Top Tips to Be a Successful Online English Teacher
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Teaching English online is becoming a more and more popular way of earning a living. There are those who have become dissatisfied with the usual 9-to-5 desk jobs, those who enjoy travelling and don’t want to have to give that up for work commitments or financial reasons, and those who would like more flexibility and convenience in their working lives. Teaching English online is the perfect solution to all of these situations. So now that you’re about to jump on the bandwagon and carve out a career for yourself teaching English online, we thought you’d like us to share with you some top tips to be a successful online English teacher.
Make sure you tick ALL the boxes
Before you start applying to the hundreds of online companies around, check out their requirements. Some companies, for example VIPKID, only hire teachers from the US and Canada. Some companies require a Bachelor’s degree while others, such as Cambly, don’t.
Check your connection
One thing online companies rely on is their reputation. There are so many companies offering the services of English teachers online that customer retention and satisfaction is vital to their success. A sure reason for students to complain about their online English lessons is if a teacher is late or a no-show. While this might happen because of your own tardiness, a slow or unreliable connection could also be a reason. Because of this, online companies are very strict with making sure you meet their minimum requirements in terms of equipment. What this also means is you need to make sure your connection is fast as well as stable – and that you have a back up plan just in case.
Consider time zones
Before you accept the first online teaching job that comes your way, consider the time zone of where you live and where your students live. Teaching with many companies can mean teaching Young Learners in China, so depending where you are, the peak times to teach could be at sparrow’s fart in the morning or late at night – peak times are weekdays 6pm to 10pm and weekends 10.30 am to 10pm Beijing time. Check how your time zone compares to Beijing time. Remember this also needs to be taken into account when you’re travelling.
Invest in quality
When it comes to buying the equipment you’ll need to carry out your amazing English lessons online, don’t make the mistake of going cheap and cheerful. Your laptop is obviously an essential investment but make sure it has a good camera, or buy a good webcam. If necessary, make sure you buy a good quality headset too. Cheap equipment will mean low quality visuals and sound, endless technical issues and buying a new one in a week anyway.
Don’t forget the props
Even if your company provides you with lesson plans and all the materials you’ll need, you will still need to invest in a few props. You don’t need to buy every flashcard in the world but making a few smart purchases will make your lessons more visually attractive and enjoyable. A small whiteboard is useful to hang behind you, or you can choose to put up a map of the world or a poster with letters or numbers on it. (Top tip: if you don’t have a backdrop, make sure you camera is facing your bookshelf and not your wine shelf!). If you are teaching children, a puppet can be a great side-kick.
Read more: What Tools do I Need to Teach English Online
Don’t reinvent the wheel
If you’re not provided with lesson plans for your online English lessons, take comfort in the fact that you’re not expected to have a totally original lesson plan for every single lesson you teach. If you are teaching the same age and same level there’s no reason why you shouldn’t recycle your lesson plans.
Teaching English online can seem quite like a foreign concept to many people. It might seem strange to teach but not be in a real classroom, and to teach with nobody else in the room with you. But times are changing and teaching English online is undoubtedly the way forward. Give it a go and you might surprise yourself by how much fun you’ll have.
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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.
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