Teaching ESL Online- What You Need To Know About Teaching Online
ESL Simply means, English as a Second language. This is a program for students whose mother language isn’t English. ESL is often used for non-native speakers who are in a country where English is widely spoken. Since English isn’t their mother language, some non-native speakers find it very hard to communicate with native English speakers which is why the program called ESL was developed to assist students to learn English so they can communicate effectively with native English speakers.
This article will discuss the online job opportunities for English teachers in teaching English in the comfort of their own home. In addition, this will also highlight key pointers on what teachers need to know to get started with this online career path.
- Review on 51 talk Philippines. Work Office-based or Home-based Part-time of Full-time.
This is a review of the company 51 talk. Work as an English online tutor at home or work at their office in Manila. Earn money in the comfort of your own home. Join the freelance world as a freelancer
- Review of Rarejob Philippines Work at home part time or full time.
This article is a review of the online company rarejob, which is one of the most popular online English school in Japan. Want to know how you can apply as an Online English teacher? Click here!
- How To Get Started As A Freelancer
Want to work online? Have you ever thought about earning more money at home than at the office? If yes, then freelancing is the way to go. If you want to know more on how to be a freelancer. Read here
What Does This Job Do?
Being an online English teacher allows you to work anywhere, anytime you want, like a freelancer. Your responsibility, of course, is to teach English to ESL students and that could be achieved online through Skype calls.
In conducting online classes, As mentioned above that you need a system called Skype and a stable internet to be able to teach English to ESL students. But, what to teach?
It depends on the student's English proficiency level which would be determined at the beginning of the class. Some ESL teachers work with a company who gives them the number of students that he or she can handle while others single-handedly find their own students via paid advertising, social media, or other platforms.
The learning materials are supplied if you decide to work with a company. But, if teachers decide to host their own tutoring business. It is highly essential to obtain sufficient learning materials suitable for students from beginning to advanced English proficiency levels. There are rich learning materials out there from E-books, worksheets, podcasts, and even Youtube videos. Since teachers will be running an online teaching business, you need to find the right materials of best quality to teach in class.
What Are The Qualifications To Help Me Succeed?
There are no specific certifications needed for this job nor do you have to have a bachelor’s degree in teaching. I have seen myriads of English teachers on the web that they aren’t qualified teacher, rather they are native speakers from English-speaking countries. Though not a teacher, they still have the ability and the passion to teach English to English learners.
There is, however, a competitive advantage if you have a teaching certification to add some spice to your resume. A teaching certification known as TESOL, which stands for, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language, and TEFL, which stands for Teach English to Foreign Learners. There are a few more teaching certifications, I reckon. I have heard of CELTA. But, I haven’t got so many details about it. ( Please click on here for more information. )
Though not a native speaker, and my major is a far cry from that of teaching, still I managed to get certified as an ESL teacher.
How Much Money Do Online ESL Teachers Make?
I have been asked of this question numerous times. My answer is, it depends. You work as a freelancer, and you are definitely in control of how much you are willing to charge your students. But, of course, it depends on what you can offer, since I am a non-native, but perfectly bilingual with neutral accent, I started out as little as $4.00/hour in my novice days. It would be unrealistic ( Prolly a bad idea ) to charge students $10.00 to $15.00 when you don’t have much to offer.
However, it took me a year ( But, you can probably do this way sooner than me. ) to increase my prices as I have gotten the hang of teaching English online.
For native speakers, I have seen qualified teachers charge about $25-$35/hour. For non-native certified English teachers charge more or less $8.00-$10.00. ( Also, because of the currency thing! )
How Do You Get Students?
Ah, another common question. I worked for a company before, and they slashed a huge portion of cash from my $4.00 ( Makes me flinch thinking about it ) so I decided to play the lone wolf and put myself out there and decided to start my own online English teaching business. I built my own website, made contents like crazy to bring students in, advertised myself on social media both paid and free. It took me a while to do this, but I got it! Damn, I finally got it!
In my next following posts, perhaps I can share with you guys how I did it. So stay tuned.