How do you record an mp3 for your online English teaching application?

Recording an .mp3 for your online English teaching application is actually easier than you think. Using Online Voice Recorder, you can record a file straight from your browser without the need to download any software.

This post is part of our “Ultimate teach English online guide“. Go check it out. 

Depending on your device, it can be tricky to record an .mp3. As a mac/iphone user, the default file setting for Voice Memos and QuickTime Player are both .m4a (the same for Android and Windows users) which means that you need to convert the file with third-party software. What a pain!

We’ve found an even easier way. Note: this was done on my laptop. If you want to record from your phone, you’ll still need to convert the file to .mp3. You can do that here.

Step 1: Write down a short script about what you want to say. Remember, both the recruiter and potential students are likely not fluent English speakers, so keep the language simple, clear and slow.

Step 1: Go to https://online-voice-recorder.com/.

Step 2: Allow access to your microphone. If you have a headset or microphone, use it, the quality will be much higher than if you just speak into the computer.

Step 3: Press the red record button. If you don’t like the recording (or you make a mistake), you can press the x and start again.

There is not a lot of room for editing, but you can drag and drop the blue bars each end to edit out empty space at the beginning or end of the recording. Don’t worry if it takes you a couple of tries!

Things you might like to mention:

  • Name
  • Hometown
  • Education
  • Experience
  • Hobbies
  • What kind of teacher are you? Are you fun and friendly? Creative? Musical?
  • How can you help the students? Are you good at grammar?

Step 4: Press Save. The file will automatically save as an .mp3.

Step 5: Upload the file to your application. If the file is too large or too long, you may need to re-record it, so keep an eye out for any guidelines about file size/length before recording.

Step 6: Send off your application. Good luck!
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This post is part of our “Ultimate teach English online guide“. Go check it out. 

About the Author:

Kate (GradCertEd (TESOL)) studied a TESOL certificate in 2010 and has been teaching English ever since, tutoring ‘freelance’ for many years before starting an independent teaching business. She began Teach English Online to support Australians and New Zealanders to, well… succeed teaching English online. Whether you are just starting out, want to apply to one of the 300+ global companies or build your own small independent teaching business, she can help.

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