VIPKid Mock Lessons: Everything You Need to know to Get Certified

Hello, if you are on this page you may be looking for information on how to pass you VIPKid mock interview so you can be certified to teach for VIPKid. If so, you have come to the right place. Here you will find everything you need to know to pass you mock interview and get certified for VIPKid online teaching.

If for some reason you are not familiar with VIPKid, VIPKid is an online ESL company that pays teachers in North America between $18 to $22 per hour to teach students in China (ages 4 to 12) English. In order to work for VIPKid, a candidate must have a bachelor’s degree, be eligible to work in the US or Canada, and have one year of cumulative teaching experience (in almost anything). You don’t have to be a traditional teacher to work for VIPKid.

The hiring process consists of four steps: 1.) application 2.) demo lesson 3.) mock lessons (certification) and 4.) sign the contract.

This web page is addressing the third step in VIPKid’s hiring process. Chances are good that if you have found you way to this page you have passed you demo and are preparing to get certified with mock lessons. Again, you have come to the right place so let’s get started.

VIPKid Mock Lessons: Everything You Need To Know To Certify

What is a Mock Lesson?

A mock lesson is a practice lesson that you will do for VIPKid in order to be certified on VIPkid’s platform. It is used to teach the hiring candidate how to teach in the online classroom and validates for VIPKid that the hiring candidate is ready to teach actual students. It is lesson that you must schedule. You will schedule this mock with an experienced VIPKid teacher that is known as American Mock Class Mentor (MCM). Usually this mock lesson is scheduled within 3 days after passing the demo lesson. The mock lasts for about 25 minutes which includes teaching a 10-minute lesson.

The mock lesson consists of an introduction, teaching to a VIPKid teacher pretending to be a student, and a debriefing after the lesson between the hiring candidate and the experienced teacher. The experienced VIPKid teachers are usually very helpful and they provide feedback on what you did well and on what needs to be improved. You will receive the results of the mock, usually within 24 hours. You will be informed of a pass or need for another mock and feedback on the mock lesson itself.

What is Expected?

The first thing we need to do is understand is the purpose of the mock lessons. Essentially the mock lesson is the means by which VIPKid teaches its hiring candidates how to teach on the VIPKid platform. This is training. Now, after you pass the demo, you are sent to the certification center to prepare for you mocks. At this point, technically you are hired as a VIPKid teacher but keep in mind you are not allowed to teach for VIPKid until you are certified. This is a very important step and there have been candidates that did not get certified and essentially never actually taught for VIPKid.

At this stage, you will practice with an experienced VIPKid teacher until VIPKid is confident that you can teach the material and use the teaching techniques that VIPKid wants in its online classrooms. You can take and re-take the mocks as much as needed to get certified to teach. You can get certified with one successful mock lesson, but it isn’t usual for hiring candidates to have to do 2 or 3 mocks before they are certified. There is a learning curve involved in this process that hiring candidates must overcome. You should expect to do at least two before being certified.

Once you have passed you demo and you are in the certification center, you can decide which level you want to certify. There are higher levels (levels 4 and 5) and lower levels (levels 2 and 3). I highly recommend that you chose the lower levels (Levels 2-3). The reason for this recommendation is that about 70% of all VIPKid students are levels 2 and 3. If you are a new teacher to VIPKid, you want to be available to as many students as possible so you will be successful in booking classes. Most of these students fall between the ages 6 to 9. Don’t worry too much about getting certified at other levels, once you start teaching you will have plenty of opportunities to certify at all the levels VIPKid offers.

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This document comes from VIPKid and should give you a real good ideal on the types of things VIPKid is looking for and how you mock lesson will be graded.

Things to Remember

Just like the Demo, VIPKid is looking for certain things from its hiring candidates. When preparing for the mock, remember these things:

1. You must use TPR (Total Physical Response). You will need to use your hands, body parts, and gestures to convey words, phrases, and meaning. You need to use TPR early and often. Think charades.

2. You must manage teacher speak. VIPKid wants the student to speak so you need to limit the time you speak. For lower levels, the students need to speak for at least 50% of the lesson and the higher levels the students need to speak at least 70% of the lesson. It is important to utilize props and TPR to ensure the student is speaking. You can lead with phrases and allow the student to finish.

3. You must be positive and smile. Give you self-prompts and reminders to smile and give praise, the times that are most open to give praise is at the beginning and end of a teaching a slide. Anytime the student completes a task, smile and give praise.

4. You must use a secondary reward system. VIPKid provides a secondary reward system that you can use, or you can use you own, either way be prepared to use a reward to motivate the student. This gives another opportunity to praise the student. VIPKid teachers are expected to be able to motivate students and this is a tool for accomplishing that goal. The reward system you use should be visible for the duration of the lesson.

5. You must model and use the gradual release mode of teaching. This is normally called “I do, we do, you do”. You are expected to teach targeted words and phrases. The teacher begins by teaching the word or phrase, using TPR, props, and to utilize the slide. Then, the teacher and student does an activity together to practice the targeted word or phrase. Finally, the student is given an opportunity to apply what they have learned to utilize the targeted word or phrase. When doing a mock lesson, it is very important to have the student use the targeted word or phrase.

6. You must use props. You should use at least 2, however it is recommended that you use at least 3 to 5. A whiteboard is the most common prop used and can be utilized to teach multiple slides. Types of items that can be used for props are as follows: whiteboard, pictures, flashcards, letters, characters and pictures on Popsicle sticks, objects of various kinds, and puppets. You don’t need to spend much money. Most of the things that you need for props for a Mock can be found around you home, made, or acquired cheaply. Print out the slides and study them before you mock to select and come up with props that would be appropriate for you mock lesson. Utilize you referring teacher to come up with appropriate props and resources.

7. You must use synthetic phonics. Synthetic phonics are the basis for teaching sounds, letters, and words.

8. You must practice. Practice for you mocks and use the VIPKid practice room provided for you in the teaching portal. You want to use the VIPKid practice room to become familiar with the VIPKid teaching platform before attempting your actual mock lesson.

9. You must be on time and available for you scheduled time. If you need to cancel you scheduled mock let VIPKid know as soon as possible. You are allowed two cancellations if needed. I would recommend not using either if possible.

10. You must teach the entire 10 minutes. It is very important to VIPKid that you understand that you must teach for the duration of the class time allotted for teaching. This means starting on time and finishing after the allotted time is over. You need to pace yourself and try to teach about 1 minute per slide. It is OK to go over your time but don’t finish before the 10 minutes is complete.

How to Prepare

1. Know the slides you will be teaching. VIPKid will provide you with all the materials you will need to pass your mock and you need to read and become very familiar with them. You need to know the lesson objectives, teacher tips found on each slide, what the slide is for, and the learning target for each.

2. Watch as many examples as you can. I am including a video in this post that outlines what the mock should look like feel free to use it. There are many other examples on YouTube so use what you need to prepare

3. Plan for questions from the interviewing teacher. You need to know how you will respond and be prepared to ask some questions of you own.

4. Practice for you mock. Your approach to the mock should be like preparing for the demo. Check out my post and videos on the demo to understand what the practice should look like. Use the practice room provided by VIPKid. You want to practice you timing (1 minute per slide), pausing for student responses, and being prepared to correct student mistakes. Record yourself to see what needs to be improved and practice with someone else if possible (referring teacher would be a good resource for this).

5. Solicit feedback. If you practice with someone else, especially an experienced VIPKid teacher ask for things you need to improve on.

6. Have a positive attitude and deposition. You will need to smile, have fun, and demonstrate that this will be part of your classroom environment.

7. Learn to understand and teach the slides. Each slide that you will teach has a certain purpose and it must be taught a certain way to be effective. You can watch YouTube videos and read about how to teach the slides but you will need to understand them so you can adapt what is to be taught to the way you teach. You will be doing the mock in front of a live experienced VIPKid teacher so you will NOT be able to read from a script. You MUST TEACH to get a pass on the mock.

8. Be prepared to do more than one mock. It is common for most hiring candidates to do at least 2 mocks before being certified. If you must do more than two, you will have to take a short multiple-choice Mock Quiz. VIPKid wants you to pass you mock, so if you have trouble getting past this stage you will need to review the material provided by VIPKid. The quiz ensures that you review the material and increase the chance of passing the mock.

9. Use all the material VIPKid has provided for you and attend the VIPKid coaching session hosted by VIPKid. No matter how much outside information you use, VIPKid should be you first source for preparing for the mocks. The coaching session is a two-hour coaching session with an expert VIPKid trainer. You will need the Zoom app to attend the session. You will learn all the teaching techniques you will need to pass you mock. During the session you will get live practice time and you will be allowed ask questions. You will be emailed a link after you pass the demo to attend the mock lesson coaching session and the link can also be found in your portal. You must sign up for the coaching session and the time slots are listed in the US Central Time Zone.

Teaching the mock slides

Teaching at VIPKid requires teachers to teach students lessons from slides (think Power Point). Since this the central to the lessons, the mock lessons are dependent on these slides as well. There are different types of slides and you need to know how to teach each type.

1. Introduction slides: These are the title slides. These are used to allow the teacher to introduce his or herself. Greet the student, get the student to speaking by introducing themselves, building rapport, and introducing the title of the lesson.

2. Reward slides: These slides are used to introduce the secondary reward system. They are also used to get the student to perform an action such as draw a line, draw a circle, or drag and drop an item on the slide.

3. Teaching slides: Most of the lesson consists of teaching slides. There is a variety of teaching slides: vocabulary, phonics, grammar, and free talk. All these slides are identified as (I) Introduction, (P) Practice, (A) apply, (E) extend and (D) demonstrate. On these types of slides, you will be using TPR, props, and utilizing the slide (circle, draw a line, and drag and drop). The vocabulary slides are used to teach meaning of words and phrases. The phonics slides are used to teach sounds of letters and blending of sounds to create words. You must use synthetic phonics. The grammar slides (verb) are used to teach basic English grammar. Multiple teaching techniques can be used with these slides. The free talk slides are opportunities for the student to extend and allow the student to demonstrate comprehension of the vocabulary that they learned in the lesson while applying appropriate pronunciation and grammar.

4. Reading slides: These slides allow the student to read aloud to the teacher. There are reading slides in the higher levels and the reading is more intense. As a teacher, you will be prompting for the student to read and correcting mistakes. Be prepared to underline and circle to correct pronunciation and grammar,

5. Goodbye slides: These slides are used to wrap up the lesson. You will praise the student. Your goodbye should be friendly and let the student know you look forward to teaching them again. Be very enthusiastic and smile till the lessons over or the camera is off.

Well, this has been a basic overview of the types of slides you should expect. Utilize you referring teacher to prepare for each type of slide.

Lower Level (2-3) mocks

Levels 2 and 3 are the lower-level classes for VIPKid. These levels refer to Major Course (MC) lessons that are taken by VIPKid students. Currently, VIPKid has 7 levels in its Major Course curriculum. Level 1 serves the beginners and level 7 is for the advanced English learners (students that are preparing for high school English courses in China). Most students in levels 2 and 3 fall between the ages of 6 to 9. About 70% of all VIPKid students are enrolled in levels 2 or 3, so it is highly recommended that a beginning teacher certify for these levels.

Lower Level Mock: A – ball Mock

If you decide on the lower level certifications, there are two lessons you need to prepare for: Mock A – Ball and mock B – kite and doll. Both mocks are based on the same level 2 lesson “My Friends and I: My Toys.” In the past you would need to teach the entire 25-minute lesson, however VIPKid has revised the mock down to a 10-minute lesson. The catch is you will not know which part of the lesson, A or B, you will be teaching until your mock lesson begins. You will need to prepare for both before you mock class. We will discuss both parts and give you some ideal of the type of things you need to prepare and practice for on each slide. You can use the following as a guide but remember you will be teaching to an actual teacher so having a word for word script may not be helpful. The following should be used for prep and practice purposes only.

****Regardless of the mock you will have to be prepared to correct mistakes on every slide. Expect mistakes on every slide. Some common mistakes you will encounter: the student doesn’t speak in complete sentences, the student leaves out a word, doesn’t say the /s/ sound at the end of words that end in s, leaves out “the”, “a” , “an”, doesn’t say “is” or “are” in the sentence. Doesn’t use correct pronunciation or grammar- BE READY FOR THIS!!!! *****

****All student answers should be in complete sentences. The student should speak at least one complete sentence per slide.”****

**** Stick to the words and sentence patterns and frames, NO INCIDENTAL LANGUAGE!!!****

Mock A-slides:

Slide 1The title slide: (This is the same for both mocks A and B) Start by saying “Hi! My name is Teacher____, what is your name?” (Remember to smile, use TPR (cup ear), and pause for student response). “My name is {mentor gives name}” “Very good” (thumbs up) (This will be a good time to correct a mistake by having the student say their name in a complete sentence if the mentor just says their name). “How old are you?” (Use lots of TPR and this is another time to correct a mistake by having the student speak in a complete sentence) ” I am ____ years old” pause for student response and follow up with “Very good” (thumbs up) How are you feeling? ( give the student some options such as happy or sad, use TPR or even better introduce a prop, and ensure they are using a complete sentence) “I am _____” and follow up with “Very good” (thumbs up) – then introduce the lesson “Today, My Friends and I- My Toys” (circle or underline the title on the slide) – click

Slide 2 The reward slide: (This is the same for both mocks A and B) On this slide you want to introduce the reward system and get the student to drag and drop on the slide Toy” ( you need to circle a toy on screen and show them one somehow -either with a prop or TPR) “[student name} when you do a good job (Thumbs up) you will get a toythen demonstrate a toy going into the cart by dragging and dropping into the cart and say “drag and drop” on the slide or using a prop. Next, you want the student to drag and drop on the slide. Say “drag and drop” and use TPR to show action (you good use your finger to drag across the screen of a smart device or point to you mouse. Once you have introduced the reward system and successfully had you “student” drag and drop, “Very good!” smile, thumbs up – click

Slide 3 (1st Teaching Slide) Introduce (I) Vocabulary- Ball: Here you will introduce the word ball, demonstrate sad using TPR, a prop (if you have some type of ball-use it here, or both, get the student to say “ball” at least twice and then get the student to say, “She plays with a ball.” at least twice. Underline on the slide what you want you student to say as well as the picture of the girl. A prop, TPR, or both would be useful in demonstrating “ball”. Once you student has said “ball” twice and repeated the sentence “She plays with a ball.” once, say “Very good!” smile, thumbs up – click

Slide 4 Practice (P) Vocabulary – ball: Here is a good slide to model and use “I do, we do, you do” You will teach the sentence “He plays with a ball.” You will say the sentence while underlining the sentence and having the student repeat. (point to your mouth when you say it and cup you ear to have the student repeat the sentence). Next, you will circle the picture, say the first part of the sentence, and have the student finish and repeat it. Then you will ask “What does he play?” Cup you ear and wait for the student to say the sentence. Be prepared to assist with pronunciation and grammar. Repeat the same process for the sentence “She plays with a ball.” Use TPR to demonstrate play and use either TPR or a prop for the word ball. Once the student has said “He plays with a ball” and “She plays with a ball.” Smile say, “Very good “. Give a reward (toy- either by returning to the reward page or using a visual that can always be seen in the camera) (thumbs up) – click.

Slide 5 Apply (A) Vocabulary – ball: Here the student will apply the vocabulary word to a situation. You want you student to answer the question “What does he play with?” with “He plays with a ball.” Begin by circling the first boy and ask, “What does he play with?” and say, “drag and drop” Use TPR for drag and drop and cup ear to prompt student to say, “He plays with a ball.” The student practiced this sentence on the last slide so they should be able to say it and you need to be prepared to correct pronunciation and grammar. If the student doesn’t do this successfully, you will do it for him while repeating the sentence “He plays with a ball.” Then circle the second boy and repeat the process. Remember you want the student to drag a ball and say the sentence “He plays with a ball.” then say “Good job!” Smile and give a thumbs up. Give a reward (toy- either by returning to the reward page or using a visual that can always be seen in the camera) (thumbs up) –click.

Slide 6 – Grammar slide- (I) Introduce verb- throw: This slide you will teach the verb throw. This slide is perfect for a visual showing the use of the verb with various pronouns (I, you, we, they go with throw AND he, she, it goes with throws). You could use a whiteboard (prop) to demonstrate the proper combination of pronoun with verb. I would have a visual, but I would not explain the entire visual, I would use it so the student could see which form of the verb go with each pronoun. Begin by circle the word “throw” and say “throw” and cup hear. Say it again with TPR showing throw and cup ear. The student should repeat the word and do the TPR with you. Circle the picture and underline “She throws.” Say it, cup ear and wait for student response. You may want to use a prop for “she” and “they”, pictures or some type of dolls would work. Then, circle the other picture and underline “They throw.” Say it, cup ear and wait for student response. Once you student repeats the sentence “They throw.” twice, say “Very good!” smile, thumbs up – click

Slide 7 – (P) Practice verb – throw. Underline the sentence “He throws.” and use TPR (put hands together as you are reading and then cup ear) and wait for student response. Be prepared to assist student with reading the sentence. Then use TPR or a prop to get the student to circle the picture of the football player (throwing). You can draw an air circle or draw a circle on a whiteboard to demonstrate drawing a circle. Have student repeat “He throws” while the student circles the pictures. If the student circles the wrong picture, scratch you head and use TPR to show “throw” and let the student try again. Once the student has said “He throws” and circles the correct picture then say, “Good job!” Smile and give a thumbs up. Give a reward (toy- either by returning to the reward page or using a visual that can always be seen in the camera) (thumbs up) or an air high five–click.

Slide 8 – (A) Apply the verb throw. You want you student to use the proper form of the verb and drag and drop. Remember: I do, we do, you do. Circle and say “throw” and cup ear, then repeat with “throws” Use a prop for she and show you visual from slide 6. Say “She throws.” and cup ear. Good job! Say drag and drop using TPR. Then say “I” use TPR to show throw and then say drag and drop and cup ear. You want the student say, “I throw” and drag the correct verb. Finally, you want the student to say, “He throws” and drag the correct verb on his own. You can start by saying “He” then cup ear and use TPR for drag and drop. Be prepared to assist then say, “Good job!” Smile and give a thumbs up. Give a reward (toy- either by returning to the reward page or using a visual that can always be seen in the camera) (thumbs up) or an air high five–click. (Reminder: Make sure the student speaks the target language on each slide, this is very important!!)

Slide 9 – Phonics slide- (I)Introduce “ip” – Here you will teach the sounds for certain letters (synthetic phonics) and combinations of letters to from words. YOU MUST USE SYNTHETIC PHONICS. This slide is also perfect for a whiteboard and magnetic letters. I would already have the contents of the slide on a whiteboard so that you can form the words. You will teach the sound for /i/ then the sound for /p/ and then the sound when i and p are put together. Circle /ip/ and say “ip” and have the student repeat. Once the student has made the sound for /ip/ then you will put it with the other letters to form the words: zip, rip, sip, and hip. The best approach is to point to your mouth when you make a sound and then cup you ear and pause for the student to repeat. Once the student has blended and said and circled all four words smile say “Very good “. Give an award (toy) (thumbs up) – click.

Slide 10- (E) Extend – Free talk slide – Here you want the student to talk and utilize the words and phrases they learned during the lesson. Begin by circling the picture and say, “What do you see?” Show TPR for look and then cup ear to allow student to speak. Circle the ball and say, “what is this?” cup ear and allow the student to answer. Ensure the student answers in complete sentences if not this is an opportunity to correct mistakes. Ask “What do you do with a ball?” cup ear and you want the student to answer, “I throw a ball” You can extend further by discussing the color of the ball if time permits.

Once the student has said “I throw a ball” then say “Good job!” Smile and give a thumbs up. Give a reward (toy- either by returning to the reward page or using a visual that can always be seen in the camera) (thumbs up) or an air high five–click.

Slide 11 -Goodbye slide (This is the same for both mocks A and B) Be very positive and enthusiastic. Count out the rewards the student has earned. Here you will tell you student good job (use their name) and say thank you and goodbye! Make sure that you smile after thanking the student and waving until the interviewer concludes the mock lesson.

End of the lesson.

Well, I hope the lesson script above is helpful to you. Feel free to print it out and make any additional notes if that is helpful and watch the video that is embedded in this post to see an actual demonstration. Now we are going to move unto a discussion of the Mock: B – kite and doll ……

Lower Level Mock: B – kite and doll

This lesson will be like Mock A however there are some significant differences. Remember you need to know both because you will not know which one you will teach until the mock lesson has started so let’s go!!

Mock B slides:

Slide 1The title slide: (This is the same for both mocks A and B) Start by saying “Hi! My name is Teacher____, what is your name?” (Remember to smile, use TPR (cup ear), and pause for student response). “My name is {mentor gives name}” “Very good” (thumbs up) (This will be a good time to correct a mistake by having the student say their name in a complete sentence if the mentor just says their name). “How old are you?” (Use lots of TPR and this is another time to correct a mistake by having the student speak in a complete sentence) ” I am ____ years old” pause for student response and follow up with “Very good” (thumbs up) How are you feeling? ( give the student some options such as happy or sad, use TPR or even better introduce a prop, and ensure they are using a complete sentence) “I am _____” and follow up with “Very good” (thumbs up) – then introduce the lesson “Today, My Friends and I- My Toys” (circle or underline the title on the slide) – click

Slide 2 The reward slide: (This is the same for both mocks A and B) On this slide you want to introduce the reward system and get the student to drag and drop on the slide Toy” ( you need to circle a toy on screen and show them one somehow -either with a prop or TPR) “[student name} when you do a good job (Thumbs up) you will get a toythen demonstrate a toy going into the cart by dragging and dropping into the cart and say “drag and drop” on the slide or using a prop. Next, you want the student to drag and drop on the slide. Say “drag and drop” and use TPR to show action (you good use your finger to drag across the screen of a smart device or point to you mouse. Once you have introduced the reward system and successfully had you “student” drag and drop, “Very good!” smile, thumbs up – click

Slide 3 (1st Teaching Slide) Introduce (I) Vocabulary- kite and doll: Here you will introduce the words kite and doll (think I do), which means you will be doing most of the work, demonstrate sad using TPR (especially for fly and kite), a prop (if you have some type of doll-use it here, or both, get the student to say “kite” at least twice and then get the student to say, “I fly my kite” at least twice. You will say and then they will say. Underline on the slide what you want you student to say as well as the picture of a kite. You will repeat the process for the doll. A prop, TPR, or both would be useful in demonstrating both words. Once you student has said both words twice and repeated the sentences “I fly my kite” and “This is my doll.” once, say “Very good!” smile, thumbs up – click

Slide 4 Practice (P) Vocabulary – doll and kite: Here (think we do) You will have the student practice two sentences and draw lines connecting the correct word to the correct pictures. You will teach the sentences “This is her doll” and “She flies a kite” Start with “She flies a kite.” You will say the sentence while underlining the sentence and having the student repeat. (point to your mouth when you say it and cup you ear to have the student repeat the sentence). Next, you will circle the picture, say the first part of the sentence, and have the student finish and repeat it. Then you will ask the student to draw a line connecting the correct word with the correct picture while saying the sentence. Be prepared to assist with pronunciation and grammar. Repeat the same process for the second sentence. Use TPR to demonstrate fly and use either TPR or a prop for the words doll and kite. Once the student has said “This is her doll” and “She flies a kite” and draws a line to connect the correct word to the correct pictures. Smile say, “Very good “. Give a reward (toy- either by returning to the reward page or using a visual that can always be seen in the camera) (thumbs up) – click.

Slide 5 Apply (A) Vocabulary – doll and kite: Here the student will apply the vocabulary word to a situation. You want you student to answer the question “What is it?” with “It is a doll” and “It is a kite”. You want you student to drag and drop the correct word next to the correct picture while repeating the correct answer to your question. Begin by circling the doll and ask, “What is it?” and say, “drag and drop” Use TPR for drag and drop and cup ear to prompt student to say, “It is a doll“. If the student doesn’t do this successfully, you will do it with him/ her while repeating the sentence “It is a doll” Then circle the kite and repeat the process. Remember you want the student to drag the words and say the correct sentences then say, “Good job!” Smile and give a thumbs up. Give a reward (toy- either by returning to the reward page or using a visual that can always be seen in the camera) (thumbs up) –click.

Slide 6 – Grammar slide- (I) Introduce verb- fly: This slide you will teach the verb fly. This slide is perfect for a visual showing the use of the verb with various pronouns (I, you, we, they go with fly AND he, she, it goes with flies). You could use a whiteboard (prop) to demonstrate the proper combination of pronoun with verb. I would have a visual, but I would not explain the entire visual, I would use it so the student could see which form of the verb go with each pronoun. Begin by circle the word “fly” and say “fly” and cup ear. Say it again with TPR showing fly and cup ear. The student should repeat the word and do the TPR with you. Circle the first picture and underline “He flies a kite.” Say it, cup ear and wait for student response. You may want to use a prop for “he” a picture would work. Then, circle the next picture and underline “I fly a kite.” Say it, cup ear and wait for student response. Once you student repeats the sentence “I fly a kite” twice, circle the last picture and repeat the same process except this time try to lead the student to say the sentence on this own, say “Very good!” smile, thumbs up – click

Slide 7 – (P) Practice verb – fly. The student will answer the question “Who flies a kite?” The visual mentioned in slide 6 would be helpful for this slide as well. Underline the sentence “She ___ a kite.” and say, then use TPR (cup ear) and wait for student response. Be prepared to assist student with reading the sentence. Then use TPR and say drag and drop for the student to drag the correct verb to the blank. Have student repeat “She flies a kite” while the student drags the correct verb to the blank. If the student drags the wrong picture, scratch you head and use TPR to show “flies” and let the student try again, since this is the first one you may just want to do the dragging and have the student repeat the sentence. Once the student has said “She flies a kite” and drags the correct word then underline the second sentence and say “They” you want to lead the student to say the entire sentence while dragging the correct verb. You will repeat the same process for the last sentence, but you want the student to say and do most of the last task. Say “Good job!” Smile and give a thumbs up. Give a reward (toy- either by returning to the reward page or using a visual that can always be seen in the camera) (thumbs up) or an air high five–click.

Slide 8 – (A) Apply the verb fly. You will ask “Who flies a kite?” and press one of the audio buttons. The audio button will say what is happening in one of the pictures and you will instruct the student to drag and drop the correct picture to the button while saying the correct response. You want you student to use the proper form of the verb and drag and drop. Remember: I do, we do, you do. So, you may want to do the first one, do the second one together, and have the student do the last one on their own. Be prepared to assist then say, “Good job!” Smile and give a thumbs up. Give a reward (toy- either by returning to the reward page or using a visual that can always be seen in the camera) (thumbs up) or an air high five–click. (Reminder: Make sure the student speaks the target language on each slide, this is very important!!)

Slide 9 – (I) Introduce Sentence Frames: Here you will introduce the sentence frames “Yes, I throw a ball” and “No, I don’t swing on a swing.” This is a good slide to use a puppet to simulate a conversation. You start by asking to the puppet “Do you throw the ball?” Look at your puppet if you use a puppet. Use TPR and cup you ear for response. Have the puppet answer “Yes, I throw a ball” and then repeat the question while looking at the student and repeat the process in order to get the student to answer using the correct sentence frame. Repeat the entire process for the second sentence frame and once the student has said both sentence frames successfully, smile say “Very good “. Give an award (toy) (thumbs up) – click.

Slide 10 – (P) Practice Sentence Frames: Here you will practice with the student the sentences frames that were used on the last slide. Begin by circling the first picture and asking, “Do you fly a kite?” Use TPR or props. Underline the answer prompt you want them to use and lead them to answer in a complete sentence using the prompt. You will repeat the process for the remaining two pictures. On the last picture, you want you student to answer on their own. Once they have answered for all three pictures, smile say “Very good “. Give an award (toy) (thumbs up) – click.

Slide 11 – (A) Apply Sentence Frame: This slide can be a little tricky so expect to be correcting many mistakes. Begin by circling the first picture and asking “Does he fly a kite?” and you want the student to answer “Yes, he does fly a kite.” then circle the last slide and ask “Does he fly a kite?” and you want the student to answer “No, he doesn’t fly a kite.” Once the student has answered correctly with “Yes…” and “No…” you have successfully completed the slide because you know the student understands. If there are mistakes be ready to make corrections and be prepared to use the second and third pictures the same way you used the first to accomplish the objective of the slide. You may want to spend a little extra time on this slide before you mock to understand how you want to teach it. Once the student has shown understanding then say, “Good job!” Smile and give a thumbs up. Give a reward (toy- either by returning to the reward page or using a visual that can always be seen in the camera) (thumbs up) or an air high five–click.

Slide 12- (E) Extend – Free talk slide – Here you want the student to talk and utilize the words and phrases they learned during the lesson. Begin by circling the first picture and say, “What do you see?” Show TPR for look and then cup ear to allow student to speak. Circle the kite and say, “what is this?” cup ear and allow the student to answer. Ensure the student answers in complete sentences if not this is an opportunity to correct mistakes. Ask “Do you fly a kite?” cup ear and you want the student to answer “Yes….” or “No…” Then circle the second picture and repeat the same process. Once the student has answered all of you questions in complete sentences. Good job!” Smile and give a thumbs up. Give a reward (toy- either by returning to the reward page or using a visual that can always be seen in the camera) (thumbs up) or an air high five–click.

Slide 13 -Goodbye slide (This is the same for both mocks A and B)-Be very positive and enthusiastic. Count out the rewards the student has earned. Here you will tell you student good job (use their name) and say thank you and goodbye! Make sure that you smile after thanking the student and waving until the interviewer concludes the mock lesson.

End of the lesson.

Well, I hope the lesson script above is helpful to you. Feel free to print it out and make any additional notes if that is helpful and watch the video that is embedded in this post to see an actual demonstration.

Higher Level (levels 4-5) mocks: My Country/ Our Earth

Levels 4 and 5 are the higher-level classes for VIPkid. Most of the students fall between the ages 9 to 12. The lessons are like levels 2 and 3 except there are more reading slides. The slides are designed for the student to do the majority of the talking throughout the lesson. You can prepare the same way as the lower levels, but you will have to create longer and more frequent pauses for student responses. All the teaching techniques are the same. Keep in mind that most students at VIPKid are in the lower levels so if you are brand new it doesn’t make much sense to start here. Once you are a certified VIPKid teacher, you can certify on the other levels while you teach.

Final Thought

I hope this post has been helpful to you has to prepare for you VIPKid Mock Lessons. Please print out or refer to this page to get what you need to pass the demo. I would love to help you more by being you referring teacher. It has produced additional to the benefit of my family and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to make money online from the comfort of your home or anywhere else for that matter.

Read more about

VIPKid Teacher Pay and Pay Schedule Go here

The Importance of a Referring Teacher here

VIPKid Teacher Qualifications here

Everything you need to pass the demo here

Everything you need to do to complete the hiring process here

 

8 thoughts on “VIPKid Mock Lessons: Everything You Need to know to Get Certified

  • June 21, 2019 at 11:22 pm
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    Hi There 🙂 

    Thank you for this compelling article about VIPKid. It is a very thought out and well researched post about what to expect from VIPKid and I can take away from this a good understanding on how the classes look. 

    Do you think future learning will be centred around online classrooms, teachers and students similar to the VIPKid experience?

    Looking forward to your reply 🙂

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  • June 21, 2019 at 11:32 pm
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    I love that they want us to use a reward system. I’ve found out that it’s working extremely well with kids that they want to learn. I have my own flashcards, for pretty much any subject, so I don’t think I’ll have a problem with the props.

    But, I have to say though that the mock lesson made me a little nervous in the beginning, but I’m glad to hear that they’re helpful. I would expect them to be extremely strict. I’ll start my application tomorrow. Wish me luck!

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    • June 21, 2019 at 11:57 pm
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      Ask if you have any questions or need help.

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  • June 21, 2019 at 11:37 pm
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    Thank you so much for the walkthrough on how to be certified on the VIPKid. Last I read you article, I said that I will apply for it again but I got caught up with life and never get to do it. I guess, god works in a mysterious way for me, now I am reading the step by step on how to do it again, he is really telling me to apply for it again. Thanks for the mocks guide, I will make sure to use your referral code. 

    Cheers!

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    • June 21, 2019 at 11:57 pm
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      Thank you and if you have any questions or need help let me know.

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  • June 22, 2019 at 12:02 am
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    Hi

    What a fantastic resource for anyone looking to become a teacher at VIPKids, very detailed and descriptive. My sister is an English teacher so I will be passing this article onto her, I just have a couple of questions – Is it open only to teachers in the US or will they take applicants from other countries and is it necessary to speak Mandarin or Cantonese to be able to succeed at this job?

    Thanks again

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    • June 22, 2019 at 11:40 am
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      Applicants from other countries can apply if they are eligible to work in the US or Canada. You don’t need to speak anything other than English to work for VIPKid.

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