Telling people that I’m an ESL Phone Teacher is never an easy task. It’s usually followed by blank stares and lots of questions. So today I thought that I would answer some of the most common questions that people have about being a phone English teacher.
What exactly is an ESL Phone Teacher?
An ESL Phone Teacher provides conversational based language lessons over the phone. Basically, I chit chat with people and help them hone their language skills by being a Grammar Nazi, introducing new vocabulary and perfecting their pronunciation. Essentially, ESL Phone Teachers are AWESOME! Obviously.
How did you find this kind of job?
I actually lucked into this job. About a year and a half ago, I was the Student Support Consultant for an SES program in San Antonio – the program provided free tutoring to underprivileged and at-risk students. However, when that job began to go bad I turned to Craigslist and managed to spot an ad for an at home ESL teacher. It was just one of the many jobs I applied for at the time. But it was that company that called me on the same day that I turned in my letter of resignation at my former job. By the end of the week I was hired and trained. Go me!
What kind of students do you teach?
Most of my students are Korean business men and women who are looking to improve their English for business purposes. However, I also have the occasional student and world traveler. Though they fall into a wide age range, they all have one thing in common; they are very busy people. Phone English is both a convenient and fast method of studying for them.
Do you use textbooks?
My company provides the students with various course options (conversation, business, TOEIC, etc.) and textbooks. The students use their textbooks during our lessons together and I follow along with an ebook. Some students use Reuters news for their lessons and we discuss the articles. It really helps me keep up with current events. 😉
How long are your classes?
Because my students are very busy people, the classes tend to be short. They range in time from 10, 15, 20, and 30 minute classes. I never realized just how long 10 minutes can be until I started teaching phone English classes. It can also seem like no time at all some days.
What kind of phone do you use?
The company I work for sent me this really awesome, 80s looking, VOIP phone that uses my internet connection to make phone calls. Pretty sweet, right?
What is your schedule like?
Because of the time difference between Korea and Texas I work a split shift. Monday through Friday I work mornings from 6-10 AM. And Sunday through Thursday I work from 4-8 PM, but this changes when our time changes. Korea doesn’t follow Daylight Savings Time.
Do you guy have any questions for me? What sort of interesting jobs do you have? I’d love to hear all about them! Leave me a comment and let me know.