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Lca321 Wed 08-Aug-18 07:13:03

Has anyone any experience of this? I am looking for work I can tie in with family life and wondered if this could work? I would need to do a TEFL or CELTA course (it seems the CELTA is more widely recognised although tougher and more expensive!)
Any advice would be appreciated and also if anyone has experience of how the online tutoring works.

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Wilma55 Wed 08-Aug-18 07:15:53

I've got CELTA but wasn't aware you could teach online.

Lca321 Wed 08-Aug-18 07:20:34

Hi, yes I keep seeing jobs advertised for online teaching, mainly to China, but I don't know anyone who has done it....

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Lca321 Thu 09-Aug-18 14:35:58


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Dontbuymesocks Thu 09-Aug-18 14:38:34

I’m not a TEFL teacher but I noticed adverts on a website the other day for this kind of thing. It jumped out at me because the salary is £11 per hour which seemed very low to me (for teaching). Hopefully someone will there more direct experience will be along soon.

RumerGodden Thu 09-Aug-18 14:41:26

There are some organisations looking for teachers to teach chinese students online but it is at approx half the award wage for ESL teachers. In AUstralia at least, it appears to be way round having to pay teachers properly. I also imagine teaching remotely would be quite difficult, not easier.

Lca321 Sun 12-Aug-18 16:41:07

Thanks, I keep searching online for honest reviews but they are hard to find as it seems that some companies pay for positive reviews so would be great to hear someone's first hand view of it?

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greeneggblueegg Sun 12-Aug-18 19:11:56

Following with interest as this also appeals to me

Lca321 Mon 13-Aug-18 16:02:25

Not getting much interest on this thread! Unfortunately I'm not sure my WiFi connection is going to support the online teaching as I'm not sure it is strong as we are in the countryside....

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margaritasbythesea Mon 13-Aug-18 16:09:09

Have you had a look at platforms like Italki? I don´t think you would need a TEFL to do this. You state clearly what you offer, eg. just conversation. I haven´t done it but apparently you can get credits that you can either exchange for other classes or cash in.

A friend of mine pays via another site called something like Prepry which seems to be similar.

PersianCatLady Tue 14-Aug-18 07:24:09

I am surprised that there is still a need to teach languages online in the traditional way.

Many people and organisations use technology (software like Rosetta Stone) to learn languages.

margaritasbythesea Tue 14-Aug-18 09:20:08

The main draw is being able to speak to a native speaker PersianCatLady.

I've just been living in a country where learning languages is seen as very important and so many adults and children have private classes I couldn't believe it.

Also language learning software does not get you very far. I've never found one for advanced level, or even decent intermediate. I'd be really happy to be proven wrong there.

PersianCatLady Tue 14-Aug-18 09:52:34

I agree with you that conversing with a native speaker is the best way to learn a foreign language.

I have been studying a course to prepare me to teach in September (computing) and there are also students preparing to teach MFL as well.

Most of them are already fluent and have a degree in one language but are learning a second language to teach.

All of their study is being done online with software similar to Rosetta Stone and no interaction with any real person except for their tutor who checks they are doing their work.

PersianCatLady Tue 14-Aug-18 09:53:26

Forgot to add, I think it is a real shame to replace real interaction with a headset.

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