What is a demo lesson?
How to start teaching English online: What is a demo lesson?
If you’re completely new to teaching English online or you’ve just recently started thinking about finding an online teaching job, then you may not know what a demo lesson is - or how you should go about doing one.
This blog post is part one of a six part blog post series, where we explain exactly:
What a demo lesson is (and why we need to do one!)
What a good demo lesson is worth,
How to prepare for a demo lesson,
How to create your own demo lesson materials
How to teach a demo lesson - and impress your interviewer!
Which scary problems you may encounter during your demo lesson (and how to deal with them!)
So, let’s get into it...
If you’ve never taught English online before, a demo lesson can seem a little bit daunting. You’re not sure what to expect - you don’t know how to use the teaching software and the whole concept of teaching online is new to you!
Not to worry! That’s why you’re here! We know everything there is to know about passing your demo lesson and getting hired! But first...
Why do I need to do a demo lesson?
All online ESL companies have certain application requirements for their online teaching positions - for example, they may require that you have an undergraduate degree and a teaching cert such as TEFL, CELTA or TESOL. But, just because you’re qualified to teach online, doesn’t mean that you will necessarily be a good fit for their company.
Interviewers want to see what you will be like as an online teacher, and the easiest way for them to do this is to watch you teach a class.
A candidate’s teaching ability is judged solely on their demo lesson. Doing an excellent demo lesson is the number one surefire way to get hired and become an online teacher.
Not only do they observe your demo lesson, watching out for basic teaching skills, but they also check to see what kind of teacher you are:
A demo lesson helps interviewers to determine your teaching ability AND teaching style.
Candidates who show that they are energetic, enthusiastic and passionate about teaching outperform those who fail to portray these character traits during their demo lesson.
Online teaching schools get thousands of applications for their teaching positions - and usually there are more applicants than available positions. If two candidates have the exact same qualifications, the school will offer the job to the candidate who performed better in their demo lesson.
If you want to get hired, you have to commit to familiarising yourself with an online platform, planning a lesson (or looking over lesson materials), showing up on a specific date and teaching for at least 15 minutes.
Not only does a demo lesson help to assess the candidate’s teaching ability and style, but it also acts as a barrier to entry for those who are not fully committed to teaching English online.
So, what is a demo lesson?
Here are the answers to some of your most frequently asked questions...
How long will my demo lesson last?
Most demo lessons are 25-30 minutes long, the same length as a regular lesson. However they can last anywhere from 15 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on the online school.
Where will my demo lesson take place?
You will teach online using whatever teaching platform the company usually uses. We will go further in depth on which platforms you will need to learn in the blog posts to follow.
Who will I teach in my demo lesson?
You may either be teaching a member of staff or an actual student. Either way, you will be provided with the age and level of your student and the lesson material at least one week in advance. You should prepare for your demo lesson, keeping in mind the age and ability of your student.
What will I teach during my demo lesson?
The school will most likely provide you with the demo lesson materials. (Some schools require that you create your own lesson plan and slides, but this is not the norm!) We recommend that you look at the lesson plan and slides as soon as you receive them.
How can I prepare for my demo lesson?
If you’re looking for someone to practice your demo lesson with, before you have to do the real thing, you can practice with us!
We make sure you understand how to teach a demo lesson, we show you the best ways to engage your ESL students and help you to start teaching online as soon as possible.
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