Becoming a Virtual ESL Teacher

My interest in becoming a virtual ESL teacher with Idioma Internacional started after I returned from teaching English in Thailand. I lived and taught English in Thailand to school-aged children ages up to 13 years old and it was then that I discovered my passion for teaching. Since then, I knew I wanted to continue to learn and expand my horizons with students online. I was open and ready for new challenges during the time that I was applying for a teaching position with Idioma Internacional and I haven’t looked back!

My experience as a teacher in Thailand

There are many benefits and rewards to teaching with Idioma Internacional. For example, the transparency and support that they provide are second to none. From the start, Idioma Internacional made sure to answer all of my questions during the application process and they provided me with proper training so that I could teach the materials with confidence. 

For the first 3 weeks, I participated in the Mentor Program, where another teacher helps you to become more familiar with the company through observations and feedback. My absolutely fantastic mentor, Lloyd, provided me with a warm welcome and the guidance I needed. As part of the Mentor Program, I was able to observe three amazing Idioma teachers’ live classes and this helped me to get a feel for what it would actually be like to teach virtually. And, these teachers answered any and all of the questions that I had! All members of the team are also highly communicative and supportive which makes for a positive and professional work environment.

Teaching online virtually can be a challenge. For example, there can be technical issues and adjustments to teaching through a screen. However, some of the advantages of teaching online are flexibility and portability, especially amid the pandemic. I tried other online English schools, but Idioma Internacional was the only one that matched my high standards for teaching. Additionally, the team gives useful assessments and feedback to their teachers. All teachers, despite being new or a veteran, have continued opportunities to grow and improve their skills. 

Finally, the students themselves are very eager to learn and are responsive in the classroom. Recently, I have been certified to give BELT (Benchmarking Evaluations Level Test) Evaluations, an English proficiency test, based on the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR) and I have been enjoying the process. 

Surprisingly, I have found the online experience to be wonderful because of the team at Idioma Internacional. In conclusion, I cannot recommend working with Idioma Internacional enough! I feel that my work is meaningful and I am proud to work with this team.

 -Ellie Combs

 

Disclaimer​: Teachers were asked to write about their own personal experience with online/ in-country teaching with Idioma Internacional. This blog post contains the teacher’s own personal thoughts and opinions, and freely expressed views on their part.