With so much of us glued to our screens today, it’s probably no surprise that you can actually make money online too. And before you say that the only people who make the big bucks are mega marketplaces like Amazon and Alibaba, think again. If you have a reliable internet connection, you can make some serious dough teaching English online.
What exactly does it mean to "teach English online"?
Teaching English in person and teaching ESL online from home are super different. Forget using outdated textbooks and photocopying boring worksheets! Teaching English online kicks a$$ because you can access so many cool resources including Youtube videos, blogs, and online ESL language apps and games! However, you may hit a few snags regarding how to teach English online.
First of all, when you teach a student in person, you can rely on verbal and nonverbal cues (like body language) that happen in real time to let you know if you’re on the right track. With online teaching, this is also doable but more challenging.
Another roadblock is tech issues. Here’s how to teach English online badly. Use a really bad connection so that in the middle of your lesson, your screen freezes and you sound as though you have a really bad stutter. Don’t get me started on bad audio. Teaching and learning English is primarily about listening and speaking so if you and your student can’t hear each other well, it can quickly turn into a train wreck. You need to know your software inside out and to be able to do basic troubleshooting. Also, one skill you must have in any online environment is patience.