The Complete Guide to Teaching Online with Likeshuo
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One of the biggest drawbacks of a lot of online teaching companies is that they focus solely on providing English lessons to young learners. Very few give teachers the option to choose what age of students they work with.
Likeshuo is the opposite. As a Likeshuo tutor, you can decide what age of students you want to work with based on your own preference and teaching experience. In this article, we’ll be sharing all you need to know about Likeshuo such as what they pay, what the jobs are like, and most importantly, what other teachers think of the company.
Likeshuo is an online English teaching company that is affiliated with Meten International Educational Group, a large education provider based in China. Likeshuo offers a broad range of different programs to help students of all ages learn English, and learn more about passing examinations to study and work overseas.
For online English tutors, Likeshuo offers a good opportunity to work with adults or children, and they offer fair compensation in return. However, they have fairly high requirements for teachers. Let’s take a closer look at what it takes to become a Likeshuo tutor.
What are the requirements to teach for Likeshuo?
Likeshuo is different from some of the major online teaching companies as it provides lessons for both Adults, Children, and professionals looking to study business English. They also hire Chinese teachers that have studied overseas in English speaking countries.
In order to assign the right teachers to the right students, the company has four different programs that teachers can apply for, and the requirements differ for each. Below are the job requirements for the different Likeshuo positions.
General and Junior Program Requirements
- A Bachelor’s degree or above
- Native English speakers from the UK, USA, Australia, Canada or New Zealand
- TESOL or TEFL certificate or previous teaching experience is preferred
- Available to teach for a minimum of 30 teaching hours per month
For the Junior program, teachers are required to have 3+ years of teaching experience in working with children. This can be online or classroom experience.
Overseas Program Requirements
The overseas program is aimed at Chinese teachers with a high level of English knowledge. The ideal candidates are required to have graduated from an overseas English speaking university. The other teacher requirements are:
- Bachelor’s degree or higher
- Online teaching experience preferred
- Knowledge of TOEFL/IELTS/GRE/GMAT
- Ability to contribute to curriculum building and research
Professionals Program Requirements
The professional program is aimed at teachers with experience teaching adults or business-related topics. The official teacher requirements are as follows:
- Bachelor’s degree or above. Business or industrial related subjects are preferred.
- Native English Speaker. Teachers with American, British, or Canadian accents are preferred.
- Experience in teaching adults communication, organization, and management skills.
- A minimum of 30 teaching hours per month
The program that you choose to apply for will determine your exact pay rates. Read on to learn more about how much Likeshuo pays and how they calculate the pay rates.
What does Likeshuo pay?
Likeshuo’s pay rates are pretty fair, especially considering that they are open to hiring non-native speakers for their ‘overseas positions’. According to some job ads I found online, Likeshuo offers teachers anything from $16 to $25 per hour.
The exact amount you will be paid depends on what type of job you are hired for (General, Junior, Overseas or Professional) and your experience. Native English speakers that work as Junior teachers can hope to be paid more than teachers that choose to teach only adults or overseas teachers.
What is the interview process for Likeshuo?
Likeshuo doesn’t advertise it’s exact hiring process on their website. However, after scouring some Likeshuo reviews I found online, I managed to find some information about what teachers can expect from the hiring process.
To begin the process, teachers will need to fill in an online application on the company website. Then you will be contacted by a member of the Likeshuo staff to arrange an interview/trial class. If all goes well, you will then be asked to take part in a 2.5-hour unpaid training session on how to teach online and use the platform. If you pass through this stage, you can agree on a contract and start teaching.
Also, if you plan on teaching on the Junior program, be sure to have some teaching props ready to use in the demo class, as the interviewers are particularly looking for teachers that know how to keep younger students engaged by using props and TPR.
What is working for Likeshuo like?
Likeshuo doesn’t list too much information on their website about the jobs. However, after doing some digging, I managed to find some first-hand information about what working for Likeshuo was actually like. In this section, we’ll cover some important details about Likeshuo’s scheduling and classes and the platform that you will use to teach.
When working as a Likeshuo tutor, you’ll be expected to commit to at least 30 hours per month. When signing your contract, you’ll be asked to provide your weekly availability. Once this is confirmed, the teaching staff will assign your classes on a weekly basis.
Many online teaching companies use this same method for assigning classes and it often means that teachers get more classes than if they were arranging or booking them for themselves. One new Likeshuo tutor said “So far the majority of my time slots are getting filled” which is great to know if you’re looking to make online teaching into a full-time income.
Likeshuo class sizes vary quite a lot, so it’s hard to know exactly what to expect. Teachers can be asked to teach 1-to-1 classes, 1-to-4 classes or even lecture classes to as many as 15 students.
Classes last 45 minutes and no preparation is required. However, you will be expected to fill in evaluations for your students after the lessons are completed.
Likeshuo has a dedicated chrome-based platform that teachers can use to deliver lessons and submit feedback to their students after classes. Lessons are slide-based and are pre-prepared, so all the teacher has to do is log in and work through the slides with their students.
Although you now have a lot of information about working for Likeshuo, the best way to really gauge what a company is like is by checking the reviews from other teachers. After doing some research on sites like OET jobs, Glassdoor, and Facebook groups, I found that the Likeshuo reviews were quite a mixed bag.
Some teachers agreed that Likeshuo was a decent company and that the pay and scheduling were fair in relation to the job requirements. One teacher said “ Pay starts at around $15 USD per 45 minutes class, plus bonuses. The platform operates on Chrome using Windows and is stable. No prep work is required before class, just read through the presentation.”
However, some teachers had less than positive things to say about the job requirements and penalties.
One teacher said, “I do not suggest you join them. Only if you are really in need of money. Besides paying you low, the requirements to stay a teacher are unreasonable (no more than 2 complaints or absences/late) and benefits are almost unreachable (no complaints at all, attend unpaid workshops). The late policy is also almost draconian (be there 5 minutes before and do not leave even 5-10 minutes before class ends) since they can discount 100% if you are 10 minutes late. Terrible assistance from the TAs and management”
On Glassdoor, Likeshuo receives a relatively low score of just 3.1 stars but despite this, it seems that many teachers across the web are quite happy working with the company. If you’re unsure about the company, it’s worth checking out some more reviews for yourself before making any decisions.
Resources & FAQs
If you’d like to know more about Likeshuo, check out the company website. You can also find more teacher reviews on sites like Glassdoor and on online English teaching groups like Hired online ESL teachers with job reviews. Below are some commonly asked questions about Likeshuo.
- Can you teach without a degree? No. Unfortunately, Likeshuo requires all teachers to hold at least a Bachelor’s degree.
- Do you have to be a native speaker? No. Likeshuo also hires Chinese Nationals that have studied overseas.
- Do you need a TEFL? Yes. Likeshuo lists TEFL certificates as ‘preferred’ on their website, but with the recent changes to online teacher requirements in China, it is likely that you are required to hold a TEFL certificate in order to get hired.