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How do I make a Teaching Video Introduction?

How to make an introduction video?

Take a few minutes to plan an interesting, professional, and memorable video (1 to 4 minutes) to let potential students know why they should choose you!


Step 1: Watch some Good Examples

It is quite easy to make a basic video that looks great. Teachers who have more time and effort to invest in their videos might get some good ideas from the “excellent” or “advanced” examples.

Good video examples:


Learn Italian on italki with Alice

Learn Arabic on italki with Sara

Learn French on italki with Lucas

Learn English on italki with Regan

Learn Portuguese on italki with Getulio

Learn French on italki with Anaïs


It isn’t difficult to create a basic video that leaves a good impression.Choosing a nice setting for your video or adding subtitles helps a lot! Extra planning and editing can really make your video stand out to new students.

Requirements for all videos:

  • YOU MUST: Appear in the video. Students want to know who their teacher is and hear the language they are about to learn. It’s important to represent yourself truthfully to students.
  • YOU MUST: Speak in all the languages that you have listed as “Native” or “C2” in the video. Your languages listed as “Native” and “C2” will be set as your teaching languages. italki requires teachers to demonstrate their ability to speak these languages fluently in the video. 
  • DO NOT: Provide personal contact information – Your video will be available to people on the internet, so protect your own privacy.
  • DO NOT: Advertise or promote other services in your video
  • DO NOT: Use copyrighted music or any media for which you do not have the rights.
  • DO NOT: Shoot vertical/square video with your smartphone camera. Learn more  
  • horizontal video

    vertical video

    square video



Step 2: What should you say?

Create a script and practice.

Your video is where you get to show students who you are. Be creative, and please include the following.


1) Answer these two questions

Who are you?

Introduce yourself. What is your name, and what languages do you speak? If you have credentials, work experience, or other interesting backgrounds, feel free to share that.

What are your lessons like?

What do you enjoy about teaching, do you have a preferred method, and what is your attitude towards language teaching?You might include specific details about the activities you do during lessons, show materials you use, or teach potential students their first word or phrase!


2) Show your personality

  • Smile – Make students feel welcomed to your online classes!
  • Be yourself – Show or tell something interesting about yourself. Do you have special hobbies that students might enjoy discussing with you? Choose clothing or a background that really represents you.


3) Some other Tips

  • Keep it short – Just a few minutes is plenty of time.
  • Be natural – Do not read directly from a script! Look into the camera, make it as though you are speaking directly to your student.
  • Speak in all the languages in which you are fluent – You don’t need to say the same thing again in every language, but you can move from one language to the next as you speak. We recommend adding subtitles so that students can more easily tell what you are saying in each language.
  • Think of your students – The care you take in preparing for your video shows students not only what you think of yourself, but how they can expect you to prepare for your classes with them.
  • Mention italki – Doing this and adding a link to your teacher profile in the description will help people find and book your classes on italki.


Step 3: Record and upload your video to italki 

Introduction videos are a great way to introduce yourself to students before your first lesson! Have fun, and if you have questions or concerns about your video, please contact italki support.

Read more: How do I record and upload a video to italki?

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    Introduction To Class….Introduce Yourself by Explaining Your reasons For Enrolling In A Course of Study 

    My name
    is Coy Jones. I am a transfer student with junior standing at the CUNY – SPS
    Online Baccalaureate Program. I am a communicator who understands how vital it
    is becoming for individuals to expand their knowledge in order to successfully
    compete in our current economic times. Technology is becoming increasingly
    interactive, forcing individuals to exercise a more proactive approach when
    seeking employment, educational opportunities, and making life decisions. For
    example, no longer can an individual hope for a smooth transition from high
    school to college and into the workforce. Rather, individuals must begin to market
    themselves in all available venues as early as possible. Additionally, as
    technology has advanced, industries have been thrown open to a wide variety of
    cultures, increasing the flow of information and driving up the standards
    individuals are expected to meet.

    recognize, as a young adult, it is critical that I make the effort to continue
    to challenge myself to excellence while building upon my ability to communicate
    across cultures and disciplines, which will allow me to recognize opportunities
    to excel. As a student-athlete living in the diverse community of Southern
    California, I have experienced what some consequences can be when
    miscommunication arises between cultures, due to cultural contrasts. I am
    hoping my semesters spent at CUNY will provide me the tools I will need to
    positively effect change throughout my environment. I feel the online
    baccalaureate program will afford me the opportunity to become familiar with
    all types of technology while leaving me free to operate from the convenience
    of my home.

    special interests, I maintain a website ( ) and am an active participant on
    a variety of blogging websites.

    I am
    excited to begin the Fall 2011 coursework and wish all my classmates the best
    of luck as the semester commences.

    Introduction with Self-Description….Introduce Yourself by Posting a Few Words which Summarize your feelings toward Technology and Substantiate Those Words in the Discussion.

    Pro Technology Student 

    my name is Coy Jones.

    I am a transfer student with junior standing at City
    University of New York – School of Professional Studies. I am a student-athlete
    from Southern California who has extensive experience with digital technology
    and communication as I maintain several websites, detailing my academic and athletic
    accomplishments. My websites also showcase samples of my writing as I discuss
    my perspectives on a variety of subjects. 
    In America’s digital age where technology is a huge part of most
    everyone’s daily life, I feel it is imperative to be become as proactive and
    forward-thinking as possible.

    I do
    believe technology has opened the door and allowed information to flow freely
    between societies, cultures, and individuals. This has enabled individuals to
    become more independent as they no longer must hunt down information or wait
    for traditional medias (television shows, film, books, magazines, radio
    programs, etcera) to be made available with the information they need. Instead,
    the information is easily accessible through the Internet. The advent of technology
    has greatly benefited our society.  However,
    there are critics who say the technological advances may, in fact, be
    dangerous, especially for the younger generation who may or may not understand
    how technology can harm one’s image. For example, it has been suggested that
    the younger generation misuses the power of technology by accessing, sending,
    viewing, and sharing inappropriate material, acts which could negatively impact
    their future. However, I feel technology has become a crucial and defining characteristic
    of not only society but the individuals within it. Thus, technology can be seen
    as a replacement for traditional medias such as television and film which, if
    seen in this light, means technology is no more likely to be misused than were
    traditional medias, especially in light of the many software safeguards that
    are available for download. 


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