Top 5 Online English Teaching Jobs for College Students
Being a college student doesn’t mean you have to settle down for any low-wage jobs and scrape by on a thin budget. If you’ve never heard of or considered teaching English online, there are a few reasons you should. Firstly, it’s flexible. You can teach anywhere and anytime from your own computer. Secondly, it doesn’t take long to apply, get hired, and start working. For most online ESL companies, the process takes 10 – 15 days. Thirdly, it pays well (up to $21 per hour). Lastly, you can learn a lot about teaching and interacting with children and even adults from other cultures. Perhaps you’ll find education your true passion… or not. But why don’t you give it a try?!
For most online ESL jobs, you’ll need a desktop or laptop equipped with a webcam, as well as a high-quality headset with microphone. High-speed Internet and stable connection are also required. You’ll need to have a Bachelor’s degree or to be currently enrolled in a college program. For some companies, a TEFL/TESOL teaching certificate (which can be easily obtained online or onsite) and teaching experiences are preferred. You won’t have to prepare your own teaching materials nor recruit your own students though, the online ESL companies will take care of that.
Here are the top 5 online English teaching jobs for college students:
1. Say ABC
SayABC pays ESL teachers up to $21 per a 40-minute lesson ($15 base and $6 bonus based on attendance and productivity). Once you’re hired and signed a contract with SayABC, you’ll teach the same group of four students twice a week, consistently for three months. The students are from five to 12 years old. You can sometimes teach trial classes as well and get paid $8 per each converted student.
SayABC Job Requirements: You should hold an Associate or Bachelor’s degree or are about to graduate to sign a 3+ month long contract with SayABC. However, they do offer short-term internships to students majoring in education. You must also have a native level of English. You won’t need to prepare your own teaching materials but must review the lessons provided before each class.
Based on what I heard from the Online ESL Reviews community, SayABC teaching materials are quite fun and engaging with lots of visuals, songs, games, video activities, National Geography pictures, and so on.
ALO7 is among the most popular online ESL companies with amazing reviews according to our Online ESL Jobs Reviews community. ALO7 teachers mention the excellent support team, helpful training and fantastic work experiences.
ALO7 has 10+ million registered users and 2,000+ training school partners, thus the work will be reliable and consistent for ESL teachers. They offer a base pay of $15 to $22 per hour, plus incentives. Each class lasts 25 to 50 minutes. Besides this active tutoring time, you’ll need to spend a few minutes doing an online report after each session.
You may teach one-on-one or a group of 3+ students. The students are from 3 to 15 years old and live in China. Hence, the class schedule is from 6 pm to 10 pm Beijing time, Monday through Sunday. Let’s break it down this way: if you’re in the United States, most available hours are in the morning. If you’re in Asia, most available hours are at night. If you are in Europe, most available hours are mid-day.
ALO7 Job Requirements: To qualify for a job, besides the regular technical requirements, you must be a native English speaker with a Bachelor’s degree or current enrollment in a four-year college program.
3. Am Class
Am Class is a new company that only recruits American teachers. The pay rate is quite high: $20 to $30 base plus incentives. The students are between four and 12 years old. As an ESL teacher at Am Class, you’ll teach a group of four students for 25 minutes per class. The class schedule is from 7 pm to 9 pm Beijing time everyday, so quite similar to ALO7. It’s mandatory to maintain a minimum of 8 hours of teaching per week.
Am Class Job Requirements: Besides being from the US, you must have a high level of English proficiency and 1+ year of teaching experience. You don’t need to have a Bachelor’s degree but it’s preferred.
goFLUENT is an online English learning company based in Europe but rapidly expanding globally. They focus on teaching business English and offer classes for individual learners, corporates, schools and training centres.
Because of their extensive networks and partnerships, you can definitely get 4+ hours of teaching per weekday. The pay is around $15 per hour.
goFluent Job Requirements: You must be a native English speaker with excellent English communication skills. You should also have some business or corporate experience. A degree is preferred but not required.
Similar to goFLUENT, Voxy focuses on business and career-related English. The company is based in New York. The pay rate is $15+ per hour with paid training. The classes are one-on-one or in a group setting.
Voxy Job Requirements: They set the bar a little higher by only hiring ESL teachers with a college degree and a TEFL/TESOL teaching certificate. They prefer to hire those with ESL teaching experiences and additional foreign language skills.
I hope this list helps. You can find more online ESL teaching jobs for college students here.