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Coronavirus: now’s the time to teach English online!

With the world currently moving to a work-from-home mindset, now’s the time to teach online! With TEFL, you can get qualified completely online and start working as an online tutor, all without ever having to leave your home. Hurray!

How has coronavirus effected TEFL abroad?

With the whole world currently struggling with the outbreak of coronavirus and travel restricted in lots of countries, TEFLing abroad is starting to look like a distant dream. There are still lots of opportunities to teach English abroad, but there’s also a lot of uncertainty around travel. So, although you can still find work teaching abroad, the opportunities are limited for the time being, and travel bans are being put in place to reduce the spread.

Can I still TEFL abroad?

100% – you can still TEFL abroad! LoveTEFL’s jobs board is still fully stocked with schools looking for TEFL teachers. But with some areas of the world in quarantine and the rest in uncertainty about the spread of coronavirus, now might not be the best time to think about teaching English abroad. With that being said, if you have your heart set on it or already have travel plans, it’s definitely still doable. Just make sure you’re keeping up to date with the news and only travelling to places deemed as safe.

What other options do I have?

Got your heart set on TEFLing your way around the world but worried about the coronavirus? You can still TEFL! In fact, now is a great time to look into teaching English online. With more and more people going into isolation and schools closing, the demand for online English tutors is through the roof. Plus, you’ll have a contingency plan in case you have to go into isolation or can no longer work, as your online lessons can be taught from the comfort of your own home.

Where can I teach English online?

Absolutely anywhere! Teaching English online is a good option during the coronavirus pandemic as you can teach online from your own home or wherever you might be. So, even if you’re not teaching online now, it’s a great contingency plan for future! There are lots of online platforms where you’ll be able to find work and you’ll find there’s a ton of demand for online tutors right now.

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What do I need to teach English online?

A TEFL certificate, a laptop, a headset, a webcam and strong internet connection – that’s it! Some agencies might specify you need to have a degree, but there are lots that don’t. If you don’t have a degree, you can apply with agencies such as Cambly, PalFish and iTalki.

How much can I earn?

Salaries for teaching English online vary hugely depending on how many students you have in your class, the type of English you teach and who you work for! If you work freelance you can decide your rates of pay which is great, but it’s often easier to get started with an agency. If you were to teach general conversational English on a one-to-one basis you could earn upwards of £10+ per lesson, with lessons generally lasting around 1 hour. But, if you decided to go down a more specialist route and teach business English you could be earning anywhere from £25+ per lesson. So, if you taught business English on a full-time basis, you could be coming out with over £4000 per month – wow!

How do I get started?

First things first, you need to get TEFL qualified. It’s super easy with our courses as you can complete all of your training online, 24/7 – winner! If you really want to boost your application and understanding, we’d suggest taking a TEFL course that includes specialist training in teaching English online, such as our Level 5 300 hour Online Diploma. Once you’ve completed your course, you’re ready to go!


Ready to get started? Download our How to Teach English Online Guide for more info!

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