Teaching Online

Hello there! Teacher Brooke here!

Some of you may already know I teach for VIPKid, and online company that hires native English speakers to teach kids in China how to speak English. Before I get any further, I would like to clarify that I do not know any Mandarin. I have no prior knowledge of how to speak anything involving Chinese characters or words. I stumbled upon this company, and I thought it might be fun to give it a try. The worst that could happen is they say no, you would be a horrible teacher, right?

Somehow, I passed the initial interviews and was hired! This occurred in January 2018, and I’m still going strong a year later. VIPKid’s platform is all online, and I open slots for I’m available to teach. Parents can then see the slots and book me. The classes are 25 minutes long, and slots are every 30 minutes, so I get a 5 minute break in between classes. I teach some beginner students, and then I have some students who can speak English very fluently. The material is all provided by VIPKid, and I just review it, and teach it.

I use a lot of TPR, which stands for Total Physical Response. I use my hands and props to teach new words. I use readers to show the students they did a great job. After being with the company for a while, you start to develop a core group of students that continue to book you each week!

At this point, I have been with VIPKid 405 days, I have taught 402 students, I have taught 1374 classes, which is a total of 34,350 minutes. Wow! I don’t think this is the perfect job, and it is definitely not for everyone, but it very rewarding. It is neat to see students starting to speak a new language.

If you have any interest in trying VIPKid, send me a message! Here’s a link to go to discover more about VIPKid!


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