So you’ve thought about teaching English, but don’t want to uproot yourself and travel to another country to do it, or already have a full time job. Well, why not teach English online? A growing number of education sites provide a platform for native English speakers to teach English online, via chat, web cam, or sometimes over the phone. The pay varies, but usually starts at $10 all the way up to $70/hr.
Don’t have a college degree? Some of the sites listed below only require that you demonstrate you’re a native English speaker. Others have more stringent education requirements. Some of the excellent sites below also carter to teachers of other languages, such as Spanish, German, Mandarin etc. The bottom line is, if you’re personable, energetic, and love to teach, your language skills can be your ticket to a part or even full time income at home.
The following are the 10 best sites to teach English online that I could find, after factoring in user reviews, pay rates, and abundance of work availability.
- Cambly: If you’re a native English speaker and have a webcam, you can teach English online and earn an income using Cambly. They don’t require any previous experience or college degree. Cambly pays $0.17 per minute, or $10.20/hour. Pays weekly via Paypal.
- VIPKids: This is a popular English teaching platform coming out of China. They require all English teachers to have at least a Bachelor’s degree, and the interview process includes a mock class to demonstrate your teaching chops. English teachers can expect to be paid a minimum of $14/hour, up to $22 based on the number of class you’re able to teach each month.
- iTalki: Enables native speakers from a list of popular languages to earn an income conversing or teaching their language to students. The list includes obviously English, but also French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean etc. Apply to become one of two types of teachers- Community Tutors that don’t require any specific education level, or Professional Teachers that demand a University degree. You set your own rate as a teacher, with iTalki taking 15%. From browsing their directory, English teachers demand anything from $10/hr up to $70 or more for business English.
- TutorABC: Unlike some of the other sites that lean towards one on one tutoring, with TutorABC you’ll be teaching a group of students at once. Sessions are mostly conversational in nature. Classes are held 24/7, so there is plenty of opportunity for a steady stream of work. The pay varies based on your past teaching experience, student rating etc, and is via wire transfer. Potential English teachers need to hold a Bachelor’s degree. Based in Taiwan.
- VerbalPlanet: Similar to TutorABC, VerbalPlanet is a community of language speakers and students, pairing the two up. Teachers use Skype to conduct their teaching sessions, and are paid via Paypal. Start by creating a profile with details on your teaching experience, rates, and languages you’re capable of teaching. Once your profile is approved, you’re on your way.
- Golden Voice English: Based in Toronto Canada, GVE specializes in offering online English classes to Chinese students via video conferencing software. Teachers should be native English speakers and able to work between the hours of 6:00 am to 10:00am (EST) on Monday-Saturday. A Bachelor’s degree in education is desired (though not required it seems).
- Learnlight: Focuses on training the corporate world in 15 different languages- English, Spanish, French, German, Mandarin etc. As a virtual English teacher you are required to have at least 2 years previous teaching experience, a recognized teaching certificate (TEFL, CELTA, TESOL, FLE, DAEFLE, DELE, ELE, DaF, DITALS, EPE etc), plus ability to commit to a fixed schedule of at least 10 hours of week of teaching time.
- Deerkid: This is a China-based online education platform that offers North America kindergarten and elementary curriculum to children in China over the internet. English Teachers should be from the US or Canada, hold a Bachelor’s degree, and possess a minimum of one year classroom K12 experience. With such qualifications you can expect a base pay of $14-$18, up to $20/hr after bonuses.
- Open English: A large English Teaching platform from Latin America. Live classes are held 24/7. They’re looking for native American English speakers to teach ESL online as contractors. No explicit education requirements mentioned. Pay generally starts at $10/hr.
- iPayfish: A English teaching app that pairs English teachers with students in China and beyond. They are no explicit requirements to become a teacher, and you set your own rates. The app states the average rate teachers on their app demand is $10 – $18/hr.
The best thing about teaching English online is the flexibility it offers. In general you’re able to set your own schedule, and can dictate the number of hours per month to teach. As a former ESL instructor, I can also tell you how rewarding it is to connect with people from all over the world and see the real impact my classes are having on students. Most ESL and language students are very eager to learn, and the appreciation they show to teachers is a huge satisfaction in itself. Embrace your students, and it will definitely be reciprocated!