Published 15th January 2020
Way back when teaching English as a Foreign Language first became popular the aim of the game was usually to pack a bag, leave home and travel across the world to teach in some exotic location. These days, while the lure of faraway destinations is still there, many people are becoming TEFL-certified to teach English at home. Not just in their town or city, but actually in their home – often on the couch in their pyjamas! Of course, as with anything related to the internet, looking into online teaching can be overwhelming and it can be difficult to separate the good from the scam, so we thought we’d do you a favour and compile a few of the best online teaching options in the UK.
English First (EF)
You might be familiar with EF as an international language school chain but they also have an online school. Teachers from the UK can teach Chinese children in 25-minute lessons. Pay is $13 – $16 an hour, but you have access to lesson materials and 24/7 technical support. Plus, if you’d like to teach online but still experience living abroad, you can teach online at EF in Shanghai.
ITalki is not an online school but rather an online platform for TEFL teachers to connect with EFL students. With iTalki, teachers can set their own rates and schedules, so you can teach as often or as little as you want and you can charge what you think you are worth – up to $25 an hour for some teachers. Simply upload a video and complete the application form. If your application is approved, students will be able to view you video and contact you if they’d like lessons with you.
Another online platform is Cambly. With Cambly you don’t need any experience or qualification, though of course these will help you. Cambly is a platform for students to find tutors who are happy to chat to them to improve their English. Cambly pays teachers about $10 an hour. It might seem a bit low but remember these are by and large unprepared sessions and it’s a great place to get experience with real students.
DaDa is an online education platform which offers British and American educational experiences to Chinese children. Lessons are 30 minutes 1-to-1 and materials are provided, as well as an interactive teaching platform. Your schedule and number of working hours are flexible and you’ll earn between $15 and $25 an hour. Because the rate is higher than with other companies, DaDa only accepts teachers with a Bachelor’s degree.
Lingoda is a platform which allows the teachers to choose the lessons they want to teach. Lessons are 24/7 because the students are all over the world, so you can really choose a timetable that suits you. You can also choose which level and what topic you want to teach. Lingoda pays $8 to $12 an hour and you need three years’ teaching experience to apply.
If this sounds like just what you’ve been looking for, then make sure you satisfy all the necessary requirements before applying for online jobs. In order to teach English online there are certain requirements you need to satisfy and certain equipment you need. You need to be a native English speaker or have fluency in English, a fast internet connection, a webcam and headset, and a quiet place to work. Some positions may also require a Bachelor’s degree and/or a TEFL certificate.
These days more and more TEFL teachers are considering teaching online, so why don’t you?