Teach English Online: find students and start teaching now
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Teach English Online: find students and start teaching now

The complete guide for anyone who wants to start a freelance career teaching English online
4.4 (1,208 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
6,143 students enrolled
Last updated 7/2020
English [Auto], Italian [Auto]
Current price: $119.99 Original price: $199.99 Discount: 40% off
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This course includes
  • 6 hours on-demand video
  • 4 articles
  • 17 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Build your own online English teaching business
  • Find English language students all over the world using a variety of different strategies
  • Design TEFL lessons that meet the needs and interests of your students
  • Master how to teach the core language skills of writing, speaking, listening and reading
  • Discover the best tools, resources and activities for teaching English online
  • Identify your own particular English teaching niche
  • The course assumes a basic knowledge of computers and the Internet, but it is designed for non technical people
  • No teaching experience is required
  • You should be a native speaker of English or a non-native speaker of English at an advanced level

Start teaching English online and earn a lucrative source of income as a freelance teacher!    

Do you want to teach English online, but don’t know how to start? 

Do you want to know how to find students and what to teach them? 

This complete course is the best way to find out and start teaching online straight away.

By the end of this course you will have the knowledge and confidence to go out and find highly motivated, high-paying students who want to improve their English language skills. You will also know how to create great lessons that help students learn and make them want to come back for more.

What do students say?

"This is really high value content ... you basically learn everything you need to set up and start your online career. The production values are great too; good sound and nice visuals." Dr David Murphy

"Course contained what I needed to know. Lots of good tips and the important basics of being an online English teacher." Simon Zammit

"I am an ESL teacher with a MA in TESOL .... this was a useful course in helping me to think about making the transition to online teaching, how to identify my own niche, and develop my own courses for students. Great course!" Suzanne Davis

"The course is full of great practical tips on how to get set up, how to get students and what to teach them ... Overall, I fully recommend this fantastic course. It is essential for anyone who really wants to get ahead with teaching English online." Stephen Howard

"I highly recommend this course. Thank you so much for your effort to share your experience and knowledge about online teaching. Now, I can start to help my students even more." Catherine Voacolo

Who's it for?

The course is suitable for both experienced teachers and for people who have never taught before. This course includes hours of video presentations and screencasts as well as downloadable cheat sheets and worksheets to use with your students. It also includes a showcase of the best websites and online materials for use in your lessons.

What makes me qualified to teach you?   

I've been teaching for 20 years and have taught English online since 2008. I've also taught English at the British Council. I am a fully qualified teacher with a CELTA (Pass A) and a Masters degree in education. I teach students from all over the world and I currently specialise in helping students prepare for the IELTS test.

My Promise to You   

I'm a full-time online English teacher. I'll be here for you every step of the way. If you have any questions about the course content or anything related to this topic, you can always post a question in the course or send me a direct message. 

This course will cover everything you need to know to start teaching English online, including:

  • How to find students using social media, online marketplaces and more

  • How to decide what to teach

  • How to find out what your students really need and want

  • How to carve out a premium rate niche English course that will attract high rates of pay

  • What rates to charge and how to get paid

  • The essential tools you'll need to teach online

  • Links to high quality materials and resources online

  • How to do offer courses in exam preparation, such as IELTS, TOEFL and TOEIC

  • How to teach the core language skills of writing, speaking, listening and reading

  • and much more!

BONUS 1: Free eBook. As a bonus, you'll be able to download an eBook, The Online English Teacher written by myself and Mat Sutherley, a senior teacher at the British Council.

BONUS 2: Course Facebook Group. There is also a Facebook Group for particpants on this course. This will allow you to to communicate with other people on the course, share ideas and get some inspiration from others. Join the course to get free access to this group.

This course - the result of years of personal experience teaching English, both online and as a teacher at the British Council, together with the latest research into English language learning - will give you all of the skills, knowledge and confidence you need as an online English teacher.

So go ahead and click on the enrol button. You'll soon be teaching English online and working as your own boss. I'll see you in Lesson 1!

Best Wishes! 


Who this course is for:
  • You want to earn an income teaching online
  • You might be an experienced English teacher, but you want to know how to adapt your skills to the online world
  • You might be new to teaching, and you want to know the essential tools and knowledge to teach like a pro
  • You might have done some online teaching, but you want to improve
Course content
Expand all 42 lectures 06:23:44
+ Welcome to the course!
2 lectures 05:31

Welcome to your new course, How To Teach English Online. In this short introduction I'll introduce myself and I'll explain how you can join in the online revolution in English teaching.

Preview 05:17
BONUS eBook: download here
+ The Essential Toolkit
6 lectures 39:36

You will learn about the toolkit that is essential to teaching English online successfully, including the hardware and software, and most of all, the importance of you.

Preview 12:01

It's not just about Skype! You will look at some of the different ways you can communicate with your students, and how to use the tools that comes with them.

Communication Tools

You will find out why an online whiteboard is your friend, and how to use some of the best online whiteboards on the Internet.

Online whiteboards

IDroo is one of my favourite online whiteboards. In this video I will show you how to use all the basic tools on IDroo.

NOTE: since making this video, IDroo has reduced the tools available on a free account, so some of the tools I show can no longer be used on a free account. However, I've left the video up as an example of how online whiteboards in general can be used.

IDroo Online Whiteboard: User Guide (Part 1)

Learn about the extra tools in IDroo, including how to add images and documents to the whiteboards, and how to share the whiteboard with your students.

IDroo Online Whiteboard: User Guide (Part 2)

Watch me create an activity for a student using an IDroo; in this video I show you how to create a simple anagram activity which can be used as a 3 minute warmer activity.

IDroo Online Whiteboard: creating an anagram activity
+ What are you going to teach?
2 lectures 14:55

In this lecture I'll help you decide what kinds of lessons you could teach, why you should do this before you even start looking for students, and the core idea of value in your lessons.

Preview 05:47

You'll learn why teaching to a specific niche of students is the most lucrative and easiest way forward, an area I call Niche English. I'll lead you through the process of thinking about what niche you could teach and the kinds of lessons you can offer, lessons that meet the needs of a particular part of the massive English language market. Do you want to teach doctors and nurses, to prepare students for exams, to teach business English...or even Star Wars fans? This lecture explains how you can do it.

Niche English
+ How to find students?
2 lectures 29:00

In this lecture I will take you through some of the most effective strategies for finding students.

How to find students

Learn how to use social media to find students...and it's not just Facebook!

Social Media Marketing 101 - How To Find Students using Social Media Marketing
+ Getting paid
3 lectures 16:39

In this lecture I will provide you with a model for deciding what rates of pay you want to charge based on how specialized your course is and how you found your students.

What should I charge?

You will get 5 great tips for getting paid effectively, including a suggestion to offer courses rather than lessons.

Good Practices to follow when charging for lessons

In this lecture I'll take you through some of the more common, and less common, ways of getting paid online, from PayPal to Western Union and beyond.

Payment Methods
+ Where can I work from?
1 lecture 04:59

Online English teachers can work from the comfort of their own home, but it's also something you can do on your travels. I'll explain how you can do both, and take you through the concept of location independence and explain how you can live cheaply while taking on the highest paying students in the world.

Where can I work from?
+ How to teach English
3 lectures 15:49

This lecture gives an overview of the second half of the course, which focuses on helping you teach the different language skills of English. It also gives a quick overview of how languages are actually learned, and how this impacts on your role as a teacher.

Preview 04:22

Knowing what your student wants and needs, and what their interests are, is an important first step in creating successful and effective lessons. In this lecture I'll tell you how. You can also download a couple of needs analysis questionnaires to send to your students.

How to do a needs analysis
Bonus eBook - Activities for Teaching English Online
+ How to teach speaking
3 lectures 43:21

You will find out some key tips and techniques for teaching speaking effectively, including how to use open questions and how to develop your student's accuracy and fluency. You will also learn how to make the most of conversations in a lesson.

How to teach speaking

Here are 10 of my favourite and most effective activities for helping students develop their speaking skills in your lessons. These include a 'describe and draw' information gap activity, reformulation and ranking activities.

Speaking activities

This lecture will explain what role plays are, and how to use them in your lessons.

Role Plays
+ How to teach listening
1 lecture 11:37

In this lecture you'll learn some essential tips and techniques to help you develop your students' listening skills. I'll take you step-by-step through a typical listening activity and tell you what to do if your student still doesn't understand. In the downloadable resources section, there's a list of great websites where you can find high quality listening materials.

How to teach listening
+ How to teach reading
6 lectures 35:38

In this lecture you'll learn how to put a reading lesson together, and how to make a text more comprehensible for your students.

How to teach reading

"Breaking News English" is an excellent, free website to find reading materials and activities. In this video I give you a quick tour of the website and look at some of the texts, interactive activities and text-based lessons available on the site.

Reading Activities: Breaking News English

Text sorting activities are simple but effective ways of helping your student improve their reading skills. In this screencast, I show you a text sorting activity, set up using an online whiteboard, IDroo.

To see how to create this activity, watch my IDroo user guide videos in the section entitled "The Essential Toolkit"

Reading Activities: Text Sorting

Paragraph sorting activities are very effective ways of helping your student improve their reading skills. In this screencast, I show you how to create and use a paragraph sorting activity, using text from a coursebook PDF together with the online whiteboard, IDroo.

Reading Activities: Paragraph Sorting

In this video I go through some more reading activities, including matching, prediction and comprehension activities, plus some activities that use pictures to support students' reading skills.

More Reading Activities

Find out some great reading materials that you can find online to use with your students. Check out the resources section for links to these resources.

Reading Materials Online