Published 18th March 2020

Make money online teach lessons at home

As the world is coming to terms with a global pandemic, we are required to spend more and more time in our homes. The effect of so many schools being forced to close around the globe has led to an increased demand for TEFL teachers to teach english online. This is creating a unique opportunity for fluent English speakers to earn money from home during the pandemic through TEFL. In fact, many companies that match up teachers with students simply do not have enough teachers to cope with current demand.

Can I Teach English Online?

In short, you absolutely can! You have the ability to teach English online from home provided that you have a stable internet connection. Beyond that, not too many additional tools are needed, bar the following;

  • A pair of headphones
  • A microphone
  • A webcam
  • A method to receive payments like a PayPal account

Skype is the most common means of class delivery when teaching english online, this enables you to be able to teach all over the world.

How Can I Get TEFL Certified Online?

Without doubt the most efficient and convenient way to become fully TEFL certified is through our 168-Hour Online Level 5 TEFL Course

One of the biggest benefits of our Online Course is that you have the ability to complete the course as fast or as slow as you like, with 6-months access to the online campus. With this flexibility you can tailor your learning to your own personal learning style, schedule and also your eagerness to start teaching! The average student completes the course within 4-6 weeks. So, you’ll have plenty of time to get TEFL qualified!

You can access your online TEFL course from anywhere in the world but its remote nature does not mean that you will be alone. Our amazing tutors are always on hand to guide you with whatever queries that you may have along the way. What’s more, The TEFL Academy will support you in your search for an Online TEFL job after you finish!

Our course is regulated by Ofqual (UK government department) and awarded by Qualifi, a UK government recognised awarding body. After successful completion of our TEFL course, you’ll be presented with an internationally recognised Level 5 TEFL Certificate (168 hours), which is the only qualification you need. Once you are finished you are ready to teach!

Earn Money from Home
Earn Money from Home

What Are My Online Teaching Options?

Although the current global situation has accelerated the demand from Online TEFL teachers, it is by no means a recent phenomenon. Teaching English online has been increasing in popularity every year for quite some time now! People are earning money, while making a positive difference in the world, from the comfort of their own homes – what’s not to love?

Of course, like anything online, looking into online teaching can be a bit overwhelming and it can be difficult to separate the good from the scam, so here are some of the most reputable and best online teaching options out there that teachers certified from The TEFL Academy have used;

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, 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.

So why not go for it? Teaching english online is a really amazing chance to earn money while gaining an amazing experience from your own home. For more info, request a call back or enrol today!

  1. Hi I have a TESOL certificate for 120 hrs from International Open Academy. Can I apply for TEFL jobs with this qualification? I also hold a master’s degree in Science.


    1. Hi Bibi, thank you for your interest in the TEFL course we are offering. We have sent you an email with a course breakdown and our prospectus. 🙂

  2. I’m a Human Resources Graduate and i’m willing to teach English Online. I want to apply. Could you send me some info? Thank you! Have a nice day!

    1. Hi Nichole, thank you for your message. We have sent you an email with our course information and a prospectus. 🙂

    1. Hi Sean – To teach online you’ll need a TEFL qualification. Our course will qualify you to teach English as a foreign language for all ages and all levels, online, in the classroom and one to one.

      You can find more information about our course options via this link:

      We have also sent you a message with more information. Any further queries please get back in touch!

    1. Hi Zonain – It sounds like you’re interested in enrolling, That’s great! To find out more information about our course options please visit our website.

      There’s a lot of helpful information there and when you’re ready to enrol you can just click ‘enrol me’! If you have any further questions please get in touch with us.

    1. Hi Frederick – Great to hear you’re interested! the next step is deciding which course you would like to do. We offer one level 5 course that you can study in a couple of different ways. For information on course options please visit our web page below.
      When ready to re-enrol click the ‘enrol now’ button. If you have any other queries please just get in touch with our Student Services team who are happy to assist.

  3. Good day,

    I completed a TEFL certificate with the academy and would like to know how I can pursue online teaching.

    1. Hi there Nonkululeko – We’re always happy to help our students with questions like this. One of my colleagues will email you some online jobs resources. Best of luck in your search! 😊

  4. Hi, I have 3 years teaching experience with EF and have a 120 hours foundation TEFL and a National Diploma. How can I go about in landing a job for online home teaching?

  5. Hi I am a teacher that specialises in Languages, but I have not done a TEFL course as yet. Could you kindly send me the details of this course.

    1. Hi there – That’s great, to do this you’ll need a TEFL qualification. We have sent you some more information about our course now!

    1. Thanks for your message – We have sent you an Email now with more information about our TEFL course.

  6. Hi – please can you send some information, I am a native English speaker with a BA in MFL. I have many years of experience designing global business documentation and training material for non-native speakers and am interested in the ‘Teaching Business English’ arm of this training. Thanks

  7. Hi, I am from the Czech Republic who has Masters Degree in English Teaching. Can you give me some ideas to find some jobs teaching online pls?

    1. Hi Martina -We have a jobs board on our website where you can search for jobs worldwide. You can access the jobs board on our website through the following link: I would also recommend searching through Google for other ESL job sites. We do have a range of internship and volunteer programs that you can apply for though our website at the following links: and I hope you find this helpful and I wish you all the best with your search.

  8. Hi

    I have a Masters degree in Education with 12 years of experience.

    I am looking for new opportunities in the online education sector

  9. Hi
    I am a qualified teacher and would like to teach English online could you send any information please
    Thank you

  10. Good Day

    I have a honours degree in teaching with 10 years experience. Would you please send me more information.

    Thank you


  11. Hi

    I have just completed my combined Level 5 TEFL course and would love to teach English online. How do I go about this process?

  12. Hi. I obtain a bachelor’s degree and Tefl Certificate. Are there any other requirements needed to teach English online? I’m currently living in Thailand.

    Please do provide me with necessary information.

  13. Hi,

    are you able to provide me with some further options for teaching English online?
    Cambly is no longer recruiting.

    Kind regards,

    1. Hi Alison – You can take our our online course and then if you want to transfer to the combined this is no problem – You can just pay the price difference

  14. Hi there. I have a TEFOL certificate and also teaching experience and I would like to teach English online.
    But I don’t have a degree
    Is it possible?

  15. Hi, rally interested in this opportunity! I have a BA hons degree and the 168 hour tefl certification, with experience working internationally. Would love it if i could have some more information on how to start this journey!

  16. Hi I have completed my 320 hour course level 3 certificate. I need some help and guidance how to go ahead with teaching online. I am from South Africa and I would really like to start teaching. I do not have a degree, just the certificate. Please advise

  17. Hi
    Im intetested in how I could teach English online. Im a qualified English secondary teacher with years of experience and would love to start TEFL. Please can you send some info.

  18. I have a TEFL Masters certificate. Can you help with options of online teaching at this current time please?
    Thank you.

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