Online Tutoring Jobs
jobs can be a great solution if you want to teach English as a
foreign language, but circumstances
mean you can't travel abroad and there are no language classes near
your home, or simply because you would like to work from home.
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What does an online tutoring job involve?
As an online tutor you will probably have a regular time to contact
your student(s). This may be through a program such as Skype
, or you
may work for an organization which has its own software program.
this is the case you will be given training on how to use it.
During your contact time, which is usually half an hour, 45 minutes or
, you will be expected to cover useful and relevant
If you are working for a company they may give you materials to use.
These can be emailed to your student in advance, or provided during the
lesson. Some companies use software which allows you to see what the
student is typing as they are doing their work.
Sometimes you will also have to give your student homework
, grade it
return it before the next session.
Many online tutoring jobs are for conversational
but that does
not mean that you should not have a plan or outline for your lesson.
Conversational English does not just mean you chat to your student,
although you may be able to allow some time at the end of the lesson
What do you need to become an online tutor?
Obviously, you will need a reliable computer with enough memory to run
the software you need.
You will also need a pretty fast broadband
Internet through dial-up, or through mobile broadband
dongles is not suitable for online tutoring jobs where verbal
conversation or video is required.
You will usually have a regular time to contact your student(s) but
often they will be in a different time zone than yours, so you may need
work unusual hours.
You do not usually need any particular teaching experience to be an
online English tutor, but some companies do require experience.
teaching qualification is always useful but some employers do not
require this, particularly if they have developed their own materials
for you to use.
How to find online tutoring jobs
Sometimes online tutoring jobs are advertised on the main ESL/EFL
There are also some companies, including English First, that
are increasing their online tutoring provision and it could be a good
idea to contact them directly.
Pay, benefits and expenses
If you are offered a job teaching English online, check your contract
Make sure you know how many hours
you will be asked to do,
what time the lessons are (check the time zone!), and how much you will
be paid per hour
If you are required to do any training on company materials or software
programs before you start, ask if this time is paid.
Some companies may give you extra help towards your broadband line or
computer costs, but this is quite rare.
Also, check what happens if you
can't teach. Do you lose pay, or lose your contract?
Online tutoring jobs can be useful if you can't leave home or if you
are looking for a way to get more experience, so research them before
you decide they aren't right for you.