Everything you need to know to get a job at Magic Ears.
Magic ears overview
offers group classes (up to four students)
requires teachers to be native English speakers from the U.S. or Canada
requires a Bachelor’s degree
requires some teaching experience
pays up to $26 USD/hour
No longer requires a minimum number of hours per week
requires a high-energy teaching style
Magic Ears offers group classes to students from ages 5 to 12 in China. Magic Ears focuses on a high-energy, fun, and interactive class style. Magic Ears also offers successful teachers a chance at higher positions in the company. This includes interviewers, trainers, and social media administrators.
group classes of up to four students.
25 minutes (plus 5 extra minutes to write student feedback)
Curriculum is provided.
No lesson planning, no talking to parents, no correcting homework
From 5 to 12 years old.
To teach at Magic Ears, you:
must have a Bachelor’s degree
must be a native English speaker from the U.S. or Canada.
should have some online English teaching experience.
*The Chinese Ministry of Education will begin requiring all online English teachers who teach Chinese students to have a 120-hour TESOL certificate sometime in 2019. See here for details.
Magic Ears no longer requires a minimum number of hours.
Magic Ears has one of the most lenient teacher cancellation policies. They do not require proof (ex. a doctor’s note) if a teacher needs to cancel their class.
Up to $26 USD/hour.
The base pay at Magic Ears is $9 to $11 USD per 30 minutes (25 minute class + 5 minutes to write student feedback). Your base pay is determined by your teaching credentials and experience.
You can also earn up to an additional $1 USD per class for showing up three minutes before your class and teaching all your lessons according to schedule.
Finally, you can earn up to an additional $1 USD for each class you teach IF you open more than 60 classes in one month during their peak hours.
Magic Ears also does a quarterly assessment of its teachers. If you perform well, you can earn additional money at this time.
Peak Teaching Times
Peak hours are from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Beijing Time on weekdays
and 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on weekends
Click here to convert to your local time zone.
Stage 1: Apply Online
At this stage you fill out the online form and submit your resume. If you are approved, you can do a live interview (which includes a demo class), or you can make a demo recording.
Stage 2: Group Training --> One-On-One Training --> Trial Classes
If you pass stage 1, you move on to to the training. First you receive training in a group setting, and then you will receive one-on-one training. If all goes well, you will be allowed to do a teacher trial.
Stage 3: Background Check --> Sign Contract -->
If you perform well during the teacher trial class and pass, you must complete a background check. If there are no problems, you are offered a contract to sign.
Tips for the Interview
Magic Ears LOVES animated teachers. Be very energetic, friendly, and smile A LOT.
Magic Ears LOVES props and realia. Prepare AT LEAST three props or pieces of realia for your demo class. This will really impress the company.
Make sure the lighting in your room is adequate. Err on the side of caution and make your room bright.
Use plenty of TPR (total physical response).
Total Physical Response (TPR) is a method of teaching language or vocabulary concepts by using physical movement to react to verbal input.
Vary the tone of your voice frequently. Magic Ears is not fond of teachers with monotone voices.
Make sure your computer is able to handle the tech requirements. Magic Ears classes involve having up to four student video feeds at once with animated content. This can be processor intensive.
Note: you will only teach one “student” for your interview or mock class, but eventually you will be teaching up to four students in the trial class.
Avoid “incidental language.”
Incidental language is transitory language that is outside the target language of the lesson. This includes things like “Ok, so…”, “Now we will…”, “Ummmm”, “Hrmm”, “Right, so what you want to do is…” and so on.
When you teach your trial class, you will have to be diligent about muting background noise from the students other than the one who is talking. When you have four video feeds happening at once, it can get very noisy if you do not mute the students who are not currently speaking.
Magic Ears is for:
teachers who are high-energy, fun-loving, and fans of using props and realia.
those enjoy teaching group classes.
people who need a flexible class cancellation policy.
teachers who want to take on secondary positions within a company.
people who enjoy a tight-knit work culture.
Things to consider:
The company is quite serious about its use of props and realia. Teachers must use at least three relevant props per class.
They are also quite serious about their teachers being animated and energetic.
Having four student video feeds in your class at once can be processor intensive. Be sure you meet the technical requirements (listed below).
Computer (desktop, laptop)
Camera (HD external camera or HD integrated camera)
Headset (must have a microphone built-in)
Windows or Mac
I5 4th Generation (models with suffixes M, HQ and HK etc.) and above. For example: i5-6400
At Least 4GB RAM
minimum 10Mbps (wired connection recommended)
MagicEars has its own application which teachers must download.
Magic Ears has announced that teachers with solid qualifications who perform well in the interview stage can bypass the training component of the application process and jump right to the trial stage. They are advertising that successful candidates can be hired and start working within 48 hours of applying.
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