6 Famous Teaching Methods for your Reference

People always say, it’s unnecessary to learn one certain teaching method because we can’t teach all children in a single way. For sure it won’t help to completely copy the method, but if we learn from the successful educating experience of others’ and combine the characteristics of our own students, we can definitely find a more effective method.

Therefore, here are 6 famous teaching methods that are worth to use as reference.

I. The Montessori Pedagogy

The founder of Montessori teaching method is the Italian child-educator Maria Montessori, the first female Doctor of Medicine in Italy and a feminist.

Her teaching method derives from her experience of working with children. Based on her observations, Montessori believed that children who are at liberty to choose and act freely within an environment prepared according to her model would act spontaneously for optimal development.

The Montessori Pedagogy encourages to create an educational environment tailored for basic human characteristics, to the specific characteristics of children at different ages, and to the individual personalities of each child. The function of the environment is to help and allow the child to develop independence, confidence, creativity, etc.

The pedagogy emphasizes children’s thinking pattern: from concrete to semi-concrete and then to abstract, which can arouse children’s inner guiding power and activate their potential.

II. Froebel’s Theory

Friedrich Froebel laid the foundation for modern education and his education theory is still leading the world. He coined the word “kindergarten” and created the concept of it.

In his main written work The Education of Man that was published in 1826 explained his theory:

In this work, he introduced the concept of “free work” into pedagogy and established the “game” as the typical form that life took in childhood, and also the game’s educational worth.

Game is also where the kindness derives. Through games children can experience sacrificing, helping, cooperating and can also gain happiness and patience.

Hence, this theory emphasizes the importance of games in early childhood education.

III. Waldorf Education

Waldorf education derives from the name of a school: the Waldorf School opened in 1919 in Stuttgart, Germany. The school became widely known and was considered the model of future education.

Waldorf or Rudolf Steiner education is based on an anthroposophical view and understanding of the human being, that is, as a being of body, soul and spirit.

According to the educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, only education that aimed at human deep consciousness can help children grow, and finally they can achieve insight and judgment beyond material, desire and emotion. Combining innate wisdom and essence, they can eventually find their own place and direction of life.

So, one of the missions of a Waldorf teacher is to help children obtain self-awareness. However, children will be self-centered if it happens too early and will be confused if it happens too late.

IV. Reggio Emilia Approach

Loris Malaguzzi worked with preschool educators in Reggio, a city in northeastern Italy, to start and develop preschool education since the 1960s.

Later, a set of “unique and innovative philosophy and curriculum assumptions, school organization methods and principles of environmental design” formed there was referred to as the “Reggio Emilia education system”.

The Principle of this pedagogy is: children’s learning is not constructed independently, but in many conditions, mainly in the process of interaction with parents, teachers and peers; it is to construct knowledge, emotion and personality in a specific cultural background. In the process of interaction, children are both beneficiaries and contributors.

This approach does not only put children in an active learning position, but it also strengthens children’s sense of identity with families and groups, so that each child can feel the sense of belonging and self-confidence when participating in activities.

V. Emile, or On Education

This method originates from Emile, a book on education written by the French naturalist philosopher Rousseau. It is divided into five volumes and talks about principles, contents and methods of educating children at different ages.

The first volume focuses on the physical education of infants before the age of two, so that children can develop naturally.

In the second volume, he believes that children between the age of two and twelve are still sleeping in terms of intelligence and lack thinking ability, so he advocates sensory education during this period.

In the third volume, he thinks teenagers that are twelve to fifteen years of age have already had some experience through the senses, so he mainly discusses their intellectual education.

In the fourth volume, he thinks that the young people from 15 to 20 years old start to enter the society, so he mainly discusses the moral education for them.

In the fifth volume, due to the need of the natural development of young men and women, he mainly discusses the education of women and love education of young people.

At present, there are kindergartens
in China established according to Emile teaching method implemented by Rousseau.

VI. Tao Xingzhi’s Life Education

Tao Xingzhi is a famous educator in China. His teacher was Dewey, an educational thinker and a pragmatic philosopher. Dewey once puts forward the educational philosophy of “school is society” and “education is life”.

On the basis of Dewey’s educational notion, Tao proposes three principles of life education, which are “life is education“, “Society is school“, and “Integrative Teaching, Doing and Learning“.

What is Life Education then?

Tao says life education is the education that focuses on life. What kind of life you have means what kind of education you get. The education has a goal if your life has a goal.

Tao also thinks that life determines education. Education becomes real education through the power of life.

The main principal of life education includes:

  • Life has the educational significance; it has the educational function.
  • Life determines education, and education cannot separate itself from life.
  • Education serves to transform life and plays an active role in the practice of transforming life.
  • “Life is education” is a criticism that traditional education is divorced from reality and life.

Maria Montessori, wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Montessori
Friedrich Fröbel, wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Fr%C3%B6bel
Waldorf Education, wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waldorf_education
Reggio Emilia approach, wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reggio_Emilia_approach
Emile, or On Education, wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emile,_or_On_Education

Translated by Helian Ding
Edited by Blair Zheng

Come and Refer New Teachers to Landi English!

Landi is one of the biggest online language course providers in China. With the student-centered teaching approach Peer Study, Landi is growing fast since it has been created. Without your help, your trust, and your encouragement, Landi wouldn’t have come this far. Thank you for sticking with us!

In Landi, referring teachers does not only strengthen the inner relationship, but it’s also a great way for teachers to supplement their income. For each referral who gets hired and passes probation successfully, referrers can receive a referral bonus up to $80!

How to refer new teachers?

To get started, log into Landi Tplus teacher.landi.com and click on the “Referral Bonuses” button on the left side. From there, you’ll be able to choose from the following options:

  • Click “Invite your friends” and copy your referral link.
  • Message your friends or post on social media to tell them about your Landi experience!

Anyone who applies through the link you shared will be your referral candidate in Landi. Once they sign up in Landi, you will be able to track their application process in your Referral page.

Using social media is one of the best methods to spread information, you can share your Landi story on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.

There are plenty of ways to get referrals. Those who you know or don’t know, they all can be your colleagues! Hold your own meetings, make your own videos, or even decorate your car with Landi Bears and QR Codes (google “QR code generator” to make one). Anything you can think of, they might work!

Who do we want?

  • Native English Speaker
  • Hold a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Hold a teaching certificate or have related teaching experience.

If your referrals meet our requirements, there is a good chance they will join us!

Things you can do to be helpful:

Please don’t hesitate to help your friends, no one is more familiar with the application process than you! If you want to improve the referral pass rate, you can:

  • Encourage them to upload their CVs and describe their relevant experience during the application.
  • You can have a demo lesson with your referrals before their interviews, then offer your feedback and tips.
  • Show them different teaching examples, make sure they are well prepared!

However, everyone has their own teaching style, and Landi respects that! So please don’t expect your referrals to have the same teaching plan as yours, help them with teaching techniques!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I track my referrals?
    ›› You can track all of your referrals through the Landi referral page on Tplus, where you will see the email address and progress of each candidate you referred. You will also get your unique referral link through this system.
  2. What if candidates applied without my link?
    ›› All candidates who apply with your link will show up on your referral page. If applicants didn’t use your link when they signed up, they can choose “Referral” from “Source” drop-down options and fill in your teacher’s ID. Also, you can ask for help from our recruitment team.
  3. What is a successful referral?
    ›› After the applicant has started teaching and passed the probation, your referral will be considered successful.
  4. How long does it take for the applications to be reviewed?
    ›› We will take one or two working days to process the applications. Usually, candidates will be able to receive emails in one or two working days from Landi if they have passed the CV screening.
  5. Why didn’t I receive my referral bonuses?
    ›› Referral bonuses will be paid monthly with your salary. And we pay half of the bonus after your referrals start teaching, and the other half after they pass their probation. So your referral bonuses might be delayed if referrals start teaching and pass probation in different months. So, if your referrals don’t start teaching successfully, the bonuses won’t be paid. And if they don’t pass the probation, the other half of your referral bonuses won’t be paid. For any questions regarding your monthly pay slip, please contact our HR department.

For more information, please go on your Referral page on Tplus, also feel free to contact us via email: recruitment@landi.com

In the end, we want to thank you in advance for helping Landi out, and good luck with earning bonuses!

Landi English Overseas Recruitment Department

This Landi Super-Teacher has Earned her Place on the Olympic Podium

“Wow! She has attended the Olympic games!”

“No way, that’s amazing!”

Operators Jessica and Kevin shocked me with this great news.

It is known that there are a lot of talented teachers working at Landi, but I didn’t expect that we have such a low-key and excellent one who has won gold medals!

Well, let me tell you more about her: the gold medal winner, teacher Danielle Brown!

Danielle is from the U.K. She was always lively and adventurous since childhood.

Danielle in her childhood

Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome when she was 16. It’s a nervous systems illness that will cause severe pain – which means, she will never be able to stand on her feet.

Danielle’s self-esteem was challenged because she couldn’t go anywhere without crutches and a wheelchair. “I will never accomplish my dreams. Did my life just end before it even starts?”

Danielle practicing archery

Luckily, Danielle’s family discovered her talent in archery. After 5 years of training, she joined the British national team and started her medal-winning journey:

Gold medal in Summer Paralympics, Beijing 2008 (20 years old)
Gold medal in IPC World Championships, Nymburk (21 years old)

Gold medal in Commonwealth Games, women’s team 2010 (22 years old)
Gold medal in IPC World Championships, Turin 2011 (23 years old)

Silver medal in Arizona Cup, Phoenix, Arizona 2012 (24 years old)
Gold medal in Summer Paralympics, individual, London 2012 (24 years old)

She has also been on many magazine covers and was rewarded as the Disabled Athlete of the Year by The Sunday Times.

“I had this real wake up moment in Beijing 2008 – out there I saw the most incredible athletes achieving spectacular things in spite of their disabilities. It put my problems into perspective and I started to accept myself for who I was rather than who I wanted to be.”

Danielle Brown

Besides archery achievements, Danielle also studied law at Leicester University and was awarded a first-class honours degree.

After she retired from archery, she didn’t want to stop pursuing her life goal, so she started her new careers:

1. Coach: she helps to reduce the mental stress of students, and improve their concentration through training.

2. Social activist: she’s devoted to public welfare and has participated in various charity events.

3. Public speaker: she got on stages, including TED, and shared her story with thousands of people. Her talk was rated by many people as one of the best TED talks ever.

4. Writer: Danielle co-wrote a book called Be Your Best Self with Nathan Kai who is an 8-year-old boy in Mensa. They inspire children to be the best of themselves by focusing on the themes of building self-confidence, pursuing perseverance as well as raising aspirations and self-care. The book will be published in the UK in September!

To know her better, we specially interviewed teacher Danielle.

“China is a place that I have a great affinity with. Because I work with Landi English, I won my first Paralympic gold medal in Beijing 2008, and I have also spent quite a lot of time competing in Shanghai.”

‣ Why do you choose to become an online teacher? How did you know about Landi?

“I am passionate about working with children and helping them grow and develop. I do lots of work in schools where I visit once or twice and help them develop important skills like building confidence and resilience and teaching them how to achieve BIG goals. Whilst this role is super exciting, I don’t really get to know individual children and see them growing and making progress over a long period of time, and I wanted to develop my skill set by doing this.”
“I looked at different teaching providers and Landi English really appealed to me. It got a great review by other teachers on Facebook, the timings worked around my other roles and I loved the format and style of teaching. I heard back straight away and the onboarding staff are lovely.”

‣ Tell us about your experience at Landi.

“I really enjoy working with Landi. The students are fantastic and it’s so amazing helping them learn a new language and seeing them develop each week. It’s great when we make breakthroughs and I also love the different personalities that I get to see every week. Some of my students are full of energy, some are really hard working, some do some fantastic actions and bring great props to lessons, and some are really cheeky. Every lesson is so different and I love learning from them too.”

‣ What do you want to say to your students at Landi?

“Dream big, work hard and never give up. We all have the ability to achieve great things, so set your sights high, keep persisting and believe that you will get there.”

Written by Max Zhang
Translated by Helian Ding
Edited by Blair Zheng

Shawn Li: Landi Sticks to the Standard of “Good Teachers”

On February 27th, the 2nd Teaching Quality Summit of China Private Education was held in Shanghai, to enable education enterprises to improve the quality of teaching with more effective communication and deeper cooperation among the education industry. The founder and CEO of Landi English, Shawn Li, was invited to the meeting to discuss this topic with other guests on how to improve teaching quality, and gave a speech themed “Small Online Classes Driven by Teaching Quality.”

Shawn Li’s Speech

Organized by Genshuixue, Chengxi Business School, the summit gathered international experts, scholars, and principals in the fields of capital, learning, and education. With the theme of “the Chinese dream, the spirit of education, and the gather in Chengxi,” it held an in-depth discussion and sharing on “upgrading the quality of teaching” from multiple levels and dimensions.

The year 2018 is a transformative year for the education industry, as technology and capital empower educators and enable institutions to rise rapidly. And because of a series of policies, such as industry regulation, student burden reduction, and fire protection compliance, lots of training institutions are out of the game. Many participants of the summit believed that with the tightening of regulatory policies and the intensification of industry competition, “teaching quality” will become the top priority in the development of online education industry, which Shawn Li agrees.

According to Shawn Li, with “online education” taking advantage of big data, cloud computing, intelligent terminals and network in recent years, to some extent, it has greatly improved its efficiency and service and is gradually transforming to the industrial Internet. “The establishment of ‘service’ standards is one of the cores of the industrial Internet, and the improvement of teaching quality is a strong drive of benign development for online education in small classes,” says Shawn Li. In the process of transformation, enterprises can effectively and fully tap the huge value brought by the upstream and downstream supply chains by integrating the upstream and downstream industrial chains and applying user-oriented thinking. For example, the supply chain of “foreign teachers” in online education can globalize, integrate and optimize international teacher resources. It not only changes the former one-off business into a long-term business but also ultimately helps enterprises achieve cost reduction and efficiency increment.

“I believe ensuring the qualification of teachers is fairly important in improving the teaching quality, and finally meeting the core demand of the users.” In Shawn Li’s view, if returning to the essence of education, user value will appear particularly important. Business models are mainly divided into demand-oriented and supply-oriented ones. The demand-oriented model means “to meet whatever the users need” while the supply-oriented model means “to do the best for users”. The education industry is supply-oriented. In other words, educational institutions should provide students with the best educational resources to ensure the best teaching quality.

In the speech he emphasized, “ensuring the qualification of teachers equals to ensuring a good supply, and keeping the number of good teachers are equivalent to keeping the same number of students. The future is bound to be teaching-driven as well.”

Shawn Li during the Speech

It is learnt that Landi English has a strict standard in screening qualified candidates. According to the leader of the foreign teacher management team in Landi, “good teacher” is the primary and a necessary condition for selecting foreign teachers. Then what are the basic features of a “good teacher”? Shawn introduces that the basic requirement is to be “caring for children and insightful in education.” An ideal “good teacher” model must have patience, carefulness, empathy, friendliness, inspiration, the ability to empower and the guidance & elicitation method.

The Teaching Quality Summit

The summit this year focuses on improving teaching quality. It powerfully announces the featured trend of improving the quality of private education and provides private education institutions with a great platform for the exchange of ideas.

Translator: Helian Ding; Proofreader: Blair Zheng

Good News From Teacher Julie!

Teacher Julie shared a good news with us today, “I bought a house this week (my first!). That’s thanks in part to my job and income from Landi over the past year. Landi, you all have been a wonderful company to work for, and I am so thankful to be a part of the team.”

Congratulations to teacher Julie on having her new house!! 🎉🎉

Thank you so much for being a part of Landi for the past year; for all your passion, energy and laughs you’ve brought to every student and us; for always trusting and supporting Landi!❤️❤️😘😘😘

Teacher Kate’s Story with Landi

My name is Kate Morgan, and I am glad to be a Landi English teacher. There are many reasons I find it beneficial to work with Landi. The extra income is nice, but it is not the only reason. I love the flexible work that I can take with me while I am on the road as a film blogger and filmmaker. I also enjoy seeing students become more proficient English speakers while spending time on the platform and with Landi teachers as a matter of course.
Teaching with Landi English is a great pleasure for me as an educator and as a measure of preparation for my doctoral degree studies. I find it a joy to be able to interact with Chinese students every morning as they wind down their day and prepare for their evenings. To make English a part of the weekly learning is a struggle in time and balancing activities for many of them, I know. It’s beautiful to be able to see their progress as they repeat their classes with me.
To see students and their parents come together as the students work on learning new words and concepts is also very rewarding for me. To see both the parent and student round out their pronunciation or learn a new point of grammar is always a very exciting moment. I know I have helped a whole family then speak better English.
I greatly enjoy the way that I can see students progress from their first lesson to their third, and even their fourth with new material. When they are able to pronounce the right word after many tries, it makes me happy to be part of their overall learning experience.

Teacher Burt’s Story with Landi

Hello all, my name is Burt Murphy. I have been teaching for only 5 months and I love it. I am from a small town in the US called Loveland in the state of Colorado, but I live in the country of Mexico about an hour and half south of Mexico City in the town of Cuernavaca. My wife is from here and we have 3 daughters that we have taught both Spanish and English since they were babies. Besides teaching English I am an artist at home. I am glass blower and I make ocean animals (mostly sea turtles) out of glass using an intensely hot flame from a specially designed torch. I have been make glass art since I was 16 years old and I was taught by my father Ron Murphy. You can find my work at www.tugasglass.com or at www.glassnfire.com with my Dads work.

I never thought I could enjoy something more than making glass art but you did it Landi. I find teaching is not just teaching but it is much more than that, to me it is about helping these kids enjoying life by making the class fun and memorable. I can see that Landi kids are great kids and that they need to have fun and that the learning process is fun and it can be that way only if the teacher makes it fun. Let me give an example of experiences I have with these great kids. I have a student who likes to be called Peach. She is always wanted to start class with playing that an imaginary snake is going to eat teacher Burt and after I react like a person being eaten by a snake she starts laughing and having fun and then we being our journey in learning, all this in the English language. So, when I am done with the classes at the end of the day I find myself feel so happy and upbeat all day, because all my students are great kids like Peach in their own way, and we experienced the journey of learning together. I feel as though Landi understands what I feel as a parent, that “A child’s mental health is more important than their grades”.

One thing I would like to say to the teachers is let the kids have fun, and be patient with them. If they are not engaged with find a way to get them by doing something fun or funny and I promise you well enjoy teaching with Landi.
And Landi staff keep up the great work you guys are awesome for being so kind and helpful to us teachers. And thank you for letting me be a part of this great experience.
Burt Murphy

Review From Teacher Nikki

I would like to review Landi.

I applied in November and I had an interview and was hired two days after I sent my resume. They waited for me to finish my other job at another ESL company before activating me, and then they let me know with plenty of time that my start date would be bumped a week (maybe it was two?), so I was able to keep working my last job in those weeks. They wait until there is a new batch of students and then start a batch of students and a batch of teachers at the same time. It’s kind of brilliant. So the week I started I was fully booked immediately, which was WAAAY better than another experience I had where I waited 7 weeks before my FIRST class. I was fully booked from the beginning and then since then I have been pretty well booked. I open 17 hours a week and I have never dropped below 13 hours booked and usually it’s more like 15.

They pay very well. They provide overrides in case you have an emergency so that we don’t suffer big penalties for small mistakes, illnesses or unforeseen circumstances. One of my favorite things about Landi are the teams. Each teacher is in a team and we have constant communication with a supervisor. I have had a number of private chats and video chats with supervisors there. I feel like they treat teachers like people and they are very good at humanizing their company as well. When I have a problem, I know exactly who to contact and I get prompt responses (taking into account the time zone).

In my time at Landi, I have seen clear and frequent communication, a constant desire to improve and serve students better, fantastic training, and responsiveness to teacher requests/feedback. Landi is a growing company and there are some things that I don’t love (like steep financial penalties for some infractions – though with the overrides they provide, I suppose you’d have to commit a few infractions before the penalty hits, so maybe that’s not such a problem), and sometimes I teach the same lesson repeatedly – at the very beginning when I was a new teacher teaching all brand new students this was extreme. But for the most part it’s wonderful.

I love the lessons and the platform. The graphics are engaging and I find that, for the most part, the lessons include enough materials to fill 25 minutes without too much trouble, while also leaving plenty of room for creativity and conversation as well. I like how interactive the lessons are and I LOVE that Landi hits so many ways of learning – videos, music, reading, writing, body movements, dancing, TPR, listening, speaking, crafts, workbooks (physical, paper workbooks that Landi sends to each Landi kid!!)… It’s just such a wonderful curriculum.

My absolute favorite thing about Landi is the students. We get regular students pretty quickly, so about three quarters or more of the slots I teach each week are kids I see 1-2 times a week. Which I completely LOVE. I find teaching regular students to be an entirely different experience than teaching new students. And the VAST majority of the students I’ve encountered in Landi have been COMPLETELY lovely.

Recently, because of something that’s happened in my family, I have to leave Landi, at least for a while. I had a wonderful conversation with the HR coordinator and we talked about everything. And so leaving Landi is just as lovely and human as everything else about this wonderful company. I have literally cried about leaving Landi and especially my sweet students. And I will be back as soon as I can be. <3

I 100% recommend this company

Thanksgiving Greetings From Teacher Ana


Hello, I’m teacher Ana. I don’t usually celebrate Thanksgiving, but today I got some lovely wishes from some of my students so I would like to say:

I’m thankful for Rhino so I made you a yellow and black yoyo, because yellow and black are your favorite colors, and he always plays with yoyos. I made some happy apples for Sarah, because food with faces always makes her laugh. And I drew my little Ella as a mermaid, because she’s almost a real mermaid.

For all my other students a big heart, and for everyone working at Landi, operators and teachers, some flowers! Happy thanksgiving!

Meet Teacher Jessica Lamb!



Hello everyone! My name is Jessica and I have been a teacher here at Landi for the past three months.

I would like to say thank you very much for recognizing me as the top regular teacher for the month of October. My experience so far has been truly rewarding and fulfilling and it brings me so much joy to see the progress that my students have been making, not only in terms of their English speaking abilities but with their confidence as well.

So thank you very much Landi management and staff, for your ongoing support and training. Congratulations on your new product developments, it is very exciting. And I feel very honored to be a part of this Landi community.

So if I had to share three tips with my fellow Landi teachers, they would be:

Number one. Make your class as fun as possible. It is so important to get the student laughing and engaged in a complete comfortable environment.
What I love to do is incorporate singing and dancing and my students absolutely love it.

Number two. I would say, ask your students questions about their interests and their likes. You know, just getting them talking would help them increase their vocabulary and as well it could create a very strong connection between you and your students and who knows, you might find out that you have plenty in common with them.

Number three would be to assess as much as possible and provide high-quality feedback to both parents and students. What I love to do is get familiarize myself with the course objectives and I take as many notes as possible during my lesson to be able to provide that feedback to the parents and they abosolutely love it.

So I just want to say thank you very much. Those were my three tips and I hope you guys have a wonderful week.

Happy teaching!