The Beautiful Truth About Trial Classes

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Imagine yourself, sitting at home relaxing in front of the television. You’re watching your favorite television show and all of a sudden, commercial time. Your hand reaches down to the couch to pick up the TV remote, because you’ve been programmed to despise commercials. As your finger slowly grazes over the last button, something stops you in your tracks. Your eyes widen as images filter their way into your mind. An unintentional smirk appears on your face as you find yourself enthralled with what you’re watching. All of a sudden you burst into laughter, the biggest smile making its way across your face. As the commercial slowly ends, you see a company logo and instantly your mind is permanently imprinted with a memory of those entrancing 30 seconds. An imprint that you will remember forever, a moment, captured in time.

So what in the world does a television commercial have to do with VIPKID trial classes? Well the way I see it, everything!

By Teacher Shannon Elizabeth


 

Any of you who have ever taught a trial class know that you only have a few minutes, maybe even seconds to grab the attention of this little person sitting right on the other side of the screen, yet thousands of miles away. So in preparation for such a weighty assignment we must pull out all the stops as they say. Crazy hats, silly glasses, creative pictures on our whiteboard behind us. Balloons, puppets, stuffed animals, anything and everything to get that one precious smile or even a mouth full of teeth and an adorable laugh that instantly tells us; SUCCESS! There is something truly fulfilling about seeing a child gaze upon things they have never seen before, their eyes open wide, mouths drop, hands flying in the sky with excitement! Who else gets to see this sort of stuff everyday?

But, there is one thing that makes this short 25 minutes purely beautiful. Many of these students have never seen anyone from outside of China! Now imagine that fact in your mind. You, sitting in your overly decorated bedroom or makeshift basement office, has the opportunity to be the first American or Canadian that this child has ever seen in their entire life! What a beautiful privilege! We have the opportunity to represent not only this amazing company we work for, but also our entire country, culture, lifestyle and language. Sometimes it makes me think about the first time man set foot on the moon. (yes, I compared trial classes to the moon! – 1 small step for this child, 1 giant leap for bringing cultures together!)

Needless to say, the opportunity we get when we are privileged to spend 25 minutes with a trial student, isn’t simply a chance to represent our company, VIPKID, or to show the child that- learning English is FUN! It isn’t simply a chance to try and sell our brand, showing them that VIPKID is superior above the rest. It is so much more! We have a golden opportunity to be the first face of a foreign country, culture, mindset, attitude, even a type of face this little child has never seen before.

So next time you retrospectively think back on your trial classes, whether they signed up and became a regular of yours, or they disappeared into the wind, be assured that YOUR face will always be remembered by someone as their first- English teacher, American/Canadian citizen etc. So lets give each of our trials everything we’ve got, something we will be proud of today, tomorrow and everyday after that.

16 COMMENTS

  1. This is a very engaging post. I’m thinking about teaching English online and your post is a friendly reminder of how much I love teaching and the grand purpose of it. Thank you. Lisa G.

  2. A question then. You must have a degree in education? My background is in business administration and sales.

    Thank you,
    bill

  3. I love this article! Thank you for writing it and reminding me why I have chosen to go through the hiring process. I have signed up, passed my interview and demo. Passed my Mock 1 and attended the Kick-off meeting twice waiting expectantly for my welcome aboard email and google form proving my attendance (both emails never arrived, but my second kick-off mentor sent me the link to the google form), and finally, I have reached out to VIPKID via email; however, as you can see from my comments, I am ready to begin teaching trial classes, but I have not received my final email with contract signing instructions? I really do not want to give up hope 🙁

    • The lessons are already done for the teachers by VIPKID — NO LESSON PLANNING!!! You just teach the prepared curriculum. Just as wonderful is that we work one-on-one with students rather than with 25-30 students as most teachers normally do in a regular brick and mortar school. The kids are adorable and you get to work the schedule you chose for yourself. The support people at VIPKID are first rate.

      I’m hoping to build my student base up enough in the next year or so that I can do this FT and give up my regular school job. All around it’s a beautiful thing! I will be honest and say that there is one drawback: the 12-hour time difference is a killer (China is 12-hours ahead of us here in the U.S.), but for the opportunity to work from home at a legitimate job, not a hoax or scam, I’ll teach any time of the day or night and be happy to do it!👍🏼 This job has been a true blessing for me and my family and I highly recommend it to anyone.

      Teacher Marie

  4. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and consumer services and have worked within schools as an administrator. Would that meet the minimum requirements or should I just stick to administration work?

  5. Hi, I’m an Indian and have a Bachelor’s degree with major in English. I am a home tutor and have over 8 years of teaching experience in the Indian curriculum. I am also Celta certified. Can I join VIPKID as a teacher?

    • We require our teachers to be eligible to work in the US or Canada. For more info about requirements, please check: t.vipkid.com.cn/opportunity

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