Last updated: Nov 10, 2019
If you apply for a professional teaching job on TECH ENGLISH, we will ask for documentation that proves your training or experience in both:
• Language expertise
Since different countries offer different certification for education and languages, we review each application personally and make our decisions based on all of the information you provide.
• If you have certification in non-language subjects, then you must also provide documentation that shows your expertise or training in languages (TESOL, TEFL, CELTA, DELTA...).
• If you have certification as an expert in some aspect of language (linguist, translator, etc), then you must also provide documentation that shows your ability or training as an educator (Bachelors or Masters degree in teaching English…).
This way, we can confidently recommend you to new students who want professional assistance with their language learning.
How to provide documents
Please scan and upload a copy of your relevant degrees, certificates, work documents, or other proof of training, experience, or special expertise.
Requirements for all videos:
• YOU MUST: Appear in the video. Students want to know who their teacher is and hear the language they are about to learn. It's important to represent yourself truthfully to students. Your video should be between 1 to 3 minutes.
• YOU MUST: Speak in all the languages that you have listed as "Native" or "C2" in the video.
• DO NOT: Provide personal contact information - Your video will be available to people on the internet, so protect your own privacy.
• DO NOT: Advertise or promote other services in your video.
• DO NOT: Use copyrighted music or any media for which you do not have the rights.
• DO NOT: Shoot vertical/square videos.
Here is what to consider as you prepare to make your video:
Do: Shoot horizontal video.
Do: Put your camera/mobile phone on the level with your eyes and look into the camera/mobile phone.
Do: Put the camera/mobile phone on a stable surface or use a tripod to keep the video still.
Do: Use natural daylight or powerful lamp lighting from the FRONT.
Even better: Complimentary light from behind + 45 degrees.
Do: Use quiet surroundings and speak in a clear voice.
Even better: Using a field recorder or speak into a microphone.
Do: Use a clean and tidy study room or classroom.
Even better: something that represents your language or country.
Do: Add subtitles.
Don't: Shoot vertical video.
Don't: Put the camera/mobile phone below your face and talk down to it.
Don't: Hold the camera/mobile phone with your hands or allow the camera/mobile phone to shake.
Don't: Record at night with poor lighting.
Don't: Record with strong lights or lamps behind you.
Don't: Place microphone very close to mouth (causes "beatbox" noises and distortion).
Don't: Place microphone too far away from mouth (too quiet).
Don't: Allow wind or any other distracting background noise.
Don't: Show moving or distracting things in the background (other people, etc).
Don't: Use an overly busy or “chaotic” background.
Don't: Show any commercial logo in the background.
Don't: Post your personal contact information in the video.
Don't: Use logos or advertisements from other companies or services.
Don't: Add loud music that makes it difficult to hear your voice.
Create a script and practice.
Your video is where you get to show students who you are.
Be creative, and please include the following:
• Keep it short - Just a few minutes is plenty of time.
• Be natural - Do not read directly from a script! Look into the camera, make it as though you are speaking directly to your student.
• Think of your students - The care you take in preparing for your video shows students not only what you think of yourself, but how they can expect you to prepare for your classes with them.
• Mention TECH ENGLISH - Doing this and adding a link to your teacher profile in the description will help people find and book your classes on TECH ENGLISH.
• Dress Appropriately - Smart casual is acceptable, remember that 1st impressions count.
TECH ENGLISH wishes to ensure clarity so that everyone can have a positive experience connecting with teachers or language learners. We believe that our users are respectful and considerate of each other and we want to encourage this behavior. Below is an explanation of some of the situations you may face.
• If there is a problem with the lesson, we ask both students and teachers to provide evidence in the form of screenshots/recordings (showing any relevant information including time and date). This will help us resolve the issue faster.
• If a student is late, we require that the teacher be available to teach during the entire booked lesson time. However, teachers are not expected to make up lesson time lost due to student tardiness and are not required to continue the lesson beyond the official end time.
• We don’t expect teachers to be on the video call waiting for the student to join. But you should be online and available so that when the student indicates he/she is ready to start the lesson, you’re ready to teach.
• If you need to leave your computer to get a drink or stretch your legs while waiting, send the student a message and let them know that you’ll be back at your computer in a few minutes. If a student goes online during that time and expects the lesson to start at least he/she knows to wait a moment for you to return. Otherwise, the student may think you’ve left and no longer wish to teach the lesson which may lead to confusion and or a dispute.
• It’s good practice to have these messages as they can serve as evidence if there’s a dispute.
• We require teachers to connect with their students on the agreed communication platform before the lesson time. For example, there can be confusion or miscommunication about emails or user IDs. By connecting before the lesson, both teachers and students can avoid problems during the scheduled lesson time. We hear of many instances like this which are easily avoidable, it is the teacher’s responsibility to ensure there is no confusion.
• If a student fails to attend a lesson, it is the teacher's right to be paid in full. However, if the student had an accident, an emergency, or it was an honest misunderstanding, the lesson will be rescheduled.
• If there are any problems between student & teacher, all TECH ENGLISH decisions are final.
TECH ENGLISH works with different payment providers, you may be subject to different fees depending on which method you use. Please be aware that different countries may have different transaction fees charged by the respective payment provider.
The current payment providers we use with the default currencies sent are:
• PayPal - https://www.paypal.com (USD)
• Click here for a list of countries and currencies supported by Paypal
• Bank Transfer (in Vietnam)
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