Didn’t even know that teaching English online was a job?
Neither did I. Turns out it’s kind of a big deal! There are several companies that are constantly hiring qualified, native English speakers to teach children English, even those who do not have a formal teaching background. These online English classes are either one-on-one lessons or in groups. Think Skype meets homeschooling. Lessons are usually around 25-30 minutes long and they can involve teaching basic phonics (i.e Aa is for apple) to talking about colors, food, clothes, weather, and so much more. I’ll say this – this job is the most fun I’ve ever had “working” and that’s saying a lot considering I’ve worked from home for over 15 years and hugging candles in the evenings was one of my home businesses once. I even dressed up as Little Caesar promoting delicious pizza with a sign on a street corner once when I was in high school. Teaching English online to kids in China is so much more fun than that. Way more fun.
Here are the facts: English has become lingua franca, or the world’s common language. It’s the language people speak all over the world. It allows people to communicate personally and professionally, despite their country of origin or native language. In fact, the ability to speak English is more powerful than most of us native English speakers even realize. In the British Council’s recent report on the impact of English, a Slovenian Chief Analyst claimed that “it is vitally important that [he is] able to speak English; as important as being able to speak at all.” Wow! Now, understanding that, it becomes clear how technology came to marry education and have this cute little online English teaching baby. Online learning allows anyone around the world to take private English lessons from a native English speaker, right from the comfort of their home…or anywhere else they want!
According to TechCrunch, global investments in Chinese edtech companies rose to $1.2 billion in 2016. Several online English language schools in China have flourished with the increasing demand for English lessons from native English speakers.
According to Forbes, “there are tens of millions of eager parents [in China] willing to pay around 5,980 yuan ($750) for a total of 48 online courses where a certified U.S.-based instructor tunes in through live video to remotely teach [their child] every week.” Parents in China are just like every parent in the world – they want the best for their children. In China, this often means a rigorous schedule and a fierce devotion to excellence. These parents often see learning English as something their children simply must do if they’re going to succeed in the future global market. There’s a huge demand for native English speakers who can also teach English online, especially in China.
Statistics from iResearch and Decebo show that the online education market is projected to rise to US$190 billion by 2019. There’s simply no better time to explore this opportunity. Are you looking for a way to earn extra money from home? Or maybe you long to be home with your kids more? You can kill two birds with one stone by teaching English online. And guess what? You’re going to be making a difference in the lives of your students too. If you have a bachelor’s degree and a love for children, this may be the right thing for you. Interested? Then, you’ll want to check out the links below… because there’s more. ♥
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