So, you want to teach Koreans English online. Let me just say that youll have one of the best (and worst) experiences in your life. You dont 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 havent 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.
No matter how cliche, its your passion that drives you to get started and be better at whatever you want to succeed in. Thats why some people take their time to find their passion. If youre not passionate about teaching, Ill give you a straightforward advice: consider other profession. If youre doing this as a part-time job, thats fine. But if you want to be build a career out of this, its possible but first, youve got to have passion.
There will be tough times and challenging situations. But if youre not patient enough, youll get frustrated, youll snap, or youll lose it. Either way, its not a good thing. You will encounter kids whose English skills are so low that itll give you a hard time explaining what a simple concept means. Youll encounter nitpicky students. So if youre 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]
When in doubt, always be professional. Just because youre online doesnt mean you cant 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?
The temptation to do the same activity over and over will be very high, especially if youre dealing with a beginner. Itll be boring and monotonous, and it wont give you a good reputation. So make sure that you vary your activities. Do your research, learn from what other teachers are doing, and dont 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.