To teach English online, you’ll need the following:
1. A TEFL qualification: This needs to be from a reputable provider (like i-to-i!) who are accredited or regulated by an official body, such as Ofqual – and it needs to be for at least 120 hours but the more hours you complete, the better your chances of finding work are. If you are looking for access to the highest paying jobs, then we would recommend choosing our 300 hour course. You can browse our range of TEFL Courses here.
2. A laptop or PC: To teach English online, you’ll need a good device to connect with students – this is normally any laptop or PC, however, it has been known that you can use some tablets and even smart phones. However, some employers may only allow laptops or PCs.
3. A webcam: So that you can video call students, you’ll definitely need a webcam. These days, most computers come with built-in webcams but if yours doesn’t, you can buy ones that simply plug into your USB port. The higher the resolution of your webcam, the better your student can see you.
4. A headset/microphone: If you’ve decided to teach English online, your students will definitely need to be able to hear you! So, a headset is the obvious choice – although, it’s not a necessity. It’s very likely that your computer will already have a microphone that’s built-in, so you can use this as long as you’re in a very quiet environment.
5. A quiet, well-lit space: To deliver your lessons, it’s important to find a place to teach English online that’s free of any distractions and light enough that your students can see you clearly. If you’re at home, try to sit near a window if possible. Or you can try local libraries or quiet corners of cafes too.