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Teaching English to Chinese students is a multi-billion dollar business and is expanding as more Chinese citizens take interest in learning the English language through the worldwide Internet. There is a high demand for teaching children at a young age where neural plasticity is at its strongest to develop linguistic skills in multiple languages.

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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.

*For struggling online ESL teachers out there – You are officially saved and can find a sustainable working wage while keeping that beloved remote lifestyle and cut your working hours in half.

How Much Are We Talking Here?

There is a booming economic opportunity in China for English instructors to teach at the comfort of their own home for an 18-24$ /hour wage on average! Check out TeachESLonlineanywhere.com to see the full list of ESL companies with teacher reviews.

Requirements of Most companies

All jobs require adequate Internet speed, a headset and Ethernet cable. Some requirements are stricter than others (I.e. Bachelor’s Degrees) but I haven’t had any company request official documents of diplomas or certifications formally.

The Online ESL Secret

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. As stated before, some companies require more experience than others but an applicant can discuss extracurricular activities that he/she might have had that would be applicable to the job.  For instance, I have a friend who taught kids at a football camp in terms of basic fundamentals and he secured a 20$/Hr job at a Chinese company with bonuses for signing kids up for trial classes with NO PREVIOUS TEACHING EXPERIENCE.

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The teaching materials are not difficult as this is basic English and any native speaker can understand the concepts of the English language for 5-12 years old. However, I would watch some videos on TPR before getting started (See Further Down Article) – Kids learn a little differently than adults. It took me a couple hours to fully understand how to teach kids through being silly, utilizing props, and having patience.

I worked in the corporate world for 14.50 an hour at an extremely stressful job as a dispatcher with a weak commission in sales along with ESL companies which took a tax on my wellbeing through high hours of work and stress. My current job is in the comfort of my own home and is extremely relaxing while rewarding seeing students grow and I love being apart of something positive in the world.

What Kind of Hours Should I Expect to Teach?

The peak teaching hours are usually in the evening from 6pm-9pm (Beijing Time) weekdays and peak hours on weekends 8pm-8am China time. If you live in America this will be very early (especially the west coast regions) on the weekdays while Australians and Europeans get a bit of a break.

How Do I Make My Resume Stand Out?

Highlight any teaching experience or talk about leadership experience that adheres to the position. If you are not sure, formulate a story of how you believe your experience correlates to ESL learning, even if it doesn’t completely relate. The truth is a lot of the interview will have to do with self-assuredness, confidence, and poise. For example, I was in Toastmasters International for about a year and I showed my interviewer how public speaking was one of the foundational pillars in developing a great teacher.

The only supplemental material I would acquire is getting TOEFL certified which builds credibility in the eyes of the application process and the company itself. I used TEFLEN.COM to receive mine Remember to type in the code SAVE when applying for it because it gives you a huge discount. The 40 Hour TOEFL certification will suffice and save you unnecessary amounts of extra spending.

There are other TOEFL exams out there that one can utilize but I found TEFLEN to be the cheapest. Being TOEFL certified is not a necessity but a 57$ investment on a 20$/Hr job can be paid back in 3 hours of work and only reinforces your teaching trustworthiness. I would say it’s worth it in the long run because you become more desirable in other professions as well.

I Had NO Experience Teaching Kids Before

Many people are great at teaching kids but I found for most, it is another ball game in terms of approach. At first, I taught kids the same way I did adults and admittedly did not do well in my first demo class at an online company. I did all the research I could find and found videos on TPR training. Total Physical Response (TPR) is a method of using your whole body when teaching with many props for assistance. Young foreign children often have no recollection of what the teacher is communicating, so it is important to act out words/phrases and use visual cues to aid in understanding. I took a TOTAL of only 1-2 hours learning TPR through various Youtube videos and I completely revamped my approach to teaching young aspiring learners.

Negotiating Contracts

Everything is negotiable as these companies are getting paid top dollar per hour to secure these students, so aim higher within reason. The companies take in a huge profit margin, so there is a lot of room to consult. Be assertive in bargaining and remember that nothing is off the table. If they offered you 17$/hr and you want 20$/hr – Ask them if they can make that change. Remember, if you don’t ask, you do not get. Even if the starting price is a bit lower than expected most companies have bonuses and there are pay raises at contract checkpoints throughout the employment period.

Breath of Fresh Air

I hope this article has been a breath of fresh air for those searching countlessly for a fair online ESL contract with no luck whatsoever – I have been more than happy to take the sacrifice for my fellow ESL teachers!

Check out DadaABC & VipKID – Two companies that are revolutionizing the online ESL market:

Apply to DadaABC 

Apply to VipKid 

Thank you, Daniel Didio for the opportunity to share this awesome opportunity, as this will change people’s lives!



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Teach ESL Online Part Time into A Full Time Job


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 raise. The only downfall with most of these Chinese companies is 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 to 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:

  1. DadaABC

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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 the 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.

  1. Varsity Tutors


Varsity Tutors Video

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 was 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.

APPLY to Varsity Tutors  If you have any questions please email me at leecarso@umich.edu!

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.



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The Times are Changing, Jobs and Careers are Changing Too! But the Knight in shinning Armor is Teaching ESL Online from Home


By David C. Douglas

“The times are a changin’,” wrote Bob Dylan the Nobel Prize-winning poet/song writer musician back in 1964. The simple truth of these words seemingly rings truer today for nearly everything in life; be it rapid technological advancements to the altered neo-geo political landscape, to erosion of social norms and morality, even mutual respect and common courtesy has degraded and the list continues on-and-on but not least-of-all is the, too often, devastating to many, changes taking place in the job market, employability, careers and career stability.

Back in 1964, as Dylan wrote the words: “times are a-changin’” most people in the United States and much of the world could count on finding a career or job skill that would last a lifetime. Entrepreneurship and small business start-ups were generally much simpler, fewer regulatory requirements were demanded an initial start-up cost were much less while the prospects for long-term success as a result of those risk and efforts taken, though not assured, were much more likely at that time than in today’s topsy-turvy vigorously changing world.

Due to the industrialization of the third world countries in order to exploit cheaper labor markets (especially developing countries like China, México, and India) by multinationals corporations and the implementation of so-called, fictitiously named and drastically under-enforced, Free Trade Agreements many industries in Developed Nations have suffered greatly. Probably none more so than the United States which now has 93 million working-aged adults no longer in the workforce!  Many of these people lost their jobs careers because their employing company moved factories overseas while others fell victim to currency manipulation or bad trade deals overly influenced by special interests, not national interest concerns, yet others were replaced by technological advancements or increased burdensome government regulations and over taxation of their industry. While those possessing the least skills like laborers, construction workers, and landscapers, etc. had the added slap in the face as tens millions of low skilled immigrants, both legal and illegal, entered the workforce albeit much of it illegally employed off-the-books. This huge new immigrant population now sends literally hundreds of billions of dollars back to their home countries annually which furthers degrades economic vitality in the US thus further handicapping legitimate job and economic growth.



Times are changing but for many people who lost jobs, careers businesses or been replaced due to losing or downsizing of an industry, increased automation, technological advancement or whatever reason there was no other alternative except to downsize their own personal hopes in the job market and life ambitions. The same has been true for millions of young people coming out of universities with degrees that could help to fetch them an entry-level position and eventual a good life and income. Many of this upcoming working generation have had their dreams and motivations dashed and have begun to lose hope of a good future and postponed their lives to a large extent.  The day when a 4-year university degree nearly guaranteed a job and success has long since passed.

One stable option, now for several decades, for those ejected or rejected from the job market has been the alternative life and career do-over career change to an overseas ESL Teacher. Since working as an ESL teacher in remote foreign-lands most often provides one a very livable salary with free accommodations, cheap living expenses and the added adventure of living and working in a different culture and country more often than not on the other side of the planet. ESL teacher’s especially single teachers due to low living expense usually could also save a good portion of their salaries as well.

Nevertheless, ESL teaching has not been insulated from changes. As my dear mother frequently said nothing in the world is permanent. Some of the higher paying countries for ESL teaching 20-years ago were Saudi Arabia and Japan but compensation must have peaked about that time as today’s ESL salaries in those markets has slipped in real earnings for most positions and show no signs of rising in the near future with so many native English-Speakers willing and available to travel to work overseas in this hard to find a good job environment. Additionally, older ESL teachers, 58 and over, use to not have any problems finding work in most overseas markets but this has also changed. Just 15 years ago, a person without a bachelor’s degree could easily find work in countries like China and Taiwan to name just two but this has become the exception when accomplished as both of these countries have severely tightened employee visa requirements on age, education, criminal history checks, etc.  Due to worries and increase the cost of health care insurance older ESL teachers often find they are either never offered a job or cannot acquire a work visa.

For many others out of job in countries like the United States, traveling to an overseas country to work as an ESL teacher is out of the question for a multitude of reasons such as separation from family and safety concerns to name just two.

However, times are changing and all changes are not negative or detrimental to employment and salary growth.  In regards to ESL teaching and teachers, teaching ESL online is becoming the knight in shining armor to both old and young ESL teachers as well other teachers and many native speakers new to teaching. Since it allows access to teaching over the internet from anywhere worldwide many people who once never could or would consider going overseas can now teach foreigners English from the comfort and safety of their living rooms.

The demand for online ESL teachers is growing exponentially as ESL online students and online companies ESL companies growth patterns skyrocket upward. Older ESL teachers have no worries since many online ESL companies have no maximum age limit and there is no visa requirement to worry about. Other ESL teachers who are often located in a country that didn’t pay well for personal reasons such as the lifestyle, culture, weather, life experience, women or whatever reason and those that worked second and third jobs find online ESL teaching much more convenient and more lucrative!

ESL students get the benefits of one and one attention professional designed step-by-step colorful lessons combined with the added convenience of not commuting to a remote classroom a big-time savings positive feature of online education.

The future of online teaching especially education and teaching especially online ESL teaching could not be any brighter. The times they are a-changin’!

David Douglas AKA Teacher David with 51 Talk