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Teach English Online Without Experience


Not everyone who wants to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL) is interested in travelling the world. If you’re more of a homebody, there are plenty of opportunities out there to teach English online.

There are lots of platforms that allow you to make a decent wage teaching English online, where you’ll also have control over your teaching schedule, and you’ll get to work from the comfort of your own home.

The majority of these platforms require that you have a bachelor’s degree in order to teach, and TEFL certification is nearly always essential or preferred. However, actual teaching experience is usually not necessary.

Teach English online without a degree or experience

If you’re looking to teach English as a foreign language to students worldwide and don’t have a bachelor’s degree, check out the online teaching platform SkimaTalk.

You won’t need any experience to TEFL on SkimaTalk, and the platform is open to any adult, native English speakers who complete SkimaTalk’s application test.

However, TEFL UK recommend that you get yourself TEFL certified before applying, as it will make the whole experience much more straightforward.

Once your profile is approved, you’ll deliver 25-minute lessons to students, who are usually adults. You can choose to use the teaching materials provided or create your own lesson plans.

After each lesson, your students will rate you for your teaching skills, reliability, and punctuality.

You can set your own hours and rates of pay, and SkimaTalk will take a 20 percent cut.

Teach English online with a degree but without experience

If you have a degree but no teaching experience and you’d like to teach English online, take a look at the QKids website.

You’ll teach between one and four Chinese children at a time, between the ages of four and twelve. The virtual classroom uses characters, stories and interactive games to complement your teaching.

You won’t need any teaching experience to get started with QKids, but you will need both a degree and TEFL certification.

Basic pay is $16 USD/hour (around £11.50/hour) and you’ll get bonuses based on your attendance, punctuality and reviews.

Teach English online with a degree and teaching experience

If you have both a bachelor’s degree and teaching experience, your range of options to teach English online will be much wider. Just get yourself TEFL certified, and you’ll be well on your way to earning a decent wage.

At TEFL UK, we’d recommend applying to Whales English, who are partnered with National Geographic Learning and Oxford University Press.

Here are some of the reasons why teaching English online with Whales English could be right for you.

  • Receive personalised support.
  • Free bespoke training with curriculum and all teaching resources provided.
  • Career development opportunities. Become a course trainer or evaluator.
  • USD $1,500 (approx. £1,084) average monthly salary.
  • Performance bonuses.
  • Enjoy job security with a fixed schedule and fixed income.
  • Student renewal rate of over 83%.

Contact TEFL today

So, you see, it is entirely possible to find a job teaching English online without experience, without a degree, or both!

If you’re ready to get started on your TEFL online journey, click to learn more about our TEFL courses. If you have any questions, chat to a member of our friendly team by giving us a call on 0800 368 9848. Alternatively, email us at [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as possible.