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!)