen, hear an audio feedback, and change the state of an object to something else.

To embed the interactive videos into LifterLMS, he uses iframes that he imports from, a CDN who markets themselves as offering exceptionally fast content delivery.

Carter Method Courses for Internet Company Teaching English to Spanish

If you’re going to use something like interactive videos, if you want to blow
the learners away, start looking at something like that, because that makes a
massive difference.

Marcus had previously hosted his lesson videos on YouTube. However, not only is YouTube unable to accommodate interactive videos, the platform makes it difficult to prevent pirating.Having his lessons created in Captivate and input into LifterLMS means that while he still shares content on YouTube, he is now free from the limitations and disadvantages of YouTube for his premium and private course content.

The Carter Method prioritizes making learning both engaging and fast, so the teachers Marcus hires have to be more than educators; they need to be able to make learning fun to drive motivation. That motivation is also the reason behind emphasizing more natural learning, starting with listening to vocabulary the way young children first learn to speak.Phonetics are also a major priority, as they figure so prominently in how a person understands, and is understood by, native speakers, so they are often the focus of Marcus’social media videos.

Maximizing Social Media Marketing

Marcus uses a number of channels for marketing. While he still has significant content on YouTube, he now also actively presents live videos on Instagram, where he has 5,500 followers, as well as on TikTok, where he has an impressive following of half a million listeners. He also makes use of Telegram, an instant messaging platform similar to WhatsApp, where he publishes content to a channel of some 6,000 members. It’s not allcutting edge, however; in the case of marketing to businesses, he utilizes old-school telephoning to invite companies to try out an example of a custom private lesson he’s created using the LifterLMS groups add-on.

Marcus’ Tech Stack for Course Creation & Marketing

  • WordPress
  • LifterLMS
  • Adobe Captivate
  • Bunny,net
  • Zoom
  • TikTok
  • Instagram
  • YouTube
  • Telegram
  • Spotify

“If you are an educator … give a lot of value on social media of the contents of
your course, snippets, bits and pieces, things people can take away

Ultimately, the goal of any educator with online courses is to get the “warm” traffic garnered
from social media engagement to their website. Good social media marketing, a uniquely
creative approach to online education, and LifterLMS’s superior e-learning implementation
tools can take educators to success.

I definitely recommend [LifterLMS], absolutely. A shout out to your support
team as well!

We have published a podcast episode with Marcus Carter on LMScast. You can learn a lot more in detail about “How to Build an Internet Company Teaching English to Spanish Speakers Online” from this podcast-