To Improve as a Teacher, Set These 11 Professional Goals

Professional development is crucial for any occupation, and teachers are no exception. Likewise, setting goals will help you succeed in the classroom or if you teach online. The SMART principle is one well-tested framework for...

Top Tips for Being a Great Substitute Teacher

Being a substitute teacher involves lots of courage and hard work. You have to enter a new classroom full of students who are used to another teacher and his or her teaching style. In...
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VIPKID Co-founder Jessie Chen Meets Nina Hachigian, Deputy Mayor of L.A.

Many members of our teaching community are already familiar with Jessie Chen. Apart from founding VIPKID with CEO Cindy Mi, she currently oversees all operations involving the teaching community and  our core curriculum.On her...

The Pros and Cons of Being a Teacher

Like any other profession, being a teacher has a range of benefits and drawbacks. Whether you're just getting started or you've been teaching for quite awhile, it's important to reflect on the advantages and...

The 12 Best Summer Jobs for Teachers

Summer gives teachers a unique opportunity not only to take it easy and have a rest, but also to earn extra money.Most school districts give teachers the option to spread their pay throughout a...

Part-Time Jobs Teachers Can Use to Increase Income

Being a teacher poses many challenges, and one of them can be financial. Some teachers struggle to make ends meet and look for opportunities outside of their full-time job to supplement their income. Many teachers,...

How To Play Taboo As An ESL Game

Taboo is a classic card and word game, the purpose of which is to get your teammates to guess the word that you are describing. However, there is a list of “taboo” words that the...

VIPKID CEO Cindy Mi Visits US Congress to Announce Cross-Border Education Partnership

VIPKID CEO Cindy Mi visited the US Congress to announce a three-year partnership with the US-China Strong Foundation. The partnership aims to inspire and empower every child for the future while strengthening the US-China relationship through...

7 ESL Vocabulary Games To Get Your Students Thinking

One of the best ways to spark more student interest in your lesson is to implement fun ESL games and activities into your lessons, and that should include some ESL vocabulary games. In previous posts,...

Hundreds of Teachers Attend VIPKID First-Ever Journey Regional Conference

Last Saturday, on March 10th, nearly 300 teachers gathered in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Little America Hotel for VIPKID’s first ever regional conference, Journey. From keynote speakers to a swag store to team-building...

Alternative Jobs for Teachers Who Want to Make a Career Change

If you are a teacher who is thinking of choosing a new career path, then this article may be exactly what you need. We previously covered jobs for retired teachers, but there are a...

8 Games That Will Get ESL Students Excited About Grammar

When teaching grammar to ESL students, it can be hard to engage them as much as more exciting topics do.However, you can liven up your ESL grammar lessons by introducing some fun grammar games for...

How To Create Your Own ESL Jeopardy Game

“Jeopardy!” is a popular TV game where participants need to come up with trivia questions that match the given answers. You can create your own jeopardy game to check the knowledge of your ESL...

9 ESL Listening Games & Activities To Practice Language Skills

ESL listening comprehension activities are as important as speaking games and reading comprehension activities.However, traditional ESL listening exercises may sometimes be boring for your students, as they use mostly artificial speech. A possible solution will be...

10 Phrasal Verb Exercises for ESL Students

English phrasal verbs are one of the most challenging lessons to learn for ESL students. As the name suggests, these are verbs that actually form a phrase consisting of a verb and preposition –...

How News Articles Can Help ESL Students Learn

News articles can be powerful learning tools for ESL students.Unlike the usual ESL reading comprehension activities, news resources can engage students on an immediate level. They're studying language by learning about what's going on...

Tips For Creating More Engaging ESL Lesson Plans

Planning ESL lessons on your own can be quite a challenging task, especially when you are just starting your job as a TESOL teacher in a new school or as an online teacher. And it...

4 Short Stories That Will Challenge Your ESL Students

ESL short stories are a great way to consolidate all learning methods, such as listening, speaking, writing, and ESL reading practice.Besides, ESL stories can spice up your lesson and keep your students constantly engaged....

Alphabet Activities for ESL Students of All Levels

Many ESL students come from countries that speak languages totally different from English. Teaching grammar, sentence structure, syntax, and even the alphabet is all different for students from China, Japan, South Korea, and Middle...

12 Pronunciation Games & Exercises For ESL Students

ESL pronunciation is often overlooked by teachers who place more emphasis on grammar lessons and vocabulary activities. However, pronunciation is no less important that the grammar and vocabulary. Pronunciation learning might come more naturally to students already...