Teach English Online

How to Teach English Online?

Since you are here reading this article, you are probably wondering if Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) online is right for you. We have identified a non-exhaustive list of 6 different types of people that join the ever growing online English teaching community. See which group you identify with most:

The Digital Nomad:

You want to travel and see as much as the world as possible in your lifetime because being stuck in the same perspective and mindset for your whole life is just unbearable to you. You may feel that you could easily become stuck in a perpetual rut by having to be at the same place, at the same time every day for work. You want to know how to earn money while travelling as a digital nomad.


The Commuter:

Your current, location dependent is out of town, you waste 2-3 hours of your life everyday in traffic or on public transport. Essentially lowering your earnings by 10-20% (if you factor in the extra travel time and transport cost). You would like to find a fulfilling that allows you to work from home.


The Stay at Home Mum:

You want to spend as much time with your children as you can before they grow up. But your only income option is a location dependant job, where you end up spending most of the money earned on child care anyway. So your only option for extra income is trading precious time with your kids for very little money. You would like to know how to earn money as a stay at home mum.


Tree Changer:

You may be the kind of person that lives in a rural area away from the hustle and bustle of this city. You can’t bear the thought of leaving your home to live in a congested suburban environment where your neighbours are right on top of you. But there are limited jobs nearby and your only option is to move or commute.


Person with a Disability:

You might have a disability or health condition that prevents you from being at a location dependant job, but you certainly are not the kind of person that is satisfied to let that control or restrict your earning potential. It’s not fair that most jobs are so rigid that they can only function if their workers are in a certain building at a certain time, everyday. You may find yourself searching for “Jobs for people with a physical disability” online. You would like to earn money from home.


The Opportunist:

You might have a great full or part time job but you would like to supplement your income with after hours work at home. You would like to change career or earn extra money online.

Anyone who wants to tap into the huge $41 billion dollar market: 


So as you can see the common issue here is that most jobs are still too dependant on their workers being at a certain physical location at a certain time. They are location dependant. This is fine for most, but if you fit any of the situations above or you just hate being tied down to a location dependant job, then read on. Find out below how to teach English online, as an incredibly exciting lifestyle job.




Why Teach English Online?

You have an incredible working lifestyle. Want to work in the comfort of your home? In your RV while travelling cross country? A coworking space?

You are no longer location dependant. If you have a laptop, your work will then travel with you wherever you go and you can live the laptop lifestyle. Want to work in a beautiful resort in Thailand? In a hotel room? In a quiet section of a beautiful cafe? In a local park (when it’s not too windy of course)?

You get to set your own schedule. You get to select the hours you want to work each week, creating a lot more possibilities and options to suit your ideal lifestyle. Only want to work a couple of hours? Want to work full time? Want to work after hours to supplement your income?

You get paid to sit on standby. If your students don’t show for a particular class, you still get paid to sit there at your computer on standby.

You are making a real difference by teaching English an important and valuable skill. English is a global language that is crucial in fields such as mathematics, the internet, the arts, science, politics, health and international business. Yet only 20% of the earth’s population speak it natively. So for the rest of the world, English has to be learned as a second language in order to get a good job. By teaching English you are helping people to earn a living by giving them a competitive advantage when applying for jobs and conducting business.

What are the requirements for online English teaching?

1. An internationally recognised TESOL Certification

2. A fluent speaker of the English language

3. 18 or older

The Equipment Needed:

1. A laptop (or desktop)

2. Good internet connection

3. A friendly personality

You will also need to know what online schools are looking for in a teacher, how to present yourself and how to best use the technology to teach. This knowledge you will receive only by studying a quality TESOL course that has an online teaching elective. Such as our International TESOL Certificate.

What kind of TESOL Certificate do I need?

You need an internationally recognised TESOL Certificate, that specifically covers teaching online, children, adults and business English. You also need a course that has a practicum included. This means that as part of the course you will teach actual ESL students and receive valuable feedback by a qualified assessor.

The practicum is crucial. You need to find a course where this is included. Some of the cheaper courses will make you find you own practicum, which can be difficult if you don’t have any connections in the industry already. Our course fully includes practicum. We source the ESL students for you and provide you with excellent feedback from our expert assessors.

The course you choose also needs to have:

1. A guaranteed job interview with an online ESL school

2. Full explanations about the work you will be doing and how to find it

3. Over 100 hours of training with example teaching videos, tutorials and teacher support

4. International recognition. Which means that it needs to have a good reputation with overseas schools for producing good teachers

We have worked very hard to create a course that not only meets these requirements but also exceeds them. We have spent years putting all of our more than 27 years industry knowledge, into creating a comprehensive and practical course.

Our international TESOL Certificate is specifically designed with all of this in mind. You can study this online, at your own pace, on any device and you can enrol at any time.

Will you help me get a job teaching English online?

tesol-australia-job-supportOur job support guarantee includes:

Online job teaching interview

An extensive Job Guide about worldwide ESL teaching jobs

CV & Job Interview advice

Up-to-date job information



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