Teaching English online is gaining more and more popularity with students, and correspondingly, there is a demand for teachers. Many of our graduates have enjoyed teaching this way. The pay may not be as high as teaching in a school, but it provides freedom to travel anywhere in the world without vacation time, or you can teach from home with no commute, even in your pajamas (if the school uses just audio instead of webcams). This flexibility can be very appealing. But many ask, How does it work? What are the requirements? What companies are reliable?
There are many companies out there that connect the teachers with students. It's a matter of finding the one that's right for you. Students will vary from children to professionals, students to housewives. Online schools target populations in Asia, Latin America, Russia, India, and the list goes on and on. Each school has its own program. Many use virtual classrooms where you may have up to 4 students per class. You and your student(s) view the lesson together and you teach using notes, drawing, highlighting, etc just like a traditional blackboard classroom. Others use Skype; but these are private lessons and are always one on one. Schools will provide you the lesson for your class. Some use a different lesson for each individual class. Some provide you with a single lesson for the entire day. So you will use that same lesson for all of your classes that day, only making slight adjustments based on your student’s level. That means you only need to prepare the lesson once! Reputable schools provide teachers with some training before they are actually given students to teach, and also will monitor the initial classes to provide feedback and ensure quality. One school may have an hourly requirement of 5 hours/week. Others may require 15 hours/week. You are required to fulfill the minimum hourly requirement but have the option to increase your availability weekly, although you are not guaranteed the extra hours. It really depends on how many hours you want to work. You are more likely to get the hours you want if your availability is within the peak hours. For example in Asia, peak hours are between 6-10 pm. Generally , pay ranges between $8-$12 USD with gradual increases or bonuses after each lesson based on student evaluations..
Many schools require or prefer TESOL certified teachers. You will also need a computer, headset with microphone and reliable/stable internet. Generally a 2 MB connection is sufficient, although some schools only require 1 MB. Most schools prefer that you are connected via LAN, a wired connection, instead of Wi-Fi to improve connection stability.
The Canadian Institute of English is not affiliated with any schools provide online teaching, however some schools who have employed teachers who have taken our Advanced TESOL Course have asked for more teachers with the same qualification. You will need to do your research and ask questions directly with prospective employers before accepting a job to find out if it will be a good fit for you. If you decided to work for any of these schools please weigh the pros and cons before so. If you have any questions please contact the school directly as they will be in the best position to answer your questions. Below you'll find a list of several reputable schools you may like to check out. Don't forget to mention that you are a CIE TESOL graduate!