Official Kids Course
Are you looking for a flexible, fun and no-prep online English tutoring opportunity you can teach from your phone from anywhere? Become an online ESL teacher with Palfish!
This highly comprehensive guide, written by an experienced PalFish teacher, will introduce PalFish and work you through the whole application process.
PalFish offers teachers two teaching options – the Official Kids Course (OKC) and PalFish Freetalk. You have the flexibility to focus on just one side or teach both.
Official Kids Course
Scroll through this presentation on how to put together a perfect PalFish profile which passes their application requirements, appeals to parents and highlights all your skills/ experience.
In order to receive payments from PalFish, you will need to set up a Payoneer account. This is similar to other online payment systems such as PayPal, but allows you to receive international payments with lower transaction fees and a better exchange rate.
Setting up Payoneer is relatively straightforward – simply visit their website. You will also need to upload some documents verifying your identity and address. Note that it may take a few days for Payoneer to verify your documents, as this must be done manually, hence why PalFish asks you to set up Payoneer at the initial application stage.
Bonus: benefit from a $25 bonus if you sign up for Payoneer via our link, paid once you have earnt your first $1000!
Once you have passed the initial verification process, you will then be invited to schedule your demo class. Note that, although you need to schedule the demo class on the booking system, it is a recorded demo class – there is no live student.
Review the presentation slides (right) which guide you through the key assessment criteria and top tips to achieve full marks!
Check out the video below from Abridge Academy’s education director and experienced PalFish tutor, Katie, for some top tips!
All demo classes on PalFish are the “Hello Monkey” slides, which are also used for the PF2 (PalFish level 2) trial classes with real students once you have been hired.
In this presentation, we will work through all of the slides and share top tips for TPR, activities and interactions to score full marks.
Once you have been approved as a PalFish teacher (congratulations!) you must now complete their “bootcamp” onboarding training. This seems daunting, but can be completed in just a couple of hours. It covers important PalFish policies, TEFL teaching skills and top tips for teaching younger kids through PalFish’s more interactive platform.
Next, you need to complete the PF1 and PF2 trial preparations. These work in a very similar way to the demo class, except that you can start them any time (no need to schedule them on the booking system), can re-do them as many times as you like, and they only use the AI assessment.
Important: Make sure you carefully time when you complete the trial preparations such that they are just before you have two days of maximum availability (and ideally do them on a Friday just before the weekend – kids have more availability on weekends too). This is because you receive 48 hours priority bookings for trial classes once you have completed the training and trial preps!
During your first 48 hours on PalFish, you will be given priority booking for trial classes. It is really important that you make the most of this opportunity to teach as many classes as possible, ideally convert some trial students into paying customers, and show off your teaching skills to your PalFish admin. I cannot emphasise enough how critical these first 48 hours are for setting you up for continued success on PalFish!
PalFish does not automatically guarantee classes for teachers, so it is important to be aware that you will need to put in additional work to attract and retain students. They provide detailed guidance as part of the bootcamp and mentor training within the app, but here are a few quick pointers to get you started: