Teaching English to Chinese students online is a multi-billion dollar business and is expanding as more Chinese citizens take interest in learning the language through the Internet. There is a high demand for teaching children online at a young age where neural plasticity is at its strongest to develop linguistic skills in multiple languages. Many American and European companies desperately flounder to stay competitive with these online Chinese companies in terms of pay and quality. I honestly felt a little resentful to know how much time I was dedicating for much lower wages at other companies and higher demands. ESL Teachers are in demand in China and the Internet is being utilized to teach children all across China to help improve their English proficiency. Some online ESL companies require more experience than others but an applicant can discuss extracurricular activities that he/she might have had that would be relevant to the job. Most of these online Chinese ESL companies pay up to 25/Hr with added bonuses, referral incentives and pay raises. The only downfall with most of these Chinese companies are the lack of hours. Students generally sign up for online ESL classes from 6-9pm on weekdays and varying peak hours on weekends (Beijing Time). This leaves a lot of downtime for teachers who want to pick up more classroom hours throughout the rest of their free day. I wanted to find a solid company within my own time zone (EST – America) that I could add additional hours with a non-compete clause that would allow me to work for other companies.
For those interested, I have two companies worthwhile to apply for to reach a full time employment position:
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This is the Holy Grail in terms of consistent hours as there is an overflow of online ESL students each week. A good idea is to set your schedule from 6-9pm (Beijing Time) 5-7 days out of the week as this is the average workload for employees within the company totaling in at 15-21 hours. However, you may pick up more if desired and there are no limits. DadaABC pays up to 25$ an hour based on your TPR demo performance with bonuses incentives and promotions. There is less training in the company but there is a great staff that is very responsive and a pristine technical crew to help with real time classroom problems. The non-micro managerial approach is great with less administrative focus on main classes and more on the trial classes. This gives the teachers free range in their lessons to adapt their unique teaching styles.
- Varsity Tutors
Varsity Tutors was the perfect supplementary job for DadaABC with in person meetings spanning from 20-24$ and online tutoring around 15-22$. The consistency of the classes were better than other companies from my experience as well which was very appealing. The in-person meeting software locates students who need help within your radius for tutoring opportunities with ranges from 5-20 miles that you choose. This provides great incentives for online ESL teachers who want to get out of the online realm once in awhile and acts as a hybrid approach to classroom instructing in both domains. Moreover, there is no non-compete clause that discourages applicants from holding another teaching position. The pay is TWICE A WEEK which is awesome compared to the once a month routine we have all grown accustomed to at other online ESL companies. Some of the big names flounder in comparison to the flexibility of Varsity Tutors and I have found this to be a great auxiliary job for aspiring ESL teachers at an excellent wage that compliments the pay schedule nicely.
For those outside of the United States, there are many reliable platforms. This should be the strategy for any aspiring online ESL teacher – Find a great Chinese company that provides a competitive wage like DadaABC, VipKID, UStalk, 51Talk, BoxFish etc. and link it up with another online ESL company within your time zone.