These days online education has become dominant and it is essential to adapt to a new reality. However, you probably have noticed that there are hundreds if not thousands of relatively expensive courses lacking expertise but gaining popularity thanks to marketing specialists. Being an advocate of high-quality education, I can see that a lot of talented educators with good expertise in the field are humble and shy to launch their courses online because they say the market of online education is overloaded. I share the same idea, however, I believe that it is important to encourage such teachers to create their courses and share their experiences. Hype and intensive marketing can make people buy any course from anyone. All mentioned above inspired me to collect and share with you the criteria, which will probably help you choose a good teacher and a course worth taking.

  1. Needs analysis. An educator analyses your current needs and adjusts changes to adjust necessary changes to the programme if necessary.

  2. Goal setting. A teacher sets achievable and realistic goals and does not promise anything, but creates an appropriate environment for learning and acquiring new skills.

  3. Professionalism. Being a native speaker is not enough to become an English teacher. Knowledge in methodology and classroom management is essential in order to cater for the needs of the learners. Pay attention to the certificates and diplomas such as CELTA, TKT, DELTA, TESOL and equivalents.

  4. Transparency and main focus on the efficacy of education. A teacher or a course manager does not persuade you to join a group of a lower level just because there are not enough people to launch a B2 or higher.

  5. Reliable assessment. An educator evaluates not only your level of grammar but a set of systems and skills. Language is made up of systems and skills. The four systems of language are grammar, vocabulary, phonology and discourse. The four skills include listening, speaking, reading and writing. A good English test is supposed to the four skills and also two systems, grammar and vocabulary.

Good teachers have patience and empathy. Whether they are managing a classroom of adults, working with colleagues with different views, or communicating learners issues or progress with parents, patience is one of the most important skills to practice as a teacher. I truly believe, that ability to share knowledge is a special gift, and those that have that gift make a positive, lasting impression on the lives of their learners that can totally change the trajectory of their lives. And the best outcome is when the learners leave the classroom in a good mood with some practical insights and takeaways which they can apply in their life here and now.

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