If you’re looking to take a CELTA course or become TESOL-certified, it helps if you know what you’re getting into.
VIPKID offers ESL teachers a unique opportunity to conduct spoken English classes online for foreign students from home or any other convenient place. In this article, we will describe what it’s like to be a VIPKID teacher, and talk about some of the certifications that can help you get there.
Teaching Online English Classes at VIPKID: How It Works
All VIPKID classes are one-on-one to make sure that we meet 100% of each student’s needs. Teachers in the U.S. and Canada from are paired with Chinese children ages 4 to 12 for 25-minute English language immersion sessions.
Outside of the one-on-one sessions, students watch a pre-lesson video that introduces the main points of the lesson and do homework after the lesson for reinforcement.
The online English language courses run on our own educational platform. You do not need to communicate with the parents – the VIPKID staff will take over the communication as well.
You will not need to prepare a teaching plan, either, because our curriculum team has already designed materials for each class. However, teachers should review the class materials on the teacher portal 6 to 12 hours in advance of a lesson.
Why teach the English as second language courses with VIPKID?
Working with VIPKID has a range of advantages for teachers. Here are some of them:
- Lighter workloads and more productivity with one-on-one lessons.
- It has its own educational platform, which means dedicated 24/7 support in case something goes wrong.
- No need to prepare the curriculum and communicate with parents.
What do I need to teach online English language courses with VIPKID?
Basically, the teaching requirements you will need are a bachelor’s degree and a certificate that confirms your skills as an English as a Second Language teacher. Here is an overview of the most popular certification programs:
TESOL courses prepare English as a Second Language teachers who want to teach English to foreigners both abroad and at home, in an English-speaking country. TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Variations of TESOL courses are TEFL and TESL courses.
TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language, and a TEFL certificate enables its holders to teach English as a foreign language in non-English-speaking countries. The highest demand for TEFL-certified teachers is in China, Japan, and South Korea. TESL stands for Teaching English as a Second Language. This certificate allows its holders to teach English as a foreign language in English-speaking countries.
It is possible to take TEFL courses online, but you need to choose the best TEFL courses that fit your needs most.
Like TESOL, CELTA courses prepare ESL teachers who want to teach English to foreigners abroad or at home, or people who speak foreign languages, but live in English-speaking countries. However, CELTA puts more emphasis on teaching practice. Even if you take an online teaching course for CELTA theory and methodology, you still need hands-on experience to practice and strengthen your teaching skills.
CELTA means Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults and is accredited by Cambridge University, which makes it stand out among other English teaching certificates.
TEFL, TESOL, and CELTA Teaching Methods
Trinity College London, the most trusted TESOL course provider, defines the following methods and techniques that are used in the Teaching Skills module of the TESOL course:
- More than just grammar. TESOL methodology puts emphasis on doing things with language over the grammatical rules. The main goal is to give non-English speakers a more natural feel for how the language is spoken.
- Language to be used in the classroom. According to TESOL methodology, the teachers should use English in the classroom right from the start, avoiding the use of the learners’ own language.
- Clarifying new words. The teachers use gestures, mimics, pictures, etc. to help where words would otherwise not be understood.
- Use of resources. TESOL courses offer lots of published materials that the teachers can use to gather ideas for their lessons.
As for CELTA, the following basic teaching methods are offered:
- MFP, or Meaning, Form, and Pronunciation. It is the most traditional teaching method, which focuses on explaining the meaning of words as well as teaching how to spell and pronounce them.
- CCQ, or Concept Checking Questions. This method is used to check how the students understand the new words. For example, the teacher can show the students a sentence and ask different questions about the sentence to check if the students understand the tenses.
The choice of a teaching method also depends on a learner type. These are the most common types:
- Visual learners, who use eyes to perceive information.
- Auditory learners, who uses ears to perceive information.
- Verbal learners, who enjoy working with words and texts.
- Kinesthetic learners, who enjoy action, movement, and games.
At VIPKID, you will be teaching one student at a time, so it would be much easier for you to take advantage of the learner type and base the lesson around this type. However, as you will be teaching courses online, there will be certain limitations, but the modern technology we use on our platform will help you overcome those limitations.