VIPKid Certification and Teacher Prep (Updated March 2019)

In the time between your interview/demo and your certification, you will need to decide what levels you first wish to pursue. Then you will need to prepare for your mock class certification.  Below are some tips to help you get prepared!

  • Pay attention to the information VIPKid sends you. They will send you helpful information, training videos, and more. They will give you everything you need to be successful, so be sure to review everything!
  • Decide what age of students you would most like to teach. Effective March, 2019, applicants can choose to certify for either lower levels (Interactive Level 2 and Level 3) or intermediate levels (Level 4 and Level 5.) For more information about each level, check out VIPKid Certification Levels (Updated March 2019).
  • Consider feedback you’ve received. Based on feedback from your demo, what areas do you most need to review and/or practice?
  • Plan your mock class. What TPR, props, etc. will you use for your certification.  I’m in the process of building out detailed guides to help with each specific certification.  Because Level 2 Interactive is the most popular level for students, that is usually where I recommend my applicants begin. Here’s the comprehensive guide to help you get ready for the lower level mock class: VIPKid – Preparing for Mock Class (Lower Level)
  • Set up coaching with your mentor. Have you gotten feedback from your mentor on your mock classes? Have you had someone look at your background and your props?
  • Check out other resources online. While I have tried to provide a lot of suggestions for you, every teaching style is different, so you can get inspiration from so many amazing teachers! Search for the hashtag #vipkidteacherlife (or lots of other hashtags!) on Instagram and YouTube. A few of my personal favorites are Nancy Taylor and Jennifer Anderson, but there are SO MANY GREAT TEACHERS!  Check it out and learn from the best!
  • Check out Facebook groups. Once you are hired, you can join many great Facebook groups. It’s easy to get overwhelmed, so I suggest starting with one just to get your feet wet. Here are the groups I am a part of:
    • VIPKid Education (Official VIPKid group): This is the only one that is moderated by VIPKid HQ and Staff, so I highly recommend it.
    • VIPKid Videos and Props: This group was started by Jennifer Anderson (see above) and focuses on prop usage in the classroom (mostly 2-d printed props.)
    • VIPKid Google Slides Group (official): This group is all about digital rewards that you can use on a phone, tablet, or software such as ManyCam or TwistCam.
    • VIPKid Chinese – Say What?? : This group is run by Ed Nace and a group of fluent Chinese-speakers. They provide help on good feedback that translates well and they can help interpret odd things you may see in parent feedback or in class.
    • VIPKid – Using Chinese Social Media: This group helps with questions around WeChat or other Chinese social media

There are many, many more groups, and I promise you can find one that fits your specific interests.

Whatever you decide to do to prepare, just pace yourself. There is so much information available, it’s very easy to get overwhelmed. That’s where your VIPKid mentor can really add value. Let us help you sift through the info to find what will help you get certified and get started teaching!

Good luck!

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VIPKid Interview and Full Demo

Effective in May 2019, all applicants who pass the initial screening are offered the opportunity to do an New Smart Demo Lesson – VIPKid Shortcut – April 2019. However, if you prefer a more in-depth session, then there is another option.

Below is a description of the old “Full Demo” but as of May 27, 2019, this has been replaced with the VIPKid Simplified Demo Lesson.  The below is left up for reference; however, always refer to your emails from VIPKid for the most current hiring and interview process!

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At the time I interviewed with VIPKid, the Smart Demo Lesson was not available to me, so this was the standard option. The interview was very brief and consisted of a short conversation that included much the same agenda as the express demo introduction above. The interviewer asked me to tell them about myself. They asked about my educational background and my teaching experience.

For the demo, there were two options available:

  1. Schedule a live demo (which is what I did) or
  2. Record a sample demo

In either of these options, you are asked to teach a 10-minute demo class. The sample is typically used is “My Feelings.”  The objectives are very similar to that of the Express Demo; you just have ten minutes to present rather than two. There are a few important differences if you are using the ten-minute demo option:

  • Practice your timing and pacing. Each slide should take around one minute to complete. Your goal is to complete all of the slides in approximately ten minutes without finishing really early.
  • Plan for error corrections. If you are in a live demo, your interviewer will be playing the part of a five-year-old child and he or she WILL make mistakes. They will be looking for you to correct them. If you are recording a demo without a “live” student, you should pretend that the student makes a mistake so that you can correct them in a positive, upbeat manner and show that you are comfortable with error correction.
  • Plan for more props and rewards. In a ten-minute demo, you should use at least three different props and at least two different types of props. For example, if you used three different printouts, that would count as three props, but only one type of prop.

For more tips on how I prepared for my demo and mock class, check out the following posts:

If you have any questions, please let me know.  If you would like me to review a sample demo or mock class, please contact me. I would love to be your mentor through the process!

VIPKid Express Demo (Retired April 2019)

Important: Effective May 2019, the Express Demo is no longer available.

Please see VIPKid Application and Interview Process (Updated May 2019) for the current hiring process!

 

Effective February 27, 2019, all VIPKid applicants who pass the initial screening will be able to immediately complete the Express Demo Lesson instead of the traditional demo lesson.

For those of you who are new – this is GREAT NEWS!

What’s required:

  1. Shoot a three-minute video
  2. Send the video to VIPKid
    • Email it to teachvip@vipkid.com.cn as an attachment or
    • Upload it to YouTube/Google Cloud/Dropbox and send the link of the video to the email above

What needs to be included in the 3-minute demo?

  • A brief introduction. This should include:
    • Who are you?
    • What is your educational background?
    • What is your teaching experience?
    • When do you plan to begin teaching?

A few tips:

  1. Be consistent. If you applied and said you had three years of experience, be sure to talk about those three years here.
  2. Don’t overthink it. Consider your introduction like your “elevator speech” about yourself.
  3. Practice on camera a few times and play it back.
    • Are you smiling? Does it sound like you are happy to be applying?
    • Are you speaking clearly and enunciating?
    • Did you review all the required introduction points?

My introduction would be something like this:

Hi! My name is Amelia Barker. I have a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Missouri State University, and I have three years of experience as a corporate trainer plus five years of experience volunteering with children. I am excited to get started with VIPKid and would love to start teaching right after Spring Break!

  • Teaching Samples – VIPKid will send you the material you need to review, as well as tips and examples to help you prepare.
    • Target Words and Target Sentence – You will want to spend 30 seconds demonstrating how to teach a word and a target sentence to an ESL learner.  The current example being used is “Bicycle.” You will want to say (and have them repeat) the word two times. Then you will want to say (and have them repeat) the target sentence “I see a bicycle.” Be sure to use a slow and clear speaking voice, TPR, and props to do this. For more details, check out these helpful resources:
    • ESL Concept – You will want to spend one to one and a half minutes teaching a more complex ESL concept. The current example being used is the letter “m” sound. There are different ways you can do this, but there are a few key concepts you need to remember:
      • Be sure you understand the objective. Using the example slide currently in the express demo, we are not teaching the LETTER “m.” We are teaching the SOUND “mmmmm.”  You need to know how to correctly pronounce the sound (mmmmmmm, not muh.)
      • Think about what type of TPR can be used.
        • You should, of course, use the standard TPR of touching under your mouth when you are saying a new word, letter, or sound and cupping your ear when you want the student to respond.
        • There is standard TPR associated with each letter sound. “M” is rubbing in front of your tummy like you just ate something tasty.
        • You can use instructional TPR to demonstrate how the student should circle the answers.
        • You could use TPR when introducing the different animals on the slide.
      • Think about what types of props can be used. Here, the possibilities are endless.  A few ideas include:
        • Whiteboard
        • Stuffed animals
        • Puppets
        • Printed pictures
        • Digital images
        • Magnetic letters

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need special software to shoot the express demo video?

No! You can shoot the video using your computer, tablet, or smartphone. If you prefer to use software, you certainly can. VIPKid suggests trying https://webcamera.io/ or https://manycam.com, but these are not necessary.

What happens next?

Once you pass the Express Demo lesson, you will be sent information about the certification center and how to become certified for a particular level of student.

What if I don’t pass the Express Demo lesson?

If you don’t pass, you’ll be given specific feedback as to why, and you can re-apply using the two traditional methods of completing the demo lesson.

VIPKid will send you all of the information that you need to be able to prepare for, submit, and ACE this express demo.  If you still have questions and would like some help as you prepare, please let me know. I would be happy to serve as your mentor through the process.

Happy teaching!

Completing the VIPKid Application

The first step in becoming a VIPKid teacher is applying!

While it may seem like this is self-explanatory, I’ve found that a lot of people have questions about the application itself, so I thought I would write this to help walk you through the process.

Please note – this is current as of 3/9/19. If updates become available, I will do my best to add them here!

Step 1: About You

This is pretty simple.  Fill in your information:

  • First Name
  • Middle Name (optional)
  • Last Name
  • Gender
    • Female
    • Male
    • Prefer not to disclose
  • Education
    • High School
    • Associate’s
    • Bachelor’s (MINIMUM REQUIRED!)
    • Master’s
    • Doctorate
    • None of the above

Please note, you MUST have at least a bachelor’s degree, though it is not required that it be in education.

Step 2: Logistics

  • Country
  • State
  • City
  • Time Zone
  • Your Phone (numbers only)

Step 3: Qualifications

  • Please select the language(s) that you are most fluent in. (Max 3): English must be selected here.  You may add others, but they are not required.
  • Do you have extensive exposure to the USA and/or Canada K-12 education?
    • I teach/have taught students in a K-12 school in the USA and/or Canada
    • I teach/have taught in a structured homeschool environment that supports federal K-12 educational standards in the USA and/or Canada
    • I attended K-12 schools in the USA and/or Canada
    • None of the above
  • How much teaching experience do you have?
    • 0-6 months
    • 6-12 months
    • 1-3 years
    • 3-5 years
    • 5+ years

When answering this question, please be sure to include any potential teaching experience! This includes formal classroom teaching, substitute teaching, homeschooling, tutoring, coaching, training, etc.

Here are a few examples:

  • Homeschool teacher 3 years + T-ball coach 2 years =5+ years
  • Corporate trainer for 5 years + 4H Club leader/teacher for 5 years = 5+ years
  • Soccer coach for 1 year + after school math tutor for 6 months = 1-3 years

 

  • Referral Code (if you have one)

A referral code is not required, but I wish I had worked with a mentor through my application process. It would have been helpful to have someone who could answer my questions! If you would like for me to help you through the process, feel free to use my referral code here: AMELI0055

If you would like to see what I can do to help you, check out this video!

If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments. Otherwise, good luck!

If you are ready to apply, APPLY HERE!

Below are a few screenshots I took on my phone. These were taken 3/9/19.