What Should Teachers Know About The italki Language Challenge?

What is the Language Challenge?

Several times each year, italki organizes a Language Challenge to encourage students, new and old, to buckle down and get to work.  Many students say that the Language Challenge was just want they needed to help motivate them and focus them on working towards a goal within a deadline.  We believe that if you put in the time to learn a language, you will see the results - but you have to be able to commit the time!  It’s good for students who want to finally reach their goals and good for teachers who want to find new students.

What do I need to know?

You can always check the official page for the current status of the challenge and any promotions or updates.  We will also contact you with updated FAQs for the Challenge or other resources that will be helpful to you or to your students. 

How can I promote my teaching profile?

  • Talk about the language challenge and get noticed!  Our official hashtags are #italki #languagechallenge  If you use your affiliate link or referral code when sharing your profile, you can even get a bonus for any new students who come to italki through your link!

What can I do for students?

Tell them about the Language Challenge Official Page and FAQs

Links are posted above. If students need help, you can direct them to contact italki support.

Create a Language Challenge Package for Challengers

Encourage students to purchase and plan their sessions in advance through packages, and let students know that they can get discounts by booking a package instead of taking individual sessions (exact discounts will depend on the prices you set, of course).  Booking a package will also make it easier for them to keep track of their time; three or four lessons a week makes for a busy schedule so it's best to make time in advance!  Update your Quick Introduction to let students know you can support them in the Language Challenge. 

Edit your profile here.

Encourage new students to prepare by choosing teachers BEFORE the Language Challenge

It's no secret that students are more likely to succeed if they are prepared to get started right away when the Challenge begins! We strongly recommend that students know which teacher(s) they will work with before the Challenge start date.

Encourage students who are interested in the Language Challenge and looking for a teacher to take trial lessons (if they are new to italki) and decide on a teacher BEFORE the Challenge start date.  It will really help them get off to a good start!

Encourage Students to Schedule IN ADVANCE!

Students who book their lessons ahead of time are far more likely to make it to their scheduled lesson!  Remind your students that all they have to do to win is put in the time.  Scheduling time in advance (instead of putting it off) is a great way to do that!  Whether it's with you or with other teachers as well, encourage your students commit to a schedule in advance.  Package sessions are a great way to do this because students can "lock in" a certain number of hours.

Help students define their goals so they don’t get discouraged!

Successful Challengers say that one thing that really helped them was having clearly-defined goals.  Ask students if they are planning to participate in the Language Challenge.  If so, ask them what their goal for improvement is and their plan for reaching that goal.  If they aren’t sure, coach them in setting a good goal and making a plan for achieving it.  Check out these tips: FAQ: How do I set good language learning goals?

Here’s a great post by Olly Richards on how to succeed at Language Challenges: “How NOT to suck at language challenges: 9 Keys to Success

Encourage students to announce their goal publicly

From previous challenges, we know that students who announce their goal and get support from friends are more likely to achieve it! 

What else would you like to know about the Language Challenge?

Just contact us so we can help you and your students succeed!

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