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VivaLing English

Meet Danny, English Coach at VivaLing: “A day as a VivaLing coach is always memorable because my students make it that way”

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  1.  Why do you like teaching English?

When I teach I feel important and I want to share this emotion with my students, making them acknowledge how important we all are as people, as children. Teaching has become an art; the more creative you are, the better you become as an artist. When I teach, I feel like I can express myself in ways I couldn’t if I weren’t a teacher. I like teaching English because it’s a way of living; you learn to teach others how to learn: ”It’s the best job in the world.”

 

  1. What is the difference between a male coach and a female coach in your eyes?

I don’t think there’s a difference at all. I think there’s a reason for letting the common gender noun “teacher” wander around freely. The word “teacher” is universal, it’s a status that any woman or man can get a hold of if he/she is willing to embrace a pedagogical practice.

 

  1. Why do you like teaching online?

Well, mostly because it’s a great chance to explore different cultures, to be able to almost feel your student right there next to you, even though he may be living thousands of miles away from you. To be able to make a difference in students’ lives all over the world, while at the same time improving one’s self in an increasing virtual environment, it’s something that every teacher should aspire to.

 

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  1. What’s a day like for you as a VivaLing coach?

Whenever I’m in the process of creating a new lesson there’s a laughter pre-session going on.  I usually try to make my lessons funny while still keeping them up to that required methodological standard. A day as a VivaLing coach is always memorable because my students make it that way. It’s a day of sharing, learning, laughing and working to maintain a level of prosperity and professionalism together with my fellow coaches.

 

  1. What’s your childhood dream, and why do you choose to become a teacher?

When  I was a child, I always dreamed of becoming a chef, and I was about to do it right after finishing high school, but then something just snapped, something inside of me began pushing me towards the English teaching end and I didn’t know why. There’s a saying that everything happens for a reason, and now I know why.

 

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  1. Could you name some of your hobbies?

I could say that I love driving, I enjoy reading, cooking and, recently, I’ve discovered a new passion of mine, that of farming.

 

  1. If you are going to travel tomorrow, what is the next place you want to go?

I would definitely go to The Bahamas to enjoy a couple of peaceful,  relaxing days of fishing.

 

  1. If not a teacher, what will you do?

I’d try taking some cooking classes and give it a shot, or maybe build on agriculture for a change.

 

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Meet Laetitia, French Coach at VivaLing: ” I find it fantastic to talk to people on the other side of the planet and feel like they’re in the same room as me.”

My name is Laëtitia and  I grew up in Normandy.  I’ve lived in Paris and Belgrade (Serbia) and now live in Camarès, a tiny village in the South of France.

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I have been teaching French for 8 years, to adults and children in variety of situations: abroad and in France, FLE,  tutoring French as a mother tongue and one-to-one courses at college, university …

I have studied philosophy, obtained a master in Serbo-Croatian and a PhD in anthropology. I am currently preparing my teaching diploma (CAPES) in philosophy.

I have done dozens of jobs including: phone sales, shoe sales, bakery, babysitter in luxury hotels, helpdesk at Europ-assistance… But for the past ten years I have mostly done school tutoring and language teaching.

 

Why do you like teaching French?

I like to be able to give keys to my students to make things clear. I find that helping someone to understand something new is, in itself, a reward.

Why do you like teaching online?

I find it fantastic to talk to people on the other side of the planet and feel like they’re in the same room as me.

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How many languages ​​do you speak ?

I speak French, English, Serbian and I can understand a little German

 

What is your favorite place or monument in France?

I find the tower of Saint-Jacques in Paris, fascinating.  It’s very simple and very tortuous at the same time..

 

What is your favorite French tradition or festival?

I love the epiphany, I cooked my first cake of kings last year, puff pastry included J

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What are your passions ?

The history of the United States, Beyonce, the Balkans, Ashkenazi culture, British romantic comedies, cooking, social cinema, historical documentaries and archival images, swimming, yoga, Game of Thrones,

 

What is your favorite food ?

Chocolate fondant with custard

 

Your favorite book or movie?

The Little Prince (I collect them in all languages)!

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What is the place on earth where you would like to live or discover?

I have already discovered many places that I wanted to see, I am going to Vietnam in April, then Cuba will be next on my list 🙂

 

What are your tips for learning French?

Listen to a lot of songs and try to understand the lyrics! That’s how I learned English … 😉

Vivaling Online Language Teaching

VivaLing launches the VivaLing Online Language Teaching – Young Learners certification

Vivaling Online Language Teaching

The future of language teaching is online!

Global connectivity and collaboration combined with technology will enable educators to provide interactive and highly customized lessons. Today’s children are equipped with everything they need to benefit from this transformation in education. But this nascent industry is not without challenges.

This is why VivaLing, the World’s First Online Language Academy for Kids, launches officially at EdtechXAsia – Singapore the VivaLing Online Language Teaching – Young Learners certification on November 8, 2016.

The VOLT- YL is a professional development program for trained teachers who would like to advance or extend their skills in teaching languages to children in an online or technologically rich environment, and to have this valuable skillset officially recognized.

“The VOLT- YL certification ushers in a win-win-win configuration and brings clarity to an industry still in its infancy. Trained teachers will stand out, increasing their career prospects with their competency and legitimacy. Educational institutions will easily identify and recognize skilled professionals, enhancing the quality of the service they deliver. Parents will always have the necessary peace of mind when entrusting their children to the education service provider.” Bernard GOLSTEIN, VivaLing CEO

A Comprehensive Program

The VOLT- YL program runs over the course of 12 weeks, with the first four weeks dedicated to training and observation, and the final eight weeks for online teaching practice and feedback. The estimated time commitment is 10 hours per week. In total, the program includes 120 hours of blended learning.

By the end of this program, candidates will have learned how to:

  • Plan and deliver instruction that engages the five language learning drivers for children
  • Understand the VivaLing Language Learning Approach and research-based methodology for teaching languages
  • Incorporate a variety of child-centered online tools, materials, and activities into lessons
  • Utilize technology to engage children and enhance the learning process
  • Apply their learning in online sessions with young learners

The VOLT-YL is designed to enable teachers to:

  • Develop their skills and grow professionally
  • Network and learn from other professional educators around the globe
  • Keep up with the latest trends in language teaching
  • Gain experience in online teaching
  • Earn a certificate validating their skills in online teaching for children

“Even seasoned teachers soon find out that what has worked for years in a physical classroom just does not work the same way online. Unequipped with adequate knowledge, skills and tools to maximize learning effectiveness in an online environment, teachers and their students are left frustrated. The VivaLing Online Language Teaching – Young Learners Certificate (VOLT- YL)  prepares language teachers for this new paradigm through exposure to a perfect blend of theory and practical teaching advice. With VivaLing’s collective experience of teaching multiple languages to children in over 30 countries around the world, we have identified the knowledge, strategies, and resources that are most valuable for online teachers.” Abbie ADEYERI, VivaLing Head of Learning

 

VivaLing, the world’s first language academy for kids

Singapore-based VivaLing is the world’s first online language academy for kids.

VivaLing currently teaches English, Mandarin, Spanish and French to young learners aged 3 to 15 in more than 30 countries across the world. Through real-time video with native language coaches, VivaLing enables young learners to learn the language of their future right from the comfort of their own home or in partnership with their schools.

VivaLing relies on outstanding teachers, best-in-class technology and leading-edge science to ensure that young learners enjoy the most fruitful experience through hyper-personalized coaching. As an academy, VivaLing trains its coaches so that each benefits from the cumulative experience of all, and from the latest findings in language-learning sciences. With nearly 3 years of online language teaching sessions, VivaLing has earned a unique and exclusive experience. VivaLing has developed its proprietary pedagogical framework: the VivaLing Language Learning Approach (ViLLA).

Contact:  Ludivine Hamy – Head of Marketing and Communication – ludivine@vivaling.com

To learn more about the VivaLing Online Language Teaching – Young Learners certification, click HERE