Online Teaching Jobs
Teaching English online can be a great way to earn money from the comfort of your home, and to hone your teaching skills prior to heading overseas.
Teaching English over the Internet
In recent years the internet has continued to bring people together from all over the world. While in the past video calls have been seen as a headache, it’s now possible for you to comfortably sit in your home and share your knowledge with eager students all over the world.
Perhaps you’re planning to go and teach in Asia, but want to practice your new TEFL skills with real students before you go, and also earn some money for your plane tickets. Maybe you’re already overseas and would like to fill up extra hours with paid tuition. Or, if you’re simply looking for a job where you can work from the comfort of your home. Teaching English online could be a great option.
It’s really simple to get started, and within a matter of days you could be getting paid to teach your first students over the internet.
Online tutoring perks:
Online teaching offers a unique range of perks – from the great hourly pay to flexible hours, and the valuable experience you’ll gain.
Who can teach English online?
Teaching English via the internet is perfect for people who aren’t yet able to travel overseas, or simply want to earn some extra money from home. It’s also great for people who are currently overseas but can’t commit to a full 12-month contract in a single location. And best of yet…there’s plenty of opportunities for native and non-native speakers alike!
What equipment do you need?
With teaching online you’ll need to make some preparations which you might not otherwise have considered.
Microphone, Speakers, and Webcam
For teaching online we thoroughly recommend investing in a headset with a microphone – instead of using speakers or microphones that might be built into your laptop/tablet/computer. It’s important that you’re able to communicate with your students clearly, and without interruptions from background noise. When giving interviews or demo classes, it will also signal to the hiring company that you’re serious about the work and have the equipment to do the job.
Before your interview, you should also check that all of your devices are functioning properly. It can be a good idea to try a few video calls with a friend first and try to iron out any issues.
Tips for getting hired:
Demo Classes and Interviews
To get hired for online tutoring positions, you’ll most likely have to sit a video interview and give a demo class to show off your abilities.
This can be a bit of a challenge, especially if you have limited teaching experience. So to help you out, we created a guide to learn how to prepare for these interviews, and how to deliver awesome demo classes.
With online teaching, it’s especially important to give a good performance in these interviews and demos, as they’re usually what will determine your starting wage. It could mean the difference between $12 per hour, or over $20.
Where to teach online?
There are numerous online tutoring companies to consider. Here are two of the most popular websites:
One of the largest and most established online tutoring companies is DaDa ABC. They serve children between 4 to 16 years old in China through one-to-one lessons with teachers from all over the world. All teaching materials are provided by DaDa ABC upon joining.
VIPKID is another of the giants in the online teaching world. They also match qualified teachers with Chinese school-age children who want to learn English. Lesson plans, teaching materials, and assessments are all provided by VIPKID, enabling teachers to focus on the job at hand – giving a fun and interactive lesson.
51talk is a global online teaching platform with hiring operations around the world, and a range of regional sites. They also have classes for both younger students and adults, which can be a fun change of pace. Another great point about 51talk is that they’re also non-native friendly (double woo!).
Italki is a huge platform which connects teachers and students from all over the world. Unlike other platforms which only specialize in providing English-language tuition, italki offers the opportunity to teach/learn a wide range of languages. It’s also non-native friendly (woo!)
Studying online was really simple and convenient. I completed the course in about 6 weeks by studying after work each evening.
Very happy to have finished my TEFL course and have already secured a job in China!
Excellent course! It took me a little over two months to complete and i’ve learned so much. I can’t wait to start teaching!