How to Make a Kickass Teaching Demo Video for Teaching English Online
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Teaching English online can be weird. Even though the internet has been around for ages, talking to someone online is still be a bit unnatural and it can take a while to get used to it. Because you’re not in the same physical room as your students, you need to rely on facial expressions, body language, gestures and props a lot more than you would in a normal classroom. To help you, we’ve put together our top tips on how to make a kickass teaching demo video for teaching English online.
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When you join an online company, or you sign up to a teaching platform, you will need to do a demo so that your prospective employers and students can see you and your teaching style. Sometimes it can be just an introductory video, which is easy enough, but sometimes it needs to be an actual lesson. It can be live (with a genuine student or an interviewer pretending to be a student) or pre-recorded.
The thing is, these demos are so important. They will be the reason companies hire you or not (or give you a higher rate of pay), and whether students sign up for lessons with you or not, so they’re a big deal. For the companies or schools, they use demos as a way to see your teaching style, lesson planning abilities and professionalism in action. For students, they want to see your personality and hear your accent.
Because this can be a bit of an odd situation it’s best to be as prepared as possible before attempting your teaching demo lesson.
Have a plan
This is basically the first rule of teaching and you can’t ignore it, even for an online lesson. You might be given a level, topic and/or language structure or you could be asked to choose your own. Either way, make sure you have a plan for every step of your demo. This doesn’t need to be written down in detail on a formal lesson plan, as long as you are able to remember it. Sticky notes work well for some teachers, while some prefer notebooks or pieces of paper. You can write it on the back of a cereal box for all we care, as long as it is written down somewhere!
Keep it simple
Don’t choose materials or activities that are too complicated. Bear in mind that when employed you may very well be given lesson materials so the focus of the demo is more on you and your teaching than the materials. Make sure you are familiar with your materials before the lesson and are comfortable giving clear instructions for them.
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Practise makes perfect
You might feel ridiculous but do a run-through of your lesson beforehand. No matter how well you have a lesson planned in your head or on paper, voicing it out loud can be very different. Going through the lesson a few times will help you remember the steps and help the lesson run smoothly. If possible, do the lesson in front of a mirror so you can see what your students will see, or ask a family member to watch you and give you constructive criticism.
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There’s nothing worse than being halfway through a recording and your camera battery dies or realizing after the recording that your microphone wasn’t working or noticing that you are half out of the frame when the lesson starts. Check and double check your technology and equipment so that everything is perfect before the lesson.
It can be difficult to come across as friendly and personable on a screen, but what is a sure way to let people know that you are happy to be there (even when you aren’t!) is a smile. You don’t need to be cheesy the whole time, but a resting you-know-what face is not a good idea in these circumstances. Especially if you are teaching Young Learners, you might find you need to over-exaggerate your facial expressions to communicate more effectively.
Finally, try to relax! Since personality is so important when teaching English online, your teaching demo needs to show off your fun-loving and energetic personality. Even if you’re nervous, fake it and give a big smile and soon you’ll probably find that you actually are enjoying it! Good luck!
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- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- 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.