How Much Can I Charge for an EFL Lesson?
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No matter how much we love teaching, the bottom line is that teaching English as a Foreign language is a job. It’s our way of earning money.
If you’re working for an EFL school, then the issue of rates is not likely to come up as your rates would be decided by your employer. Your employer decides how much students pay to attend your classes, as well as how much you earn as the teacher. Similarly if you work for a private or government school it is likely that you’ll be paid a monthly salary.
But if you teach English online as an independent teacher or if you have private students you have the freedom to set your own rates.
The question then is, how much can I charge for an EFL lesson?
How much can I charge as a new teacher?
Obviously, if you are a new teacher with little to no experience you can’t expect to charge as much as a teacher with a lot of classroom hours under their belt. But that doesn’t mean you should undersell yourself.
This is why your TEFL qualification is so important. If you can show that you have done a TEFL course through an internationally-recognised and reputable company, even if you have no experience you will be given the benefit of the doubt by your students, even if they are your very first student.
Generally speaking, teachers with no experience can charge approximately £10 – £15 a lesson, which would be 45 minutes to an hour.
As a new teacher, you might want to consider offering a trial lesson which is either free or at a very low rate. This will give your students a chance to get to know you and for you to prove your teaching capabilities. It will also give you that much-needed experience, so even if your students decide not to come back for a second lesson you are still getting something out of the situation.
Just remember to let them know you’re giving them a discount, so they’ll be prepared to pay more for future lessons!
How much can I charge for online lessons?
Knowing how much to charge for your online classes can be tricky. On the one hand you don’t want to set your rates too high because then your students won’t be inclined to book with you. There is so much competition for online lessons that your rate needs to be competitive. At the same time, you don’t want to charge too little because then the lesson won’t be worth your time.
With online lessons it is a good idea to see how much students are paying for lessons with online companies. Teachers can earn from £10 – £20 an hour through online companies. However, bear in mind this is what the teachers earn, not what the students pay. Generally speaking, the online company will take a percentage commission from each lesson, so you can add a bit more onto that for your own lessons.
How much can I charge for private lessons?
With private lessons, you can charge as much as you want.
Teachers who teach private lessons can charge up to £30 an hour, depending on their qualifications and experience. The amount you charge is totally dependent on who you are teaching and what you are teaching.
In other words, for general conversational English classes your rate would be considerably less than a more specialised lesson like English for Exams or English for Specific Purposes. Generally speaking, Business English teachers charge more for their lessons than General English teachers.
How much can I charge for group lessons?
Group lessons are great in the sense that you are only making one plan for the lesson. However, when you think about it, teaching a group class can be more complicated than teaching 1-to-1. In group classes you have the benefit of group activities which can take time and involve more student talking time. On the other hand, you need to deal with the dynamics that come with teaching more than one student. This can mean catering to the different levels and personalities of your learners, as well as preparing more materials than you would for one learner.
At the same time, students prefer group classes as they are more cost-effective than 1-to-1 lessons. This means that you cannot charge a student the same for a group class as you would for a private lesson.
A good rule of thumb is to charge the students in your group classes two/thirds of your usual 1-to-1 rate. So if your usual 1-to-1 rate is £25 an hour, then your rate per student for a group class would be approximately £15.
A few tips for setting your rates
- Offer bundles. If a student signs up for, say, ten lessons they are eligible for a certain discount.
- Be currency-specific. Set your rates in more than one currency, for examples pounds, euros and dollars.
- Ask for reviews. Once you have done a few lessons, ask your students to leave reviews on your online platforms. This is a great way to market yourself.
- Don’t forget to factor in any hidden costs you may incur, such as buying materials and stationery, and commuting to and from your lessons.
- Be upfront with your students about your terms and conditions, especially when it comes to your cancellation policy.
- Don’t forget to review your rates every year to keep in line with your experience and inflation.
Of course, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to setting your rates as an EFL teacher. Rates depend on a number of factors, so use these numbers as guidelines rather than being set in stone. It’s always a good idea to do some market research and see how you fit into the market by comparing your rates and services with other EFL teachers.
But if there’s one piece of advice we’d like to leave you with, it’s have confidence in yourself, and your students will too!
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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.