The following review is from a LatinHire teacher:
I have been working for LatinHire for over a year. LatinHire is partnered with online English schools for students of various ages. I have been working with eight to fourteen year olds since I have started.
The students are based in Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. There are no regular students and I have only had a student more than once a handful of times.
The students are separated by level and the classes are taught in groups of three. There is a relatively high number of no-shows so even though the classes are scheduled for three students, they often end up being one or two students.
Sometimes there might be a student with a lot of background noise, which can be frustrating at times. I have never experienced any discipline issues, but I have read other tutors mention instances of bullying in the classroom which must be dealt with immediately.
In my experience the students are friendly and very comfortable with small talk. I always start class by talking briefly about where the students are from, whether I’ve visited their country or city, and what they like to do in their free time.
LatinHire Platform and Courseware
The platform that we use is Zoom and tutors use audio and video. Zoom is a wonderful platform that allows the tutor to use the tools to really bring the lesson to life.
Students have the option of video, but the majority use audio only.
The courseware is impeccable. Each 25 minute class has a 12 slide lesson that starts with a warmup, proceeds to vocabulary and explicit grammar and then has two slides putting the vocabulary and grammar into worksheets, then it has three activities and a wrap-up slide.
Usually there is only time for one activity, so the tutor has leeway in deciding which one to choose. Pacing is very important because the twenty-five minutes goes by fast.
LatinHire encourages its tutors to at least reach the activity slides and then finish on the wrap-up slide. Some criticism is that tutors don’t like teaching explicit grammar and prefer to use implicit methods.
LatinHire Quality Control
LatinHire sends its tutors frequent in-depth review where the class is observed by a quality monitor.
The reviews are quite long and give feedback on everything in the lesson. If there is an issue that the quality monitor feels that the tutor needs to improve there is an optional coaching session with the monitor available.
I appreciate the reviews and have received some tips and feedback that really helped me improve. Some of the criticisms of the reviews are that sometimes one quality monitor might contradict another quality monitor from a prior review.
Other criticisms are that the reviews can be nitpicky at times because they are so in-depth and they give feedback on nearly every moment of the class. One thing that LatinHire stresses is that they want students speaking 70% of the time and tutors speaking 30% of the time.
Here is a DigiNo method for getting students talking more in class:
LatinHire Payment and Schedule
LatinHire pays less than the online Chinese companies, but some things to consider is that there is no assessment and the hours that are available don’t conflict with China. This would allow for flexibility around other online teaching work:
Payment is made in USD so there are no conversion from RMB, and that for an hour of pay there is 50 minutes of teaching.
Most LatinHire tutors live in South America where the salary goes a very long way and where it might be difficult to find a job in an institute that pays the same rate.
Check out my other post where I talk about teaching online in Colombia:
The company does pay 50% for no-show classes, which as I stated before are rare since switching to group classes. They also pay for hours in which you are scheduled, but don’t have classes at 25% of the hourly rate, but this is extremely rare and hasn’t happened to me in my tenure with the company.
LatinHire schedules in two hour blocks and requires eight blocks, or sixteen hours, a month minimum. You can sign up for as many hours as like every ten days, however what I do is I have two hours a week set and then I pickup the balance of my hours in Salesforce.
There is a drop/app channel in Slack where tutors can trade shifts. It is very easy to drop a shift or add a shift as long as you do it at least an hour before the shift starts. Classes are available seven days a week from 9AM to 11PM EST.
LatinHire Interview Process
The interview was a relatively straightforward Skype interview. There was one question in Spanish, as although the company discourages using too much Spanish in the classroom, they like to have tutors have some basic Spanish knowledge for when it is absolutely necessary.
When I started the classes were 1v1 and it was more necessary to use Spanish from time to time, but since the company has switched to 1v3, usually the students will help each other out when one doesn’t understand something.
1v3 classes is something that SayABC teachers may be more used to. Check out a SayABC review below:
Management is very helpful and send videos after the hiring process to walk the new hire through setting up a Salesforce account, Slack account, and the payment method.
LatinHire Payment Method
The tutor has a choice between direct deposit or pickup the money at a payment window.
In conclusion I love working for this company. I especially love the courseware and the platform.
This company fits my style of teaching more than some of the companies that emphasize singing and costumes. I like teaching this level and age of student as well as the focus on grammar as opposed to teaching phonics to infants and toddlers.
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