Your Introduction Video: How to do it for a TEFL job

What you need to reveal about yourself to make your best pitch

How to do your TEFL introduction video

See the DRAFT (not finished yet!) transcript below.

Welcome back. One of the best ways to help a potential employer see who you are and to get a sense of how you might fit with their EFL school is to submit a short video.

I want to recommend that you do one of these and you can do one on your telephone, with a simple inexpensive camera or anything you have available. Even the webcam off your tablet, notebook or Chromebook will work fine, It doesn’t have to be perfect

Here’s what you want to do. You want to demonstrate to your potential employer that you have a nice clean clear voice with no real super accent that they can understand you when you talk to them.

Keep this keep this video just nice and short and simple. Only one or two minutes is fine. if you make it too long no one will watch the whole thing. You want ti to just be a teaser of all your potential.

Don’t focus ONLY on you. Somewhere along the line be sincere expressing interest in the country and culture where you are applying. The video – indirectly – is about them, not about you. Of course, you want to tell them a little bit about yourself but it’s not all about you. It is more about how useful can you be for the school.

Sometimes people make videos about I want to share my culture and that is not usually what a school is looking for. If it’s China, mention an interest in Chinese food and culture and show that you at least have read something about China. The same for any country – show and interest. A REAL interest.

Smile and show that you are friendly. As we mentioned in other videos, what schools are really looking for is somebody who’s friendly and can keep students in the classroom and keep the students coming back again and again. That’s almost the number one criteria. So put a big smile on and show that you’re a friendly reasonable person and easy to work with.

It is important that you speak clearly. Just a bit slower than normal and no slang. You may well be showing this video to non-native speakers and if you are like me, you tend to speak a little too fast especially if you’re a bit nervous. So slow it down just a little. Not too slow, so you don’t sound like you’re doing baby talk, but just a little bit slower than normal. Try to minimize any regional accent you might have (we all have one!).

Here’s the way to see if you have done a good job with your video. Watch the video yourself and see if you think that if the school showed your video to a parent (who is usually the real customer) – would that parent say, I want my child in that teacher’s classroom! if you can look at the video and you know you conveyed that idea then you did a good job.

If a parent looks at that video and thinks, I want my child in that teacher’s class. I think my child is going to learn English super well from that person then you did a great job!

Make sure you do the video in MP4 as that will allow pretty much any device to play. If your phone or camera does not do MP4, then use one of the many websites on the internet that will convert it to MP4 for you. Keep the video less than two minutes, preferably around one minute to lesson the size of the MP4 file. Many places in the world have not so great internet connections and sometimes big files don’t make the transfer well.


Semi-retired EFL teacher/teacher-trainer working and living abroad since 1989 in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.