As you might be aware, there are several teaching options to consider in wanting to teach English as a foreign language (EFL), from teaching English online and in your own country to non-native speakers to teaching abroad. In this article, we are going to look at teaching online, specifically where to teach English online.
Teaching English Online
To some extent, teaching English online is quite different to teaching English in a physical classroom, from being able to teach in the comfort of your home and not always being able to see students (think audio-only classes) to not always having the same students in class regularly. As such, you might wonder where you would find clients (read students) to teach English to. Lucky for you, there are lots and lots of online teaching opportunities to consider.
Let’s look at some of them.
Finding Students Yourself
What may be the more difficult route, especially when you first start teaching online and still need to establish yourself as an online English teacher, is finding students online who want to learn English.
One option is to create a website through which you can market yourself, and you can also advertise your services online through Facebook, etc. An easier option may be to register as a freelance EFL teacher on online work platforms such as Upwork, Freelancer, Fiverr, and more. Check out this site for more online work platforms. Here students (aka the employer or client) post jobs and you apply to teach English to them.
As an independent online EFL teacher, you are responsible for making your own lesson plans, admin, and setting your own rates. That means that you can start with a rate of US 15 – 25, and then up this as your number of students increase and also in accordance with the value you offer. If you teach through one of the platforms mentioned above, take note that some of them take a service fee.
Signing Up to Teach at an Online English School
Another option for where to teach English online is through the many, many online English schools that can be found on the internet these days. You can teach kids and/or adults, one-on-one classes, group lessons or a combination of both. Usually, these online schools provide the curricula that you have to teach, which can make things slightly easier than needing to come up with your own material all the time. Admin (like a class report on each student’s performance and progress etc.) is also expected. The rates per lesson or hour taught also vary; you can earn anything from $10 to $25 per class.
As to where you can teach English online at some of these schools, see the list below (if is worthwhile to do your own research to ensure that the school, etc. is a good fit for you):
As you can see, if you want to teach English (online), you needn’t worry about where to teach English online as there are a variety of options to consider, from going at it independently to working for an online teaching EFL school.
Why don’t you take a moment to share some other options with us in the comment section below? We’d love to hear from you.
About the Author
Denine Walters currently works in the events industry and freelances as an EFL teacher, writer, and proofread/editor. Previously, she taught online English lessons to students from all around the world, and before that, she lived and taught English to young learners in Taiwan. In what free time she has, she likes to travel, watch Netflix, read, and do scrapbooking and grammar quizzes.