10 Companies for Teaching English Online Without a Degree
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If you’ve been looking at job adverts for teaching English as a foreign language, you might have become disheartened if you don’t have a degree. Many jobs list having a Bachelor’s degree (in any field) as a requirement for their job applicants. This is usually because it is a requirement in that country to have a Bachelor’s degree to qualify for a work permit or visa. You would even have found something similar when applying for online jobs.
But fear not! If you don’t have a degree but you do have a 120-hour TEFL qualification, there are still many options available to you – even online. Here, let’s look at 10 companies for teaching English online without a degree.
Read more: What are the Requirements for Teaching English Online?
Palfish is an app that connects teachers with Young Learners in China. A General Palfish teacher teaches 1-to-1 or group classes, but no materials are given. These classes are more like conversation classes. A Palfish Kids Course teacher will teach only 1-to-1 and is given lesson materials. There are no requirements to be a General teacher but you need to have a TEFL certificate and be a native speaker to be a Kids Course teacher. General teachers set their own rates and Kids Course teachers earn $22 an hour plus bonuses.
Lingoda is one of the most popular language learning platforms online for adult learners. The classes are small, usually three to five students, or private 1-to-1 lessons. Lessons are taught on Zoom and teachers are provided with in-house materials, so you don’t have to think about lesson preparation. You can set your own schedule; there are no minimum hours required. To teach with Lingoda teachers need to have a TEFL certificate, a C2 level of English, and two to three years of teaching experience. Teaching with Lingoda you’ll earn about $13 an hour.
With Hugo English, you will teach 1-to-1 lessons to children in China aged five to 16 years old. Lessons take place any day of the week. Teachers aren’t required to have a degree but you must be a native speaker and a TEFL certificate is preferred. Teachers earn $14 to $20 an hour.
Berlitz is a well-known language programme, and the language schools have been around for years. They have face-to-face classrooms as well as online lessons. Lesson plans and materials are provided and lessons are taught in a virtual classroom similar to Zoom which allows teachers and students to chat, share screens, and use multimedia. A minimum commitment of 4.5 hours a day is required. Lessons are 1.5 hours and you are paid $14 per lesson, including a ten-minute break.
italki is a platform for teachers to teach more than 130 different languages, including English. Students book lessons with teachers based on video introductions they have uploaded. You can set your own rate. In order to be approved as a teacher, you need a 120-hour TEFL certificate or teaching experience.
With HelloKid you will teach English to Young Learners aged four to 16 in one-to-one lessons. You don’t need a degree but you do need a TEFL certificate and experience teaching English online to Young Learners. Teaching contracts are for a year. Classes are 25 minutes long and payment is between $8 and $22 an hour (two lessons). All lesson plans and materials are provided.
With Preply, you create a profile with an introductory video, upload it to the platform and students contact you directly. You set your own rates. Lessons are an hour long. Preply takes a 100% commission from your first lesson, but the commission decreases with each lesson.
With Amazing Talker, you can teach students of all ages. You upload a demo or introductory video and students can book a time with you for a lesson. Lessons are 1-to-1 and 50 minutes long. Teachers set their own rates, but the majority of teachers charge $10 – $20 per 50-minute lesson. You don’t need a degree but you must have a near-native or native-speaker level of English, and a TEFL certificate or teaching experience is preferred.
With Cambly, you teach English online on a 1-to-1 basis. The students are based all over the world so you can find students who are in countries which suit your time zone – so you don’t have to teach at the crack of dawn if you don’t want to! You get paid per minute, which adds up to $10.20 an hour with Cambly and $12 an hour with Cambly Kids, and you get paid weekly through Paypal.
With Skimatalk you will teach English to mostly Japanese adults through Skype. The majority of the lessons are Business English but these are conversation-based lessons so no formal lesson planning is required. Classes are 25 minutes long. You don’t need a degree or a teaching certificate but you must be a native English speaker. Your first lesson is set at $8 but after that, you can set your own rate. Students are invited to give feedback on their teachers and you need to maintain a positive feedback score to keep teaching with Skimatalk.
As you can see, there are many options available to you when teaching English as a foreign language, even if you don’t have a degree. These ten are not the only companies that accept online TEFL teachers without a degree, but they are a good start if you are looking for a job teaching English as a foreign language online without a degree.
And if one day you find yourself yearning for a job teaching English as a foreign language in an exotic destination, don’t let your lack of degree stop you from looking for your dream job. You might need to be a bit more discerning in your choice of TEFL location, but have no doubt that you can live your TEFL dream.
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Rights concerning the processing of your personal information
- Right to restrict processing of personal information
- In some situations, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of your personal information. We may restrict your personal information by temporarily moving the information to another processing system, making the information unavailable to users, or temporarily removing published information from a website. We may also use technical methods to ensure the personal information is not subject to further processing and cannot be changed. When we have restricted processing of personal information, this will be clearly indicated on our systems.
- You can require us to restrict processing in the following circumstances:
- You are concerned that the information we hold about you is inaccurate. You can ask us to restrict the information until we can determine whether the information is accurate or inaccurate.
- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.