What is the need for ESL Teaching Jobs?
If you are thinking that 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 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
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 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 in a month.
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.
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.
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 USA, then don’t forget to check out OpenEnglish. Because it hires only native English speakers who are located in the USA. The payment per hour varies from $8 to $11. You need to teach English for at least 25 hours in a week.
iTalki is officially registered in HongKong since 2007. If you are fluent in more than one language, then you should definitely consider iTalki because it allows you to teach other languages also besides English. It is open to tutors who are located in any corner of the world.
Are you older than 16-years? Then you can become an ESL tutor 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.
You need to have at least 2 years teaching experience + any one of certifications like TEFL, CELTA, TESOL, FLE and more. If selected, you need to work with Learnlight for at least year. And, you should make yourself available for at least 10 hours per week. The payment is 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.
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 North American style. You will get up to $20 per hour and your students will be kids aged between 5 to 12.
How to apply for the ESL Teaching Jobs?
The selection process varies based on the service you chose. Here is the brief description of the application procedure for some of the popular ESL teaching sites.
Either you can book an appointment to schedule your interview with the recruiting team of VIPKid. The session will last for 30 minutes where you need to take a demo lesson as well. Alternatively, you can also record your demo lesson and send that to the VIPKid recruiter team.
You need to submit your resume, information about your availability, an introduction video about yourself (up to 2 minutes) and attend the interview session with them. Besides that, you need to take trial classes as well.
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.