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Teaching Company and Business Courses

Guidelines to follow when you teach a company course.

Updated over a week ago

Teaching company courses

This symbolnext to the course’s name means that it's a company course. It signifies that the company and Fluentbe have reached a mutual understanding outlined in a contract regarding the structure of the course.

🛑Adhering to the agreed-upon terms of the course is crucial. Any deviations may result in Fluentbe forfeiting the contract and losing students.

❗ What is important - every change/important information regarding a company student should be verified by a company coordinator and sent to us on [email protected].

So, if you get information about a company student's willingness to resign from a course, make changes in their course etc. - tell students to contact their company coordinator who should come back to us with an official confirmed information on [email protected].

Only then we can make necessary changes.

Some common elements we agree upon:

🤝lesson types (group or individual)

🤝lesson duration (60 or 90 mins)

🤝lesson frequency

🤝course program

🤝number of students (usually between 2-4, but there may be up to 6 students)

💡Guidelines to Follow:

  • 👍Follow the course program and check regularly that the topics are in the correct order. You should cover 1 topic in 1 lesson.

  • 👍Students will often have a progress test after a specific number of lessons (typically 30 lessons - one semester). So, ensure you cover all course topics. Your students will thank you later. In most cases, you will not get involved in the testing process, but with some companies it may happen during the lesson. We provide all that’s needed.

  • 👍It may happen that a company asks for level verification tests at any time. Again, that’s why it is important to follow the course program.

  • 👍Company students take both written and oral placement tests. It means that in most cases the assigned level matches their communication skills. It is about the language they produce, not their passive knowledge. However, if you feel that the level is not appropriate, please contact our team.

  • 👍In addition to our course program, there may be some extra requirements (e.g. extra vocabulary to be added, more reading, etc.) This info should be visible in the course goals displayed in the course view. Or you may get a message from our team about that. You may ask for support from our teaching methodology department if needed.

  • 👍As always, teacher no-shows and late cancellations will result in deductions from your salary (except for emergencies). However, it is more likely that the course will be transferred to a different teacher if this happens too often.

  • 👍Ensure that all communication with your students is conducted via the ‘Messages’ tab; refrain from exchanging email addresses or phone numbers with the students.

  • 👍If students ask you for changes in the course program, frequency, extra lessons, etc., guide them to their course coordinator.

  • 👍We don’t reschedule company group lessons upon teacher request. Students have the option to cancel, following our standard cancellation policy. Teachers are required to request a substitute teacher should they not be able to conduct a class.

    Here you will find more information on how to deal with the schedule changes for company group courses.

  • However, we would advise you not to ask for substitution too often, it is reserved for specific situations only (e.g. planned holiday, sickness). Students expect to learn with the same teacher for the majority of their course.

  • 👍Taking on a course, as with other Fluentbe courses, means that you are prepared to teach it long-term, for at least 6 months. However, if you are unable to teach the course anymore, you can ask for a replacement. However, there is a 2-week notice period to honor. Check this video on how to ask for a replacement teacher.

The first lesson

If it is your first lesson with company students, make sure to read our article.

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