By: Kathleen Graham
Say WHAT? You Can Teach Online?
While living and teaching English in China in 2016, I met all kinds of Chinese people obsessed with learning English. I was surprised to find so many people learning English just for their own enjoyment (my wonderful, hilarious, crazy, scatter-brained landlord included), but of course there were those that were competing for spots at universities or in the workplace and dreaming of their bright futures. The people I noticed the most were parents pushing their kids to learn English from a very young age, similar to parents in a few other countries in Asia. However, it was clear from my everyday experience at a Chinese school near Guangzhou that students didn’t and probably never would get enough speaking time in their over-crowded classrooms.
So when I first discovered VIPKID (pronounced V-I-P-kid) from their bright orange advertisement with the yellow dinosaur, I thought to myself, “Why didn’t I think of that?” The market for young students learning English online, especially with one-on-one classes, is booming in China, and there are already quite a few companies that are popular with TEFL professionals living all over the world. Even though I live in the United States, I still get to “teach in China every day” and make a difference in children’s lives from halfway around the world!