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Want to teach English online? It’s a great way to earn money, work from anywhere in the world, and meet interesting people. We’ve got some information below to help you get started, and will soon add more info about TEFL Courses to help you get started in your online English teaching career.
Yes! There are students all over the world who need to learn how to speak English fluently and are willing to pay for time with professional teachers and especially native English speakers.
Yes! If you have a computer, a reliable internet connection, and a quiet place to teach from you can teach English from home, or anywhere else you choose.
Usually a TEFL certificate is a good place to start. The Cambridge DELTA certificate is also useful, as is real world experience. Usually just being an English teacher is not enough to qualify you to teach English online and get paid, but you may qualify for volunteer opportunities that help you get experience.
Get certified to teach English if possible. It is possible to teach English online with no degree, just with a certification that you can get in weeks or a few months. This will give you the basic understanding you need of how people learn English, and how to explain concepts to students. You may also want to try learning a language yourself. It will give some perspective on how language is acquired.
Yes! Teaching English online is especially fun because it will put you in touch with people around the world from all walks of life. You may start the day with a Brazillian doctor, then speak to a Japanese Engineer, then a taxi driver in Spain, then a pilot in Italy. Sometimes you’ll feel like you should be paying your students for everything you learn about the world!
A lot of teachers ask this question about Chinese and other languages. How is it possible to teach people English if neither of you share a common language? With some experience teaching English, you’ll be amazed at how natural this is, and how it can even be preferable sometimes to not speak the student’s language, because it forces them to learn if they want to communicate.
There are certainly legitimate jobs teaching English online, but we’d advise you to be careful, learn what you can about the company, and read up on their reputation. As with any online opportunity, there may be the possibility of fraud, and you’ll want to do your research before jumping in.
No, usually it’s not that simple. You’ll most likely get paid to teach English which is different. You’ll need to know how to explain things like phrasal verbs, adjectives, idiomatic expressions and much more to have a service that’s worth paying for.