When I was getting ready to pass my interview and demo class, I watched as many YouTube videos as I could. All those videos revolved around the same theme: how to pass the demo and get the job. Another common theme among the videos was using props in the ESL classroom. All the videos recommended having a plenty of props and using them as much as possible during the demo. In addition, before I even watched any videos, my recruiter highly encouraged me to get props for my classroom. They said it would increase my chances of getting hired and achieving a higher base pay. 

About the Author: Manuela Stef currently teaches English online. She is a graduate of OnTESOL’s 250-hour TESOL diploma, Teaching IELTS, Teaching English to Young Learners and Teaching Business English

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When I started working as an online ESL teacher, I had no doubt in my abilities to handle any situation that may arise in the virtual classroom. If I could go back in time and give myself one piece of advice, it would be: nothing can prepare you for the job because there is no way to predict what will happen.  There are plenty of other pieces of advice I would’ve given myself, however.  Read on to find out what they are.

About the Author: Manuela Stef is currently teaching ESL online. She is a graduate of OnTESOL’s 250-hour TESOL diploma, Teaching IELTS course, Teaching Business English course and Teaching English to Young Learners course.

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Teaching low-level learners can be a challenging task in a traditional classroom. It can be even more daunting when you’re in an online ESL teaching environment.

What do we mean by low-level learners? These are learners that can be classified under ACTFL Guidelines as Novice learners, or under the CEFR as A1 users. Whatever classification system you use (and there are many out there), the bottom line is, in terms of speaking, low-level ESL learners are those who:

  • May produce unintelligible pronunciation at times.

  • Need significant time to express themselves in familiar topics.

  • Cannot engage in conversational activities.

  • Cannot speak beyond predictable topics and responses.

  • Speak with isolated words or phrases, but not in complete thoughts.

  • Difficult to understand unless effort is made.

  • Are not functional with basic grammar rules.

  • Can be somewhat tiring to interact with.

As you can see from these general points, it would be a challenge to have an ESL lesson with one or a group of low-level learners. However, we have a few tips to help you manage such classes and help your students and you walk away with a sense of satisfaction. Read more

Teaching to Beginner ESL to Young Learners online
Some online ESL companies allow teachers to decide whether they want to take on beginner students. Most of the time, there are students who are not able to say more than a word or two.  I personally do not have an issue with teaching beginners because I built my regular student (RS) clientele more easily that way. The issue that often comes with having beginner ESL learners, however, is that they have trouble staying engaged and participating in class. I have therefore developed a multitude of tricks that I use in class to keep them from getting bored.

Manuela Stef is currently teaching English online. She graduated from OnTESOL’s 250-hour TESOL diploma, Teaching Business English , Teaching IELTS and Teaching Young Learners specialist courses. 

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Mental Health Tips for Online English TeachersWorking remotely has been a dream of mine for many years. I recently relocated back to Canada after living and working abroad for several years. I decided that it was time to pursue my passion for teaching. In doing so, I have been able to make my dream a reality and enhance my work-life balance. I finally have time to pursue other passions such as setting up my online vintage shop and taking up kickboxing.

However, working from home does come with its challenges. Not having any coworkers to speak to can be challenging, especially if you are used to working in an office role, like myself. It is also easy to fall into bad health habits. Eating too much or too little, lack of movement and fresh air can have a huge impact on productivity. It is important to be aware of these pitfalls and get ahead of them before they become a habit. Over the last year, I have learned a few tips that keep me feeling motivated and ready to take on the day.

Lauren Fragomeni is a graduate of OnTESOL’s 120-hour Advanced TESOL certificate and our 20-hour Teaching IELTS specialist course. She currently teaches online privately and with iTutor Group.

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How to enunciate while teaching English onlineWith the boom of online ESL teaching, a lot of companies are looking for qualified ESL teachers. While some teachers are excellent in the traditional classroom, they may find it a little awkward at first teaching in an online setting. There are a few tricks of the trade that you can either learn beforehand or through experience. In the next few blogs, we’ll share some tips for online teaching from experience, to save you a little time. These ideas will help you stand out in a rather large crowd these days.

First, we’ll start with one important element in every online teacher’s toolbox: your speech. The following points will help you learn how to use your voice in more productive ways than simply sharing information alone. Read more

Teach English to Young Learners Online with QkidsI am a stay-at-home Mom and I make around $1,500 a month with a part-time schedule teaching online with QKids. Join us at QKids, a fun interactive program where you can teach English online to Chinese students aged 5 – 12.

About the author: Jaclyn Roche is a Full-time Mom, Writer, and teaches English Part-time online Teacher with QKids. Read more

Managing classroom behaviour teaching onlineChildren can often be fire balls of energy that are seemingly impossible to contain. They can also be the exact opposite. Managing behavior is quite possibly the most difficult task that a teacher faces. Add the element of only interacting with the child through a screen, with virtually zero back-up and support, and the idea of managing any type of behavior becomes pretty daunting. It’s true that managing behavior in the online classroom can be extremely challenging. Disruptive students are a challenge in any teaching and learning environment, but it becomes particularly evident in an online classroom, especially when teaching one-on-one.

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TESOL job recruitment advice on cover letter, resume, and interviewCongratulations! You got your TESOL certification and now you’re ready to apply for TESOL jobs. But what is the best way to organize your resume, cover letter and mock class preparation? As a job coach, recruiter and English teacher, I’ll tell you the best practices and examples you can follow to maximize your chances of getting an interview with an English teaching company and securing the job.

No matter what someone’s background is, the process of getting the TESOL job you want is the same:

  • Learn about the company, their mission and values
  • Tailor your resume and cover letter to the job requirements
  • Show your personality

This may seem obvious but you would be surprised how many applications I have seen that are generic and I can tell in a second that it is the same application they send to every other company. Do not make this mistake!

About the Author: Melissa Chungfat is a VIPKID teacher and recruiter. You can apply for online teaching jobs through Melissa through our VIPKID profile page

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