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Do I need to get TEFL certified to teach English online?

Updated: Apr 2, 2020

First things first. If you haven’t already, you better get TEFL certified stat! Now, you may be thinking, I don’t need no qualifications to teach English because I help my baby sister with her English homework all the time! Wrong! Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is a totally different ballgame, as different as baseball is from cricket! Remember this: teaching English to native speakers is not the same as teaching English to non-native speakers. If you want to learn how to teach English online and get money, a good TEFL course will give you a solid grounding in TEFL-specific teaching methodology and other essential skills.   




… Or you can try teaching English online from WHEREVER! 

Teach English online jobs mean that you aren’t limited to teaching from home! You heard me right. You can take that side gig/career with you, wherever you roam in the world! If the digital nomad lifestyle is a-calling you, consider searching out the best online ESL jobs to make top dollar while you traipse around the globe.

Because many teach English online jobs are freelance, you can clock in as many hours required, whenever you want! Unlike teaching opps abroad that come with contracts that mean you have to be rooted in a particular place for a particular time, teaching English online is perfect for nomads who are always on the move. The best online ESL jobs are super convenient and flexible, open 24/7, whatever timezone you’re in. 


What are the requirements to teach English online?




If you want to learn how to teach English online and get money quick, you have to invest in the right gear. That means you need a decent PC/Mac/laptop, a high-quality webcam and headset, a comfortable workspace (you’ll probably be sitting most of the time), and a super quiet room. Sorry but that means kicking Sparky and Simba out during classes. Fast internet speed is also a given. No dial-up please! Check that you have enough RAM to run certain software programs. Also, make sure you are based in an area that has a reliable electricity supply or at least a backup generator.


Another thing: like all other ESL jobs, teach English online jobs still ask for the right qualifications and experience. For many hiring companies, it’s essential for an online English teacher to be a native English speaker and to have a bachelor’s degree (in any subject) and some kind of formal or informal teaching experience (mentoring, working at summer camps etc.). Others will ask whether you have any teaching or TEFL certifications.


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