FAQ about teaching English online
How can I teach English online?
Can I teach English online without a degree?
To teach English online at Preply, a teaching degree or diploma demonstrating your expertise in the subject area is required. However, no official qualifications or professional experience are required for most subjects taught on the platform. Tutoring jobs available on our e-learning platform are open to any aspirant as long as they speak the language fluently or master the subject they are teaching.
However, some of the more experienced tutors either have a degree or possess one, or more, of the popular teaching and language proficiency certificates. The most common ESL teaching certificates include:
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) and CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
Similarly, the more common language proficiency exams include the IETS (International English Language Testing System), TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication).
Aside from the aforementioned qualifications particularly sought after in a teacher, learners also seek English tutors that can help them prepare for special English language proficiency exams or educators that specialise in a range of subject areas. They include, and are not limited to, English lessons for beginners or children, homework help and conversational English. Alternatively, some learners require English for professionals and work, and interview help whilst others typically require English for studying abroad or travelling, and English literature or English as a subject.
Finally, popular exams that learners often seek help for are the ACT English test, SAT writing and language test, and the different Cambridge English Exams (ESOL, FCE, CAE, CPE…), amongst others.
Can you teach English online full time?
Teaching English online from home, or wherever you are, means that you can be flexible with the number of hours you work. There are approximately 1.5 billion learners across the world seeking to improve their English language skills meaning that online English teaching jobs are not in short supply, especially for native speakers in the more sought after countries including the UK, US and Canada.
Around 92% of English tutors at Preply work up 20 hours up a week whilst 6% work from 20 to 30 hours. The remaining 2% work over 30 hours per week demonstrating that teaching English online can be a full time occupation allowing them to earn a comfortable salary. Over the last few years, there has also been a boom in demand for online education which continues to show significant growth, great news for native English speakers educators looking to work as teachers remotely.
How much do online English teachers make?
In general, English tutors can set their own rates so what they make depends on what they wish to charge and, of course, how many hours they dedicate to private tutoring per month. The average monthly income data at Preply indicates that online English tutoring jobs in the US can typically earn teachers from 138 dollars for 10 hours or less, to as much as 1462 dollars a month working full time hours with the optimal number per week corresponding to 30 to 40. A breakdown of potential salaries per month is as follows:
Online English tutor average salary
|Avg. weekly hours||Avg. monthly income|
|0 - 10 hrs||$138|
|10 - 20 hrs||$586|
|20 - 30 hrs||$1176|
|30 - 40 hrs||$1462|
|40 - 50 hrs||$1285|
The average rate set by tutors at Preply is $19.37 however, the price that English teachers charge per hour really varies greatly. They range from $100 to as little as $2 an hour with no shortage in demand by learners. Naturally, tutors with experience, certificates, speaking other languages or that have expertise in different areas, etc tend to charge and earn more. The language or subject area also greatly influences the rate set with French teacher jobs and online German teaching jobs hourly earnings averaging at $22.55 and $21.82 respectively, just as an example.
How do I teach English online effectively?