We at 97kid have been partnered with Enlai TES for the last 2 months now and have been continually impressed by their professionalism, high standards and hiring practices.
Enlai provide us with high quality online teachers from the USA and Canada as we have had difficulties finding suitable candidates in the past. As we have a high demand for teachers we are pleased to have a reliable partner in Enlai.
Enlai’s staff are extremely friendly and have been accommodating to all of our needs which has led to the successful hire of teachers based in the USA and Canada. Their rigorous vetting and interviewing process ensure that we receive only the best candidates for our online school and during this process they have striven to adapt and focus their practices to meet our strict needs and go above and beyond in streamlining the entire hiring process.
We would gladly recommend working along side Enlai TES as we feel they are a reliable and comprehensive services provider who’s ethos encourages
Considering the differences that exist between a real life classroom and an online classroom, there are going to be pros and cons that a teacher experiences. I will try my best to mention as many as possible to give a good indication of what you can expect. The below experiences are my own and are not expected to be a general summary of what everyone experiences, so please keep that in mind when being critical.
Pros and Cons (my experience)
- Parental involvement. Parental involvement is incredibly important, especially for learners who are unable to understand English. Quite often parents themselves cannot speak English and then you get stuck with a learner who cannot understand you and it impairs their learning experience.
- Time. Depending on the learner and their level of fluency, the length of the lesson can seem to be very short. This is all learner dependent but it can still be frustrating when you cannot get through the class content by the end of the lesson.
- Teacher input. Writing reports is a great way to give feedback but that feedback can fall on deaf ears if the parents aren’t involved in the process. I feel the teacher should have a larger say in whether a learner can progress to the next class or not. I have had learners who are trying to learn content that is far beyond their current skills and yet they continue throughthe syllabus when they should be moved to less advanced content.
- Flexibility. The teaching system is designed in such a way that you can choose what hours you want to work as long as you complete a certain number of hours within a month. Taking leave and changing your times is also incredibly simple.
- Simple syllabus. The content that you teach and the layout of the lessons is very simple and easy to follow but also allows you to present the content in your own way by keeping to theguidelines.
- New learners. You are always meeting new learners and are always being challenged to teach with different methods to accommodate these learners.
- Relationships. Should you manage to have regular learners, you form good relationships with them and sometimes even their parents. This makes teaching them that much easier because you know what works and what doesn’t.
- Administration. The administration systems are simple and easy to make use of. If you have a problem, then it is resolved very quickly.
- Reporting. The feedback report for the parents is a great way for teacher’s to express their personal concerns or give suggestions to parents to help them improve their child’s learning.
- Software. The platform that is used to teach via is extremely efficient and the tools available to improve the learning experience are great and easy to work with.
As you can see the cons are associated more with experiences with individual learners whereas the pros highlight more the systems and processes that are in place. As a teacher in an online environment you are always going to experience different pros and cons depending on who you teach and unfortunately that is just the way it is. Choose to learn from the differences and try to alleviate the cons as much as possible by being a proactive teacher.
To those looking to get into online teaching, here are a few things to consider that I have picked up in my experience.
- Be flexible. You will not have an easy time of teaching if you use the same methods for each and every learner.
- Be patient. If you are not a patient person then this is not for you.
- Things will start slowly when you begin teaching, so give it some time for classes to start picking up.
- Reliable internet. Don’t go into online teaching if you cannot be sure that your internet connection is going to be fast and reliable. It will only cause more frustration and problems.
- Be proactive as a teacher. Yes the syllabus is easy to use and simple to follow but different methods are required for different students.
- Speaking time. When teaching, allow the learners to speak as much as possible, even if their conversation might contain many errors. The aim is to build their confidence before correcting every little mistake. Pointing out too many mistakes can break confidence and prevent them from trying to speak.
- Enjoy it. Each session is different and brings along with it different aspects that could either make it more enjoyable or less enjoyable. Try to find the joyful moments even in your frustration because if you don’t then it could affect the effectiveness of the learning process.
All the best in your decisions and teaching ventures.