Frequently Asked Questions
Wondering about teaching English online?

Do I need a degree to teach English online?

In short, no but it can depend on employers! Although many English teaching companies do require you to have a degree, such as VIPKid, and English First, it is not required for all online English teaching companies. PalFish, which is an app that you can use on your phone to reach English, does not require you to have a college degree.

How much money can I make as an online English teacher?

The amount of money you can make teaching English online will depend on your experience. It varies from company to company. In general, you can make anywhere from $12 to $26 per hour. (€9 -€20 per hour).

Do I have to plan the lessons and create the teaching material?

Nope! The majority of online English teaching companies, if not all, prepare the teaching materials for each lesson. This includes the slides you will use and the games that you will play in each lesson. It is encouraged for you to look over each lesson before going over it with students.

Do I need to have props to teach English online?

It depends on the company! Some English teaching companies may require you to have a prop or two for your lessons with younger students while others may not. However, the majority of online English teaching companies do prefer you to use props. It engages the student and when you are applying for the position, it will help you to get the job!

What are the requirements to teach English online?

This will differ from company to company. For the majority of companies, if you are a native English speaker with your degree, your TEFL certificate, and a clean background check, you will meet the requirements.

How many hours a week do you work?

This is completely up to you! Although some companies may require you to work a minimum of 6-8 hours a week, the total amount of hours that you work is up to you. One of the benefits of teaching English online is that you can choose how many hours a week you wish to work and when you want to work.

Who do you normally teach?

In general, the majority of online English teaching companies have students ages 5 -15. However, there are companies where you could be teaching adult learners. For example, PalFish is an app with an Official Kid’s Course, where you teach children. However, their app, in general, is focused more towards adults where you simply have a conversation with someone on the app and are paid by the minute.

How many students do I normally teach in each lesson?

The majority of online English teaching companies will have the classes all be one-on-one. However, some companies, such as Whales English, will have you teach a small group of students, usually 2-4 students per class.

What technical set up do I need to have?

In general, you need to have a computer that has video chat capabilities (i.e. a webcam), a microphone, and a stable internet connection.

Do I have to be a native English teacher to teach English online?

Although the majority of the online English teaching companies do require teachers to be a native English speaker, there are some that simply require you to be fluent. For example, Cambly hires non-native English speakers to teach English.

Do I need teaching experience?

No! As long as you have the basic requirements and your TEFL, you do not need to have experience teaching to teach English online!

How do I get paid?

This will vary depending on the company, however, generally, if you have a US bank account, (as most companies are paying in US dollars ), it will be directly deposited into your account. If you do not have a US bank account, you can arrange for the payment to be transferred to your bank or PayPal, however, it may result in some added fees if it is international.
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