Have you ever thought about telecommuting for work or teaching online? I just completed a certificate to teach online through my profession. This yearlong course hosted by TESOL is conducted at the University of Wisconsin via online instruction. What better way to learn to teach online than taking an online course! It isn’t a very costly program. I was able to learn enough from this course to feel comfortable in taking on a new job teaching online at my university.
This course served me well, as I’m excelling at my new job! Last year, I wrote about making changes, re-educating yourself for the “invisible” jobs. Trends show that online classes at universities are on the rise, according to the Chronicle of Higher Learning. This certification is for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) which is part of my profession, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). However, it is open to anyone from any field. I was able to design my nonprofit’s website and learn about Web 2.0 tools from this certificate course.
In addition, I’ve been able to get three part-time jobs online! Now, I’ve gone completely virtual teaching ESL for a company in Israel, teaching reading online for the local university, and scoring tests online. My nonprofit is wholly online, too. I’ve even become an online mentor. I started mentoring ESL instructors in Italy for TESOL and mentoring individuals looking for work for my nonprofit’s mission.
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Sandra Annette Rogers