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.
*** UPDATED July 2017 with videos on teaching IELTS, reading activities and a guide to using online interactive whiteboards ***
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:
BONUS: 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.
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!
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.
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.
You will find out why an online whiteboard is your friend, and how to use some of the best online whiteboards on the Internet.
IDroo is one of my favourite online whiteboards. In this video I will show you how to use all the basic tools on IDroo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this lecture I will take you through some of the most effective strategies for finding students.
Learn how to use social media to find students...and it's not just Facebook!
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.
You will get 5 great tips for getting paid effectively, including a suggestion to offer courses rather than 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This lecture will explain what role plays are, and how to use them in your lessons.
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.
In this lecture you'll learn how to put a reading lesson together, and how to make a text more comprehensible for your students.
"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.
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"
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.
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.
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.
I'm a qualified teacher with 20 years' teaching experience all over the world, most recently as an English language teacher with the British Council where I taught IELTS exam preparation and Business English.
I have a Masters degree in education and a certificate teaching the English language. I'm an experienced teacher trainer, most recently in Thailand where I have carried out training in English language teaching techniques to classroom teachers. I currently live in Thailand.
I'm the author of two bestselling books and run websites designed for both English language teachers and students.
Qualifications: MA (Education), PGCE (Secondary Education), CELTA