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    I did my CELTA qualification for teaching English as a foreign language some years ago. I never really used it but was recently thinking if it was possible to teach foreign students online. It may also be something I could do when I no longer want to work full time. Does anyone teach online and if so could you please give me some advice as to what is required?

    Posted by christine.twigg
    • Reply by Druwaa

      Hi, so have I.  Took my TEFL some years ago & haven’t used it yet.  I suppose one would be expected to briefly upgrade in meeting current standards.   Let me know if we could support & encourage each other.

      • Reply by christine.twigg

        Hi I am not planning to pick it up at the moment as I believe the market isn’t too great as everything is suffering as you know.  I have also just embarked on a proofreading and editing course so that will keep me busy for a while!

    • Reply by Kit17

      Hi

      I have been thinking about doing a TEFL course for a while now but as l don’t have a degree I wasn’t sure if l would get any teaching work.  I have been a teaching assistant in primary schools for 14 years.  I have worked with children with little or no English as well as speech and language.

      Does anyone teach English as a Foreign Language without a degree or would l need one?

      Many thanks

       

      • Reply by christine.twigg

        Hi I am not too sure but when I did my CELTA everyone had to have a degree but I presume it depends on the company.  However, if you were self-employed then as long as your teaching is and English is fine then I suppose that is all that would matter.

    • Reply by Paula’splace

      Hi

      I have been teaching online English as a Foreign Language for the last five years, I love it.

      teaching children from the age of 4 up to adults my oldest adult student is a Doctor in Japan aged 60.

      I have a referral code and I can help anyone with the application the company is iTutor Group.

      There are pros and cons like any job, you do not need a degree for all online companies and you never used to at itutor but government policy changed and now you do. I have a degree in English but they accept any degree and TOEFL certification.

      feel free to contact me if you would like any more details.  Flexible hours working from home. its great especially in the current times.

      • Reply by shimmyalishake

        Hello Paula, I also did my CELTA many years ago and haven’t used it but am considering this as my next career move since I have been made redundant from my last job of 20+ years.  However, I have never taught online before and am wondering if the employer provides you with the resources to teach from or whether you have to build the curriculum up yourself.  Lesson planning I am okay with but would still ideally want a base to work from.  Your insights and thoughts would be most appreciated. Regards Ali B

         

      • Reply by christine.twigg

        Thanks Paula.  I will have a look at iTutor Group and get back to you if I have any queries.

        • Reply by keithstewart

          Also try – tefl.org and tefl.com. Keith

    • Reply by audriasenna

      I am learning English as a foreign language.

      Someone in Peterborough who can teach me, please?

      • Reply by keithstewart

        Hi,

        Be clear what skills you want to learn pronunciation, grammar, better job etc. Your budget and what difference you want from the teaching. And what times you want the lessons,how often and how many lessons. Also teachers may be living in different time zones. Think how that fits your lifestyle too. Message me for more help. Also there is a teacher in this conversation feed. Check facebook and do searches on linkedin or google.

        Keith

      • Reply by christine.twigg

        Hi there are a lot of online tutors not so you don’t necessarily have to be in a specific area.

    • Reply by avridavidoff

      I would appreciate any input or advice.

      I am a doctor and a published medical researcher. I don’t  have an English degree but have tutored and lectured. I wondered if this experience would be of any use to non-English speaking people with similar backgrounds and who may need to converse In English in their profession?

      • Reply by keithstewart

        Hi, yes it would be. You can teach English to people from that background as a niche group. And charge accordingly. Keith

    • Reply by davidriddell925

      Hi. I recently ‘retired’ from the classroom after 36 years of TEFL work as a teacher, CELTA trainer and academic manager. Although I am looking for work in a different area now, I also offer 1-1 tutoring / advice for students and teachers / CELTA trainees. I have a website with details  davidriddelltefl.com

      • Reply by Toasty

        Hi David

        I took VR in Jan after a 30+ year career in TESOL/EAP and am interested in what new directions you are looking at careerwise. As ive missed all the covid related online teaching I think it may be my time to do something else and would be good to hear examples of others who have successfully changed career.

        Best wishes

        Toasty

        • Reply by davidriddell925

          Hi Toasty,

          Welcome to the club!

          I’m doing some online work, but there isn’t much to be found given the amount of competition. I’m doing some writing, too. But, being 5 years from official retirement, and with schools closing left, right and centre, I am retraining and am about to finish a recognised course to qualify as a proofreader and proof editor. Whether that will result in any work remains to be seen, but it is another ‘service’ I can offer. It’s interesting work and a natural progression from teaching English.

          I hope you find something in these difficult times.

          David

        • Reply by christine.twigg

          Hi David

          May I ask which proofreading and proof editor course you have done? I did a one day course years ago with Stephen Lloyd training in Manchester but wouldn’t mind doing something else.

          Thanks

          Chrisitne

        • Reply by davidriddell925

          Hi Christine

          It’s ‘Essential Proofreading’ with the Publishing Training Centre, leading to being PQB qualified – ‘Publishing Qualifications Board’. It’s has taken me 5 months to complete, but they give you a year. It’s really interesting, but very challenging, too. There are five assignments, four of which count towards your final score, and 70 per cent is the pass mark.

          The only drawback is very limited tutor support. I now know of the College of Media and Publishing that run a similar course, also leading to a professional qualification, and they offer unlimited tutor support, which is much better.

          Hope this helps.

           

          David

        • Reply by christine.twigg

          Thanks, that is really helpful; I will look at those qualifications. What kind of proof reading are you hoping to do? Also, are you a Rest Less Pioneer?

        • Reply by davidriddell925

          I don’t know what a Rest Less Pioneer is, so I guess I’m not one of them.

          As for the proofreading, the course gives practice in a very wide range of types, so anything that I can get, I’ll take, but it won’t be easy, I suppose. Passing the course gets your name on to the list of approved proofreaders that those looking for a proofreader will consult.

      • Reply by stevevincent9

        Hello David, Just seen your post. I must tell you that I have just started my CELTA training at Stafford House in London, and I used your book “Teach EFL” throughout the summer in preparation for my course, and continue to use it now. In short, thank you for providing such an accessible source of absolutely relevant information. I would hope that I would not require any additional 1:1 training but if I do, now I know where to go!

        I retired in February after 40 years in IT so I imagine you have been through those strange months where the lack of structure to your week leaves you with no real idea of what day it is. For me, the course has solved that issue, along with a few other regular items that I need to attend to. I wish you well in your retirement.

         

        All the best

        Steve Vincent

        • Reply by davidriddell925

          Many thanks, Steve, and I am delighted my book helped and that you are now doing something new and exciting in retirement. It’s a great and rewarding job to do.

          I haven’t actually retired but Covid and all that has encouraged me to try new things, much like yourself.

          Do get in touch if you ever need any advice or tips. I’m sorry I am late in replying but have been away.

          David

    • Reply by KateCLS

      Can Team Restless or others suggest companies that are hiring online English tutors?  Many thanks

      • Reply by keithstewart

        Also try – tefl.org and tefl.com

        Keith

      • Reply by keithstewart

        Hi, try – [email protected]. I work for them and they work with students in Macau, China.

    • Reply by alexmichon1968

      HI I qualified as a Celta teacher just before lockdown

      I have an MA in Fine Art from the London Institute and I  am also a published author and have worked with a lot of foreign architectural students helping with their English dissertations

      I was born in England but my parents were Polish so I am also fluent in Polish! I would love to teach a Polish student – which I can do either via Zoom or Skype and my rate is £10.00 per hour please contact me on my email if interested

      • Reply by keithstewart

        Hi,

        Charge more for private students. Try Verbling I think verbling.com. Also [email protected]. They work in Macau,China.

        Also your art etc skills and experience and Polish could allow you to find a niche market with people from those backgrounds who need to improve their English. Maybe to study abroad? Also Polish community organisations in the u.k. might work with you. Keith

      • Reply by keithstewart

        Hi,

        Thanks for the message.  They have found someone. Have you tried tutlo- they have an app for online teaching. And are based in Poland.

        Keith

    • Reply by aj.curry21

      I have a degree in teaching, do I still need to do training to teach English as a second language?

      • Reply by Nina1204

        I did an online course for TEFL, with a deal on Wowcher it was £19. When I was looking into the qualification requirements in foreign countries they ask for a degree as well as the TEFL certification. Not sure if it’s relevant in the UK

        Nina x

      • Reply by keithstewart

        Hi,

        Most companies still ask for a tefl qualification. Not all so it’s still worth checking.

        Keith

      • Reply by capri888

        https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/efl-teacher

        Loooks like you can this site is reliable . Go for it

    • Reply by monsoon1

      Hi to everyone, I have just found my way to this site which is very interesting.

      My husband is currently living in Africa and I am in the UK, not by choice but anyway I was wondering if it is possible to teach English if you do ESOL or do you need to also have a degree.

      I am looking for a way to teach English as a native  speaker to foreign students to perhaps enable me to live over there.

      Unfortunately I don’t have a degree and feel my options for changing my career now are very limited.

      Look forward to hearing from you all

      Raia

      • Reply by keithstewart

        Hi, try – [email protected]. I work for them and they work with students in Macau, China. I don’t have a degree. But if you teach students in sth asian countries and China you often need a degree. Try tefl.com and tefl.org too. There will be a market. You could build your own private students too. Keith

    • Reply by tiwtorann

      Give it a go!  I am a Welsh tutor and I have continued to teach during lockdown on Zoom.  Initially, it was a steep learning curve but in retrospect it has been so rewarding.  I bring up documents to Zoom, our national Learn Welsh resources and you tube clips.  I use the breakout rooms for pair and group conversation.  I have managed to retain good numbers in my classes – proof of the pudding I guess.

      Ann

    • Reply by keithstewart

      Hi,

      Is anybody interested in teaching English to a total beginner student. It will be online and I think they are in Poland. It’s a request from a friend but I don’t teach beginners. I think she wants 20 hours. You will need to say your rate etc.

      I would pass your details and you discuss with them. This is just a referral to them.

      Let me know.

      Thanks

      Keith

      • Reply by Julie Cutler

        I have a teaching certificate and speak fluent English. Charge £30an hour.

         

        Julie Cutlee

      • Reply by sarahlsporter

        Hi Keith,  I would be happy to teach English to a total beginner and have a TEFL (Celta) qualification.  I’m currently teaching two students: one from Bulgaria and another from the Gambia.  Please email me on: [email protected].  Regards, Sarah

      • Reply by currutia22

        Dear Keith,

        I have been teaching ESOL and EAL for about 15 years in London. I’m interested in teaching polish students online.

        My email [email protected]

        Maria Urrutia

        • Reply by keithstewart

          Hi

          How are you?

          I will pass your email onto my friend who is looking for a tutor for his sister. She is a total beginner and my experience is with intermediate. I will email you as well. I want to have a couple of names of people so we can pass work etc to each other.

          Cheers

          Keith

    • Reply by lindacdone

      Hi

      I have been teaching English as a second language for 10 years and completed the CELTA 4 years ago. I usually work in college but obviously now I’m teaching on line.

      We are using teams because the company have put everything into office365. We started using it from September so our students should already know there way round. In practice however the lower level students are finding it difficult to navigate as they have very limited skills on their phones and don’t have laptops.

      As a practitioner I don’t like it. For b2 level and above it’s ok but my groups are a1 a2 and trying to manage small groups of 5 or 6 for 1.5 hours is increadably wearing. Also online with teams it’s difficult to assess engagement where as in the class you learn to read the room.

      That said there are plenty of people who do it. China are often looking for online teachers. They usually ask for a degree too though. Invest in the right equipment. Be prepared to develop course material, the books are often too Euro centric and prepare some assessments so you can measure progress. The student doesn’t guide the program you do so you need some professional judjement to decide on a course and the key areas for improvement.

      Linda

       

       

      • Reply by lindacdone

        PS I do apologise for my typos. Wrote it on my phone quickly. Note to self – check before sending.

    • Reply by kstewart470

      Hello Christine and Ali,

      How are you?

      You need a reliable home computer and good wifi. The benefit of a laptop is that you can do lessons anywhere. Agencies will have some or a lot of resources.  Use those to start but build your own. YouTube and google searches will give you lots. Speak to teaching friends too. If you save your resources to the cloud you can access them anywhere and don’t have books etc to carry. It depends on who you teach what resources you need. Read blogs. Tefl.org and tefl.com have lots with tips. Newspapers. Magazines.  You will see lots of resources there. I use newspaper articles to help a student build her vocabulary. Also check your own files and see what you have. Scan them to cloud storage. Tefl.org do a 30 hour teaching business English course. Cambridge do a 20 hour IELTS course. And check locally for opportunities to volunteer.  Check angloville and estacion ingles for volunteering in Poland and Spain.

      Also have a quiet, clean etc space to teach from. Be aware of what is in the background. I have books and maps. Nothing offensive or scary.

      What else has worked for you?

      Keith

       

      • Reply by christine.twigg

        Sorry Keith for the late reply.  I am still considering it and now working at the NHS full time but I will probably look at business english when I decide to work/less retire.  I now work from home full time so have learnt more skills so hopefully it would be an easier transition than before from face-to-face.

      • Reply by shimmyalishake

        Hello Keith

        Just a note to say thank you for taking the time to reply to our messages and for your recommendations.  Shortly I will Google the websites you suggested to take a closer look at them.  I do have my CELTA qualification but it was some years ago and I haven’t yet put it into practice. Unfortunately, it seems there are no language schools in my area.

        Your tips regarding a safe and inoffensive workplace will be important factors and for me it is also having a quiet space too free of distractions.  Any further tips or recommendations you have will be most appreciated.

        Regards

        Ali

         

         

    • Reply by christine.twigg

      Hi Ali

      I looked at the websites Keith mentioned which are very helpful.  I am sill doing research and have not decided anything yet. It seems companies can supply lessons plans and students but may pay less than if you did it all yourself. I am also looking in to teaching Business English as a specialism. What are your thoughts – do you have any TEFL qualifications?

       

      • Reply by shimmyalishake

        Hello Christine,

        Thank you for your reply.  Yes, I agree it is definitely worth looking into and doing some research.  I have recently been made redundant from a job I have had for 21 years so needlesstosay it is a bit of a shock to the system.  I am furloughed until end of June but there is no chance of further employment within my current background of tourism and the forecast is at least 3 years before the industry recovers.

        Many years ago I did my CELTA course as a summer intensive course lasting just a few weeks.  It was a very condensed and quite highly stressful course to complete over such a short period so I wouldn’t particularly recommend it and would suggest the longer, part-time courses would be better.  Hence why I am thinking of doing another course so I can better revise what I actually learnt.  Like you I haven’t used the qualification or had any experience of using it  but would love to participate or help somewhere to gain some.  So far I haven’t been able to locate any schools in my area though.

        This lockdown experience has shown me the value in having employment online that can continue to function if premises or transport links close down.  I am keen to learn about teaching online as well although I have no particular area of specialty in mind.

        I believe having a dedicated space will be very important as Keith mentions and somewhere without interruptions or distractions.

        I will take a look at the websites Keith suggested and a good read through some of the blogs.  It is great now having the time to do this.  I will be interested to hear your thoughts as you explore options as well.

        Regards

        Ali

         

        • Reply by christine.twigg

          Hi Ali

          Sorry for the very late reply.  How are you getting on with your work and teaching English quest?!

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