About three weeks ago, I shared an idea in my Facebook group for Digital Nomad Language Teachers: I asked if anyone was interested in offering small group lessons and join forces to spread the word about the project and do the marketing together. Well, and now I’m working together with a group of language teachers from around the world to make this project become reality. During the past couple of days, I was approached by teachers and prospective students who wanted to know more.
In my article about how to optimise your course descriptions on italki, I listed a few possibilities of courses you may offer and promised to go more into detail as far as teaching them is concerned. So let’s start today with an article about how to teach test preparation.
Some teachers like to prepare students for official language exams, some hate it. Personally, I wouldn’t want to do this exclusively.
Introverts are often very good language learners which is not too surprising. Language learning requires many skills which introverts have in abundance. They’re not easily distracted. They like to do things in the quietness of their homes. They can concentrate well. However, many introverts struggle with speaking their target language.
SHYNESS VS INTROVERSION
Many people seem to think that introverted people are shy. That may be the case but not necessarily. Shyness and introversion are two different things.
As a professional italki teacher, you have the possibility to offer 5 different courses to your students and add descriptions to them. Many teachers don’t realise that this is a powerful tool to attract prospective students. The courses I see are often divided by level: English for beginners, English for intermediate students, English for advanced students. Or something similar. Even worse if there’s almost no or no relevant information in the course description.
Do you have to pay taxes when you teach languages and travel around the world? This is a delicate topic and I certainly don’t want to encourage anyone to evade taxes. If you’re a US citizen, you can skip this article, anyway because no matter what your personal situation is like, your government requires you to pay taxes.
I paid taxes when I still lived in Germany and I also did when I lived in Portugal in 2016.
Let’s imagine the following: You’re just getting started as an online language teacher but don’t have enough students yet to make a living. However, you’re keen to leave your home country and start travelling.
The most obvious solution is to go to a country with low living costs. Thailand and especially Chiang Mai are very popular among digital nomads in general. However, there are lots of other options. Finances are important but going to a place you’re not excited about just because it’s cheap,
Have you ever felt guilty because you’re “just” a teacher? Have you enviously looked at those people who successfully created their own brands and have hundreds or even thousands of followers on Facebook?
Perhaps you have already spent money on courses on how to build an email list but nobody signs up or everyone wants free stuff only.
Or you just don’t feel motivated to make the next step and become a teacherpreneur.
A while ago, I wrote an article about how to teach a trial session. In that article, I mentioned that my trials (or first lessons) are normally quite informal and conversation-based. However, it doesn’t make sense to have just a pleasant conversation with a student. So let’s discuss how to ask the right questions which will make your student feel confident about future lessons and will encourage him to book further lessons with you.
Sometimes, this question seems to be dogmatic. Like: If you don’t use your own material, you’re not a real teacher.
So let’s have a look at both possibilities, textbooks or own material.
Working with your own material
In most cases, “own material” is not as original as the expression suggests. When preparing their own material, teachers use texts from the internet, videos, pictures, excerpts and exercises from grammar books etc.
Authentic material taken from websites or newspapers for native speakers often has to be adapted,
At the end of last year, I decided to raise my italki rates considerably. However, I felt bad about suddenly charging my current students 8 -10 US$ more per hour and tried to find a solution.
Other teachers group their students meaning that a student who already started to learn with them two years ago may book a different course at a lower price. It’s a possibility but I don’t like it very much.