VIPKid Certification and Teacher Prep (Updated March 2019)

In the time between your interview/demo and your certification, you will need to decide what levels you first wish to pursue. Then you will need to prepare for your mock class certification.  Below are some tips to help you get prepared!

  • Pay attention to the information VIPKid sends you. They will send you helpful information, training videos, and more. They will give you everything you need to be successful, so be sure to review everything!
  • Decide what age of students you would most like to teach. Effective March, 2019, applicants can choose to certify for either lower levels (Interactive Level 2 and Level 3) or intermediate levels (Level 4 and Level 5.) For more information about each level, check out VIPKid Certification Levels (Updated March 2019).
  • Consider feedback you’ve received. Based on feedback from your demo, what areas do you most need to review and/or practice?
  • Plan your mock class. What TPR, props, etc. will you use for your certification.  I’m in the process of building out detailed guides to help with each specific certification.  Because Level 2 Interactive is the most popular level for students, that is usually where I recommend my applicants begin. Here’s the comprehensive guide to help you get ready for the lower level mock class: VIPKid – Preparing for Mock Class (Lower Level)
  • Set up coaching with your mentor. Have you gotten feedback from your mentor on your mock classes? Have you had someone look at your background and your props?
  • Check out other resources online. While I have tried to provide a lot of suggestions for you, every teaching style is different, so you can get inspiration from so many amazing teachers! Search for the hashtag #vipkidteacherlife (or lots of other hashtags!) on Instagram and YouTube. A few of my personal favorites are Nancy Taylor and Jennifer Anderson, but there are SO MANY GREAT TEACHERS!  Check it out and learn from the best!
  • Check out Facebook groups. Once you are hired, you can join many great Facebook groups. It’s easy to get overwhelmed, so I suggest starting with one just to get your feet wet. Here are the groups I am a part of:
    • VIPKid Education (Official VIPKid group): This is the only one that is moderated by VIPKid HQ and Staff, so I highly recommend it.
    • VIPKid Videos and Props: This group was started by Jennifer Anderson (see above) and focuses on prop usage in the classroom (mostly 2-d printed props.)
    • VIPKid Google Slides Group (official): This group is all about digital rewards that you can use on a phone, tablet, or software such as ManyCam or TwistCam.
    • VIPKid Chinese – Say What?? : This group is run by Ed Nace and a group of fluent Chinese-speakers. They provide help on good feedback that translates well and they can help interpret odd things you may see in parent feedback or in class.
    • VIPKid – Using Chinese Social Media: This group helps with questions around WeChat or other Chinese social media

There are many, many more groups, and I promise you can find one that fits your specific interests.

Whatever you decide to do to prepare, just pace yourself. There is so much information available, it’s very easy to get overwhelmed. That’s where your VIPKid mentor can really add value. Let us help you sift through the info to find what will help you get certified and get started teaching!

Good luck!

VIPKid Certification Levels (Updated March 2019)

Effective in March 2019, when a new applicant is preparing for their mock class and certification process, there will be two options available. This article is meant to provide a brief overview of both options so you can make an educated decision and get started!

Option 1: Beginner (Level 2 Interactive and Level 3)

If you are looking for a fast start, the Beginner Level is the right place to start. Most of VIPKid’s students are enrolled in Interactive Level 2 lessons, so you are most likely to get bookings sooner by starting here.  So what’s involved in these levels?

  • Interactive Level 2 usually has students between 6 and 9 years old. Language skills will vary from very basic skills to more advanced reading, writing and critical thinking. The lessons encourage simple conversation about people, places, things and events with your support as well as upper and lower case letters, elementary phonics rules, and basic grammar. The slides are interactive so often have games and activities that require the student’s participation on screen. Topics range from things like emotions, family members, and sports to things around a school or a playground. They build on simple concepts the student should already be familiar with and adds English language within the comfortable constructs.
  • Level 3 students are mid-level students who already have a basic foundation in English. Most have also completed level 2 with VIPKid. Students learn more complicated phonics like long vowels and blends, and they will do more independent reading and be expected to answer open-ended questions. The age range for level 3 students is typically 7-11 years old.

Option 2: Intermediate (Level 4 and Level 5)

  • By level 4, VIPKid students are at a higher level. The standard age range is 8-12, and they are beginning to read-to-learn rather than learn-to-read. They can read fairly fluently and should be able to expound upon the topics they’ve learned. There is a higher expectation for student output in level 4, and students are encouraged to take the lead in class.
  • Level 5 students are usually 9-13 years old, and they can read and understand even more complex text. Grammar and spelling usually focuses on exceptions to general rules. Topics are more in line with standard school curriculum with topics like history, literature, and basic science.

There is no right or wrong answer to what you choose for your first certificate. Some people prefer the younger students. Classes tend to be very high-energy with lots of singing and games. Others prefer to be able to have more in-depth conversations with their students.  Whichever level(s) you chose, you’re going to meet some amazing students!

There is lots of information about each level in the Certification Center in the Teacher Portal. If you have questions, I would be happy to try to help as well.  I am currently certified in levels 2-4, and working on my Level 5 certification.  (You can add new ones at any time they are available!)

Good luck!