• How to find students to tutor and teach English online? Here’s 5 insider tips.

    How to find students to tutor and teach English online? Here’s 5 insider tips.

    The most common challenge to teach or tutor English online is obvious: how to find students. After years of freelancing, here’s 5 tips to find students online. How To Find Students for Online Teaching and Tuition 1: Identify your potential students. If you are looking for private students, the first question that you should ask…

  • Become an IELTS tutor online

    Become an IELTS tutor online

    Want to become an IELTS tutor online? Read on for how to tutor from home and earn up to $100/hr supporting some of the 3.5 million+ people taking this high-stakes test yearly. Every year, millions of people take the IELTS test for admission into universities and to satisfy the government requirements for migration and international…

  • Can Australians teach English online with no experience?

    Can Australians teach English online with no experience?

    Many new teachers ask me if they can teach English online with no experience and my answer is “Yes”, but the quicker that you gain experience, the better. Here are your options. You can complete a TESOL certificate, do some volunteering and/or apply for ‘no experience’ jobs. We’ll look at all of your options. I…

  • Can Australians teach English online without a degree?

    Can Australians teach English online without a degree?

    Yes! You can teach English online without a degree from an Australian university. We’ll explore options for non-degree holders – where to find the best jobs, average hourly rates for available roles and how you can maximise your chances of success in online ESL in 2022 and beyond. Can I teach English online without a…

  • Teach English online to Chinese students (How To)

    Teach English online to Chinese students (How To)

    With ≈400 million Chinese ESL learners, it seems natural to teach English online to Chinese students. Here is what you need to consider to be successful, including the 2021 law that could land you in hot water. What was the 720/double reduction policy and can you still be successful teaching English online despite it? In…

  • Freelance Online English Teacher Tutor 101

    Freelance Online English Teacher Tutor 101

    I receive emails every day from dedicated educators who: Are being underpaid or under-compensated for their time; Aren’t sure how (or if) to become freelance teachers; Are freelance teachers but struggle to find and/or retain students or charge a rate that leads to thriving, not just surviving.  Does that sound like you? Read on while…

  • 10 Pros and cons of teaching platforms like Superprof and Outschool Australia

    10 Pros and cons of teaching platforms like Superprof and Outschool Australia

    Do you want to find students for your online English teaching lessons without the hassle of running your own business and the accompanying administration? What about finding students without a website or large social media audience? A teaching platform might be a good choice for you. The online English teaching platform is a relatively recent…

  • 50 life-saving ESL TESOL lesson plan resources

    50 life-saving ESL TESOL lesson plan resources

    What if you could halve the time that you spend on planning lessons!? Here are 50+ online teaching resources (lesson plans, curricula and textbooks) for freelance online English teachers and those needing pre-made materials. I’ve put together the biggest list of lesson plan resources for online English teachers out there with access to an estimated…

  • Teacher vs tutor job online? What’s the perfect online English position for me?

    Teacher vs tutor job online? What’s the perfect online English position for me?

    Imagine that you could make up to $100/hr (or more) working from the comfort of your own home, helping students to improve their English… Do you read this and want to become an online teacher or online tutor, but think “Teacher, tutor; are they the same? Can anyone become an online tutor and which is the…

  • Volunteer to teach English online

    Volunteer to teach English online

    Are you looking for online English teaching experience? Want to use your teaching skills for a good cause? Find out how you can volunteer to teach English online with Australian, New Zealand and International organisations in order to break into the field …or just give back.   Photo by Mikhail Nilov from Pexels Not all…

  • Global online ESL market size in 2024?

    Global online ESL market size in 2024?

    The total online education market is predicted to reach $10 Trillion by 2030. The global online English-as-a-second language learning market in 2022 was worth up to $10 Billion (22% of the total ESL market). 2021 changes in policy banning online English teaching to Chinese children impacted the industry significantly, with a potential reduction of the…

  • The biggest mistake that I made as an independent freelance English teacher?

    The biggest mistake that I made as an independent freelance English teacher?

    Are you looking to attract and retain a private student base? An online English teacher wanting to make a break from a large foreign company and go out on your own? Here’s the biggest mistake I made after “accidentally” becoming an independent freelance English teacher. I hope it saves you from making it too. This…

  • Teaching English online for introverts – is it a good choice?

    Teaching English online for introverts – is it a good choice?

    Is teaching English online for introverts? It might be for many who prefer more solitary, quiet time. Online teaching, done from the comfort of my own home, has allowed me to connect while also having the privacy and space critical to my well being.  This post is written for Australians and New Zealanders but all…

  • Digital security for online ESL teachers, is it necessary?

    Digital security for online ESL teachers, is it necessary?

    Online English teaching can leave you vulnerable to a range of different dangers than the average user. We’ll cover some easy tips that you can use to keep yourself safe – including using a VPN, avoiding remote access software and maximising your device protection. Photo by cottonbro from Pexels This post is part of our…

  • 3 easy ways to pronounce difficult ESL names

    3 easy ways to pronounce difficult ESL names

    While many ESL students use an “English/Western” name, you may find yourself with a group of learners with names that are not familiar to you and difficult to say. Here are three easy ways for online English teachers to pronounce pronounce difficult ESL names so that you’ll be saying “秀英”, “براهيم‎” and “สมชาย” correctly in no…

  • 3 types of online English teaching jobs

    3 types of online English teaching jobs

    We’ve identified 3 main types of online English teaching jobs for Australian and New Zealand teachers: (1) With an overseas-located company (2) an online marketplace or; (3) independent teaching business (one you run and manage yourself). Read on for more information about which option might be best for you. This post is written for Australians…

  • 10+ FREE online English lesson plan template ideas Australia

    10+ FREE online English lesson plan template ideas Australia

    New to teaching? Lesson planning can be a bit overwhelming to begin with. To make your life easier, we have compiled a list of 10+ free lesson plan templates for you to use in the design of your online English lessons, with Australasian specific lesson planning resources. This post is written for Australians and New…

  • 10 steps to make more money teaching English online

    10 steps to make more money teaching English online

    Teaching online is a fun and flexible way to make money online but salaries can be low, especially for new teachers. Here are 10 easy things you can do pre- and post-interview to make more money teaching English online. This post is written for Australian and New Zealanders but all of our information can be…

  • International payments for online English teachers (Australia & New Zealand)

    International payments for online English teachers (Australia & New Zealand)

    If you are getting paid into your bank account from foreign online English teaching companies or students overseas, the process can leave you receiving much less than you anticipated. We’ll compare the costs and fees for both traditional banks and online money transfer services to find the best way to save yourself some serious $$$!…

  • How to make the ultimate online English teaching introduction video

    How to make the ultimate online English teaching introduction video

    A good online English teaching introduction video can be 50% of what gets you hired teaching English online. Why? Well, with a good script, a few pieces of budget technology and a bit of planning – you’ll be showcasing your skills and personality in the most professional and captivating way. Keep reading to find out…

  • How do I write the perfect resume for teaching online?

    How do I write the perfect resume for teaching online?

    How do I write the perfect resume for teaching online, you ask? Are you telling prospective employers, “Hi, I’m currently (or will be) a great teacher”? From formatting, to language skills, work history and background research; here are 10 questions to consider that will highlight your positives…. and get you hired. This post is part…

  • How long are online English teaching contracts?

    How long are online English teaching contracts?

    With online English teaching companies, many will ask you to sign a contract – stating the salary, required hours and conditions of your employment – with the average length of a contract being 6-12 months. Here are a few things to be mindful of before signing on the dotted line. Image by Michal Jarmoluk from…

  • Best TESOL online courses Australia? Compare all TEFL / TESOL certifications: A teacher’s guide (2023)

    Best TESOL online courses Australia? Compare all TEFL / TESOL certifications: A teacher’s guide (2023)

    Do you want to study a TEFL / TESOL course online? Earn a TEFL / TESOL online certification to teach English online or teach and travel the world? If so, you’re in the right place.  With online courses starting from ≈$200 to over $20,000, it can be overwhelming! After 10+ years of teaching and having completed…

  • 25+ Free TESOL courses online

    25+ Free TESOL courses online

    Studying a free TESOL course (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a great way to open up the opportunity to teach overseas or online from the comfort of home. By the way, it’s also known as TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), with TESOL being more common in Australia and TEFL being…

  • What is the essential equipment to teach online?

    What is the essential equipment to teach online?

    Internet, a computer or laptop with a webcam, a headset and good lighting is all the essential equipment to teach online that you’ll need. There are a few more items, though, that can really make you stand out. Let’s find out more. My first online English teaching setup was too basic! (c) Kate Zarb 5…