Teach English Online

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There is a massive shortage of English teachers worldwide and now the internet is accessible in more places than ever before allowing students and teachers to connect via video. More than 2 billion people will be using English by 2020.

Experience

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Do you have a degree? It can help you get a better rate or give you more choice of jobs to choose from but the bottom line is you don’t need a degree to teach English online as a second language. There are many ESL employers worldwide who desperately need passionate English teachers and the minimum requirement is a 120hr TEFL certificate. The 120hr TEFL certificate provides all the necessary skills and knowledge required to teach English online or in a classroom. It covers The ESL employers even provide the teaching material and systems so you just turn up and make yourself familiar with the material and add your own style.

What Equipment Is Required

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Desktop/Laptop with a webcam, a headset and high speed internet connection. So pretty standard stuff that most of us probably have already. But it will make a massive difference on the quality of the lessons if you have good quality equipment. You don’t need any special software and contact is made via video through the webcam.

You Have Never Taught Online

Once you are recruited the ESL employer will provide support and mentor you until you are confident using the video system to connect with the students.

Lessons

Normally 1-5 students in a lesson, and lessons are between 25min-45min. Once again it will depend on the ESL employer.

Who Will You Teach

Students aged between 4 – 18 years old.

How Flexible Are The Working Hours?

ESL employers all have their own teaching hours. Some allow you to choose as many or as few hours weekly whereas others will want a fixed weekly schedule. Most ESL employers are based in Asia so the online teaching is based on their schedule. You’ll be expected to work for at least 4 to 10 hours a week.

For example South Korea’s peak online teaching hours for some of the different time zones:

Your Zone Weekdays Weekends
GMT – UK & Ireland 9pm-12am

 

9am-3pm

12pm-12am
Central European 10pm-1am 1am-1pm
Standard
GMT+1 (France, 10am-4pm
Germany etc)
South Africa GMT+2 11pm-2am 10am-10pm
PST (GMT-8)

Canada and USA

1pm-4pm (day before)

 

1am-7am

4pm-4am
US Central Standard 3pm-6pm (day before)

 

3am-9am

6pm-6am
GMT -6
(Canada, US, Central
America, Mexico)
New Zealand GMT

+13

10am-1pm

 

10pm-4am

1pm-1am

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