13 Online ESL Tutoring Job Opportunities

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Work at Home: 13 Online ESL Tutoring Opportunities

Working from home as an online ESL tutor is a great way to bring in an extra or even full-time income! If you enjoy talking with people and learning about other cultures, then you should definitely look into online ESL tutoring.

Compensation is usually pretty good, though it varies by company. Some will even allow you to set your own hours and rate of pay.

Some companies require a degree; some don’t. Most require that you be a native English speaker.

Though some companies require a webcam, some do not. However, you must have a reliable high-speed Internet connection.

Here’s a list of 13 online ESL tutoring opportunities:

VIPKid

All online ESL tutoring sessions with VIPKid are one-on-one. You will be provided a complete curriculum and teach via VIPKid’s own online platform. Compensation for 30-minute time slots is $7 to $9, dependent upon your performance, plus up to an additional $2 incentive per 30-minute slot. Payment is by direct bank deposit once per month.

Funbulous

At Funbulous, you will be working with Chinese children ages 5 to 12. You can teach from the U.S., Canada, or Mainland China. You will be provided training. Lessons are 30 minutes long. You will be working with 1 to 6 students in a classroom. You will be paid monthly via PayPal or bank transfer. Compensation is $8 per 30-minute session with additional bonuses for attendance and performance.

iTalki

On iTalki, you set your own rates. You also teach on your own schedule – as much or as little as you like. The company handles all payment transactions. All you need is a computer and headset, as well as reliable Internet connection to teach with iTalki.

Tutlo

With Tutlo, you teach students through an app. Compensation is $11 per hour. There are no set schedules. You just sign on when you’re ready to work. You must be 18 and be a native English speaker. Payment is via PayPal.

Golden Voice English

With Golden Voice, you will be providing online ESL tutoring to Chinese children via a video conferencing tool. You will be provided resources and teaching materials. All work is on an independent contractor basis. You must have native English fluency and at least three months of ESL/EFL teaching experience or equivalent, including part-time, volunteer, community, and coaching activities. Wages are competitive.

Cambly

There is no experience necessary to teach with Cambly. You set your own hours and work as much or as little as you want. You log onto the system whenever you have free time. Compensation is $10.20 per hour, with payment made every Monday via PayPal. You’ll be conversing with people from all over the world.

SameSpeak

Utilizing Skype, you will provide 30-minute conversational lessons. SameSpeak will provide you teaching resources. Compensation is $10 for every half-hour lesson. You will essentially be giving foreign speakers the chance to interact and converse with real live native English speakers. You must be at least 16 years of age. Payment is made via PayPal.

NiceTalk

Hours are flexible. You set your own online ESL tutoring schedule. You must be a native English speaker to work with NiceTalk. You must also have reliable high-speed Internet. It doesn’t appear you will be provided with lesson plans or resources. Basically, you will be carrying on a conversation. Compensation is $10 per hour. Payment is via PayPal.

TutorABC

You must have your TESOL/TEFL Certification and a bachelor’s degree or higher to tutor with TutorABC. You must also have at least one year of teaching experience. You will be paid a base rate per tutoring session, which will be determined based upon your qualifications and experience. Payment is made via bank transfer.

Berlitz

You must be a native English speaker to teach with Berlitz. You will tutor students via the company’s downloadable platform. You must have previous teaching experience. I was unable to find the rate of compensation on the Berlitz site.

OpenEnglish

Online ESL tutors teach through the company’s online portal and are independent contractors. You will be working with small groups. You must be a native English speaker and have experience teaching ESL to adults of all levels. All tutors must have reliable high-speed Internet and a quiet space from which to work.

EnglishHunt

You do not need teaching certification for the company’s phone English programs. But you should have at least a two-year degree. You will be provided curriculum. You must have reliable high-speed Internet access, as well as an up-to-date PC or laptop. You will be working with both children and adults. There are more stringent requirements for video tutoring. All payments will be made via direct deposit. Compensation is determined on a case-by-case basis, as the company has different arrangements with its various partners.

NativeTalk

This opportunity is for university students, and your university must be on the company’s list. You set your own schedule and work whenever you want, for as long as you want. You must have a strong WiFi connection. Compensation averages $12 an hour. Payment is weekly via PayPal.

If you’re interested in work-at-home opportunities for tutors, other than online ESL tutoring, see my post – 11 Online Tutoring Job Opps!

If you’re interested in tutoring English to Chinese students K through 12 online (you can earn $16 to $20 an hour), see my post – Work at Home: Online English Tutor Jobs with Qkids!

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