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Day 47: Virtual Teaching English – How I Taught Korean Kids from Australia via Internet

Day 47: Brushing Up on Aussie Slang

Day 47: Brushing Up on Aussie Slang

In line with yesterday’s post on how I got my teaching gig in Ukraine, I thought I’d take the time to talk about another great teaching opportunity I had after I arrived in Australia.

I had two goals when I arrived in Oz: get a place to stay and get a job. To do that, I scoured Gumtree for hours and hours on end until I came across a teaching English position. “Perfect,” I thought. I had just finished 5 months in Ukraine, so this was my best option in my mind to avoiding restaurant or retail work.

I immediately sent off my resume and got a call back within a half hour of applying asking for me to come in and interview. Yay!

Virtual Teaching English

I found out at the interview that the job was virtual teaching, which meant I would be teaching students through webcam classrooms. Even cooler was the fact that the students were Korean children, over in South Korea. Far out, hey? The school I was about to work for had put together their own software program that allowed us to draw on the board, see and hear each other from our respective countries.

The concept was extraordinary; the execution sub-par. After a couple months, I left the job because it wasn’t enough money on its own for me to live in Sydney, and the hours were horrible (I didn’t get home until midnight). Besides that, the school made a big mistake in the management here in Sydney, meaning they put a guy, younger than myself, with no management experience and limited English conversation skills in charge. Let’s just say there was a huge language barrier in the office. Shortly after I left, I heard that the company went under. Bummer.

So, for those of you that emailing me asking about virtual teaching English in Sydney, the company I worked for is no longer here.

How You Can Virtual Teach English

Lucky you, you don’t need a company to pursue a profession of virtual teaching English. If you have a computer, Internet and Skype, you can easily take up private students over video chat who pay with PayPal.

If you want something more established as a classroom, EduFire makes for a great teaching platform. Here, you can sign up as a teacher and set a teaching schedule. Not only that, but you can also teach multiple students at once.

Virtual teaching English makes for a nice transition for previously established live classroom teachers who want to change locations but also continue to serve students they have already bonded with.

Have any of you tried something like this before?


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5 Responses to Day 47: Virtual Teaching English – How I Taught Korean Kids from Australia via Internet

  1. Bethany February 17, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    This sounds awesome! Randy and I are looking into teaching English for the next leg of the trip and of course the virtual version of this would be even more fantastic. Thanks Brooke 🙂

    • Brooke February 18, 2011 at 7:32 am #

      No worries, I found that a lot of English students just want someone to chat to in order to build up their conversation skills — easily the hardest part. You can know all the grammar rules and definitions, but putting them into practical use is where it counts.

    • Jean Adams September 3, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

      I am working on my masters degree in education and would like to know, how to get started teaching Eglish to Korean students. In addition which courses to take to be prepared to do this job?

  2. Luna April 6, 2011 at 12:24 am #

    I didn’t know about virtual teaching! This is amazing. I would really love to do this before setting off to teach in a foreign country. It’s a great experience and something more people should do before they teach for the first time.

    • Brooke April 10, 2011 at 11:36 am #

      My one tip is to be much more animated while virtual teaching. I think it is harder to convey emotion, expression and keep interest in that limited environment 🙂

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