How to Teach English Online – What You Should Know

When you first start thinking about how to teach English online, you have to consider whether you will teach for an online school, tutoring service, or manage your own business and website.

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If you decide to teach at an online school, you need to get through the application process, just as you would for any other school. You’ll may be required to obtain TEFL certification and have some relevant teaching experience to get accepted. However, some schools do accept people that are eager and have no experience and remember, teaching swimming or Sunday school at your church is teaching experience. Make sure you mention those on your resume.

You may also sign up and create a profile on one of the numerous online teaching websites. Doing this is very easy, but you must also realize that your profile may compete with thousands of others. Some of these sites have more teachers than students. However, you may be able to gain some valuable experience on how to teach English online.

Running your own website is by far the best choice in terms of profit. It gives you freedom to choose the hours you will teach and the students. The pay is higher,but you will also work harder to promote your services and find students.

What you should be offering…

One of the most important things is to provide some form of structure; make lesson plans and stick to them. Or at least have some guidelines for you and your student to help both of you accomplish the lesson. You most likely will encounter students who only want to talk (and have you just sit there and listen), but this may not be what most of your students need. So you will have to balance what the student wants with what you, as the teacher, know the student needs to improve their language skills. The understanding of that balance comes from experience and taking courses on teaching English.

You should also consider what you know best and are comfortable teaching. Are you great with conversation, vocabulary, speech, writing, pronunciation or grammar? There are so many niche areas in ESL to specialize in; Identify your favorite niche and market to it. Not sure what your Shocking Bible facts good at? Get started teaching online and soon you will find the area you are most comfortable teaching.

Promoting your Services

This is where so many would be online teachers fail; when you start looking at how to teach English online you have to think about how to promote yourself!

There are a number of ways to do that; you can start with some of the following…

– Post advertisements on websites with lots of English learners. – Check out online tutor databases. You could also open an account and create an engaging profile to attract students. Join in ESL forums where you can leave your signature. – Promote your website or services using social media sites, like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

There’s no better time to start teaching English online than now!

With a small investment, you can start teaching English online and watch it grow. That is the greatest thing about online teaching. The start up costs are low; probably lower than almost any other business. If you want your own business and especially the freedom of an online business; teaching English online may be for you!

Be sure to sign up for one of my free webinars on “How to teach English online; Start you own Online English Teaching Business”. I will be re-starting them in mid-October 2010. Go to… []

David C. Redman is an actor, writer, publisher and marketer living just outside of the ancient city wall of Seoul, S. Korea and within a missile toss of the North Korean border.

David was a lead actor on MBC’s hit TV show ‘Surprise’ where he appeared in over 127 episodes. He became known for his portrayals of a detective, the Professor and his comedic roles. David was also a scriptwriter and actor for EBS ‘Go Go Giggles’ and contributed to numerous ESL publications. He is part of the writer team, Redman / Kup that produced the innovative ESL comic book, ‘Quantum Spies’.

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