May 19, 2020

A Guide to Online Teaching in Australia

  • by Jarrell Marley
  • 4 Years ago
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Distance learning has become very popular in 2020, not least due to the current global pandemic, and more and more Australian teachers are becoming familiar with online teaching, and there are many benefits for both teacher and student. If this is something that appeals to you in principle, here are a few important things to consider.

  • Full or Part Time – Some professional teachers have turned to online teaching as a full-time position, while others teach in their spare time to supplement their income. Even if you’ve never taught before, there are Chinese companies that are always looking for native English-speaking adults to teach English to Chinese students, and they pay $15-20 an hour.
  • Designate a Corner – The spare room is the ideal location for online teaching, as you have a quiet environment with no interruptions, which is important. Ideally, you should be sitting at a desk with a whiteboard behind you, so create a corner that is well-lit and make sure that you invest in a quality headset, which will allow your student to hear you clearly.
  • Crunch the Numbers – If you are thinking about quitting your regular job in favour of online teaching, work out how much you would need to survive and that will give you an idea of how many hours you would have to teach in order to reach your target. If you are in need of some cash, are the people to contact. It is good to have some money put away for a rainy day, and with online lenders, you get a decision within a few minutes and the funds are transferred quickly.
  • Equipment – You will need a whiteboard (preferably one on wheels that can be easily moved), plus flashcards and other visual aids. Invest in a quality Bluetooth headset, which gives you wireless connectivity and you are ready to go.

If you are a subject teacher, searching online will put you in touch with an online teaching provider, or if you wish to try your luck as an online English teacher, there are Chinese based language schools that will offer you employment. You may be asked to record a short lesson on a given topic, which tells the school that you are competent and presentable, plus you will have to submit lesson plans in advance.

Online teaching is certainly a good way to supplement your income and if you are a professional teacher with qualifications, there are always online openings.

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