The Complete Guide to Teaching Online with Classo
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More and more online language teaching companies are opening their doors to speakers of other common world languages. One such company is Classo, a relatively new online teaching company that is currently recruiting teachers from a range of countries. How does Classo compare to the more established online teaching platforms? We explain all of this and more!
Classo is an online language learning platform based in Korea that allows students to learn a selection of different languages from around the world, instead of focusing solely on English. Classo employs language teachers who are native to European countries such as:
The platform is also open to teachers that are native speakers of Chinese and Japanese.
As with many newly-emerging online teaching platforms, information about Classo is a little hard to find, which is why we’ve put together this guide to tell you everything you need to know about the company.
Read on to find out more about Classo pay rates, hours and teacher requirements.
What are the requirements to teach for Classo?
If you know anything about the online teaching industry, you’ll probably be aware that most companies are quite picky when it comes to recruiting requirements.
Some companies don’t ask for specific educational requirements but most ask that teachers hold a bachelor’s degree and are native English speakers, amongst other requirements.
However, the Classo requirements are a breath of fresh air. The company has very few hiring requirements and they are quite flexible when it comes to their applicant’s nationality and experience.
In a nutshell, Classo requires that their teachers:
- Are proficient in the language that they wish to teach
- Have some teaching experience, but this is not essential
- Have a teaching certificate, but again, this is not essential
- Have a stable internet connection
- Have a quiet place to teach
The company website states that they prefer teachers to be native in the language they wish to teach, but they do make exceptions for people with proven proficiency and teaching experience
What does Classo pay?
On the whole, companies that hire non-native language teachers offer much lower rates than those that ask for native speakers, but Classo is definitely the exception.
The Classo pay rates are surprisingly reasonable and start at $18/hour. Teachers with more experience and proficiency in their chosen language can earn up to $21/hour.
According to the official Classo website, the company pays its teachers monthly on the 10th of each month. They also pay teachers directly by bank deposit, which can save you a little extra cash on hefty PayPal fees.
Classes with Classo last for 25 minutes, and the pay rate is technically $9-$10.50/ class. However, there is always a five-minute break between lessons, which means it works out as $18-$21/hour on average.
What is the interview process for Classo?
If you’re considering applying for a teaching position at Classo, you can do so by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Unfortunately, their website doesn’t specify exactly what steps will be taken in the Classo interview process.
However, online teaching companies usually have very similar hiring processes, so any tips about online teaching interviews that you can find online will probably help you to prepare than specific Classo interview advice.
With most online teaching companies, you can usually expect to interview with a member of the teaching staff via video chat and you may even be asked to take part in a mock or trial class.
What is the Classo teaching schedule?
According to the company website, teachers can teach ‘anytime, anywhere’, making it one of the only online teaching platforms that are available 24-hours a day.
What’s great about the Classo hours is that you can teach as much as you want and choose your times based on your location (which means you don’t have to wake up at a ridiculously early time).
There is also no set schedule for Classo hours as far as I can tell, so it seems as though you’ll be able to log in whenever you have the time and start teaching when it’s convenient.
If you already work online for one of the more established Chinese companies, you’ll know that most companies will only allow you to work in peak time (6-9 PM BJT). Working for a company like Classo as well as your regular company can help you to fill up your schedule and subsidize your regular income.
As I mentioned earlier in the article, Classo is based in Korea and designed for Korean students. This means that you’ll be most likely to get classes at times that are convenient for Korean students. This is worth thinking about if you want to maximize your earnings when you’re logged into the platform.
Understanding the Classo teaching platform
Classo’s teaching platform has been developed specifically for conducting online language lessons and, therefore, you can expect that it will have everything you need to make your classes fun and interactive for your students.
When using the Classo platform for teaching, the company suggests that teachers have a LAN internet connection as this can help to ensure that your lessons aren’t interrupted by connection issues.
In some cases, you may be asked to use Skype if there is a problem with Classo’s platform. So be sure to download Skype to your computer so that you’re prepared for any eventuality.
According to Classo’s website, you can expect to teach students of any age group, so it’s always a good idea to prepare yourself for teaching younger kids.
With young children, relying on the teaching platform and resources only can sometimes make things difficult so try your best to have some interesting props and fluffy friends to help keep things engaging.
Unfortunately, Classo is an extremely new online teaching platform and, right now, there aren’t any Classo reviews from teachers who work for the company.
I did manage to find a few confirmations on teaching forums that the company does hire speakers of languages other than English. Aside from that, there isn’t much talk of the company just yet.
Hopefully, as the company grows in popularity, we may be able to see a clearer picture of what teachers actually think about working for Classo. Until then, hopefully, this guide will help you find out what you need to know in order to apply for a position.
If you work for Classo, we’d really appreciate it if you’d help us out and leave your teacher review in the comments.