The Top 10 Work Opportunities for Online English Teachers

Updated on May 9, 2016

Teaching a language online has become a great opportunity to earn a side or even a full income from home. Working from home has many advantages such as flexible working hours, an improved work-life balance, the establishment of a family-work equilibrium, no commutes and more time for cooking and cleaning the house.

In times of the crisis, an attractive side income can give you the backup you need. So if you have a good knowledge of English grammar, a clear voice, and the skills, patience and persistence you need to teach adults, teenagers and even kids, teaching English online might be the right thing for you.

There are numerous teaching opportunities that have surfaced in the last few years and more and more companies are offering online language training all over the world.

1) VerbalPlanet is one of the best websites to teach English for. It allows you to create your professional profile including your skills, experience, qualifications, availability, and price. VP has a great reputation as an online provider of language training and you are bound to get plenty of students through this website. Students can leave you reviews which can boost your profile and make you stand out in comparison to others. If students are satisfied, they will keep booking with the same teacher which is a real advantage. VerbalPlanet possesses an easy-to-use booking system which functions on the basis of the time zone you indicate in your profile. The site also sends you booking confirmations and reminders 24 hours before the lesson a student has scheduled with you.

If students are satisfied, they will keep booking with the same teacher which is a real advantage. VerbalPlanet has an easy-to-use booking system which functions on the basis of the time zone you indicate in your profile. The site also sends you booking confirmations and reminders 24 hours before the lesson a student has scheduled with you.

2) Gofluent is a French company that started its operations in 2000. It offers three types of solutions: an eLearning platform with multimedia learning modules, an eWriting option which enables students to improve their writing skills by interacting with a coach, and live lessons by telephone with a native teacher.

Gofluent is continuously hiring native Business English Trainers to teach English to students via the phone. Requirements include a high-speed internet access, a PC with Windows XP or higher or MAC with 10.5 or higher, a corded landline, and a quiet work environment. The knowledge of a second language is a great advantage.

3) On BuddySchool, you can register as a teacher, create your own teacher profile and advertise your services. Your profile should be unique and you should keep in mind that you want to attract students and stand out from the crowd. Describe your skills, experience, and qualifications in detail and state your availability.

There is a lot of competition on BuddySchool which is why it is important to obtain a high teacher score. The more students you teach and the more positive feedback you receive, the better your score will be. You should check your messages regularly and respond quickly in order to show your commitment to your potential students. You even have the opportunity to create a paid ad on BuddySchool. This will prioritize your profile in the search option and category lists.

4) TalktoCanada might be of interest for all those possessing a work permit for Canada. The company has been offering English language training to companies and individuals since 2008. As an online English teacher, you prepare and teach lessons, attend meetings with the management and take part in teleconference calls, amongst other things.

Classes take place in a Webex meeting room which includes a whiteboard and a screen-sharing function, as well as a webcam and voice functions.

5) WorldSpeaking provides blended learning which includes multimedia resources, telephone lessons, and e-lessons. Apart from online lessons, the company offers face-to-face courses in various locations, virtual group classrooms, and an online platform that generates study material.

One of the oldest companies that offer foreign language training over the phone, it has evolved into a professional provider of innovative multimedia learning methods. Teachers will gain insight into the online teaching world and be able to gain experience using state-of-the-art online teaching technology.

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6) OpenEnglish, the Winner of the 2011 International E-Learning Award Academic Division and other rewards is an e-learning company with a focus on Latin America. The company offers live classes with native English teachers in its virtual classrooms as well as interactive audio and video lessons for learners who prefer the self-study mode.

To join the team of live instructors, you will have to have experience teaching adults of all levels, be available to teach at least 15 hours per week, have a high-speed internet connection (at least 1MB), a quiet working environment, and speak and write Spanish or Portuguese, as you will mostly be teaching students from Latin-American countries and need to pass Open English’s Live instruction Certification Process.

7) TutorABC is constantly looking for English consultants to teach their students from Taiwan, China, and other parts of Asia. Lessons are fun as they can be one-to-one lessons or group lessons with up to six people. You can teach all levels from beginners to advanced speakers. Lessons focus on conversations and discussions of various topics. Lesson plans are provided by the company. The payment is relatively low in comparison to other

Lessons are focused on conversations and discussions of various topics and the plans are provided by the company. The payment is relatively low in comparison to other e-learning language companies but TutorABC can provide you with enough students for you to fill your monthly schedule and make a nice side income.

8) Learnship Networks is a company from Germany which offers online language training via a virtual classroom. Their classroom is extremely well-developed and offers all kinds of teaching tools.

The company also provides the material which is why the teacher saves time preparing lessons. Learnship also pays relatively well in comparison to other companies on the market.

9) Livemocha is always looking for live tutors to teach students from around the world. They have an online platform where students can take self-study courses, interact with other people from around the world in different languages, and take lessons with live tutors.

Livemocha is looking for tutors who have language teaching qualification or diploma, a minimum of 2 years experience teaching online or face-to-face, are native speakers, and have a good internet connection as well as a webcam and a headset.

Good luck with your applications!

10) OpenEnglish

In order to qualify as a teacher for OpenEnglish, you must have a stable internet connection, a headset and a quiet working environment. The lesson plans you use for your students are provided to you before the classes. The classes have only one to four students which will make teaching very pleasant for you.


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      James McNamara 9 days ago

      VIPKID is the best online ESl company I have worked for in 10+ years in the online teaching field. I make $22-25/hour and my schedule is as full as I want.

      Use my link and I will be glad to help coach you through the application and interview process.

      Americans and Canadians only, sorry, company policy.

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      Patricia 3 weeks ago


      Does anyone have any experience of working online with Topica Native in Vietnam?

      I have just signed a contract with them but now they are asking me to fill out more complex paperwork for payment after my first week of classes. Just wondering if all online companies do this as it quite detailed and time consuming.

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      TylerA 8 weeks ago

      Someone asked about 51 Talk. I've been teaching through them for over a year now. The $22/hr is a little misleading. You get that if you get to their highest tier of $11/25 min lesson. You can get promoted after a set number of successful lessons. Most people will start at either $8 or $9 per 25 minute lesson. I like them because the lessons are all provided and there's very little preparation needed to teach the lessons. However their attendance policy is brutal. You are fined for missing classes, even if they are notified. That said, I make more than double what I made teaching through an ALT dispatch company in Japan. And I get to where pj pants while teaching. So there's that..

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      egwatson11 2 months ago

      Hi Jennifer, I noticed that the second company you mentioned (goFLUENT) did not include a URL to their website. May I suggest linking to it to help readers navigate to their website easily?

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      Maritere Brueggeman 3 months ago

      Excellent!!! Thank you for sharing

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      PeterPanda 5 months ago

      Stay away from TutorABC. They have changed ruled to the detriment of the teachers and I make an average of $3.50-$7 ph if a client decides to rate/tip you. Good place to learn but you wont make a lot of money. Support is horrible

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      Francophone west african ESL specialist 6 months ago

      Dear all,

      I am a West African ESL specialist with French as a first language. I have been looking for online teaching opportunities for a month now. I have about a 10-year experience in the field, got a BA in English from the USA and other teaching certifications, a CELTA, taught all levels in ESL(general, business and ESP) for eight years and have native fluency. However, most offers are targeted to native speakers or teachers from some countries. Anybody has an idea how to get my dream job? Thanks for your comprehension.

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      Lulama 6 months ago

      Im from South Africa im looking for online teaching can you help

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      Paloma 7 months ago

      Good afternoon

      I am a spanish teacher and I would like to work with you.I am looking for a job online, on skype.



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      Carmen Muller 8 months ago

      Good Day I am a Native Speaking South Africa Teacher. I am looking for an On Line Teacher positions. If you can kindly put me on your Data base if any positions becomes available.



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      loriann 9 months ago

      Live mocha is now permanently closed, so you will want to take it out of the article. The link redirected me to Rosetta Stone.

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      Andy Done-Johnson 10 months ago

      Brilliant article - really got me thinking about the potential of teaching online.

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      Ned 10 months ago

      Do Not use OK Panda !! they Paid me nothing for a month due two cancellations because I was Ill. Avoid them.

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      pooja ghosh 14 months ago

      online teaching english is a great idea beacause it allows teachers to teach students at their own flexible time and students on the other hand can get in touch with their teacher at any point of the day and can also solve their subject related problem thus enhancing knowledge about the subject more easily and quickly

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      sara 15 months ago

      English is the hardest language to be fluent in, in the world. However, it is not the hardest language to learn on the basic level.

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      shaniqua 15 months ago

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      Victoria Lynn 16 months ago

      Great article! I wanted you to know that this article came up FIRST in a Google search!

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      Sarah 17 months ago

      How can I apply for teaching here?

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      john mes 17 months ago

      what about 51talk? or the ones that advertise 22$? is that just for peopel who speak obscure languages which have a demand right now? From glassdoor, it appears 51talk pays slightly more then recovers the pay on fines for negative reviews or mising classes even with notice.

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      Aref souf 18 months ago


      The article is so helpful yet I am bit disappointed because it targets native speakers only . The point is that some non-native teachers have the competence and performance of natives .

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      Peter 18 months ago

      I recommend to boost your level of language tutoring on .

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      Daniel DiDio 22 months ago

      You need to add VIPKID to the list. I have been working for them for over 6 months now and I love it!

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      Ray Pitcher 23 months ago

      I think you've put together a really great collection of site which I struggled to find myself. Hats off to you!

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      Kids ESL 23 months ago

      Thanks for writing this. I'll try and check them out. I wrote this guide on how to teach on Skype from my own experience. It would be great if you have any other ideas.

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      Cygnet Brown 24 months ago from Springfield, Missouri

      Thanks for the information! I see several companies that would be a good fit for me and several that would not.

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      Kelsey Elise Farrell 2 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Great hub and extremely informative, thanks for sharing!

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      Cynthia B Turner 2 years ago from Georgia

      This is a very helpful list. I've been considering looking into teaching English since, as a freelancer, it's nice to have multiple streams of income. I have a friend who actually taught in China for a few years, but is now teaching online from her home in the US. She also has found it to be a good source of income.

      Take care.

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      Paul 2 years ago

      Curious: Why is OpenEnglish included twice?

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      Cesilia 2 years ago

      Thank for this article (and for your article about living in Argentina where I live now!) They are all really well written and helpful. Im working for an online company at the moment teaching but the pay is awful...less than £1.50 per class! So I will definitely check out all of your suggestions. Thanks so much!

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      Seshagopalan Murali 2 years ago from Chennai, Tamil Nadu

      Thank you very much. Signed up successfully.

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      conrod 2 years ago

      splendid job with this hub, I can believe I have been researching this for so long without any success. thanks again...

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      Jennifer Madison 3 years ago from Lohmar

      I am glad my articled helped you get into VerbalPlanet congrats! I have been there for like 3 years I think and I am really happy with them! Good luck!! VerbalPlanet is really the best website out there. Try Berlitz as well, they are looking for online teachers at the moment, but they don't pay extremely well. But for a start, why not?

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      Jadeofheart 3 years ago

      This is just perfect! Through you, I have applied to verbal planet and I will be teaching my very first student on Tuesday morning. Thank you!

      Though, I don't really like buddyschool, because they require a buck a month to get your profile listed. Thank you so much.

      Anyway, do you know any other sites similar to that with verbal planet which has a loooooot of traffic?


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      Jennifer Madison 5 years ago from Lohmar

      Thank you very much Liz-reviews, happy to know my article was helpful :)

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      Jennifer Madison 5 years ago from Lohmar

      Thank you Distant Mind, I am glad you found this article useful!

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      Eunice Elizabeth 5 years ago from Vancouver, BC

      Excellent and very informative Hub Jennifer.

      Thanks for all the detailed listings for each company.

      Voted interesting, Voted up


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      Distant Mind 5 years ago

      Very interesting and informative! Voted up, useful and interesting!