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10 Common English Idioms ESL Students Need to Know
Explore your favorite idioms with your ESL students and roleplay when to say these idioms.
Six Apple by VIPKid
Global partners, dozens of new perks, and a brand new Six Apple page for you to explore.Six Apple started as a simple card to help teachers take advantage of local benefits. But with over 90,000 teachers now supported by the VIPKid platform, we got to thinking a little bigger. And by a little, we mean A LOT bigger of...
Three VIPKid teachers standing with Dino, the mascot at a Journey conference.
Is VIPKid a legitimate company? Yes. So this is kinda awkward, considering that we’re the ones writing this article. Instead of answering the question with a simple ‘yes’ (which would make this more of a Tweet than a blog really), we thought a deeper dive into the question of legitimacy would be fun. As a new, internet-based company in an...
Playing With Cold-Weather Fashion with ESL Students
Clothing is part of every single person’s life. When your ESL students start their day, one of the first things they must address is what they will be wearing for the day. Clothing is also one of the ways humans express themselves and showcase who they are, how they’re feeling, and what they like. Because clothing is so essential,...
Male teacher looking confused in a classroom environment when he discovers you can have an online teaching job.
Even the ones who aren’t too computer savvy? Or the ones who only teach fine art? How about the ones who were born before the internet? Just what are the requirements to snagging one of those online teaching jobs? If you’re worried that you may not be cut-out for online teaching, you’re probably wrong. Teaching online is one of the...
A desk filled with classroom items with the text word "Classroom Makeover Contest" above it.
Win the classroom makeover contest worth at least $500! It might be a simple table and chair in the corner of the living room. A painstakingly decorated wall that would leave Banksy in awe. Or a repurposed closet under the stairs à la pre-Hogwarts Harry. But whatever shape, form or style your online classroom takes, it’s something special to you. For 25...
China gets merry
For families across the world, December is the most wonderful time of the year. Even though Christmas is originally a religious holiday, its secular observation has greatly influenced the-end-of-year celebrations for many international communities. Christmas isn’t an official holiday in China and there isn’t a large Christian population that religiously observes it, but the holiday has grown in popularity...
Harbin, China winter ice festival
With the winter festive season in full swing, you may be curious about what end-of-year festivities your students partake in. China doesn’t officially observe any holidays which means work and school are still in session and not many families will take long vacations during this time. However, families and communities in China do have reasons to be festive! Two...
VIPKid Named One of Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work for Second Year in a Row
Wow! We are thrilled to be recognized as one of Glassdoor’s Top 10 Best Places to Work in both the U.S. and Canada for 2020! Virtually high-five, hug a dino and pat yourself on the back because this was truly a group effort. Jumping 58 positions up the list in just a year and being recognized as #9 among hundreds...
Does online teaching make you happier?
The answer probably needs the attention of some psychologists and a decade of study, however, we think it absolutely makes you happier if… … you like controlling your income Teaching online differs from regular teaching in all sorts of ways, but none as liberating as the ability to start actively controlling your income. It’s hard not to feel frustrated during those...

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