Teach from absolutely anywhere in the world where you have internet.
No technical requirements or annoying internet speed tests.
Teach from your phone or tablet, making teaching easily accessible to everyone.
Classes are 1-1 so you can build really strong relationships.
No contract so you're free to take time off or stop working at any time.
The payment structure gives the potential to earn more money, any time.
No degree is required, unlike most other online teaching companies.
The courseware is all designed for you; just turn up and teach - no planning.
You manage your own schedule.
Native English Speaker
You need to be a native English speaker with valid ID, from the UK, Ireland, Canada, the USA, Australia or New Zealand. Please note that Native English Speakers from these countries ONLY are allowed to apply at this time
You must have a valid TEFL Certificate, and know your certificate number.
If you don't have this accreditation already, you can complete the course online HERE
A Mobile Device
Have a working Android or Apple phone or tablet you can use to teach on - plus a work station is handy but not vital.
Time To Teach
Availability each week to teach a minimum of 7 x 25 minute classes, between 5-9PM Beijng Time.
Both "Palfish Teacher-English Tutor" and "Payoneer – Global Payments Platform" are required for teaching and receiving wages.
"PalFish Grade Reading" & "YouCam Fun - Live Face Filters" are used to promote yourself as a teacher to all potential students. I create fun videos and images to add to my "moments" on the reading app.
"Google Translate" helps to translate post lesson messages, received from students. Wages are displayed in YUAN and paid in Dollars so the "Currency" converter makes working out payment easy.
Things you should know about the interview process.
It isn't really an interview as such, but a mock class which you'll teach to an imaginary 5 year old child.
Once you've scheduled your interview, you can go into your appointments and enter the classroom at any time, before your interview - to review and familiarise yourself with the lesson and its functionality.
You should enter the classroom a few minutes before the start time of your interview, and begin when it says 'teaching for 0 minutes' at the top of the screen. There is no other acknowledgment that you should start, so pay attention to this.
There'll be nobody there in the 'classroom' when you have your interview, you just have to pretend there is.
The Palfish Team will review the recorded interview afterwards.
Your 'interview' must last a minimum of 15 minutes and a maximum of 25.
When you've finished, you can exit by pressing the 'X' in the top left hand corner of the screen. It'll ask if you're sure you want to exit, and say something about not being paid - just click accept to ignore this warning and leave the classroom.
You need a Palfish logo on the wall behind you. (draw one and colour it in if you don't have access to a printer)
You need to wear a blue top.
You should design a child-friendly background on the wall behind you. (if you don't have anything to hand yet, you can draw some simple stars or animals.)
The background is important as you will need to talk about why you chose your background for a few seconds at the start of the interview.
You need to use TPR (Total Physical Response) in your interview - hand gestures such as cupping your ear when you want them to speak, pointing to the body parts you're teaching them, or hi-5ing the imaginary student when they've done a good job.
You need to use props during the interview - this could be a soft toy which you use to point to different body parts, a puppet to say hello, or some hand-drawn animals/body parts to hold up and show the 'student' when teaching this new vocabulary.
You won't receive any confirmation that the interview has been recorded successfully for about 10 minutes after the interview. After about 10 minutes, an acknowledgment will show up on the home screen of your app.
You will usually receive feedback about the outcome of your interview the following working day. If you pass, you can get booked for classes that same day; if your schedule is open.
Watch this great video by Palfish Mentor Rhys James, which will walk you through EXACTLY how to pass the Palfish Interview.
Most importantly, you should know that if you follow all this information, meet all the requirements above and teach the class exactly like the video above tells you to, you should pass the interview and be able to start teaching with Palfish right away.
Have a fun profile picture of you in your classroom with some toys or props
Create a short, fun introduction video giving an idea of your teaching style
Download the Read app & record yourself reading a story book to share.
Moments are posts on the read app. Post yourself doing fun things.
Follow other teachers & students to get noticed and get followed back,
Join the Palfish Facebook groups. Stay informed & get answers to FAQ.
Do a couple of free 'lives' where you introduce yourself, read a story book etc.
Correct students' pronunciation in EVERY class. Parents really appreciated it.
Teach all your classes well and put 100% effort & enthusiasm into every class.
Follow up with your students after and say how much you enjoyed teaching.
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