Video Introduction Guidelines and Requirements

How to make an introduction video?

Take a few minutes to plan an interesting, professional, and memorable video (1-3 minutes) to let potential students know why they should choose you!

Step 1: Watch some Good Examples

It is quite easy to make a basic video that looks great. Teachers who have more time and effort to invest in their videos might get some good ideas from the "excellent" or "advanced" examples.

Good video examples:

"Good" "Excellent" "Advanced"

Learn Italian on italki with Alice

Learn Arabic on italki with Sara

Learn Korean on italki with Unju

Learn English on italki with Regan

Learn Portuguese on italki with Getulio

Learn Spanish on italki with Nelly


 It isn’t difficult to create a basic video that leaves a good impression.  Choosing a nice setting for your video or adding subtitles helps a lot! You can do this on YouTube.  Extra planning and editing can really make your video stand out to new students.

Requirements for all videos:

  • YOU MUST: Appear in the video. Students want to know who their teacher is and hear the language they are about to learn. It's important to represent yourself truthfully to students.
  • YOU MUST: Speak in all the languages that you have listed as "Native" or "C2" in the video. Your languages listed as "Native" and "C2" will be set as your teaching languages. italki requires teachers to demonstrate their ability to speak these languages fluently in the video. 
  • DO NOT: Provide personal contact information - Your video will be available to people on the internet, so protect your own privacy.
  • DO NOT: Advertise or promote other services in your video
  • DO NOT: Shoot vertical/square video with your smartphone camera. Learn more 
  • horizontal video

    vertical video

    square video

Step 2: What should you say?

Create a script and practice.

Your video is where you get to show students who you are. Be creative, and please include the following.

1) Answer these two questions

Who are you?

Introduce yourself. What is your name, and what languages do you speak? If you have credentials, work experience, or other interesting background, feel free to share that.

What are your lessons like?

What do you enjoy about teaching, do you have a preferred method, and what is your attitude towards language teaching?You might include specific details about activities you do during lessons, show materials you use, or teach potential students their first word or phrase!

2) Show your personality

  • Smile - Make students feel welcomed to your online classes!
  • Be yourself - Show or tell something interesting about yourself. Do you have special hobbies that students might enjoy discussing with you? Choose clothing or a background that really represents you.

3) Some other Tips

  • Keep it short - Just a few minutes is plenty of time.
  • Be natural - Do not read directly from a script! Look into the camera, make it as though you are speaking directly to your student.
  • Speak in all the languages in which you are fluent - You don’t need to say the same thing again in every language, but you can move from one language to the next as you speak. We recommend adding subtitles so that students can more easily tell what you are saying in each language.
  • Think of your students - The care you take in preparing for your video shows students not only what you think of yourself, but how they can expect you to prepare for your classes with them.
  • Mention italki - Doing this and adding a link to your teacher profile in the description will help people find and book your classes on italki.

Step 3: Record the video and save it to your computer

Recording equipment:




You can create a video in minutes!

Be sure that the video is steady and the sound is clear.

Professional equipment is not necessary, but it does help!

Video: Built-in webcam

Audio: Built-in microphone

Video: Smartphone/Tablet camera

Audio: Separate microphone

Video: Professional Camera

Audio: Field recorder windscreen

Tips: Shooting Video with an iPhone

Step 4: Upload your video to Youtube, Youku or Vimeo

For help on uploading a video to Youtube click here.

Read more: How do I record and upload a video to Youtube

Step 5: Add your video link to your italki teaching profile  

Read more

Introduction videos are a great way to introduce yourself to students before your first lesson! Have fun, and if you have questions or concerns about your video, please contact italki support.


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