Should I quit my Brick and Mortar teaching job for VIPKID?

This is a conversation I’ve had quite a bit lately. So many teachers are tired of all the changes with covid-19 and it’s many regulations. But is online teaching for you?

I feel like I have a good perspective about this because I taught in public schools for 12 years, and then after a move and a 3rd child, I made the decision to stay home and only teach online.

Also, I am going to say right off the bat that I’m not trying to sell you on VIPKID. It’s perfect for some B&M teachers. It’s not for everyone. I am not here to refer you to a company. I’m here to give you an honest perspective of the pros and cons, so you can compare easily. Here we go.

https://youtu.be/_IoJXKvPoOQ

Pros of Online Teaching:

1. It’s actually TEACHING, not all the extra responsibilities that come with a classroom job. There’s no lesson planning, conferences, grading, observations, data meetings, and so on. You get to actually teach students that want to learn. You get to watch them grow and progress in their English ability.

2. The flexibility can not be beat. You are in complete control of your schedule. There is no minimum (or maximum) number of hours required. When you teach at an actual school, taking time off is super complicated. You have to request the time off, get a sub, write sub plans, prepare the kids, and worry when you’re away! With VIPKid, you just simply close your schedule.

Cons of online teaching:

1. The pay does not compare to a teaching contract. When you’re a classroom teacher, you have a salary, a retirement account, taxes are taken out, and you have insurance. You have none of that as an online teacher. You have a contract, and you are technically your own boss. It’s a price many of us are willing to pay for the freedom and flexibility of online teaching. But be aware, unless you’re willing to work long hours and hustle hard, the pay won’t compare.

2. You won’t really have coworkers. I guess, depending on your relationship with coworkers, this could also be a “pro!” But I have always had wonderful coworkers who made my job so enjoyable, that it was hard for me to give up that aspect of the classroom job. Of course, there are lovely online communities of teacher, you just have to proactively find them.

With those pros and cons in mind, there are few other big differences between B&M teaching and online teaching.

1. Online teaching has its own set of skills. Many skills will translate easily to the online world for the classroom, but you’ll need to learn how to engage students online. For online ESL, you’ll need to work in slowing your speech, using props to support your teaching, and mastering “total physical response,” an important ESL technique for teaching.

2. Technology adeptness will become vital, not just a bonus. When I was teaching in the classroom, some teachers were known as “technologically savvy.” With online teaching, everyone has to have that attitude of “I can figure this out.” Oftentimes, you’re on your own. Yes, there tech support and a great network of helpful teachers. But sometimes, you’re just on your own at 4am, with a tech problem in your basement.

So if you’re a B&M classroom teacher and you’re considering teaching online, I hope this will help you make your decision. Both are amazing careers!

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Gogokid Trial Class No Shows

 

 

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I’m sitting in the Gogokid classroom.  Notice “student is entering” is written on the student camera.  This is potentially a no-show.  Also note at the bottom, I write a hello note in the chat box to prove I was in the classroom.  

You are ready!  You woke up at an insanely early hour.  You got dressed, maybe even put on makeup.  You set up your computer and props.  You even had a moment to get some coffee.  You’re in the Gogokid Teacher Portal, ready for your class!  If you have a trial class, this is a class that a student has booked to try out Gogokid’s program.  They have not paid for a package yet, and they’re unsure if they want to commit.  You have the power to convince them!

However, I have to be the bearer of bad news.  Oftentimes, trial class students do not show up.  They haven’t paid for anything yet, so they lose nothing.  But you still have to be prepared.  Let me walk you through your Gogokid trial class no show experience, so you are ready for whatever may come.

First, enter the classroom from the teacher portal before your scheduled start time.  Just click “Enter Classroom.”   I try to enter at least 10 minutes before my first class, to make sure everything is functioning properly.  As soon as I enter, I close my camera until the class start time.

As you sit there, you’ll see the student camera area.  If it says the the student’s name, that means they have arrived and are waiting for you.  This will be an actual trial class, not a “student no show.”  If it says “student is entering” (shown above) that means they have not entered the classroom yet.  This potentially will be a no-show, but you won’t know yet.

At this point, as I wait for the scheduled start time, I usually write something in the chat box, or on the screen with the drawing tool.  I usually just write “Hello!”  This proves that I was there in the classroom.

When it gets to the scheduled class time, the start button will appear and flash obnoxiously!  Press it as quickly as possible.

When you press it, your camera will open.  At that point, you may or may not have a student in the classroom.  If you do have a student, go for it and start teaching!  If no student is there, sit back and wait.

Now, I’ll finish this blog with quick questions/answer format for easy reading!  I know you may be sitting in a no-show, frantically trying to find out what to do.  If that is you, please comment below!  I’d love to hear your experiences!

  • How long do I wait?
    • You wait 15 minutes.  If a student shows up at any point between 00:00 and 15:00, you will teach him or her until 25:00.  If they do not show up at all, and the clock hits 15:00, it is a no-show and you do not have to teach.
  • Do I cover camera?
    • This is up to you.  I usually just leave the camera open.  Some people hate to sit there, looking at themselves.  You can put a post-it note over the camera if you wish. Just don’t “close the camera” with the button on the classroom.  You need to be available, ready to go if the student shows up.  Also, you cannot leave your classroom space.  I would recommend not even leaving your chair (or your standing space if you stand to teach).  It is very common for a student to show up, and if you’re not ready to jump right in, you’ll be marked as a “Teacher No Show.”
  • What if they show up at 14:30?
    • This is possible, but not probable.  If they show up at 14:30, or even 14:59, you have to teach the class.  You will teach until 25:00, so you will only have 10 minutes to complete the whole class.  Hurry though, but don’t rush too much.  You still want to give your student a great first class experience.
  • Do I need to write anything in the chat box?
    • No, but it doesn’t hurt.  I always write something like “Hello” before the class begins, then if the student shows up late, I write in the chat box, “Student arrived at 4:30 (for example), so we will have class for 20:30 minutes.”  This give a clear picture for anyone who would re-watch the class.
  • What if the IT help cancels the class and writes something in the chat box?
    • Occasionally, the student’s parents will tell Gogokid that they will not be showing up.  In this case, the IT help will come into your classroom and write to you in the chat box something like, “Thank you teacher, your class has been canceled by the parent.  You are free to leave.” You can be done waiting and leave the classroom. I always take a screen shot of that message, just in case I need to prove why I left early.
  • Can I do something else while I wait?
    • Yes!  Do whatever you’d like!  You can use your phone, read, drink your coffee, daydream.  I sometimes use my computer, but I never block my window that is open, showing the classroom.  If the student pops in, I don’t want to be online shopping or something in another window and not see it.  Also, as I mentioned above, don’t leave your teaching area until 15:00.
  • Do I just leave at 15:00?
    • Yes.  You close your classroom browser window.  Take a screen shot before you leave.
  • How much will I get paid?
    • For a Trial No Show, you’ll get paid 60% of your base rate.  If the student shows up late, even if it is at 14:59, and you teach the rest of the time, you’ll get full pay.
  • Do I write feedback?
    • Not for a no-show.  No need to write anything.  There won’t be a screen for feedback because you’ll close the classroom before 25:00.

Remember, don’t be discouraged if you have a no-show.  I know it can be a let down when you get geared up for a class, and then disappointed when there is no student to teach.  Bounce back and enjoy the break.  You’ll probably have quite a few trials and no-shows in your first few months of teaching with Gogokid.  When you begin to build your base of regular students, no shows will become a rarer experience.

What other questions do you have about no-shows or Gogokid?  Any funny or interesting Gogokid trial class experiences?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

-Teacher Laura from Minnesota, USA

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Hello! My name is Laura and I teach online for VIPKID and Gogokid, teaching English to Chinese students!

 

I write here to connect with other teachers and applicants. I’d love to hear from you.  Here are some useful links.

GOGOKID referral code: X73CTGPA

VIPKID referral link: https://t.vipkid.com.cn/activity/popu…

VIPKID referral code: 05IOD5

Email: laura.risdall@gmail.com Instagram: minnesotateachermom

VIPKID/Parenting Blog: http://www.laurarisdall.wordpress.com

Feedback Panda Referral: https://www.feedbackpanda.com/?_teacher_ref=1k0QBN

Lingobus Referral: https://www.lingobus.com/?referralCode=PAR49P

 

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Meet VIPKID Teacher Laura #onlineeslteachertag

Here’s a fun way to get to know other online teachers! It’s called #onlineeslteachertag. In the video above, I gave “rapid fire” answers to most of these, but here’s I’ll expand a bit so you can get to know me!

Thanks to Teacher Lori for getting it started! Head over there to watch the original video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPc4d…

ONLINE ESL TEACHER QUESTIONS:

  • Where are you from?
    • I’m from rural Minnesota, in a small town of about 5,000 people.  I grew up in the Twin Cities, but moved out to the country a few years ago.  I love it out here!  We get LOTS of snow in the wintertime.
  • How long have you been a VIPKID teacher?
    • I started with VIPKID in November 2017, and Gogokid in February of 2019.
  • Did you get book immediately?
    • Yes and no.  With VIPKID, I got bookings trickling in right away but it took a full two months to have a full schedule.
  • What hours do you typically work?
    • I teach mornings, from 5-8am, sometimes 4:30-9am.
  • What is your typical #teacherootd (outfit of the day)?
    • I wear plain colored shirts, or my teacher shirts made by some amazing instagrammer teachers!
  • Are you a brick and mortar teacher?
    • I used to be.  I taught in the public schools for nine years, then did some subbing, and now only teach online.
  • Who are you favorite youtube/snapchat/ig teachers?
    • See the video for my faves!
  • Are you team meg, mike or Dino?
    • Honestly, I’m not really into collecting the characters.  I just use some simple 2D cut outs of Meg and Mike when necessary, and I do have a plushie Dino, but I could take them or leave them.  They’re not a big deal to me.
  • Why did you decide to join VIPKID?
    • When I had my 3rd daughter, I was subbing.  Most of my income was going straight to daycare, and it didn’t make sense for me to work full-time.  Now, I’m loving the “work from home mom” life, and don’t plan on returning to the brick and mortar classroom until my youngest is in school.
  • What is your most used prop?
    • My small globe is my most used prop.  I think this is probably because I teach a lot of level one, and they’re always traveling around the world in that unit.
  • What advice do you have for anyone thinking about joining VIPKID?
    • My advice is that you should examine your motives.  I’ve chatted with many people who are just looking for a quick buck, or a job that pays full time money for part time work.  This is not that job.  Only apply if you truly love teaching, children, cultures, languages, and want to really make a difference.
  • What advice do you have for a newbie teacher?
    • My best advice is to get as many certifications as possible.  You’ll want to have the opportunity for as many people as possible to see your profile.
  • What is your best teaching tip?
    • Learn a language yourself.  You don’t have to learn Chinese, but practice learning any language that interests you.  It’ll make you more compassionate toward your students!
  • What does your morning routine look like?
    • I get up at 4:30am, press snooze a couple times, quickly do makeup, brush my teeth and hair, make a quick Keurig coffee, and get my lights on.  Then, I’ll pull up my Feedback Panda tabs for each student and prepare the feedback, which I’ll edit between the classes.  I can go from dead asleep to ready to teach in about 10 minutes if necessary!
  • What is your favorite course to teach?
    • Level two is my favorite because they’re really ready to learn.  I love watching them grow in confidence throughout that level.
  • What is your least favorite course to teach?
    • Trials. I feel like I’m pretty good at trials, and I do like the variety, but it’s not worth the IT problems and high frequency of no-shows.  I’ll take Major Courses any day.
  • The best thing you like about this job?
    • The flexibility is my favorite part.  I am so grateful to be able to pick my schedule.  It has made our family life much more calm, organized, and peaceful to have a mom that is home more.
  • The worst thing you hate about this job?
    • The hours are tricky for my sleep schedule.  I have to take a nap in the afternoons to function past 8pm.  I can almost always squeeze in a 10-30 minute nap, and it makes all the difference in the world.
  • Can you say anything in Chinese?
    • Yes!  I’ve been learning with YoyoChinese, and my girls take Lingobus classes!  We’ve learned a lot!  Watch the video to see me attempt some phrases.
  • Have you been to china?
    • No, but I’m dying to go!  Who wants to take me?  I’ll hop on a flight tomorrow!

Thanks for reading or watching!  You’re welcome to participate in the video or blog version!

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Hello! My name is Laura and I teach online for VIPKID and Gogokid, teaching English to Chinese students!

 

I write blogs here to connect with other teachers and applicants. If you’re interested in these companies, follow the links below or email me!

Email: laura.risdall@gmail.com

Instagram: minnesotateachermom

GOGOKID referral code: X73CTGPA

VIPKID referral link: https://t.vipkid.com.cn/activity/popu…

VIPKID referral code: 05IOD5

VIPKID/Parenting Blog: http://www.laurarisdall.wordpress.com

Feedback Panda Referral: https://www.feedbackpanda.com/?_teacher_ref=1k0QBN

Lingobus Referral: https://www.lingobus.com/?referralCode=PAR49P

 

 

 

Thanks for reading!

-Laura from Minnesota

 

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Six Months of Chinese Lessons: Lingobus Class Update!

 

I can’t believe it, but we have been doing online Chinese lessons now for over six months!  My girls have learned so much!

Last week, we were sitting down for dinner and we were chatting about how it was going, what they liked about the lessons, what their favorite words and phrases were to learn.  I put a camera on them and just recorded our conversation!  Listen in and hear their progress! Thanks for watching!

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Hello! My name is Laura and I am a mom of 2 Lingobus students, ages 5 and 9. Watch to see how our first classes went and why we chose Lingobus Chinese classes! If you’re interested in trying a free demo class, follow this link to get started

Email: laura.risdall@gmail.com

Instagram: minnesotateachermom Thanks for watching! -Laura from Minnesota

 

Our Lingobus videos and blogs:

Learning Chinese is FUN with Lingobus!

 

My daughters are really enjoying their online Lingobus Chinese classes.  I have been sitting with them lately, to help them with the lessons.  When I sit with them, I’ve been noticing how FUN and INTERACTIVE these lessons are!  Researchers say that it takes 400 repetitions of a new skill for it to be learned, unless it is learned through play!  Then, it only takes 20 repetitions!  Wow, what a difference!  I can tell that Lingobus is using this strategy to teach Chinese.  My kids are picking it up so quickly, and I think the fact that they are learning through fun activities is speeding up their progress.

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The lessons are very interactive.  In the video above you can see:

  • Drag and drop activities like sorting items by color.
  • Sorting activities to learn “boy” and “girl.”
  • Audio clips to make sure they pronounce the word perfectly
  • Filters on teachers faces that make her look like a cat

And those are just a few examples. Every lesson has slides that the student has to actually move or manipulate the material.  As a side note, parents may need to help younger students learn how to use the mouse or trackpad to accomplish this!

Since our kids love screen time and computer games, Lingobus is using that to their advantage.  It can feel like you’re playing a video game sometimes, rather than just sitting in a tutoring session.

My girls love the lessons and truly have fun during them.  I think they were a bit intimidated at first about learning Chinese, because it’s known to be a complicated language that is so different than English.  But the interactive nature of the lessons has really helped to give them confidence and engage them in learning the language!

Stay tuned for our next Lingobus video and blog!

-Laura

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Hello! My name is Laura and I am a mom of 2 Lingobus students, ages 5 and 9. Watch to see how our first classes went and why we chose Lingobus Chinese classes! If you’re interested in trying a free demo class, follow this link to get started https://www.lingobus.com/?referralCode=PAR49P

Email: laura.risdall@gmail.com Instagram: vipkidteachermom Thanks for watching! -Laura from Minnesota

 

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VIPKID: Is it a scam? Is it too good to be true?

You’ve heard about this VIPKID teaching online, and it probably is popping up on your ads. If you’re like me, you are skeptical.

Many of my friends lately have been scammed with “work at home” jobs that in the end, cost them more money than they earned. They will call it a “failed business venture” or “more work than it was worth.” With these stories in mind, I assumed that VIPKID was aiming for that same audience- people who wanted an easy job that they could do whenever they wanted, and make a disproportionately high income.

So I tip-toed into the job, not announcing it publicly until I had dispelled all my fears and concerns. I have worked as an online teacher for 1.5 years now, and can honestly explain the positive and negative aspects of this field.

Is it a scam?

The short answer is no. It is not a “get rich” scheme. There are no promises of wealth or advancement. It is also not a pyramid scheme. There is no “down line” or “building a team.” There is no initial “investment” or start up fee.

In short, you are an independent contractor, like a tutor. You do not work for VIPKID, you are a contractor that they hire for a six-month contract. Your contract is renewed every six months.

These were my biggest concerns. I did not want to spend a dime on this job until I knew it would actually make me money. So all through the interview and training process, I chose not to invest any money into gear or teaching materials. I didn’t want to be someone who dropped a lot of money on the front end, only for it to not pan out.

Is it too good to be true?

This answer is more complicated.

1. You have to do the work… or you won’t get paid.

This is not a source of “passive income.” You have to do the work to get paid. You are paid by how many classes you teach. If you don’t teach, you won’t get paid. This job is not for the lazy or unmotivated people, looking for an easy income. It requires you to teach during very early hours, and exert a lot of energy.

2. You have to plan ahead for taxes… or you’ll regret it on Tax Day.

This is something that may easily be forgotten, especially if you’ve never worked for yourself as an independent contractor. There is no one taking taxes out of your paycheck. You need to do this on your own. It may make you feel like you are making less, because you see your income before taxes are taken out. It’s up to you to do your own research about taxes and plan accordingly.

3. You get control of your schedule… mostly.

This is one of the best parts of online teaching. You can choose your availability. You open the time slots you’d like to teach, and close the ones you don’t want to teach. If you’ve been working a regular teaching or office “nine to five” style job, it feels like an immense amount of freedom.

But of course, there are some caveats.

  • It is run on Beijing time, resulting in available times that are not normal working hours in the US. The “prime hours” range between 3-9am, depending on your time zone.
  • Once you open your schedule and a Chinese parent books a class with you during that time, there are consequences if you cancel the class. Too many cancellations, and your contract will not be renewed.
  • Not every time slot that you open will be booked, especially in the first few months of teaching. You have to build up your client base.
  • Your schedule is at the whim of Chinese culture. Meaning, during seasons of holidays in China, your schedule will not be full because families are traveling and celebrating.

4. You get paid well… for an online job.

It is true that you will make around $20-25/hour. That is not exaggerated. There is some variation based on your base pay, how much you teach, and if you get bonuses. But generally, teachers are happy with their pay.

However, if you are looking to match your salary that you’ve been making at a contract public school teaching job, or office job, you will probably be disappointed. It is possible to make $40k in a year with online teaching, however, it is very difficult. You can find people who do it on YouTube. It requires a complete commitment to the job, working very unusual hours. And there is no benefit package, insurance, pension, or retirement.

What’s the summary?

Basically, online is a fantastic gig, if you know what you’re getting into. Go into with lots of research, eyes wide open, and low expectations. Consider it a hobby at first, and you’ll be happy with the outcome. If you expect it to replace your income immediately, you’ll be disappointed.

I hope this is helpful to you! It has been the perfect fit for me and my family. I’d love to help you get started if you’re interested. I went into it with no advice or support, and I wish I had met someone who was willing to answer questions. All the best!

-Laura

Language Learning for Littles: Ages 3 and up!

It’s a commonly known fact that young students can pick up a new language more easily than an adult.  But how young is appropriate to start language lessons?

We have been doing an experiment with this for a few months.  My 5 year old has been learning Chinese through Lingobus, one on one language classes.  I also have a 9 year old taking lessons, so I have a comparison between the two ages.

After three months of weekly lessons, I can say with confidence that 5 years old is a great age to start.  She is excited and bold, and has less inhibitions than my older daughter.  But the younger age has its own set of issues too.  Here are some tips to help make the most of your language lessons with young kids!

Before the Lesson
1. Schedule wisely.

Don’t just pick any random time.  Think about your kid and pick times that are good for them.  We were doing evening lessons, but my daughter was getting too tired. She was yawning through the whole lesson!  So we moved them up to the morning time and it has been great!

2. Limit distractions.

Preschoolers are easily distracted.  It’s just a fact of development.  So do everything you can to limit distractions during class.  We keep the table clear, keep siblings away if possible, and don’t have music or TV on.

3. Prepare as much as possible.

If your student is not prepared, she’ll be lost and the lesson will be so much harder for her.  Doing even a few minutes of practice beforehand will make the lesson so much more effective.

 

During the Lesson

1. Sit with them.

Yes, it’s time-consuming and maybe they don’t completely need you.  But it will help.  Some families even have their student sit on the parent’s lap.  But at the very least, be in the room and be available to direct their focus back to the teacher if needed.

2. Prepare them for the technology.

Your student will need to circle and click on the screen during the lesson.  Prepare them for this, and get them comfortable.  The more they can engage in this way, the more the lesson will benefit them.  I use a trackpad (graphic tablet), and my daughter loves it.  It’s not too hard for her.  She loves drawing circles or tracing letters.  It keeps her engaged longer.

 

When it isn’t going well..

1. Be okay with them just listening.

Listening to a new language is the first step of fluency.  So if your young student’s attention span isn’t lasting 25 minutes, let it go.  It is still beneficial for the student to just sit and listen to the teacher, even if participation is weak.

2. Try a toy or prop (Only for some kids!).

Some kids would benefit from holding a prop or toy throughout the lesson.  This may help some, or distract others.  Do whatever is best for your student!

 

Those are my tips!  Do you have a young language learner?  Share your tips in the comments!

-Laura

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Hello! My name is Laura and I am a mom of 2 Lingobus students, ages 5 and 9. Watch to see how our first classes went and why we chose Lingobus Chinese classes! If you’re interested in trying a free demo class, follow this link to get started

Email: laura.risdall@gmail.com Instagram: vipkidteachermom Thanks for watching! -Laura from Minnesota

 

 

 

 

VIPKID and online teaching: hobby, side hustle, or full time job?

I have been an online teacher for a year and a half now, and it started for me on a whim, as a hobby.  I loved the new challenge, the variety of students and lessons, and the new format.  As I got more students, and a reliable schedule full of regular kids, I realized that this was becoming a solid side hustle for me.  I was still teaching full time, and just adding a few more classes in the mornings.  Then, I made the brave jump and decided to make this my sole income source.  I opened up my schedule and it filled.  I was never full time (my max was about 5 hours per day, not 7 or 8), but it was matching my full-time income at the daycare that I had worked at previously.

Along with the jump to focusing solely on VIPKID, came a mindset shift for me.  I became much more invested in the company, and the lifestyle of a VIPKID teacher. I began following YouTubers and Instagrammers, and started my own channel and profile.  I helped more teachers get hired.  I watched workshops and got every certification that I could possibly get.  I added Gogokid to diversify.  I was fully immersed in this online teacher life.

Now, I’m 1.5 years into this, and it is the first week of summer here in Minnesota.  My kids are home from school, our schedule is changing. I’ve decided to back off of my teaching schedule and slow my involvement in the online community.  I need to focus on my family more for the summer.  And that is the beauty of this job: it can be whatever you need it to be.  Thanks to my husband’s seasonal income, I can make my job more of a side hustle hobby rather than a solid source of family income.

So my plan for the summer is to get up early and teach, but less hours, before my kids wake up.  Then, when they get up, I’ll close my laptop, and choose to disengage from the online community for a few months.  I’ll be less active on social media, I’ll do less workshops, I’ll refer less teachers.  However, it will be there when I am ready to return in the fall.  There is no shortage of students in China needing a teacher!

I’m so grateful for this job that can be “what I need it to be” in this season. I’m so grateful for flexibility.  And I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be with my kids, at home, focusing on them in their childhood years.  I know I’ll never get this time back.

Thanks for reading and I’d love to hear in the comments where you land on the continuum of online teachers.  Is it a hobby or a full time job or somewhere in between for YOU?

-Laura

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Hello! My name is Laura and I teach online for VIPKID and Gogokid, teaching English to Chinese students!

 

I make videos here to connect with other teachers and applicants.

GOGOKID referral code: X73CTGPA

VIPKID referral link

VIPKID referral code: 05IOD5

Email: laura.risdall@gmail.com Instagram: vipkidteachermom

VIPKID/Parenting Blog: http://www.laurarisdall.wordpress.com

Feedback Panda Referral: https://www.feedbackpanda.com/?_teacher_ref=1k0QBN

Lingobus Referral: https://www.lingobus.com/?referralCode=PAR49P

Lingobus Chinese Classes: Two month update!

 

Wow, we have been doing Lingobus for two months already!  It has gone by fast!  We are so happy with the progress that both girls have made.  Here is an update of what they’ve learned and how they’re enjoying it!

They have learned:

  • Greetings (hello/goodbye/introductions)
  • Numbers to 10 (counting/adding)
  • Paper/Rock/Scissors Game
  • Family words (mom, dad, sister, brother)
  • Food words (rice, noodles)
  • Sentence frames (I have_____, I eat_____)

Beyond that, they have learned a few other phrases and words from watching Lingobus’ YouTube videos and online books.  Isn’t amazing how much they can learn!  This has been only 8 lessons, with only 25 minutes per lesson! Wow!

I’ve been very impressed with the pacing of the lessons. They don’t go too quickly and frustrate the girls with too much information, but they also don’t go too slowly and bore them.  It’s a great balance.

Also, the way they teach sets the girls up for success.  For example, they learn a word (coin), then a sentence (I have a coin), then a way to change the sentence (I don’t have a coin).  It’s very progressive, so they feel successful before moving on to the next thing.  It all builds on each other slowly and carefully, so they really understand what they’re saying and how to pronounce it perfectly.  They correct them kindly and patiently.

I’ve realized that these lessons require some practice between lessons, in order for my girls to feel really successful.  We need to review during the week, or they forget.  It takes a lot of practice to learn a new language.  One way we are practicing is our flashcard notebook.  Instead of using loose cards that could get lost, we created flashcards in a notebook.  There are online flashcards, which we used to create our paper flashcards.  Both are great ways to practice.  The video above shows how we are practicing.

Overall, I’m really impressed with how much my girls are learning.  Beyond the actual language acquisition, I feel like they are developing other skills too.  They are becoming braver at trying new things.  At first, Kayla was so shy and hesitant.  Every word was whispered.  Now, she is much more confident.  When people asked her to speak, she would refuse.  But now, she likes to show off some of her phrases.  It has been such a fun experience!

As always, if you’re interested in trying this, Lingobus offers a free (no strings attached) demo class.  Head over to Lingobus to give it a try!  I hope your child enjoys it as much as mine has!

-Laura from Minnesota