How to (nearly) double your amount of classes

Instead of just once a week, a lot of teachers would like their students to come twice a week for lessons.

But it can often be a tough sell to parents who have to juggle piano, sports, maths and a whole host of other subjects.

The trick, as with everything, is in the marketing and how you present it.

The parents have to see it as something as different and distinct, so it isn’t unfair to the maths teacher to have two English classes a week when she only gets one!

And the very best Ninja Hint to do this is to offer one regular Genki English lesson for speaking/confidence and then the other lesson, on a different day,  is an optional Genki Phonics lesson.    Two different things and very easy to justify!

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Parents *love* phonics and will jump at the chance. (And of course you can’t offer just the phonics class, you only offer it as an add-on to the existing classes.)

Give it a try, I bet you’ll get a super high sign up rate!

Ninja Tip2: Teaching wise, in the phonics class do a review of this week’s regular theme (e.g. run through the song then the class game again to get the benefit of the double lessons)  then do a mixture of the 5 minute phonics with as many extra bits from the 2nd video on the phonics page.

Ninja Tip3:  Make sure you put them on separate days, it defeats the point of having two lessons a week if they are both on the same day.  Use the “be unavailable” technique to fill your schedule wisely.

So there you go, I either just doubled your income, or doubled the amount of hours you have to work! 🙂

Be genki,

Richard

Richard Graham

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3 Responses to “How to (nearly) double your amount of classes”

  1. Margit

    I think, there are many teachers who would like to have two classes, but it would be a hard thing just for the teacher’s schedule as well.

    For me it won’t work for many reasons, and as I think I’m not the only one some ideas:

    I hold one 60 minute class per week (90 minutes from grade 7)

    The kids do the software homework>>meaning: they will improve VERRRRRY fast.

    I usually do 10 minutes Phonics within these classes from grade 1 or 2,
    AND, now the point: I have intesive phonic classes during vacation.

    The good point about this is, the parents know you are a super teacher already! They trust you , and know all they pay is worth it. So you can make up a price for the phonics course, independently.
    The other thing: Kids are bored during vacation anyway, they can come around in the morning, etc. You can hold 2 or 3 hour classes.

    You can set it up not depending on their level or age.

    I had my third course this summer.
    I had 2 6th graders, 2 5th graders, 1 third grader.
    They all finished with amazing results!

  2. Mark Armstrong

    Wow, I always took it for granted here in Korea that children would have multiple English classes a week. I have students attending my classes 2 or 3 times a week, and in many cases Monday through Friday. It’s not that that they don’t have other things to do since kids here are very busy with a multitude of after school classes. And it’s not a hard sell either, as there more or less seems to be an understanding that the more hours you put into English the more you will get out of it. I don’t know how the kids would get by on just an hour a week.

  3. Gumby

    I have heard than from a mother who was born in Korea. She was amazed that students can learn anything with just once a week.

    It seem that having the GE homework is a good way to work around this.

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