5 Tips To be a Successful Online English Teacher
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Teaching English online is all the rage right now. There are literally hundreds of thousands of English language learners wanting to brush up on their English and wanting to do so from the comfort of their own homes. But the thing is, there are also hundreds of thousands of English teachers who want to teach English online. Inevitably this means there is competition for online students which, in turn, means you need to be the best online English teacher you can be. Let’s be honest, nobody wants an average teacher and if you want your students to pay top dollar for your lessons or to book lessons with you again, then you need to make sure you are on top of your game. So, here are 5 tips to be a successful online English teacher.
1. Be professional but fun
Teaching English online is like dancing on a fine line. You need to look professional on the top but, to be quite honest, nobody will be able to see if you’re wearing tracksuit pants. You need to be enthusiastic and engaging but you need to act like a teacher too, correcting mistakes, modelling language and giving constructive feedback. You need to relate to your students and have fun with them, but still let them feel like they are getting their money’s worth.
2. Be realistic
Teaching online is quite different from teaching face-to-face. Even if you have experience teaching in a classroom you will need to adapt to be a successful online teacher. There are certain things which we can rely on in the physical classroom in times of desperation which won’t work online. Certain games, for instance, work better when people are in the same room. Make sure you are aware of the limitations of being in an online classroom in order to plan and prepare the most suitable and effective lessons. In other words, don’t expect to play a successful game of Simon Says, but be sure to incorporate appropriate games into your lessons.
3. Don’t forget about the relationships
Teaching online can make you feel disconnected from your students. After all, you could be next door to them or a million miles away from them and nobody would know. But forming and maintaining close relationships with your students is crucial to creating a comfortable, effective learning environment. Besides remembering their names (not as easy as it sounds when you’re teaching 50 students a week), you need to get to know your students and a little about their lives. It may sound silly but take notes and keep track of conversations that you have – Marco plays football, Sara is going on holiday to Italy, May is nervous for her exams. You can refer to your notes in conversations and your students will appreciate the individual attention and personalization.
4. Don’t stagnate
It can be easy to fall into the trap of teaching the same lesson over and over again with different students. While you can certainly do this for a few lessons, do it too often and you’ll get bored and frustrated with your job. Plus, it’s not often that the exact same lesson can be used for different students. Luckily, there are loads of resources available to you online, regardless of your students and their level. Even if you use the same materials and activities in your lessons, make sure you adapt the lesson to the needs and abilities of your students.
5. Turn up!
The biggest problem companies have with teachers is not showing up. Making sure you are punctual for your lessons and committed to the lessons you sign up for will show that you are a valuable member of that company. Your students will form good relationships with you, will give you good feedback and book you for future lessons.Teaching English online can be a great way to earn a bit of extra pocket money or even as a full-time job, but just because there are lots of people doing it at the moment, don’t think you shouldn’t take it seriously. Because there is so much competition at the moment, you need to make sure you stand out from the crowd and market yourself as the best teacher online.
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- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.