Teaching Japanese on italki: Annie

January 18th, 2010 | Posted by Toffler in marketplace | members

In previous posts, we introduced active italki students, Simon and Ken.  In this Q&A, you’ll learn a little bit more about teaching online as we introduce italki teacher, Annie from Japan.  Annie is one of our top teachers. She has experience teaching at a cram school, including teaching English to Japanese children. [Original in English, edited.]

When did you start teaching on italki?
I started last May.

Why did you choose to teach online and why italki?
Teaching online doesn’t cost me at a thing: No commuting expense, no telephone charges when using Skype, no special clothing expenses, no cosmetics, and the work time is short . (#^.^#) Moreover, I can teach when I‘m free at home.  The teaching system in italki is very simple and easy for me.

What efforts did you use to find students on italki? Or did the students find you?
Nothing special.

Did you teach offline before you started teaching online?
Yes, but when teaching Japanese offline that was just teaching friends for free.

What tools do you use to teach online?
Besides Skype, depending on the students, we also use various Japanese materials.  If they need me to provide the Japanese sources, I send them the text.  However, if they want to use their own textbooks, they send it to me instead.

Are there any special skills needed to teach online?
For me to teach, I need strong English skills to make myself or the language very clearly understood.  English communication is very important unless the student already has a high level of Japanese.

Overall, what do you think about teaching on italki? Any last words?
italki is a nice system at least for me.  If really pressed, I’d have to say the money withdrawal system is a little difficult for me to use. That’s all.

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