Thinking of Becoming a Virtual Teacher? Pros and Cons of Teaching English Online
Nowadays, thanks to the plethora of video communication software that exists, so many jobs can be done virtually. English classes are no exception.
There’s been a surge in the demand for online English classes and the need for certified EFL teachers as well. While teaching English online can be a good choice for some, you must beware of the pitfalls and prepare yourself for the world of teaching online!
Let’s be honest – the best part of teaching English online is the fact that you can do it from anywhere in the world, whether it’s from the comfort of your own home or in a straw hut on a beach in Thailand (hey- if the wifi is good, why not?) Teaching English online allows you to save on commuting costs and time, and most employers are flexible enough to allow you to choose your availability – which is great if you’re a student or have a second job.
Speaking of flexibility, you’ll be exposed to cultures and students from all around the world – which means that an English student in Tokyo might just be waking up, while it’s dinner time for you. So if you’re a night owl, this can be a great advantage!
Teaching English to students from different countries will keep you on your toes and challenged, not to mention that it will give you an extra oomph to your teaching résumé!
Hello? Hello? Can you hear me? If you plan on being an online English teacher, it’s important that you have a high-speed internet connection – to avoid those pesky, dropped calls and cut-up conversations.
Also, make sure that you’re in a quiet environment to eliminate background noise that will make it difficult for the student to understand.
Just remember to do a technical check before starting each class to make sure the microphone and headphones are working – trust me, this will save you precious class time!
For anyone that has worked from home, they know how difficult it can be to keep your spirits high when sitting around alone and in pajamas all day. Try to create a routine, just as you would if you had a regular job. Rule of thumb: no pajamas after 10 a.m.
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