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List of legit online English teaching schools

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  1. Chan Chan

    Chan Chan Thread Starter New Member

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    Hi all
    I don't know if anyone in here is or has been teaching English online? I have been doing a lot of research recently about online English teaching opportunities. There are actually quite a few legit companies that are hiring. Most of them pay around $10-15/h, but a few schools allow you to even make over $20/h. Of course, those usually require that you have a BA degree, a teaching certificate (TEFL/TESOL, etc) and sometimes even prior teaching experience. However, if you are happy with lower pay, it is fairly easy to land one of those gigs. Because I don't want to run the risk of running afoul of any forum rules, I will not be posting any links here. But you can find lots of info by just googling "teach English online". I also created a big spreadsheet with online schools and also a Facebook group to discuss online English teaching. If you are interested, let me know and I will PM the info to you.
    Regards
     
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  2. crew

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    Yes, please. :thumbs up
     
  3. DigitalGypsy

    DigitalGypsy Well-Known Member

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    DigitalGypsy Well-Known Member

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    Here's a copy of a useful post that I found on FB also:


    Teaching English online: opportunities and pitfalls

    By Sylvia Guinan


    Ever thought about teaching English online? Sylvia Guinan online English teacher and current winner of the British Council TeachingEnglish blog award, walks us through the opportunities and pitfalls.


    There are many different things to consider when it comes to online teaching. The good news is that online teaching opens up new levels of creativity and opportunity for you as a teacher. In a way, it drives you to surpass yourself and focus more on best practice as well as innovation. As for students, they are our digital natives, and they deserve to be taught with 21st century technology.


    Technology basics


    Many freelance teachers teach through Skype. It’s the simplest thing to do, as Skype is very stable for audio quality and you simply screen-share your desktop to show PowerPoint presentations or work directly from educational websites. While Skype works for small-scale teaching, you need something more sophisticated for larger groups or getting your school or organisation online. Personally speaking, when I started, I made a beeline for platforms with virtual classrooms, as it just seemed the natural thing to do. I found a community of teachers on WizIQ (www.wiziq.com) who were very inspiring, and we worked together for two years on our Edupunk (www.wiziq.com/course/148-the-edupunk-channel) creativity experiments. This was how I learnt the ropes, and learnt how to manage groups online. Once a week I held an open creativity class on poetry, games or story-telling, and students from all over the world would log in.


    Resources and content creation


    As for resources, the following sites have wonderful materials if you don’t feel like re-inventing the wheel. One outstanding find is the English Out There (English Speaking Course Download | English Out There) initiative by Jason West who has created six-level courses of English that incorporate the use of social media for fluency development, confidence-building and social/emotional engagement. ESOL Cambridge (www.cambridgeenglish.org/learning-english) has free online exam materials for teachers and other online preparation courses. The British Council also provides a lot of online support for IELTS preparation (IELTS Preparation - Prepare for your exam with free tests). Other great resources can be found at busyteacher.org (BusyTeacher: Free Printable Worksheets For Busy English Teachers), EFL classroom 2.0 (EFL CLASSROOM 2.0), and TeachersPayTeachers (www.teacherspayteachers.com).


    Beyond that you may wish to supplement your basic course offerings, specialise for specific purposes or simply follow your own instincts and inspiration. This is when your own content creation comes into play. I highly recommend Eduglogster (Glogster: Multimedia Posters | Online Educational Content) for creating user-friendly, brain-friendly electronic posters, and Prezi (Presentation Software | Online Presentation Tools | Prezi) for more extensive creations. PowerPoint will be your basic essential, as only PowerPoint will work in most virtual classrooms, though you can screen-share to work on interactive sites. My number one tip here is to make PowerPoints as visual as possible.


    The importance of personal learning networks


    I can’t stress strongly enough how important my personal learning network has been to me. For me, as a freelance teacher, associating with others on the cutting-edge of technology in education has been a huge motivational factor. When you are challenged by the excellence of others, you become more daring, professional and creative. I can’t imagine what it would be like to set oneself up on Skype, post a few adverts around and then stare at your screen waiting for students to show up (if they ever do in this massive cyber vacuum where no one knows who you are). Pro-activity and passion are a must for success.


    Motivating students online


    This depends on the context of your online teaching model. If I had a class in a brick and mortar school and a language lab, I would have a field-day. The fun activities one can use to supplement courses and have students creating their own educational masterpieces are endless. My favourite activities would include comic creation, video-making and story-telling via multimedia.


    You can motivate students online through interactive learning environments. In the virtual classroom, your camera is king. You’ve got to be as expressive as possible to make students feel as if they are in the same room as you. There is an art to using the chatbox as a back channel, and this is often far more effective than a traditional classroom, as you can have some students on audio, and/or video, while the others comment, chat, or interact through the chat box simultaneously. A huge advantage in my book is the break-out room feature in most of the best virtual classrooms. You can divide classes up into groups or pairs and send them to different sub-classrooms. In this way you can introduce many new games as you have the advantage of information gaps to exploit. Then there is the extra communicative element for students, a greater sense of intimacy between classmates, bonding, creativity and lots of fun.


    This can be extended to 24/7 facilitation via learning management systems. The most widely-known LMS is Moodle (Moodle - Open-source learning platform | Moodle.org). If, at first, Moodle is too challenging, there are course feeds on sites such as WizIQ. I also recommend the ClubEFL (ClubEFL - Practise English Online easily, in your own time) edutainment learning space. This would definitely motivate learners. Language schools all over Greece are enrolling their students onto ClubEFL and children are making their own quizzes, blogs and much, much more. From a psychological point of view, 24/7 facilitation gives all students a chance to get the teacher’s undivided attention and helps shy students to open up more. This doesn’t mean that you are at their beck and call, it just means that some of your work will be managed asynchronously.


    Building rapport


    Learning management systems give you the backdrop you need for informal communication between live online sessions. You can manage online discussions with your classes, just like on Facebook. In fact, there’s nothing to stop you from setting up private class groups on Facebook and engaging students directly from there. Working between Facebook and your chosen LMS would be ideal. It would entail building up rapport via text, chat and multimedia, using environments that students love, and adding more substantial projects and materials to the LMS. Some teachers also use Twitter as a tool to get students working intelligently while building relations.


    My favourite way to engage with students is to give them creative challenges. If you ask them to create a video or comic they will have great fun creating and sharing, and overcome any reservations they may be feeling. You can also help them to explore the Internet mindfully by setting up engaging webquests.


    Pitfalls to avoid


    Social media


    If you are a freelance teacher you will need to have a dynamic online presence. Having your own teaching page, with a unique teaching brand that reflects your professional values helps a lot. The pitfall, however, is getting sucked into a social quagmire. You’ve got to be aware of this and keep a professional distance.


    Webtool mania


    Webtools are, of course, creative and useful for online teaching, but be realistic about how many you can sensibly use, and avoid the trap of playing with too many toys. My criteria for this is simplicity. Tools should also fulfill educational objectives on a deep level.


    Online schools


    There are many unprofessional ‘online schools’ exploiting teachers online. Do not accept substandard pay even if you are still learning the ropes.
     
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  5. Chan Chan

    Chan Chan Thread Starter New Member

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    Thank you! I'm unable to insert any links, because I don't have 10 posts yet.
     
  6. ramses

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    If you are making $20 US per hour anywhere, this is pretty much a given
    um... not. It could help with contract negotiations... but a requirement? surely u jest..
    hmm... pass the demo, what does it matter? More to the point... helps with negotiations... nothing more nor less
    true anywhere, no? some foreign teachers make 30,000/ month or less in Thailand
    funny thing... this is all done for me.... and after bonuses and incentives .... I do well. This month I will earn more online than teaching at an inter ... just saying...
     
  7. DigitalGypsy

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    Cheers for those points. How about some tips or insights of your experiences then? Share with us your version of Teaching ESL Online 101, oh pretty please? ;)

    DG
     
  8. fred flintstone

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    Good thread. I've been thinking about online teaching for awhile now. Might try it one of these days.
     
  9. ramses

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    first tip is to apply ... seriously. I have passed out my referral link to about 2 dozen people. 6 have actually begun to fill out the info. 1 signed up (and started at 2$ more per hour than I make), another got to the interview and failed at that point. Four others passed and the first stage but never scheduled an interview.

    Someone actually gave me the link to sign up six months before I did.

    Next. Patience is your friend. The sign up process is a process. You have an interview and 2 demo classes. Then you have to upload the required documents. After all the boxes are ticked you can start making yourself available for classes. The first month I made 6600 Thb. The second month I made over 33,000 (teaching fewer than 50 hours for the month!!!). This month I am on par to make 60,000 thb. I think it will be sooner rather than later that I will make more online than I do at a relatively nice inter.

    As for the teaching itself. It is very easy. The curriculum is broken up into levels, each level has to cycles, each cycle has a set number of units, and each unit has 12 lessons. The company provides you with powerpoints for each lesson that you load in the teachers portal. I do no prep. I use no props. My intro video is painful to watch, and I am not a particularly good teacher. However I have a rating that is over 4.9 out of 5, and my schedule fills. I opened 53 classes for next week, and 52 are booked. I keep it fun for the kids. I am a stickler about pronunciation.

    There are other online language schools, DaDa123 and 51Talk come to mind. There is only one VIPKid. You can sign up here: VIPKID Teacher's Portal
     
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    That was a very interesting and useful post. I had no idea that some of this stuff even existed.
     
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    That is pretty funny. The one word you cannot use in education in America is "pleasure," and that is because of our culture--even though pleasure is obviously motivating. But pleasure is different from entertainment. I think pleasure in learning should be cultivated, but entertainment should be avoided. "Edutainment" is a moronic oxymoron for hypoxic, gullible rubes. This is monkey business, a new low.

    That is even funnier. Greece is like a sinking ship... a trireme with one set of oars and no compass. Greece leads nothing except EU debt, and Greece is a disaster these days in more way that one.

    Edutainment for the shy! The new digital generation is here. They can't shake hands because they are scared, but they sure can type! Mom and dad are waiting for a new bailout from Germany, and junior, who has little chance of ever finding a job because the unemployment rate is 34% for his age group, is indulging in a little edutainment!

    What a joke!

    My point here is that Greece, of all places, is the one country that needs to re-invent itself so that young people can find good jobs. The country is in dire condition; it does not need edutainment.
     
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  12. DigitalGypsy

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    Is it possible to take one or two screenshots of the provided power points and upload them here? I'm interested to see what the layout is like etc.

    Are you permitted to use your own personal power points, or are you restricted to those that are provided?

    What about using a small whiteboard?

    DG
     
  13. ramses

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    certainly


    use theirs. they are preloaded, and they follow a very precise curriculum. Kids sign up for a course that will include a ton of lessons, and there is 1 ppt per lesson. The kids also have an app with activities that correlate with each lesson. Also, They have a workbook that is laid out similarly to the ppts that they do homework in.

    highly encouraged. I have 2 whiteboards. the smaller the better.

    VIPKID-Lesson.jpg
     
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    My pay for VIP Kid came today ...32995 for about 40 total hours (I get paid for no shows) ... that works out to 10 hours a week in my undies and orange T-shirt sipping tea, and finishing in time to tuck my daughter into bed. :celebrate2:cheers
     
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    Have you gotten the list? I have a very comprehensive from a former TA of mine. She was making 13,600 as my TA and now makes close to 80 with VIP Kid (she is half american half thai)
     

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