VIPKid: The Importance of TPR (Total Physical Response)

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VIPKid is an ESL (English as a Second Language) company based out of China. Currently VIPKid serves over a half of million Chinese students with the goal of helping each of those students to become fluent in English. If you are new to VIPKid, you may have a few questions about TPR, and this post is here to hopefully answer those questions. If VIPKid is going to have success, then the VIPKid teachers are going to have to utilize effective teaching techniques. TPR (total physical response) is one such technique and we are going to discuss it in more detail in this post. We are going to look at what TPR is, why is it effective, when VIPKid expects its teachers to use it, and how VIPKid teachers can use…
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Writing Meaningful Feedback for VIPKid

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As a teacher for VIPKid, it is important to get bookings and it is very important to build a full schedule (90% of open slots booked with students). In order to build a full schedule, you must have students that are willing to book your class again and again. These students are called regulars. Keep in mind that you have two opportunities to turn a new student into a regular student: teaching the class and providing feedback about the class to the parent. It goes without saying that you will want to teach a great class. However, you don't want to neglect providing great feedback. This post address feedback and what you need to do to write feedback in a way that would invite parents to book you again and…
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Getting Bookings with VIPKid

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In this post, we are going to discuss a very important topic, bookings. In order to get paid to teach at VIPKid, you must teach students and students must book your class. The time between signing your VIPKid contract and getting your first booking can very difficult and it can take some time. Everything a VIPKid does after signing the contract is preparing for that first booking. In addition, it takes time to go from your first booking and having a full schedule (90% of open slots booked). In this post we will discuss how bookings work, opening time slots (setting up your schedule), short notice bookings (extra $$$), the booking frenzy, and getting bookings. Let's discuss.... How it works Once you sign your contract, you can open time slots…
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Begin Teaching for VIPKid

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If you have signed your contract with VIPKid, congratulations!!! This post is about the things you need to be doing and thinking about the first couple of weeks after you sign the contract. There will be sometime between the signing of the contract and your first booking. So, in this post we will explore topics such as setting up your schedule, getting ready for classes, getting bookings, getting more certifications, and making or acquiring props and classroom resources. Tips for Success The time between signing the contract and getting your first booking is very difficult, in fact it may be the most difficult part of working for VIPKid. There are a few things to keep in mind if you are at this stage with VIPKid. 1. Stay positive. This can…
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VIPKid Resources, Supplies, and Props

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The supplies you need to teach English online fall into three categories: technology, classroom set-up, and teaching. I am sharing with you what I use and find helpful when teaching English online. You may have many of these supplies already but if not, you may what to consider acquiring them as soon as you can if you are going to be an online English teacher. There are many resources that are inexpensive and even free however, you may need to make some purchases. I didn't spend much money in the very beginning, but as I started making money, I re-invested some of my income to ensure I had an effective online classroom to give my students a first class learning experience. [embed]https://youtu.be/AYx-bMGl8D8[/embed] Technology Resources: I will list the basics and…
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