Here is a list of online ESL companies that focus audio-only online ESL lessons. However, many of these schools will also have a video option as well. Many online English teachers have been asking for this list so please do share it with others as well. Please comment below if you know of any other companies that are not on this list. Be sure to include a URL to their website.
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Review: Palfish has their own app to teach a wide variety of subjects from phonics to TOEFL and IELTS. It is recommended that you have a TEFL certification or an equivalent. The typical rate that teachers set is $10-18 per hour with some teachers charging as high as $20 or more. You do not have to be a native teacher to join Palfish as a regular teacher, but you still need to meet thier standards. They are currently on a hiring push for teachers who can join their program for teaching children. For this program you must be a native English teacher.
Review: Hujiang teaches adults, college-level students, and children as well. Due to this, their teaching times span from 9 AM until 10 PM Beijing time. This is different than most of the other schools who are only focused on teaching children. As of October 2017, they started to push for K-12 teachers. They are looking for native English teachers that speak perfect English. Your background should be with teaching children. The operating system of your computer should be a Windows computer, with the Internet connection of at least 10mbps, along with a high-quality headset. The main hours that you will be teaching our between 5:30pm to 9:30pm Monday to Sunday Beijing time. Those who are open to teaching on Saturday and Sunday will receive preferential treatment when applying. You should be certified in either TKT, TEFL, TESOL, CELTA or similar to increase your chances of getting a job. They also offer Audio Only 9am – 10.3pm 7 days a week. Audio classes: $12-16 and face to face $16-22. There are opportunities to do other roles as well. As an example, there are assessments on demo lessons to determine the level of students.
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: Tutoring Lab is the same as Tutoring360. They maintain similar websites. This is a newer company that is similar to Cambly, but is focused on students from Korea. You either need to have a degree or be currently enrolled towards your degree. There is no requirement for having a TEFL or other certification but you need to have previous English teaching experience. Similar to Cambly, students call you if you are online and on standby status. You also have the ability to message students to ask them if they want to have lessons. The main thing to remember with sites like this is that you need a professional profile and introduction video so that you stand out from the rest.
Review: Go For Languages are the larger company with three offices, France, Spain and USA. You must be a native English speaker with certificates to apply a job with them. All of the students are adults. If you want a job with them, you should contact them directly for more information.
Review: Mentorphone has been around for a few years, and from the information we collected they look like a stable company. One main issue that we did see is the lesson feedback that you have to give after each class. The problem is you are not paid for the time it takes to write the feedback. This can be problematic given that most lessons are only 10 minutes long. Except for that, there is a lot of positive feedback about the company and the support that you get as a teacher. The pay is decent at C$18 per hour. If you are in the US or Canada this would be a great job for those of you looking to work from 5 to 10 PM Toronto time. They also have morning hours as well. You need to have a neutral North American accent and they have a preference for native English speakers with ESL teaching experience. Furthermore, you need to have a four-year degree and a teaching certificate such as a TEFL, TESOL, or CELTA. They state that you need to have a hardwired connection but what we are finding is that most companies these days are fine with Wi-Fi. They simply forget to update the requirements.
Review: TeleLangue is part of Berlitz. You teach adults over the phone at a rate of $10 per hour. They are extremely flexible and have paid training as well that they update from time to time. You do not need a college degree, but teaching experience is a bonus.
Important: From what we keep hearing PopOn is not a stable company to work for. We still need to verify with a couple of other sources. Hold off now when it comes to applying with them.
Review: PopOn is similar to PalFish and is focused on teaching Chinese students. It is not as popular as PalFish and at the time of this review, PalFish seems to be taking off in popularity. They claim that you can make up to $28.80 per hour and you get paid monthly through PayPal and Alipay. They list that you need to be a native teacher to apply, but I have heard of non-natives that are working on the app. Apparently, non-natives work as tutors at a set rate and native teachers are allowed to set their own rate. The calls are voice only on a phone with no video. Note: we have only heard this from one source, but from what we understand PopOn is going through funding issues. They are not able to pay on time due to this.