Phone apps have given rise to a new way of teaching. While most of these companies do not pay that well, they do not require you to do much at all. Some of these allow you to teach from the app while others require you to teach from your computer. We grouped these together based on the experience of the student being able to be taught through an app. One the full profile for each of these that type of information will be displayed.
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: Cambly delivers an on-demand system for students to speak with native English speakers whenever they want. This is a great place to rack up hours and talk with many students. There are mixed reviews when it comes to Cambly since there are times when there are a lot of students available and times where it is hard to find enough students. it is a great job for teaching English to students who are learning on their iPhones or Android smartphones.
Dialect runs the app called Hop-On-Chat. Just to clear up any confusion! This company is similar to Cambly where you are able to wait for calls from students that are online. You pick up these calls on at a moments notice and talk about the subject they have chosen. There is no need to prepare for the lesson and no report to write up after it as well. You do not need a degree but you should have a TEFL, CELTA, TESOL or another type of certification. You can teach from any location around the world and in terms of bandwidth requirements, they will test that during the interview. Their app runs in Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. There is no minimum amount of hours required per month and they hire non-natives.
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: Tutoring 360 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: SnapLingo has an app that you teach from. The app works on your smartphone or tablet. Their main focus is on connecting kids from China with kids in the US. Beyond the language exchange, they also provide paid lessons from native teachers. The pay rate is $18-22 per hour. You need to have a four-year degree and at least one year of teaching experience. It will also help if you have experience teaching in the Canadian or US teaching system.
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: Jiliguala Education is fairly new and uses an app to teach 4-5 year old Chinese kids. The lessons are 25 minutes each with a focus on guided reviews of vocabulary, sentences, songs, and rhymes. You need to have an iOS device(iphone 5s (or above), ipad 2 mini (or above), ipad 4 pro, ipad 5, ipad air) and headphones to teach with. The pay is $18-$21 per hour and all of the lessons are simple and planned out for you. You need to be an American or Canadian accented native English speaker with a degree. The working hours are Monday – Friday 6:00pm – 9:00pm Beijing time, and Saturday – Sunday 9:00am – 9:00pm.
Review: The Talk List is another android app where you create a profile and then teach when you’re available. Like most of these other apps, you can be a native or non-native teacher, there is no degree required, and no certificate required either. The average pay is $.17 per minute which comes out to about $10 an hour. Your student base is mainly adults who are looking for conversations and other functions to help them learn English.
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.
Review: Face Talk is similar to PalFish, you will set up a profile in order to attract students. With this app, you can teach completely from your phone. They prefer students that have a certificate such as a TEFL. However, there is no requirement for you to have a degree. You set your own prices which are on a per minute basis. Once you reach 100RMB you can withdraw your money through either PayPal or AliPay.