Yes, we understand that many non-native ESL teachers are qualified to work as native English teachers. However, we do not make the rules. No worries though, let us help you find a new job by listing out those companies that are non-native friendly!
- All of your correspondence should be in a professional manner and written in formal English. Be especially careful about the grammar.
- Make sure that you have a quiet place to teach from, with a plain backdrop, good headset with microphone, and a fast internet connection around 10 Mbps for both uploading and downloading. Test your Internet.
- Create a well thought out introduction video that you can link to in your resume. Provide a YouTube and Youku. Why both, you might ask? Because with Youku the Chinese are able to see it, unlike YouTube which is blocked.
- Get a TEFL certification. This is extremely important given that you are not a native English speaker.
- With each school that you apply to make sure that you include a cover letter that talks about how you meet their needs.
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Review: Oakary is our trusted recruiting partner that helps teachers getting English teaching jobs by matching your teaching preferences and qualifications with schools’ criteria. Oakary is based in San Francisco, CA. They work with both Online ESL schools and teaching abroad in the classroom in China and Taiwan. The benefit of having Oakary for job application is that it only requires one single job application submission from you as a candidate, then they will help you match and connect to the HR of the multiple schools based on your teaching preferences and qualifications.
Review: SayABC is part of VipKid with a pay-rate of up to $21 per 40 minute lesson ($15 base, and $6 bonus per lesson based on attendance and productivity) per 40 minute lesson. All lessons are group lessons of four students whom you will teach for a three month period of time. You should have an Associate or Bachelors degree or are about to graduate. You do not have to have a US accent but you should be a native English speaker or have a neutral accent. They do require that you are located in certain countries due to their advanced platform that runs off of their servers. Continue reading below to find the current list. They require a three-month contract that can easily be renewed if you continue to meet the needs of their students and follow their policies.
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: SinceWin teaches English Online to kindergarten children, age 3~6. They accept both native teachers and non-native speakers with a neutral accent. Different from typical sit-down TPR, teachers at SinceWin is required to stand up TPR, which will then projected on a large TV screen in the classroom in front of 15~25 kids. There will be an additional assisting teacher in the room in local kindergarten.
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.
Review: iTutor also know as TutorABC is from Taiwan has been around for a long time. The base pay rate if you are not living in a country like the US is not that good at $8-11 per hour. If you are with them for long enough and live in certain countries you can make over $20 an hour. In the past teachers have been able to make up to $30 per hour, but that does not seem to be as common as it used to be. You teach in individual and small groups of up to six students. They provide extremely easy to use materials. You will be teaching adult business professionals. They used to give free Chinese Mandarin lessons, but that is no longer the case. Note: in our group, there are those who love iTutor and those who absolutely hate them. Very mixed reviews. Nikki covers a lot of these concerns in her interview.
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: VivaLing is out of Singapore and they are seeking teachers that are native or near-native level coaches of English, Mandarin, Spanish, French, or German. They have a wide range of pay from $13-38 depending on the language you are teaching and other factors. The children are aged 3-15 and are from all around the world. They also have a lot of fantastic reviews from parents that you can read about here. Note: This school no longer requires you to pay for your training. This was a sticky point in the past that has now been removed.
Review: Verbling platform started out providing group lessons and has now moved to one on one lessons. They have teachers from many different languages.
Review: Learnship has a high pay rate, but it is hard to get a job with them. You need to have an exceptional background in business English to get a job with them. You will be teaching to students based in Europe only. They have their own professional materials and platform for teaching business professionals. You must have native-level fluency in English along with native-level intonation, accent, and pronunciation. Make sure that you are certified with a foreign language teaching certification or university degree in a related field. It also helps if you have intermediate or higher level proficiency in German or French.