Hello everyone! My name is Nancy Taylor, and I help teachers through the application process and more at VIPKid. I'm a teacher, Interviewer & top referrer. I'd love to help you out!
I have a video with tips to pass your demo with an outline below to help you be successful.
These tips apply to all online ESL teachers, so I hope that they help you in your instruction and classroom atmosphere. Remember to choose to be happy! You can also email me if you have questions or need help with anything! I'd love to be your go to! email@example.com
VIPKID Demo Tips:
1) Happy & Lots of Energy
Be sure to smile! That is your greatest tool!
2) Speak slower
Remember that this lesson is a level 2. The child is about 5 years of age with 6 months of English learning.
3) Simple Language
Stick to the objectives and avoid adding fillers such as, “On the next slide.” or “Now we are going to.”
4) Have Props
Some recommended props include: a whiteboard and marker, flashcards, a puppet, play food/toys/animals, a reward system & realia (Objects around the house that apply to the specific lesson).
Total Physical Response is your ability to show with actions and facial expressions what the words mean as well as helping the child with directions. You also want the student to be doing the actions as they state the words for those kinaesthetic learners.
When you state, “Monkey” you act like a monkey. This is educational TPR.
When you ask, “What is your name?” you would do question arms and then gesture towards the child as you hold up your name or point to a name tag for “name.” This is instructional TPR.
Be sure to show not just say. Model your expectations for activities, full sentences, and any grammar or pronunciation errors.
7) Student Output
You want the student to be speaking 50-70% of the time in class. Get them talking instead of you talking the majority of the time!
8) Synthetic Phonics
You want to avoid the “uh” sound at the end of letters when blending. See the video at the top of page for an example.
10) Have FUN!
Be silly and get the child to laugh and smile. Learning a language should be fun!!
Good luck!! You got this:)