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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
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?
- Video Introduction Guidelines and Requirements
- How do I record and upload a video to italki?
- How do I become an italki teacher?
- How do I add my video introduction link to my teaching profile?
- Profile Photo Guidelines and Requirements
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Sample Online Introduction
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Introduction to Online Coaching
Methods, Ethics and Social Networking
During this course, you will learn about the methods and ethics of online coaching, and how to maintain a responsible online presence. We will start with defining online coaching and differentiating it from other mental health services, examine how to conduct and enhance your online coaching client relationship by looking at disinhibition and presence. We will then look at the ethics of conducting coaching online, study some ethical dilemmas regarding the possible pitfalls of social and professional networking, and finish by looking at further uses of technology in coaching – telephone and video – before seeing how all these methods can blend together within a case vignette.
- An Introduction to Coaching Online: Considerations and Definitions
- Conducting and Enhancing your Online Coaching Client Relationship
- The Ethical Side of Online Coaching
- Maintaining a Responsible Online Presence
- Telephone, VoIP and Coaching via Videoconference
- Participants will be able to define the differences between coaching and other mental health services
- Participants will be know how to conduct and/or enhance their coaching relationship using technologies such as text, audio and video
- Participants will be able to consider the ethics of practicing online in relation to their own practice
- Participants will be able to manage their online presence responsibly
Before receiving credit for this course, students will need to complete the lessons and pass a final exam.
To complete the course you will need to have access to a computer/tablet and should be comfortable using the Internet as you will be working on an e-learning platform. You will be required to answer experiential questions the course and you will receive individualized feedback from your Learning Coach throughout the course. Students will have one year to complete the requirements for this course.
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