Although online EFL teachers teach in the comfort of their homes, wearing a uniform will help teachers and students focus and feel good during lessons.
Although teaching English online is different from teaching inside a classroom, online EFL teachers are still expected to dress appropriately. After all, your students can still see you. Moreover, your appearance will reflect your professionalism and dedication to teaching. Wearing a teaching uniform, in particular, gives online English teachers a neat and respectable look without being intimidating to students.
In general, there is no rule demanding that online EFL teachers wear a uniform as long as teachers wear appropriate attire. However, wearing teaching uniforms has its benefits for both teachers and students.
Even in an online teaching space, first impressions last. In fact, a study shows that students view well-dressed teachers as knowledgeable, organized, and well-prepared. A teaching uniform provides a neat and simple way to look professional or reputable in front of your students.
For example, 51Talk teachers sport a yellow collared shirt that exudes professionalism. This makes the teachers credible and authoritative but still approachable to students. Moreover, wearing 51Talk’s uniform shows how you align with the brand's standards for teaching.
Wearing a teaching uniform changes the way students see you and how they feel about you. That’s why it’s important to wear a teaching uniform to give the right impression to your students.
Wearing a teaching uniform impacts not only the students but also the teachers. Research shows that what you wear impacts your performance, perception of yourself and your skills, and ability to succeed. Since online EFL teachers teach remotely, wearing a uniform will switch on your teaching mode and help you focus throughout your lessons.
Moreover, when you look your best, you will also feel your best. Looking neat and professional in a uniform will give you the confidence and energy to help you teach lessons effectively. To top it off, when teachers bring positive energy during lessons, the students will also absorb this energy, resulting in a positive learning experience.
Students, especially young learners, can get distracted during lessons. It can be due to an item in your background, the noise they hear from your audio, or the clothing you wear. Wearing a uniform reduces this concern as it eliminates any possibility of distracting the student.
Besides this, teaching uniforms also help reduce distraction for teachers. With a uniform, you don’t have to think about what to wear. As a result, teaching uniforms save you time on preparation and cut down on extra clothing costs. Uniforms may seem like a boring plain shirt, but these will help teachers and students to focus during lessons.
Represent your platform
Finally, online EFL teachers are the faces of their platform. A teaching uniform sets you apart from other EFL teachers from other platforms and helps instill the values that you must uphold. When you wear your 51Talk teaching uniform, you are recognized as part of 51Talk, the leading online EFL teaching company. Ultimately, wearing a uniform creates a sense of belonging, identity, and unity among online EFL teachers on the same platform.
Dress for success
When online EFL teachers appear well dressed and confident during lessons, they convey their credibility to students. Moreover, dressing and behaving as a role model will inspire and encourage your students and even yourself. This confidence boost creates a successful teaching experience.
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