Maria PiulestanMunich, Bayern, Germany
The global e-learning industry is growing geographically: 25% to 50% in most developed countries. It is also growing in economic terms: it reached $107billion in 2015, and is expected to grow by 13% per year up to 2017. Today, 77% of USA companies offer online corporate training to improve the professional development of their employees.
Countless reports, surveys, and studies have shown that this industry isn't showing any signs of slowing down. In fact, an increasing number of individuals, corporations, and institutions are turning to e-learning as they recognize its effectiveness and its convenience.
I have been a language teacher for nine years, but in the past eight years I have exclusively worked full-time as an online language teacher, with students in many different countries. I mainly teach English, but I also teach Spanish and German too.
Here’s just a bit of what we can cover in our PivotPlanet session(s):
• How to begin the process of becoming an online teacher.
• How to find clients, both as direct students or as schools.
• What rates are real and up to date for online language lessons.
• What specific skills you need to have to become an online teacher.
• Which specific features have the different niche markets.
• What training, certificates and courses help you become an online language teacher.
• Starter kit for teaching online: hardware and software.
• How to write a resume and apply previous job skills to teaching.
• Where to find specific materials for online language teaching.
• List of online language teaching companies all over the world.
I grew up bilingual, and have studied a total of five languages. Language teaching and learning are my passion. But I also need my freedom, that’s why online language teaching is my dream job. I can really do it anywhere and any time it suits me and my students. I only need to have my laptop and an Internet connection with me.
I usually teach from my home office, while staring at my green garden, but I have taught from a hut in the Alps while staring at the mountains covered in snow, or even from a hotel room by the sea, while staring at my husband and kids playing in the pool.
Even though I spend a lot of time alone when I teach online, my working life is full of people, stories, news, and the fantastic feeling that I am giving my students tools to communicate and perform better at their jobs.
I am author of language learning materials, in the shape of texts, audio files and software exercises and games. In this sense, I have worked for some of the most important language learning publishers in Europe.
The e-learning industry is based on technology and it is constantly changing and improving. Because I am aware of that, and because I enjoy learning just as much as teaching, I regularly improve my own education with courses, workshops, seminars, and lots of reading.