How to Teach English as a Foreign Language over Skype
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While the stereotypical teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) teaching situation is in a classroom with a group of learners, it is becoming more and more common to teach English as a foreign language online. When it comes to convenience, not much can top teaching from the comfort of your own home. In fact, if you factor in the time you would normally spend commuting to and from school or in staff meetings or compulsory CPD sessions, you will find you have a lot more time to spend teaching. More time teaching means more money, and who wouldn’t want that?
Of course, teaching online has its fair share of advantages and disadvantages, just like any other teaching situation. For teachers, online teaching affords you the opportunity to teach as many lessons as you would like and at whatever time suits you. You can reach students all over the world – from Malaysia to Mauritius – which means you may have lessons early in the morning or late at night, if that’s what you prefer. At the same time, you might need to find your own students, your students may not always be reliable and you need to make sure you have a good Internet connection and equipment.
If you have considered all the pros and cons of teaching online and have decided that this is the way you want to go, the next step is to take the plunge and give it a go. There are many companies you can join who will source students for you and provide an online platform for you to use, but this naturally comes with a fee. On the other hand, if you would like to give it a try on your own, Skype is your best option.
Here we’d like to offer a few points to bear in mind to ensure you will teach effective Skype lessons:
Invest in equipment
Obviously you will need a laptop. If you don’t already have one, consider spending a bit of money on one so that you won’t have technical problems with it later. Besides a laptop, you will also need to buy a headset so that your students can hear you clearly. Make sure you have a quiet space where you can have your Skype lessons without interruptions. Make sure your background is neutral and isn’t offensive or distracting.
A bit obvious but worth mentioning nonetheless. Install Skype on your computer and do test calls to make sure it’s working properly. Also ensure you know how to use the Skype chat function and how to share screens with your students.
Planning good lessons
Even though you are not in a traditional classroom, this doesn’t mean that you can skimp on lesson planning. There are loads on online resources for you so have a dig around the internet and see what you can find. Don’t only focus on EFL sites – websites of museums or newspapers can be useful, and there’s always Youtube. Once you’ve found some reliable websites, make sure you bookmark them so you won’t need to look for them again.
Read more: Top Tips for Effective Lesson Planning
Set up a classroom
Ok, so not really a classroom but you need a virtual space where you can upload lesson materials and homework assignments for your students to access after the lesson. Google Drive and Drobox are the two most popular online storage methods.
The final step is to find students. Advertise on tutoring platforms or in relevant Facebook groups. You might find it a bit slow in the beginning but you should get more students through word-of-mouth advertising.
So there you have it! Five simple ways to get started teaching English as a foreign language on Skype. If you’re looking for an alternative full-time teaching opportunity or looking to supplement your income, why not give Skype a go and see how you do teaching English as a foreign language over Skype?
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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.