Online teachers must be comfortable with computers and technology. Online teachers interact with students through email, message boards, chat rooms or via virtual reality platforms and software. Some online teachers post video or audio lectures online, and provide their students with downloadable materials. Online teachers need to be flexible, as they're expected to answer students questions in a timely manner.
Don’t be shy when working with your course creators: Find out the most common issues, technical or otherwise, and they can put together a list of fixes you can draw from to help students experiencing problems. You should also have tech backup to whom you can refer students—make sure you get that phone number or email address too, and save yourself a struggle with tech issues that may be someone else’s responsibility.
Unlike many other online ESL programs for kids, EF students engage in a blended learning approach. All of our online students take lessons at one of our physical schools in China (over 300 and counting!). This combined in-school and online method provides young learner with the benefits and excitement of group learning with the much-needed encouragement and practice of one-on-one online lessons.
Most degree and certificate programs that lead to state teacher certification include student teaching experience, which can be of great help to beginning teachers honing their classroom management skills. Patience, flexibility, and creativity in designing instructional activities are sought-after skills for schools looking to hire English teachers.
This online teaching service connects students to tutors from computers in their local library, community center, school, after-school program, or from home. To become certified as an online tutor, you must have a degree from or be enrolled in a U.S. or Canadian college, then you must pass a test in your area of specialty and submit a writing sample. The process takes 1–3 weeks. Pay is based on the subject tutored and the number of hours tutored.