Welcome to Pinata
If you love teaching children, if you are an exceptional and creative English teacher, if you need more time to be with your family, if you are on the hunt for a job that pays well. Pinata Education is open for you.
Pinata Education is an online English teaching company aimed towards 5 – 12 year old Chinese children, learning beginner level English. At Pinata, we trust our teachers to do what they do best and teach in a way that’s personalized – based on a students’ learning goals, age, background and personality. Our teachers are energetic, fun, engaging and imaginative in their delivery of English lessons. We believe our teachers are not only teachers, but also friends to our students. Whatever course the student chooses to learn from, we know our teachers can deliver the best quality English classes, bring the lesson alive, and leave students excited for their next class.
We pride ourselves on being able to help students expand in their English understanding, by challenging them to think outside of the box and share their opinion, thoughts and interests as much as possible to really learn how to express themselves in English about topics in the real world, and help prepare them for a bright future ahead!
What is the interview process?
Step 1) APPLY – Fill out the application form. You will also need to record a short introduction video.
Step 2) WATCH VIDEO COURSE & DOWNLOAD ZOOM – We will contact you within 1 working day with links to download our platform, watch our Pre-Interview videos and arrange your interview.
Step 3) INTERVIEW – You will have an initial interview so we can get to know you and see you demonstrate your approach to teaching.
Step 4) DEMO LESSON – Once the interview is done – we will arrange a demo lesson for you to make sure you are comfortable holding a live lesson and using the controls.
Step 5) If your demo lesson goes well – you are now a teacher for Pinata and ready to start your regular classes!
What should I do to prepare for the interview?
A: Once we’ve received your application form, we will send you an email with a clear list of what you need to do next.
What hardware or software do I need?
A Windows or Mac PC with Zoom installed, a camera where you can be seen clearly and centred, a quality microphone and headphones, or headset – sufficient for you to hear audio clearly and be heard over your microphone. You will also need a PDF reader to open material.
What is the hourly pay rate?
You will get $18 per hour initially with the opportunity to go up to $25 if your teaching is consistently of the highest standard and you are an exceptional teacher in all aspects. Our teachers receive raises regularly based on their performance.
How do I get paid and when?
We pay monthly via Paypal. You will receive your payment on the 1st – 3rd of every month, for hours you complete the month before.
How many hours should I expect to work?
Our minimum requirement is 5 hour per week. However, the amount of hours you work is dependent on the availability you give us. Teachers have regular students at a fixed time every week.
When would I be working?
A: We operate 5pm – 10pm weekdays and 8am – 10pm weekends, Beijing time (BJT). You can check what this is in your local time zone, here: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html
Do I get breaks?
Yes. There are 5 or 10-minute breaks between each class.
What’s the duration of each class?
Most lessons last for 30 minutes unless the student signs up specifically for a 40-minute or 1-hour class.
What level/age students would I be teaching?
Our student’s ages range from 5 – 12 years old, we specialize in teaching beginner English – everything from primary colours and zoo animals to basic sentence structures and beginners grammar. Each student is unique and will have a different goal, based on their language learning needs.
What is the class size?
Most of the classes will be one-to-one however students have the choice to sign up for group classes also. The group classes are limited to 3 students per class.
What material will I use for teaching?
Please see our ‘Courses’ page for more details.
Do I need to make a lesson plan, or do you provide one?
You do need to plan ahead before lessons – Know what pages you’re teaching, have any extracurricular material ready for the lesson, however you do not need to make detailed lesson plans. We also do not provide lesson plans. We pride ourselves in having creative, intuitive teachers who know how to make the most out of the material we provide in conjunction with the learning goals of our students.
Do I need to write a report after the lesson?
We require you to write a short report of what material you covered in the lesson and any notes or feedback you have for the student. You will get paid $1 for each report.
Will I still get paid if a student doesn't turn up?
Yes. If the student isn’t in the meeting within 5 minutes, you should notify us. If the student doesn’t turn up after 15 minutes from the lesson start time, you may exit the meeting after this period and you will be paid for the full 30-minute lesson.
Can students book lessons off?
Yes. Students can book their lessons off, up to 48 hours before the lesson time. As soon as they do this, you will get an email notification and you will not be paid for that lesson. That lesson would then be moved on to a later date.
Can I book days off?
Yes, teachers can book days off and must give one month’s notice for holidays.
Do I have to pay tax?
You are responsible for keeping up to date and following the tax regulations of your country of residence.