Saturday, April 7, 2018

Online ESL Job Review - Landi English

First, I want to say that I've been doing this online ESL stuff for a while now and currently work for Landi English. As you can see, lately I've been posting just my school-related things I've been tasked to post. However, I don't want to forget the purpose of my blog, which has been to help people in various ways.

At this time, I work for Landi English and I teach online ESL. I have to say, I LOVE IT. I love the way the company treats us above all. They're different from other companies in some ways, but I view those ways as positives. For instance, you cannot just "take time off." You must submit a Leave Request which must then be approved. Some view that as negative, but I know the reason behind it is due to their binding system which means they want to match teachers with regular students and cannot just have teachers taking days off whenever they feel like it. (You can't do that in any other job, so why would this be any different?)

Another thing that makes Landi different from other companies is that they run on two platforms, though this will be finished once the students on the old platform finish all of their lessons. Personally, I'm no rush because, as with anything new, there are still bugs to be worked out on the newest platform as of the date of this posting. Also (again, as of the date of this posting), they require that people record their own lessons on the new platform. I don't see this as much of an issue because I'm a little tech-savvy (I plan to use Jing to record my lessons when I'm tasked to do so and recommend Jing to people all the time because I think it makes everything much easier w/o downloading a bunch of software to my comp).

Another BIG difference between Landi and most other companies is that they actually DO book you for sessions. This means that the system books you and you are not at the mercy of parents who may/may not like you. (Of course, if a parent truly doesn't like you, I'm sure s/he could reach out and request a different teacher.) Every week, I get at or a smidgen under 20 hours of work (I give them 24 hours/week of availability.). Some other companies are well-known for not booking you, likely because they're over-saturated.

Finally, another thing I greatly appreciate about Landi English is the level of support they provide. You have your Operator you can reach out to for anything, but you also have the on-call Operators you can reach out to for immediate help while you're working. I think this is a fantastic support system! Operators and on-call Operators always pass along important memos, shared spreadsheets, and anything else pertinent to working. You'll hear from the HR Operator when it comes time for payday, your regular Operator when it's time for your review, and the on-call Operator when memos pass through the pipeline. I never see anyone complaining about Landi not having enough support available! :)

When I decided to apply to work at Landi English, one of the first things I did was check out their online reviews all over the place. I decided to do this because I wanted to know what I was in for and I wanted to be sure to pick a great company. Honestly? I could not find ANYTHING bad about the company. Since that time, I have seen one bad review about the company (though, if you ask me, it was not the company who was at fault...if you catch what I'm saying). Landi simply has good reviews because they're a good company! If you have any questions about Landi, feel free to reach out to me via email (Tasha.Swearingen@gmail.com), here (leave a comment), on Facebook (Tasha Swearingen), Instagram (landi_english_teachertasha), or Twitter (LessonsInPajamas). You'll have the BEST luck emailing me, just FYI.

One last thing before I go: I did a promo video for Landi which they have on their YouTube channel. Below is the promo video! Enjoy! :)

Promo video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygeCuS6okm0&t=40s


Sunday, April 1, 2018

EME2040 - Blog Post #11

What I found most interesting that the instructor found interesting was the things we mentioned instructors should keep in mind when requiring students stay in contact with a class website. I think everything everyone mentioned is certainly important for instructors who wish to maintain a course website. However, I think some of the most important things Dr. Jiyae found important are "Keeping the website up-to-date" and "Getting students into the habit of using a course website daily to check what is coming up." Keeping the website updated is necessary because if an instructor can't even bother doing that much, how on earth can the same instructor expect students to stay on top of checking it?

Of course, that leads to the second point which was just that - remembering that students aren't quite in the habit of checking the website regularly. Since students aren't in the habit yet, instructors should give about one week if they expect students to check daily and perhaps two weeks if they expect students to only check weekly.

The technology skill I would like to learn next would be PowerPoint. I never thought I'd say that but the second assignment changed my mind on that. Granted, I learned many new skills in doing the PPT assignments, but they went by too fast to really remember how I did the projects. I just remember following a step-by-step tutorial throughout most of the time. I would like to think I'd have time to learn PPT better, but I know better than that. So, I won't probably learn how to use it until I am forced into learning it, which probably won't come until I'm teaching.

**Blog #10 posts I commented on: Fernanda's and Caroline's (although Caroline's says it's awaiting moderation).