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Teaching ESL on line? Who has good and bad stories to share?

 
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El_Mero_Mero



Joined: 27 Jan 2009
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 2:17 am    Post subject: Teaching ESL on line? Who has good and bad stories to share? Reply with quote

Hello, I feel like I've known about teaching online for awhile, but I've never done it. I have the free time and don't mind working during my AM just to accommodate a student's PM and vice versa. So, please provide some honest experiences, and also, if you wouldn't mind, please recommend any companies to look into working with. Thanks.
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ofonda



Joined: 07 Jan 2009
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've taught on-line for ISUS (Spain), and Education First (EF On-line labs). They were both positive experiences. ISUS classes were one-on-one with business professionals and paid about $14 an hour. Addtionally, they have a large data-base of lesson plans to choose from. EF classes were taught in a virtual classroom where you used all the same tools you would use in a conventional classroom (Whiteboard, notes, etc...). They paid about $10 an hour. Adminstritative reports were minimal and could be done in a matter of minutes. Prep-time was also minimal (It took me about 15 - 30 minutes to prepare for the lessons). Both companies directly deposited your pay into your checking account, and the staff for both companies were pleasant to work with. No degree is required, but a TEFL certificate, and work experience, are required. Just type ISUS, or Education First into a search engine, and you can easily locate their websites and apply on-line. Hope this helps.
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BadBeagleBad



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been teaching online with Open English for about 9 months now and I love it! You get paid by the 45 minute class, the students are great and motivated and you will get as many hours as you want. Very little planning, as lessons are a daily theme, and you teach the same lesson every hour you work that day. They are hiring right now, so if you are interested email me for more details.
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Gerund



Joined: 09 Feb 2003
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Location: Amerika

PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I checked out the sites mentioned above, and they all look interesting, but the pay is just barely above minimum wage. Does anyone have advice regarding a way for highly qualified and experinced teachers to make some real money doing this (or at least enough to live on)?

Thanks
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spiral78



Joined: 05 Apr 2004
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The problem with hoping to make 'real' money online is that courses via computer are marketed partly-to-largely on the basis of 'cheaper than face-to-face.' That's why the teacher pay is generally less than regular teaching. Balanced out against the lower costs for the teacher (less prep, no transport costs, etc) it can be worth it, but I've never heard of online teaching payng at par with face-to-face, and certainly not above.

Unless you could market yourself as some sort of highly specialized niche teacher, perhaps, but you'd likely need to market yourself directly, cutting out the middleman, to make anything worth really counting.
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johnslat



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The highest pay I've ever heard of for online teaching through a company is $20 an hour - and that's pretty rare.

Regards,
John
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hollysuel



Joined: 07 Oct 2007
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Location: Idaho, USA

PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

johnslat wrote:
The highest pay I've ever heard of for online teaching through a company is $20 an hour - and that's pretty rare.

Regards,
John


The highest I have received is $26, and like johnslat said, it is pretty rare. The company I own pays $20, but I am very selective and have few teachers/students anyway as I've done little to no marketing as of yet... I think the average is about $10 to $15 an hour from what I have seen, which isn't much so one has to look at other things--no commute, flexible hours, etc.
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santi84



Joined: 14 Mar 2008
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't started yet as I'm still milking the clock on maternity leave but the idea of no commute/flexible hours is good enough for me to take the lower wage.
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flossiebebe



Joined: 08 Feb 2013
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:47 pm    Post subject: online teaching Reply with quote

I've worked for 4 companies : Open English, Oxford Connect, JREnglish and ISUS and definitely prefer the latter.
Online teaching is great for flex hours, work from home, can be under the table (not taxable, generally private to small classes etc.

Not so great if the employer is not trustworthy. This seems to be a problem with small schools. They've not met you so they don't feel obliged to follow any standards. eg. one school never paid me on time, another overhired in the busy season and then laid off 1/2 the staff when it got quiet.

Another problem with working online is the isolation of working from home. I try to have at least 2 live private students or offer to do Saturdays at a local language school
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