What is the need for ESL Teaching Jobs?
If you are thinking that the majority of the people in the world are speaking only English, then you are absolutely wrong.
Mandarin Chinese is the primary language spoken by many people all over the world. Quite understandable, because China is ranked as the #1 in the most populated countries in the world. Spanish is the second primary language of the world and English gets only the third place. (Source: Wikipedia)
Regardless of the ranking of English, you need to have a good command over that language especially if you are studying or working in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand or other countries in Europe.
For the past few years, learning the English language is becoming popular in countries like China, Japan, and Korea.
Do you know why? Even though these people are multitalented and possess great skills, they are not fluent to speak in English. That’s why these days the parents in these countries are deeply interested to teach English to their kids. Because of that, many online-based services are listing ESL Teaching Jobs on their job portals regularly.
How to become an ESL teacher?
As the majority of the ESL (English as a Second Language) websites hire only native English speakers, you cannot become an ESL teacher if your native language is not English. Besides that, you don’t need any kind of extra qualifications as only very few websites expect you to hold a certification in ESL or a degree similar to that field.
But, you need to have a good computer with the high-speed internet because you will be tutoring the students through video calls. If your internet speed is not good, then the quality of the video will be poor. Also, make sure that the sound quality is exceptional by using a high-quality microphone.
ESL teaching jobs are the best online job for stay at home moms whose native language is English. Because it provides the work from home opportunity with a flexible work schedule. Not only for kids, an ESL teacher can teach English to college students and adults as well.
Few Guidelines for ESL teachers…
If you want to become an ESL teacher, then you should make a note of the points mentioned below before applying for ESL jobs through job portals.
– You should be ready to work odd hours as your time zone will differ from your students if they are located in countries like China, Korea, Japan etc.
– You should ensure a free flow of communication with your students
– Most of the ESL websites will have their own syllabus and you need to stick to them instead of teaching on your own.
Top sites that offer ESL Teaching Jobs In 2018
Given below are the list of websites which provides ESL teaching jobs to native English speakers.
VIPKID is a Chinese based ESL website that aims to provide international & exceptional English learning experience to the kids aged between 4-12 years in China. To become an ESL teacher on VIPKID, you need to hold at least a Bachelor’s degree and should be located in the US or Canada. Once you submit your resume, you need to attend an interview session conducted by the recruiting team of VIPKID.
If selected, you need to sign a 6-month contract with them. You will be paid $14-$22 for a 1-hour session of teaching. And, the payments will be processed once a month via direct bank transfer.
You should provide a commitment of at least 6 hours per week to work as an ESL teacher. Unlike other ESL websites, Qkids doesn’t expect you to hold any degree. It will consider your application provided you are a native speaker residing in either USA or Canada. Qkids is the best option for stay at home moms and college students to earn a regular source of income by utilizing their free time.
The payment per hour is $16-$20 and the payments will be made via direct bank transfer.
If you are someone who believes in the informal method of teaching, then Cambly is the best option for you. You will get paid for teaching English by simply chatting with the students. For every minute of your chat session, you will get $0.17. So, you will get approximately $10 per hour. The payment is made through PayPal on the first day of the week. (Monday)
To become an ESL tutor with Englishunt, you should be a US citizen and must have a US bank account to receive payments. It offers two types of classes: Live video & Live phone. You can choose the desired option. For phone-based ESL jobs, the payment is $10 per hour.
GoFluent is more like a professional organization for teaching English because it not only provides training to individuals but also to organizations. If you are looking for permanent or long-term ESL jobs in the USA, then GoFluent will be a good choice for you because it is looking for native speakers located in the USA only. They have not disclosed their payment policy.
6. TutorABC (iTutorGroup)
You need to have a 4-year Bachelor’s degree in any field if you want to become an ESL teacher with TutorABC. Instead of one-to-one, you will be teaching one-to-many like in a traditional classroom environment. You can negotiate your rates with the company before taking the classes.
If you are looking for ESL jobs in the US, then don’t forget to check out OpenEnglish. Because it hires only native English speakers who are residing in the US. Of course, you need to hold a professional certification like TESOL to become an ESL tutor with OpenEnglish.
The payment per hour varies from $8 to $11. You need to teach English for at least 25 hours a week.
iTalki is officially registered in HongKong since 2007. You can become a professional or community tutor with iTalki provided you are a native English speaker or your English fluency is near-native level. To become an English tutor with iTalki, you need to create an account on their website and submit your resume and a video showcasing your English proficiency.
You can set your own rates to teach English on iTalki. However, 15% of your payment will be deducted as service fee by iTalki. It supports multiple payment methods like PayPal, Payoneer, Bank transfer and Alipay.
Are you older than 16-years? Then you can become a coach with SameSpeak provided if you are a native English speaker. There is no need to hold any ESL certification or something similar to that.
For every 30-minute session, you will get $10. And the payments will be made via PayPal once your balance reaches $100.
To work as an ESL or foreign language teacher with Learnlight, you need to have at least 2 years teaching experience + any one of certifications like TEFL, CELTA, TESOL, FLE. If selected, you need to work with Learnlight for at least 10 hours in a week for at least one year.
The hiring process includes a Skype interview, training, and orientation. Besides English, you can also teach foreign languages like Spanish, French, Italian, German and more. The payments are made made once every month.
Lingoda is a German-based company which offers flexible ESL jobs for qualified professionals. You have the freedom to choose your own schedule as long as you stick to them. The sessions will take place through Skype and the hourly rate is $10-$11. However, you need to have at least 2 years of teaching experience to become an ESL tutor with Lingoda.
To apply for this ESL teaching job, you need to send your resume and a 1-minute video application to firstname.lastname@example.org
To work as an ESL teacher with Twosigmas, you need to have a Bachelor’s degree + ESL certification or teaching experience. Also, your accent should be close to the North American style. Plus, you should have a legal permit to work in the US, UK or Canada. The selection process involves an interview followed by a training session as well.
The pay varies between $15 to $23 per hour. Generally, the students will be kids aged between 5 to 12 years.
DaDaABC is a Chinese based company which offers ESL teaching jobs to native English speakers with a Bachelor’s degree. The hiring process involves submitting the application form, interview, training, and probationary or trial, classes.
You can make up to $25 per hour to work as an ESL tutor with DaDaABC. However, you need to sign a contract of at least 6-12 months with them. In case a student cancels his/her appointment or didn’t attend the class, then you will be paid half of your hourly rate. Generally, the students will be aged between 4 to 16 years.
14. Golden Voice English
You can work as a part-time English tutor with GVE if you are a native English speaker who is ready to work for at least 8 hours per week. Of course, you should hold a Bachelor’s degree. Six months teaching experience or a certification like TEFL/TESL/TESOL is highly preferred.
To become an ESL tutor with GVE, you need to pass two levels of assessment to. First, you will be invited for a video based interview if you are able to meet their requirements. Then, you need to participate in the Live Demo session with one of their managers if you pass the first level. You will be offered a contract if you clear the demo session successfully. And, you will be paid on a monthly basis.
If you are a native English speaker residing in US, UK, Australia or Canada, then you can work as an ESL tutor with ALO7. Even if you don’t hold a Bachelor’s degree, you can apply for this job if you have enrolled in a 4-year college program. On ALO7, you can earn $15 to $22 per hour to teach English to students in the age range of 5 to 18 years.
The payments will be made once every month via PayPal or direct deposit to your bank account via VEEM. The application process includes uploading your resume + voice sample followed by an interview.
Are you willing to teach English to adults? Then, you should try Likeshuo as it allows the tutors to teach English to different categories of people. Typically, the duration of a class will last for 45 minutes. And, the pay per class will be $14 to $17. To become an ESL tutor with Likeshuo, you need to submit the application form and take a demo session as well. Besides the pay for your work, you might get a performance bonus based on the students’ feedback.
17. HAWO American Academy
Are you a native English speaker residing in the US or Canada with a spare time of at least 10 hours per week? Then you can become an ESL tutor with HAWO if you have just enrolled in a university. The base rate for a 45-minute group class is $18. The payments will be made via PayPal or directly to your bank account once in a month.
To apply for this ESL teaching job, just fill out the application form available on the website. If your application is accepted, then you need to attend an interview followed by a demo session. Once you clear that, you need to undergo orientation and training program before starting to teach English to the students.
SayABC pays the native English speakers to teach English to kids in the age range of 5 to 12 years. To become an ESL tutor with SayABC, you need to hold a Bachelor’s degree with at least one year of teaching experience. A certificate on TOEFL, TESOL or other relevant teaching certificates is highly preferred. The selection process involves submitting the application followed by an interview and a small demo session.
The classes are usually conducted for a group of up to 4 students. And, the pay per 40-minute class will be $21. The payments are processed once in a month via direct wire transfer to your bank account.
To become an ESL tutor with WonderKidsEnglish, you need to hold a Bachelor’s degree with at least 1 year of teaching experience. Even if you are not residing in an English speaking country like US, UK or Canada, you can apply for the job as long as you have a neutral accent and good command over the language.
The selection process involves an interview and a demo session. The hourly rate for the tutors is $16/hr. For taking group classes, you will get $20 per hour. And the payments will be made once a month via PayPal or direct bank transfer.
MagicEars is ideal for native English speakers with a Bachelor’s degree and residing in the US or Canada. To become an ESL tutor with MagicEars, you need to undergo a lengthy selection process which involves an interview, demo class, training and trial classes. If selected, you need to sign a contract for at least 6 months.
The base pay for a 1-hour session varies between $18 to $22. You will also get incentives based on your performance. The payments are made once in a month via direct bank transfer or PayPal.
As long as you have a Bachelor’s degree and fluency in English, you can apply to become an ESL tutor with Gogokid. Unlike other ESL tutoring services, GogoKid doesn’t expect you to reside in the US, UK or Canada. The selection process involves submitting the application form, interview, and orientation.
The pay per 1-hour class varies between $14 to $25. And the payments are made once in a month via PayPal. You need to sign a contract for 6 months to work as an ESL tutor with Gogokid.
How to apply for the ESL Teaching Jobs?
The application/selection process varies based on the service you chose. However, most of the ESL teaching jobs involves one or more of the following steps listed below:
- Submitting Application Form along with your resume. (Some services might expect Voice Samples as well)
- Scheduling Interview
- Taking interview over the phone or using video conferencing tools like Skype
- Taking a Demo class
- Trial Classes
- Signing contract/agreement
Can You Make a Living Out Of ESL Teaching Job?
Maybe. If you have spare time of 30-40 hours per week, then you can make a decent income. Try to register yourself as an ESL tutor with 3-4 services so that you will have classes for the whole week.
And, there is no expiry date for the ESL jobs because the necessity to learn English will always arise in one corner of the world or other. Even if you are not a native English speaker, you can develop that skills by completing some ESL courses or certification.
As the ESL teaching job does not involve any kind of stress, it is a good option for not only stay at home moms but also for stay at home Dads 🙂
Not interested to teach English? No worries.
You can teach any subject you like. Read my other post on How to Become an Online Tutor? to know more information about online tutoring.