North American ESL Companies
Most of these companies are looking for native English speakers with an American or Canadian accent. These schools typically have high salaries and pay rate compared to other schools.
The list below is sorted by the highest to lowest rated. Click on the image of the school to read the full review, find out where to apply, and read the requirements. You can use the filters and search function as well to help narrow down your choice.
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Review: Accent Advisor requires that you are a native ESL teacher from the US. You will be teaching adult expats online that live in the US. The students are fluent in English, and simply want to reduce their foreign accent. You must have the ability to teach the standard American accent and have at least two years of ESL teaching experience as another requirement for teaching for Accent Advisor. If you are a bilingual native speaker that is an advantage. All classes are in the US daytime with complete flexibility for teachers who work whenever they choose. You will be working from 10 hours a week up to 50 hours a week with a salary of $15 per hour with no penalties. You are paid for lessons where the student is a no-show and for classes that were canceled with less than 2 hours notice. The starting pay rate is $15. Your rate will increase after 750 teaching hours to $16, and after 1500 teaching hours the rate goes up to $17. You only need PC, Laptop or tablet for Skype Video Calls.
Review: Take Lessons focuses on more than just language lessons so if you have other skills that you want to teach, then simply add them to your profile. The company is based in the US and in order to work for them, you must be legally able to work in the US. You can live in another country as well but you will need a US bank account for payments. The rates that teachers charge are from $15 for 30 minutes up to $60 an hour. They are a well-run company with a great support staff and technical support team. There is a long review by one of our FB members that are worth reading.
Review: Live Lingua is looking for native English speakers with at least two years of experience. They have the basic requirements and no salary information. You need to have a university degree, along with a good computer with both a microphone and a camera, along with a reliable internet connection.
Review: Global English is focused on delivering English lessons to business professionals. They have continued to improve in their use of technology over the years while keeping a consistent pay rate of $23 for the first year and $25 after that. The pay remains the same for both group lessons and one on one. You should have a background in business. The students are highly motivated business professionals from top companies around the world – IBM, P&G, Disney, Deloitte, and others.
Review: Zamenhof is an interesting school and platform. They provide out-of-the-box solutions for online schools that do not want to search for their own teachers or create their own lessons. You must be a native English teacher as the first requirement with no exceptions. Each lesson is 25 minutes long and you can make a total of $16-$20 per hour. It is best if you have a business background and are familiar with teaching adults. They also require that you have a certification from a well-known organization. This is one of those cases where it pays to have a well-known TEFL certification. If you are bilingual that is another plus that will help you to get hired with them.
Review: Go Fluent requires the teacher to teach business English so make sure that you have that type of background. They are highly demanding though when it comes to hours so be certain that you can work four or more hours a day during the weekdays. They teach both one on one and group lessons. They are currently hiring native English teachers and ones from the Philippines. It does look like the native teachers desired would be American, Canadian or British citizens.
Review: Berlitz is another large company, and their pay rate is around $15 an hour. They are highly professional, and if you are a highly productive teacher, you will be able to have a full schedule. They are hiring teachers with or without experience.
Voxy requires a college degree or a teaching certificate so do not apply unless you have either one. Given that it is based out of New York they tend to be highly professional, they pay on time, and the pay rate is fairly good. They also require that you are very tech-savvy and have a computer with a good camera, a headset with a microphone, and a strong, reliable hardwired internet connection. Thier workhours are 1:00AM-11:00AM EST weekdays, 12:00PM – 5:00PM EST weekdays, 1:00AM-11:00AM weekends and 12:00PM-12:00AM weekends. It also helps if you speak Spanish or Portuguese.
Review: Open English has grown over the years to become the largest provider of teaching English to students in South America. Although the salary is not that great, this company is highly professional, and if you are a reliable teacher, you will end up with a full schedule. The pay rate is $8-13 and is based mainly on seniority. There is a minimum requirement of 25 hours per week.
Review: Seer English is fairly new and they are similar to a create your own profile company, except they actively help to get you, new students. Information on them might change as they continue to grow. They are based out of China but they pay in Canadian dollars. Their students are children in a one-on-one setting. Make sure you have a reliable high-speed internet connection of 4mbps up and 2mbps down, along with a quiet workspace with adequate lighting. You have to be able to commit to a fixed schedule of your choice that fits with their peak hours with a minimum of ten hours a week. The peak hours are the typical ones for teaching children in China. The length of the contract is a minimum of ten months. The pay ranges from $16 to $25 CAD for each 50-minute session. There are 25-minute sessions as well. As a teacher, you will need to complete a personalized feedback report right after the session.