There’s a huge demand for English-language teachers around the world – especially in the far-east. However, it can be difficult for teachers to fly out to these regions, and go through all of the visa steps. While some adventurous teachers, and even families with kids, head overseas to teach, there are still not enough teachers to go around.
Thanks to this demand, and the spread of fast internet throughout the world, it’s now possible to sit in your home and connect with students in their homes or classrooms on the other side of the world. You could be sitting in your living room and teaching a pair of children 6,000 miles away in Beijing.
How do you find students? You don’t need to worry about finding students yourself – once you join a popular teaching site, they’ll match you with students which you can teach. The classes are usually one-on-one, or with groups of 2-3 students at a time.
How do you teach the lessons? You’ll either use an app, or log in to the company’s website, and then use your webcam to interact with your students. Both you and your student will have your webcam on so that you can see and hear each other – just like a video call.
The lessons themselves are often built around fun games, songs, and activities which you’ll do with the younger students. They’re often quite similar to the games and materials which you may have used with your own children. For older students the lessons will often be more topical; focusing on specific practical applications of language – such as how they might introduce themselves during a business meeting.