If you’re looking for an English teacher online it’s very important to get the right one from the start.
Changing teachers later can really hurt your studies and your progress. However, finding the right English teacher on the internet isn’t that easy.
There are many unqualified, inexperienced teachers out there and if you’re searching online it can be difficult to decide who is real and who is pretending.
Here’s a checklist. When you are searching for an English teacher online ask for the following things before hiring them:
1. Ask to See a Copy of Their Degree or Teaching Qualification
Believe it or not, some of the best English teachers I have ever worked with do not have a university degree.
Is this surprising for you? Let me give you an example to explain.
There are two candidates. Brian is a physics graduate. He’s very clever and graduated with honours. However, Brian isn’t very good with people and can be unfriendly.
James, candidate number 2, doesn’t have a university degree. James went to college and completed a TEFL teaching course, meaning he studied how to teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). James is very friendly, passionate about teaching, and genuinely loves his students and cares about them.
Who do you think will make the better teacher? James, of course!
While a university degree isn’t the most important factor, your teacher should have some certificate or qualification to teach English. Ask to see their TEFL certificate and college diploma.
When you have seen these documents you can make your decision about whether or not to hire them.
2. Ask About Their Experience
Asking teachers about their experience is a great way to get to know them. Some teachers are quite new, and that isn’t always a bad thing, while some have been teaching for many years all over the world.
When trying to find an English teacher online ask anyone you’re interested in about they’re teaching experience. Where have they been teaching? What kind of classes have they taught? How can they help you learn English?
A great teacher who cares will be happy to tell you about their experience.
3. Ask for a Demo Lesson
The best way to help decide if a teacher is right for you is to do a demo lesson.
Some busy teachers will say no, but teachers looking for new students might be happy to conduct a demo lesson with you. It doesn’t have to be very long. 20 minutes should be enough. This will let you get a feeling for how the teacher is, whether your personalities match, and the teacher’s ‘style’.
A demo lesson can give you great insight into any potential English teacher online. Don’t be afraid to ask for one.
Finding the right English teacher should not be rushed. Take your time, assess your options, and pick the teacher you feel is best for you.
If you’re truly dedicated to mastering English you may be studying with your teacher for a long time. To make things go as smoothly as possible, make sure you pick the right teacher at the beginning.
Good luck and happy studying! To request a demo lesson from one of our experienced and professional teachers, contact us using the form below.