Now Hiring! These Companies Are Currently Seeking Online English Teachers

March 3, 2021
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Coronavirus has impacted all of us, and online learning has become the norm. While teaching English online has become more competitive, there are still opportunities available, especially if you have additional qualifications, like a Specialized Certification in Teaching English Online and/or experience. Whether you’re new to teaching English or are a current teacher looking for a flexible new side gig, here are some amazing companies seeking online English teachers, as well as the information you need to apply today.

Whales English

Whales English is based in Beijing, China and offers all levels of lessons to students ranging from 3-18 years old. It is well-known in the online ESL industry as one of the highest-paying companies.

One unique feature of Whales English is that each teacher is provided with a support staff member who is there to answer questions and help teachers succeed in their teaching journey.

Requirements for Whales English online teachers

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • TESOL/TEFL/CELTA certificate of 120 hours or more preferred
  • Experience teaching children (minimum of 1 year)
  • Native speaker from the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, or New Zealand
  • Desire to engage and inspire young learners

Details of the job

Whales tutors are paid $18-26 per hour for each 50-minute lesson; plus, you can earn performance-based bonuses.

Like many other Chinese companies, at Whales English, you will be working Beijing peak hours since your students are located in China. Peak hours are weekdays from 6:55 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and weekends from 9:10 a.m. to 12:20 a.m. and 6:55 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Remember that these times are all Beijing time so you will need to see what they would be in your own time zone.

Teachers are required to teach a minimum of eight hours weekly, during peak Beijing hours, for what they call the 1V2 Program (in which you teach no more than 2 students).

Whales offers free, tailored training and resources for all teachers. In addition, there are opportunities for teachers to hold other positions, such as evaluator or trainer. 

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Freelance online English teacher, Jay, teaches for Whales English. He shared his experience with us in this interview.

How to get started with Whales English

To start the hiring process, you will first submit an online application. Then, you’ll be contacted by the company to complete a mock class. Once you pass the mock class, a background check is required, and finally, you’ll sign your service agreement.

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Open English Junior

Open English is the market leader in online English teaching jobs for Latin America. A unique feature of this company is that they offer classes to both adults and children, making it a good fit for those who prefer working with older students. Also, since Open English caters to a Latin American student base, this would be an ideal company for teachers who wish to schedule students in these time zones or who speak Spanish or Portuguese.

They are currently hiring teachers for their kids’ program, which is called “Open English Junior,” for children in grades K-12. Classes are offered to all English levels, from beginner to advanced.

Requirements for Open English Junior online teachers

  • Currently enrolled in or completed a bachelor’s degree in linguistics, education, English, modern languages, literature, or a related field OR hold a TESOL, TEFL, or CELTA certificate or equivalent
  • Native English speakers from North America
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (both orally and in writing)
  • Minimum of 1 year of ESL teaching experience in a K-12 setting, with online experience preferred
  • General awareness of and ability to apply the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

Details of the job

Open English Junior pays between $10-13 per hour. Teachers can work a max of 26 hours per week.

Generally, the company offers lessons 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but this particular position requires teachers to have at least 10 hours of availability between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. ET Monday through Sunday.

For ESL professional development, teachers complete the Open English Junior certification program and have other required training as well. In addition, teachers have the possibility of working with the academic staff to develop the curriculum and work on other projects.

How to get started with Open English Junior

To apply, you will start by submitting an online application. Next, you’ll be asked to complete an online interview or recording. If you pass these steps, you’ll move on and sign your contract and complete some mandatory training to better understand their system.

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GoGoKid is an online English tutoring company based in China that offers one-on-one lessons to Chinese students of all levels from ages 4-12. One advantage of this company is that there is no minimum number of teaching hours required. Also, teachers tend to love the curriculum, which includes drawing tools and other interactive content that makes the lessons more fun for both the teachers and students.

Requirements for GoGoKid online teachers  

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Neutral North American accent
  • ESL teaching experience (online preferred)
  • ESL certification preferred (TEFL/TESOL)
  • A big smile and a love for kids

Details of the job

With GoGoKid, the pay is $14-25 per hour. The base pay is $7-10 per 25-minute lesson, with additional bonuses available according to your GoGoKid “credit score.” Your credit score goes up as you receive more 5-star reviews from parents and as you teach more classes.

You won’t be required to work a minimum number of hours with GoGoKid and there’s no maximum number of hours either, but the majority of students take lessons during the peak Beijing hours of Monday to Friday 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The company also offers live workshops for professional development and to connect with other teachers. 

online English teacher Mari

Meet Mari, an online tutor with GoGoKid, who shares a typical week in her life in this interview.

How to get started with GoGoKid

The first step is to submit an online application. The second step is to schedule an interview. Then, once you pass the interview, you will attend an “orientation program” which consists of a one-to-many online training session, a one-on-one mock training session, and a quiz. After this, you’ll submit your paperwork and sign a contract.

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Hallo is a social app for English learning that lets students learn or practice the language in real time through video chat or by booking lessons. In this teaching marketplace, online English teachers can kickstart their own online ESL business from their computer or mobile device through multiple revenue streams:

  • Live classes: English teachers can stream their English classes live on the platform, then students can subscribe to the teacher of their choice to avail of premium features like group chat or offline lesson downloads.
  • Private classes: You can also offer 25-minute English lessons on your profile. Learners could book a class with you in advance, or the app can find a student for you to teach using its InstaMatch feature.

Requirements for Hallo online teachers

For live streaming classes:
  • A self-introduction video that you should live stream within a week after getting accepted
  • An up-to-date schedule and a professional teaching profile
For teaching private lessons:
  • At least one year of teaching or tutoring experience
  • Access to Stripe and/or Paypal
  • Use legal and appropriate content as teaching materials

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Details of the job

What you earn as a Hallo teacher depends on the number of subscribers and class bookings you get. Nevertheless, the company recommends that teachers give both live classes and private lessons but focus on private lessons.

For live classes, teachers make $5 for every subscriber and can receive tips from students.

You can set your own rate for your private lessons. On the other hand, if you find a student through InstaMatch, the company pays you a fixed rate of $8.40 USD per hour.

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How to get started with Hallo

First, check that you meet all the teacher requirements. Once you’re sure that you’re qualified, install the Hallo app and create a student account. Next, you’ll have to submit your application and upload a one-minute intro video to the company’s site. If your application is accepted, the company will contact you within one to three working days.

EF Education First

An international market leader in English language education, Education First is currently hiring online teachers for adult learners. As you’ll teach students from around the world, there are classes available all day and all year, meaning you can set your schedule any time of the day.

Requirements for EF online teachers

  • A TEFL/TESOL certificate of 40 hours and above
  • A bachelor’s degree in any field
  • Be a resident of and legally allowed to work in the U.S.
  • Native or C2 level of English

Details of the job

Education First’s hourly pay rate is $12. As an EF teacher, you can teach one-to-one lessons or conversational classes to groups composed of up to eight students. You’ll also have the option to teach individual students for 20 or 40 minutes or to give 45-minute group lessons.

You can choose your teaching availability and easily open booking slots on the company’s platform. In addition, the company doesn’t require teachers to commit to a minimum number of hours.

You’ll also have access to all lesson plans, teaching materials, and tools provided by the company in their online classroom.

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How to get started with EF

Fill out the online form, then upload your resume, bachelor’s degree, and TEFL/TESOL certificate. Next, wait for an interview invite. Once you pass the interview, you’ll sign your contract, create your online introduction, and familiarize yourself with the company’s teaching platform.

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Brenda, an online ESL teacher in Chile, teaches for Preply, Zebra English, and Cambly. She discusses teaching online in this interview.

Landi English

One of the leading online ESL companies in China, Landi English offers lessons to children aged 5 to 10. One of the benefits of working for this company is it guarantees you a stable booking rate and a fixed schedule. Additionally, teachers and students alike will enjoy using Landi’s fun and interactive platform, as well as the set curriculum the company provides.

Requirements for Landi online teachers

  • A TEFL/TESOL certificate
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Native or C2 level of English proficiency
  • Legally allowed to work in the U.S., U.K., or Canada
  • Necessary computer equipment, which includes access to a smartphone

Details of the job

Landi teachers are paid an hourly pay range of $10 to $18, plus performance incentives and a referral bonus.

As a Landi English teacher, you’ll usually teach two students in a class. You’ll also be required to teach at least 18 hours and six days per week, from 6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. Beijing time.

The company provides a support staff who can help you with your teaching concerns. Additionally, you can connect with members of their large worldwide community through their Facebook group.

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How to get started with Landi

Your first step is to submit your resume for this online English teacher job and wait to be invited for an interview. Once you pass the interview, you will be given a work contract. Afterward, you’ll undergo online training and orientation. Then, you’ll need to complete your teacher profile on the company’s page.

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Magic Ears

Based in Beijing, Magic Ears is an online English tutoring company that caters to 4 to 12-year-old Chinese kids. Teaching for this company means that you won’t have to find students by yourself because the company takes care of scheduling and assigning students, so you’ll be assured that you can get bookings instantly.

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Camille, an online English teacher in Colombia, talks about her experience working for Magic Ears in this interview.

Requirements for Magic Ears online teachers

  • A TEFL/TESOL certificate of at least 120 hours
  • Currently enrolled in or completed a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Speak English at an idiomatic level
  • Can teach kids with a lot of enthusiasm and energy
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills

Details of the job

Magic Ears teachers’ pay range is $18 to $26 per hour. Each 25-minute class is comprised of up to four students, who are randomly assigned to you by the company’s system.

Although Magic Ears doesn’t require a minimum number of bookings, it recommends that teachers open 10 slots weekly. You’ll also get to create your teaching schedule up to four weeks in advance. Peak hours are from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Beijing time daily and from 9:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. on weekends.

Aside from the curriculum, the company also provides personal training and support to its teachers.

How to get started with Magic Ears

First, complete the online application. Upon acceptance, you’ll be asked to give an interview demo, which you can do live or as a recording. Once you pass this step, you’ll be provided with training videos. Then, you’ll give a 10- to 15-minute trial demo. If you do well, the company will run a background check and offer you a contract.

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As an online teaching marketplace, Preply gives independent English tutors not only an opportunity to teach students from all over the world but also great flexibility, from choosing schedules to setting class rates. One attractive feature of the company is that it connects teachers to students with various backgrounds and language goals, so even tutors who have teaching niches have a great chance of finding learners with specific English needs.

Suchismita, from India, shares her teaching experience with Preply in this interview.

Requirements for Preply online teachers

  • At least three months of online teaching experience
  • Can provide their own teaching materials, resources, and student assessment tools
  • Necessary computer equipment and fast Internet connection
  • Be enthusiastic, patient, responsible, and energetic

Details of the job

Preply teachers can set their own hourly rates, though most of them charge between $15 to $30. They can also create their own hours and open booking slots on the platform, as well as teach at the location of their choice. Additionally, there’s no limit to the number of hours you can teach.

In order to help Preply tutors, the company has reliable customer service and Tutor Success Managers who provide tips for growing an online tutoring venture.

How to get started with Preply

The first step to becoming a Preply teacher is to complete the registration process. You’ll fill out a tutor profile page with your basic info and teaching background, then upload an introduction video and a professional photo. Once submitted, the company will review your tutor profile and notify you if it’s approved.

These are just some of the opportunities available for qualified teachers on the Bridge Job Board. Before you apply, earn a Specialized TEFL/TESOL Certification in Teaching English Online to stand out to employers and show them you’re serious about your career in English education.