27 – Teach Your Native Language
Most of the people in today’s globalization world are trying to learn new languages, and there are many new reasons for doing so. Some people want to improve their employ-ability, some want to study or live overseas, some want to grow their business or just want to improve their travel experience.
The point is, there is a huge market of online language learners who are willing to pay for language coaching. Your aim should be to leverage this opportunity, teach the language you know to others online and earn some handsome money.
But, how are you going find the people who will sign up for your language coaching?
The simple answer to this question is to register on iTalki.com.
What is iTalki.com?
iTalki is a popular online language learning platform which connects people willing to learn languages with others who can teach them.
With 2 million students and 3000 teachers who teach all the world’s major 100 languages, it’s the largest marketplace for online language teachers.
People who love to teach and have a gift of imparting knowledge.
- In verbal and written fluency in any particular language that you wish to teach.
- A Clear understanding of language learning process.
- Ability to provide the training in a step by step way.
How To Get Started
To get started visit iTalki.com and submit an application for becoming an online teacher. If approved you can create your Teacher Profile, set your online schedule, create your language courses.
After this, you’ll be listed on iTalki listings and potential students from all over the world can view your profile and determine they would book you for an online session. All the iTalki sessions are conducted online via Skype and other VOIP software so make sure you have a high-speed internet connection and appropriate headphones.
The main advantage of iTalki is that it handles everything for the teacher: marketing, scheduling, payment and student management.
As a teacher, all you need to focus on is teaching.
- Being a teacher on iTalki you will face competition from other teachers in the marketplace. So you need to make sure that you have a strong teacher profile which sets you apart from others.
- Students will make the decision of choosing you as a teacher based on the following criteria so make sure you’ve optimized each one of them.
As a new teacher, you’ll have to offer your teaching services at a very competitive pricing in the beginning. Begin with small pricing, once you start getting more students and have garnered high ratings you can increase the price later on.
Believe it or not but your profile picture will have a huge impact on attracting your potential learners to your profile as your profile picture is the first thing they ever see in the listing. Take a professional photograph in good setup and lighting condition if possible wear formal clothes, don’t just snap a regular photo using your mobile phone camera and upload it.
- Video Introduction
Will setting up your teacher profile, you’ll be asked to post a video introduction. This is your best opportunity to showcase your language skills to your potential learners. Shot a 3-4 minute professional looking video explaining learners your teaching approach, syllabus and other teaching methods which are unique to you. The aim of the video introduction should be to convince potential learners that you are an expert in the language and have the right teaching abilities.
If you already have some experience of teaching languages online, completed any advanced courses or have a college degree showcase them on your profile to improve your chances of getting selected.
- Ratings and Feedbacks
These are going to have the biggest impact on your potential learner’s decision whether to choose you over other teacher or not. Make sure you offer the best course possible and help learners to learn the language quickly and effectively.
When you teach you’ll earn ITC’s (iTalki credits) which you can withdraw for real cash using PayPal, Alipay, Webmoney, Moneybookers (Skrill).
10 ITCs are equal to $1.
Most of the language teachers charge anywhere between 100 ITCs to 200 ITCs ($10 to $20) per hour depending on their expertise and feedbacks.
You can also conduct language tests, add interview preparation modules, kids modules and so on to diversify your market reach and increase income.
So the money making formula here is simple, more students sign up to your course more money you make.