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There is a massive demand for English teachers online, which gives you a chance to build a full-time business or top up your income without leaving home. The world has embraced online learning, and virtual classrooms have become the new way to teach and learn. Online English teachers support people looking to enhance their English skills. Teaching English online as a foreign language requires a TEFL qualification which is where we come in. Once qualified, the door is open to access many opportunities, including travel to teach English abroad or enjoy the benefits of online English teaching and working from home. 

TEFL courses provide you with everything you need to teach English online and, provided you are fluent in English, open to all. You need no other qualifications or experience; the training we offer equips you with all the necessary skills to teach English online. If you are looking for a new adventure or simply hoping to increase your income, we highly recommend the 120-hour course as an absolute minimum; this gives you the practice and skills needed to teach English online. We provide full support, and access to loads of resources and have a busy job board that helps you find the most suitable vacancies for you. Of course, you can teach English online by finding your clients, but we highly recommend working with an employer who can take care of all the bookings for you. 

Teaching English online is now considered to be almost superior to classroom learning, especially working as a one-to-one tutor. From a cost point of view, it is also much more accessible to students looking to improve their English. As an English teacher online, you can work with children and adults or specialise in business English or exam preparation for people needed to confirm their English competency for work and travel. It also gives you the opportunity to build a schedule that works for you, with some people preferring the traditional 9-5 week and others preferring to work evenings and weekends teaching English online. 

As the world’s leading TEFL course provider, we’re here to help you get started with teaching English online. Our globally recognised TEFL courses give you all the skills you need to confidently teach adults or young learners online. How about boosting your knowledge and earning potential with our specialist 30-Hour Teaching English Online Course?

Check out some of the best online TEFL companies below. Or talk to us today to learn more about how to TEFL online.


Learning to teach English is quite different from just speaking English well, which is why we have developed a tried and tested method. Our TEFL courses bring you everything you need to know to teach spoken and written English online, with all the weird and wonderful nuances of the English language! To teach English online, you will need to have the following:

To Teach English Online, You'll Need The Following

1. Good Skills and Understanding of the English Language

For most people, this means being a native English speaker, but it is entirely possible for people with English as a second language to teach English online. You will just need to evidence that you meet the Level C2 Common European Framework of Reference for Language at the proficient or higher levels. There is a short test you can do for free to establish what level you are currently at.

2. TEFL Qualification

There are a lot of different TEFL courses on offer, and we have carefully designed ours to be comprehensive, giving our English teachers online the best possible start. We always recommend that the 120-hour TEFL is the minimum starting point, but we also have other levels. Our qualifications are also regulated and internationally recognised, and accredited. In the UK, the regulatory body is OFQUAL. It is essential that you qualify with proper accreditation, or you will find employers do not accept your TEFL certification, which is why working with us is the perfect plan. You should note that while you can qualify for a TEFL certification with no other qualification, some employers will be looking for English teachers online that also have a bachelor’s degree – but don’t worry if you haven’t, there are still plenty of opportunities out there for English teachers online.

3. Equipment and Set-up

To teach English online, you need to have a PC or Laptop; it isn’t something you can do from a mobile phone. You should set aside a quiet space in your home away from anyone else who lives there. The audio equipment needs to be suitable, and many companies will insist on a headset with a microphone combo. It is entirely possible to move your office around the home or even around the world if you have a laptop! You need to be mindful of interruptions and background noise. For younger learners, you may also want to have a few props and visual aides; these will be explained in your course and are usually cheap to buy or even make yourself. As you develop your style of teaching English online, you may want to evolve your props to work the best for you. 

4. Attitude and Motivation

Some people take to working from home like ducks to water, but others can find it very strange and isolating. There is no water cooler chat, but there is still a good chance you can network with other English teachers online and be part of a community. This is always advised as you can learn from others and help keep each other motivated. Until you have established yourself, you will have to work hard to get your students, but once you prove your skills, you will find that people come looking for you. However, your positive attitude and level of motivation are what will set you apart and help you make teaching English online successful.

How to start teaching English online

Step 1

Be Fluent in English

The first and most crucial requirement of teaching English online is being fluent. A lot of students only want to work with native English speakers, and that makes a lot of sense. If you are a native speaker and have good written, oral and reading skills, you will find the courses we offer fun and empowering, giving you the skills you need. You do not need to have a degree in English – or any subject for that matter.

Step 2

Get Your TEFL Qualification

Although having a TEFL qualification to teach English online is not mandatory, it is certainly highly recommended. There are lots of vacancies, but many companies will insist that you have the certification and, like those we offer, it needs to be regulated and properly accredited. It is always harder to go it alone, so not only will your certificate open doors, but it also means you learn from our tried and tested program, giving you a whole armoury of teaching methods and skills to ensure your student’s success.

Step 3

Set up Your Equipment

To teach English online, you will need a stable internet connection, and this is the only limit to teaching anywhere in the world! However, you do need to make sure you have a good connection to ensure the video chat streams well. You can use a laptop or desktop but will struggle with a phone or tablet as these are never quite as powerful. The device either needs a webcam built-in or an external one flagged in. Facial expressions and body language are powerful tools when it comes to teaching a language. You also need to have a headset and microphone to maximise clarity and minimise background interference.

Step 4

Ensure Your Software is Installed

Generally, you will find that most students use Skype and many institutions support this too. You can, of course, use any video conference software, so Zoom and Microsoft teams work well too. Some companies have their own platform, and if you work for them, you will be shown how to use them. Video chat is important, so you need to be comfortable on camera and not worry about what you look like-remember the students are there to learn and your face and gestures are an essential part of the process.

Step 5

Build Your Online Presence

Working online as an English teacher is no different from any career, so you need to write your resume and build your online profile in order to get work. Highlight your strengths as a teacher and mentor and back them up with your qualifications and experience as you need to sell yourself to potential employers or students. Create a business page on Facebook and LinkedIn and consider having a website to market yourself as an English teacher online

Step 6

Set Up Your Payment Channel

In order to work as an English teacher online, you need to be able to accept payment either from the students direct or from your employer. PayPal is internationally recognised as a safe and trusted payment platform, so open an account with them and learn what details you need to give to receive monies.

Step 7

Find Work!

You are almost there! You are now set up and ready to start teaching, so all you need now is some work. You will find a lot of job boards online but be sure to find the most reputable ones that actually deliver real students, not just promise things that never happen. To start with, you may want to take a job with an online language provider so they can do the leg work and feed students to you; then, once you have experience, consider working alone if you prefer.

Step 8

Start Teaching English Online

Once you have a job or have found your students, you are good to go! Enjoy teaching and engaging with your students online! Don’t forget that we offer all of our students ongoing support, so don’t panic when you get stuck. Just ask for advice!

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What’s Included

120 hours of Level 5 online TEFL training
20 Hours of Free Zoom Classes
6 Months Study Time
30 Hour Teach Young Learners
30 Hour IELTS Specialist
30 Hour Teaching Business English
30 Hour TOEIC Preparation
Study online at your own pace with 24/7 access
Employer certificate verification
Personal tutor support, student discord chat & Live zoom classes
30 Hour IELTS Specialist
30 Hour TOEIC Preparation

Free Resources

Free 20 Hours Live TEFL Zoom Classes

24/7 Access

Personal Tutor Assistance

Digital Certificate

9 Companies that let you teach English Online Without a Degree

Companies that hire (without a degree)


Teacher: Native English Speaker from UK/US/Ireland/Canada/South Africa/New Zealand/Australia 

Tech – PC or Laptop with webcam/Headset and mic/fast and reliable internet


Pay: $0.17 per minute


Hours: Set your own, with no minimum commitment



Teacher: Native English speaker/TEFL certification/2-3 years of teaching experience/Registered self-employed 

Tech – PC or Laptop with webcam/Headset and mic/fast and reliable internet/Zoom account


Pay: €7-€11/$7.85-$12.34 an hour


Hours: Set your own, with no minimum commitment



Teacher: Native English Speaker from UK/US/Ireland/Canada/South Africa/New Zealand/Australia  – over 18 with six months of teaching experience – TEFL certificate

Tech – PC or Laptop with webcam/Headset and mic/fast and reliable internet (min 5mbps)


Pay: $5-$11/€4-€10 an hour paid via PayPal


Hours: Set your own, with no minimum commitment

Companies that hire (with a degree)


Teacher: Native English Speaker from UK/US/Ireland/Canada/South Africa/New Zealand/Australia  — over 18 – teaching experience preferred, not mandatory  

Tech – PC or Laptop with webcam/Headset and mic/fast and reliable internet – Skype platform


Pay: 3 unpaid sessions, $8/€7 per 25 min session, takes 20% in commission


Hours: Set your own, with no minimum commitment



Teacher: Native English Speaker from UK/US/Ireland/Canada/South Africa/New Zealand/Australia, no other qualifications needed 

Tech – PC or Laptop with webcam/Headset and mic/fast and reliable internet


Pay: Choose your own rate-advise between $15-£25 to get work


Hours: Set your own, with no minimum commitment – the more you make, the less commission charged

Open English

Teacher: Native English Speaker North America – TEFL certification – 1-year experience teaching or degree – Spanish as a second language is a plus 

Tech – PC or Laptop with webcam/Headset and mic/fast and reliable internet


Pay: $15/€14 per hour


Hours: Set your own, minimum of 10 hours a week, maximum of 36 hours


Companies that hire non-native English speakers


Teacher: TEFL certificate or teaching experience that can be verified. Non native English teachers can apply if they meet C2 standards. 

Tech – PC or Laptop with webcam/Headset and mic/fast and reliable internet


Pay: Set your own rate; the site takes 15%


Hours: Set your own, with no minimum commitment

Latin Hire

Teacher: US native speakers only, qualifications irrelevant. They have their own testing process 

Tech – PC or Laptop with webcam/Headset and mic/fast and reliable internet


Pay: Varies per subject and tutor quality  


Hours: Set your own, with no minimum commitment


Teacher: TEFL or Degree or Licensed teacher or proof of employment at language school

Tech – PC or Laptop with webcam/Headset and mic/fast and reliable internet


Pay: Set your own rate from $10 per hour – a 15% commission paid to the site. 


Hours: Set your own, with no minimum commitment

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    Tips on Teaching English Online

    Even online, it is essential to create a classroom environment. Before you first start work as an English teacher online, you should decide how you are going to present your lessons and make the experience for your students. Some of your plans will depend on the age group you will be teaching because there is a vast difference between children and adults. But, no matter whom you teach, there are still things to consider that apply across the board, so here are four great tips for maximising your online classroom and becoming a great English teacher online. 

    How to Set Up a Virtual Classroom

    There may not be a dedicated room involved, but that doesn’t mean you can’t set up your classroom. Some of the platforms may well offer an online environment that gives features you can take advantage of, but in many cases, you will be using something like Zoom or Skype to connect with your students, so the ball is in your court to create the best learning environment. 


    Visual aids and props work well online; if you are teaching the names of fruits, you could have a selection of fruits in front of you. Some teachers like to create a backdrop for the camera, or you can even create a classroom corner with a whiteboard and other items that make a classroom experience. 


    Take care to light your space well; the students can pick up a lot from your facial expressions, so make sure you are not sitting in the dark. If needed, a ring LED light could be added, but any lights in a room will help make sure the space is well lit. 

    Develop Your Positive Persona

    Learning is complex, and for some people, it takes longer to retain information, so you need to have a positive persona even if you are having a frustrating day. Learn how to frame any criticism in a constructive way and make sure you praise achievements no matter how small. 


    Being a positive, happy teacher will appeal more than a grumpy, unfriendly one, and if you want to build your client list, the former is the most important. Find ways of encouraging people even if they are struggling and look for ways to amend the learning to help them. 

    Network with Other TEFL Teachers

    There are plenty of groups on social media for TEFL teachers to meet others and network. It is essential to have support and offer support, especially when you are new to the world of teaching English online. You will find great resources and friends who are happy to share ideas for lesson plans. You can even ask for advice on particular problems. Just be sure to keep the student identity out of it.


    Take Advantage of Online Resources

    There are lots of resources available online for TEFL teachers; they also share news of vacancies if you are looking for more work. By keeping up to date on the latest trends, you will also be able to see if there are specialist areas you could take further courses in. For example, business English is in high demand and another perfect area for English teachers online.

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