Challenging Common Misconceptions About Online Language Teaching

Read how Coach Verdell dispels the myths about online language teaching. The text below is an excerpt from her book “Language Making Money”.  Read the full e-book here

Three Misconceptions About Online Language Teaching

Misconception 1: I need a university degree to teach online

 It is important to note that the requirement for a degree to teach online can vary from company to company. While some online teaching platforms may have a strict policy requiring a university degree, others may not have such a prerequisite. The decision ultimately lies with the organization or platform you choose to work with. There are many opportunities available for individuals who possess relevant language skills, teaching experience, and a passion for educating others, regardless of their formal education background. It is essential to research different platforms and their specific requirements to find the right fit for your qualifications and goals.

 Misconception 2: I need to speak my student’s native language (L1)

Contrary to this belief, an online language teacher doesn’t need to be proficient in their students’ native language (L1). Most language learners seek to develop speaking fluency in the target language and benefit from immersion experiences. By creating an environment where the target language is used exclusively, students are encouraged to communicate and think in the language they are learning.

Additionally, some companies have policies that discourage or restrict the use of the student’s native language during lessons to ensure a more immersive and effective learning experience. As an online language teacher, you are expected to facilitate the learning process, provide clear explanations, and offer support using techniques specific to teaching a second language.

Misconception 3: I need to be a Native speaker of the language

Being a native speaker of the language is not a prerequisite for teaching it online. In fact, Non-native speakers can possess unique advantages in this context. Non-native teachers have often undergone the process of learning the language themselves, allowing them to empathize with and understand the challenges faced by their students. They can offer proven strategies, tips, and insights that have personally helped them achieve fluency in the language. Their firsthand experience can be invaluable in guiding learners through the intricacies and nuances of the language, as they have already navigated a similar journey themselves. Non-native speakers bring their cultural knowledge and different perspectives to the teaching process, enriching the learning experience for their students.

It is important to dispel these misconceptions and recognize that online language teaching offers opportunities for individuals with diverse backgrounds, skills, and experiences to share their expertise and contribute to the language learning community. What matters most is a genuine passion for teaching, a strong command of the target language, effective pedagogical approaches, and the ability to engage and inspire learners in their language acquisition journey.

About the e-book “Language Making Money

This guide, authored by an experienced language teacher, offers practical insights and strategies for those interested in online language teaching. Addressing the demand for language skills in the business world, the author shares personal experiences, dispels misconceptions, and encourages both native and non-native speakers to pursue online teaching. Emphasizing continual language proficiency development, the guide provides practical tips and outlines essential requirements for online teaching. It encourages individuals to explore this rewarding venture. The guide aims to help readers turn their language proficiency into a valuable income source.

Who is this book best for?

This e-book is best suited for aspiring language teachers, both native and non-native speakers, seeking practical insights and strategies to embark on a successful journey into online language education.

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