10 tips for teaching Spanish online to foreigners
The Spanish language is the second most spoken language in the world, it is spoken by approximately 400 million people. This language is not only spoken in Spain and Latin America, it is also spoken in a large part of the United States.
Spanish is also the second easiest language for English speakers to learn. Looking at this data, we could conclude that there is a great demand for teachers of Spanish as a foreign language (ELE in Spanish) outside of the Spanish-speaking countries.
Teaching Spanish online from home can therefore be an interesting option. If you have a teaching background and want to work as an online teacher, you've come to the right place.
Here are 10 tips to get you started as an online teacher. In large part, these tips are good for any teacher, but online teaching has its tricks that you should not ignore.
How to become an online Spanish teacher
If you are a novice teacher, or you are going to teach Spanish to foreigners for the first time, don't miss these tips:
Prepare your lessons well: If these are your first lessons as a teacher, plan each of your sessions well. If you are new to this profession, you won't have much room for improvisation. If you don't prepare the sessions well, you may get nervous, and students will notice your lack of preparation.
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Be enthusiastic: If you are new to the profession, I'm sure you won't find it difficult to attend your Spanish classes with enthusiasm, even if they are online. If you show enthusiasm, you will transmit it to your students, and they will thank you for it. I'm sure they'll want to take another class with you...
Show self-confidence: One of the main problems for novice teachers is often lack of confidence, and students notice it. Prepare the lessons well, especially the first ones. Unlike a classroom, in online classes you can have as many "chops" as you want on the table or on your PC, no one will see them. In this sense, being an online teacher plays to your advantage.
Don't forget that you're the native. You know Spanish, so you don't have to be afraid of anything.
Don't take anything for granted: For a beginner, something very simple can be very complicated. The cultural part has an important weight in learning a language, and foreigners will also start from scratch in this respect. It is better to explain very simple concepts and go over them more than to overlook them.
The student is the protagonist: Forget about traditional and old methods. The theoretical classes in which only the teacher speaks are outdated. They are simply not effective. The student has to be the protagonist. And even more if you are trying to teach a beginner. Students have to talk Spanish. So, alternate theory with practice. The student must be the protagonist of the Spanish lessons, but remember that you are the one who has to lead the session.
Know Spanish grammar: This advice is especially for those who teach Spanish to students with an advanced level. Even if you are a native speaker, you have to be able to explain everything you know in a "scientific" way. In other words, you have to be fluent in Spanish grammar.
Be patient: It has to be the main virtue of a teacher. If you teach Spanish to foreigners, not all students will have the same level, so be patient. Remember that patience is the mother of science.
Tips to teach Spanish from home
If you've been Spanish teacher before, teaching Spanish online will not be difficult. However, you will have to prepare your lessons in a somewhat different way.
Digitize: To get started, you will need to have all your Spanish language resources in digital format. In the world of the Internet, photocopies and paper books will be of no use to you. If you have all the notes on paper, don't worry. If you have a scanner, with a little time (maybe enough) and patience you can digitize all your notes. Today, OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology is also available to help you speed up this process.
Make use of the cloud: Okay, in the first step we have already managed to digitize all your Spanish resources. Now it's your turn to climb them into the cloud. If you want to teach Spanish online, you have to forget about ordinary emails. Store your files in the cloud, and you'll forget about repetitive tasks such as sending emails with notes or homework to your students. To do this, you can use platforms such as Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft's OneDrive.
Set up your PC: Before making a long trip, we always check the engine of our car (or should). In this case, you will have to make a tune-up of your PC: check the functioning of the webcam, microphone and your internet connection. When you send us your application to become a teacher at Langademy, Langademy's own system will check that everything is working correctly.
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