What is it about?

In recent years it has become much easier to teach a language online on platforms like italki without the need to hold a teacher certification. This study shares Experiences from Online Language Teaching on the platform italki. This study analyzes Chinese, Spanish, English, Thai, Japanese, Korean, French, and German speakers’ motivation to teach their first language as a foreign language online without being trained as a second language teacher and compares them with professionally trained teachers’ motivation. In this research community tutors, teachers without being certified as foreign language teachers, and professional second language teachers were surveyed to find out more about their motivation.

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Why is it important?

Future second language teaching will happen more and more in an online teaching setting. Platforms for online teaching like italki are popular.


It was found that also second language teachers without a professional teacher certificate can enjoy teaching and sometimes are even able to make a living from teaching online under certain circumstances.

PD Dr Stefanie Siebenhütter
Johannes Gutenberg Universitat Mainz

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This page is a summary of: How important is teacher training? Untrained community tutors and professional teachers motivation and success in online second language teaching (SLT) and implications for future online SLT, Cogent Education, August 2023, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/2331186x.2023.2244836.
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