In the modern age where working online has become a common way to make a steady living, the opportunities for qualified English teachers have further branched out into what we call the ?virtual classroom?. There are countless online platforms and providers that offer English lessons online allowing students from all over the world to learn how to speak English from the comfort of their own home.
The best employment options for teaching English online
There are two main options for online English teachers. The first option is to set up your own teaching website. This allows teachers to be completely independent and free to set their own hours. However, it can take quite some time to find regular students and setting up a professional-looking website requires a certain budget and time commitment.
A much more popular alternative, especially for those new to teaching online, is to work for an agency or an online platform. These tend to already have a pool of students with a set schedule. They also conduct their own marketing and promotion campaigns to recruit extra students. However, they often require their teachers to be TEFL certified and to undergo an application process, which may include a mock lesson in front of some of their teaching staff via webcam.
The most popular teaching platforms for teaching English online include:
Magic Ears: provides fun, interactive and efficient online English learning experiences to 4-12-year-old children in China. Magic Ears offers pay levels that are around 30% higher than the average and you can earn between $18-26 per hour.
VIPKID: focuses on teaching children in Asia. All lesson plans and teaching materials are provided. Applicants need to be US or Canadian citizens and possess at least a Bachelor?s degree and have a stable internet connection. Pay is $18 to $21 per hour with average earnings of $2,000 per month.
Cambly: offers conversational lessons in an informal setting. Students come from all over the world. Pay is $0.17 per minute, or $10.20 per hour, paid through PayPal weekly.
Qkids: open to teachers in Canada and the US. Must be able to commit to 6 hours per week. Paid training and all coursework provided.
iTutor: open to teachers with a degree from the US, Canada and the UK. Hiring process is very quick, within 3 days of registration. Pay is between $16 and $25 per hour.
Continuum Education Services: recruitment agency that pairs teachers with companies that require English services. Companies offer base pay and flexible schedules. Native English speakers with a TEFL certificate only.
eBerlitz: has offices in 70 countries worldwide. Pay is $14 per hour.
Englishunt: hires tutors for virtual lessons with Japanese students. Teachers must have a TEFL certificate. Teachers work between 8 and 12 hours a week. Pay is $14.50 per hour. Curriculum is provided.
Global Mate New York: targets South Korean learners and is only open to US citizens.