Frequently Asked Questions
What qualifications do you have?
I am a TEFL certified ESL teacher with over 7 years of online teaching experience. I’ve taught students at all levels, from absolute beginners to advanced learners, equipping me to cater to diverse learning needs and help each student progress in their English language journey.
How does online ESL teaching work?
In my online ESL classroom, I use Zoom as my primary platform, providing a real-time, interactive learning environment. Classes are structured with learning slides that are tailored to each student’s level and cover essential skills such as reading, listening, speaking, and in upper levels, writing.
To make the lessons more engaging, I incorporate Total Physical Response (TPR) and Realia. TPR is a teaching method that combines physical movement with language learning, making the sessions more interactive and fun. Realia involves using real objects to teach about words and concepts, which helps to make the learning experience more practical and relatable for the students. This combination of techniques helps to make online learning engaging and effective, regardless of the student’s level.
What age range do you teach?
I specialize in teaching English to young learners, typically in the age range of 5 to 15 years old. With my years of experience and specialized methods, I am well-equipped to cater to the unique learning needs and styles of this age group, making the learning experience engaging, enjoyable, and effective.
What type of lessons do you provide?
I provide comprehensive ESL lessons that encompass essential language skills, including reading, speaking, phonics, grammar, and listening comprehension. These core areas of focus form the foundation of my classes across all levels. For more advanced learners, writing is also introduced as a crucial part of their English language learning journey. My aim is to ensure that all my students develop a well-rounded understanding and proficiency in English, tailored to their specific learning level.
How long is each session?
Each of my ESL lessons lasts for 30 minutes. The frequency of these sessions is flexible and can be tailored to the student’s needs. As parents book the lessons individually, they have the freedom to determine the schedule that best suits their child’s learning pace and other commitments.
How do you assess student progress?
Assessing student progress is a vital part of my teaching approach. Each learning unit is divided into two phases. The first phase culminates in a mid-point review that allows me to evaluate the student’s understanding of the material covered so far. The second phase concludes with a comprehensive assessment at the end of the unit to measure the student’s grasp of the entire unit.
In addition, after each lesson, I provide personalized feedback to parents via email. This feedback highlights the student’s strengths, areas for improvement, and progress, ensuring that parents are continually updated on their child’s learning journey.
What materials are needed for the class?
For my online ESL classes, the primary materials students may need are a pen or pencil, and some paper. These are useful if students wish to take notes during the lesson. Since lessons are conducted online, a stable internet connection and a device such as a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer with a functioning camera and microphone are essential. Other than these, all learning resources and materials are provided during our lessons.
Can parents support learning at home?
Parents play a critical role in supporting their child’s learning at home. Here are a few strategies that can be effective:
Encourage daily English practice: This could involve reading English books, watching English shows, or engaging in simple conversations in English.
- Provide a quiet and comfortable learning space: A conducive environment helps the child focus better during lessons.
- Show interest in their learning: Ask about what they learned and praise their efforts. This not only motivates them but also makes them more confident.
- Stay in touch with me: If your child is struggling with a particular lesson or concept, please let me know. I can then adjust my teaching approach to help them understand better.
These strategies can create a supportive learning environment at home that complements our online ESL classes.