Top Qualities of an Online English Teacher to Koreans

So, you want to teach Koreans English online. Let me just say that you’ll have one of the best (and worst) experiences in your life. You don’t have to have a degree in education or a TESOL certificate to teach English online, but these credentials will add to your credibility for sure. All you need to have are the following top qualities.

But first, if you haven’t yet, please read an article I wrote for an introduction to online English teaching.

Here we go. Here are the top qualities to be a successful online English teacher.

1. Passion
No matter how cliche, it’s your passion that drives you to get started and be better at whatever you want to succeed in. That’s why some people take their time to find their passion. If you’re not passionate about teaching, I’ll give you a straightforward advice: consider other profession. If you’re doing this as a part-time job, that’s fine. But if you want to be build a career out of this, it’s possible but first, you’ve got to have passion.

2. Patience
There will be tough times and challenging situations. But if you’re not patient enough, you’ll get frustrated, you’ll snap, or you’ll lose it. Either way, it’s not a good thing. You will encounter kids whose English skills are so low that it’ll give you a hard time explaining what a simple concept means. You’ll encounter nitpicky students. So if you’re not patient enough, I suggest that you learn how to deal with pressure and what-if situations. [Related:Top Survival Tips in Working for a Korean Boss or a Korean Company]

3. Professionalism
When in doubt, always be professional. Just because you’re online doesn’t mean you can’t have a dress code. Watch your jokes. Are you going too far? Are you asking questions that are too personal? Are you giving your students what they deserve?

4. Creativity
The temptation to do the same activity over and over will be very high, especially if you’re dealing with a beginner. It’ll be boring and monotonous, and it won’t give you a good reputation. So make sure that you vary your activities. Do your research, learn from what other teachers are doing, and don’t hesitate to ask for advice.

5. Computer and Internet savvy
There are lots of things that you can do, find, and create using computers and the Internet. These can be videos, presentations, and other materials that your students can learn from. So take your time to hone your computer and Internet skills.

Here is a suggested book to be an effective and better online English teacher: How To Teach English (with DVD) by Jeremy Harmer.