Kerry Marie Grigg has been a Lingoda teacher since the start of 2018 and lives with her husband and young child in the city of Gijon in Asturias Spain.
She taught many English classes during the first Lingoda Marathon, so we asked her to share her advice for students and teachers participating in the new challenge. Here’s what she had to say.
What are the benefits to students who take the marathon?
First of all, you will really enjoy it. And of course you’ll make progress with your language learning. Based on the classes and the students that I taught during the first marathon, I would say that most students go up at least one level by participating.
Why take the marathon with Lingoda?
Not everyone has the opportunity or the resources to have regular face-to-face lessons with a native-speaking teacher. Lingoda widens the opportunity to learn a new language and helps open doors to professional and learning opportunities at home or in another country.
What advice would you give to students taking the marathon?
First of all, be prepared to make the commitment! Don’t forget that you are going to be taking a class every day. Make sure that you are familiar with the rules of the event and book classes as early as possible to get the time slots you need.
What about technology?
That’s important too. Make sure you have a good internet connection for your laptop or computer (you can’t use a mobile phone or tablet). Test your mic, and make sure you are ready to start the lesson on time.
What was it like teaching during the first marathon?
Well, it was very intensive for me. I started off teaching about 20 classes a week, but at peak times, it went up to 30 or more. As a Lingoda teacher I can choose how many classes to host, but when I saw there were students needing classes, I was inspired to help.
That’s sounds like a lot of classes. How did you manage?
It was actually alright. But a bit like the students I had to prepare carefully! Getting the teaching materials ready on time, having a glass of water to hand, nipping to the loo before the class! Being fully present at every moment when you are teaching is critical.
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What’s special about teaching the Lingoda students?
It’s really rewarding to connect with people from all over the world and to help them learn a language. You know that you are in some way helping their education, their career and their opportunities to live and study abroad. And it’s great to get positive feedback from students. Even though classes are online, it’s still a face-to-face experience with real people with real emotions. I’m looking forward to teaching during the next marathon.
What other qualities do you need to become a teacher?
Without question you have to be passionate about teaching. Lingoda courses include great teaching materials, but you need to bring your own energy and personality to the online classroom. You also need to be wise to the different cultures and style of teaching. You will be connecting with students from all over the world.
What are the advantages to you of being a Lingoda teacher?
I’ve taught in schools in the past, with fixed hours. What I enjoy about Lingoda, is the flexibility that it offers. You can choose the time and frequency of classes that you teach and build a schedule that suits you best. I get to work from my own home office, which is great, especially when you have a young family. I can definitely recommend it.
Thank you Kerry!
If you’d like to take part in the Lingoda Language Marathon you can sign up today.