Last update: July 14th, 2017
Teaching English online is a great way to earn money from home. If you are qualified you shouldn’t have any troubles getting a job and by qualified I mean that you have a university degree, a CELTA or TESL certificate and some teaching experience. It’s a perfect job for those who have taught English overseas and are now looking for work back home. It is also great for current teachers who are looking for more hours. Personally, I teach English face-to-face in the morning and online with Skype in the afternoon. This is a list of online English teaching companies. I have had interviews with several of the companies on this list and I am currently working for one of them.
There are many companies that teach online. They mostly teach business English, but most of them offer test preparation, group and individual classes too. This is a list that I will be updating, please leave a comment if you have any experiences with these companies or know of any others that should be added to the list.
Beware that some of these companies have a bad reputation! Check out the comments at the bottom of the page for more info about a specific company.
Click here for more information about How to Become an Online English Teacher.
The Online Teacher, TakeLessons, ESLstarter, Topic-Time, Langademy , Oikid, Golden Voice English, Best Teacher (Areyoubt), UNHoop, GlobalT, Break Into English, Synergy Language Consultants and 97Kid/Funbulous/JiuQu.
North American Companies
Sprout English (not hiring) is based in Winnipeg (Go Jets!). It looks like they teach kids in China and the parents pick the teachers for their kids. They only want native speakers with teaching experience from Canada or the USA. The pay is between $18-25USD per hour.
Topic-Time is a small American Skype company with Japanese students. You do not need to know Japanese culture but it is a plus. Good typing skills are also a plus. They pay $12USD per 55 minute lesson. You choose your own schedule. The students choose the teachers. They have their own curriculum and specialize in “The Scarlett Method”. They provide training. They would like to find teachers that care about people and fostering excellent learning environments so they are very selective about who they hire. Click here for comments and discussion about this company.
Rype is based in the US and is designed for students on the go. Students get to choose their teacher, but it is unclear how much money teachers make.
Global Mate New York (GMNY) teaches mostly South Korean professionals and students ages 19-50. Only Americans should apply.
Ginseng English is based in Boston. They hire the best candidates so non-native speakers are welcome. Masters degrees are looked on favourably. They teach both general and business English.
Western Wise is a small American company that teaches Chinese children aged 5-14. They are only looking for native speakers with a North American accent. Applicant must be available from 5am – 8am (US Central Standard Time) or on the weekends. They also want a committment of 1 year and someone with either a language degree, TEFL/Celta certificate or 3 years experience. They pay $15-22 USD per hour.
Redwood Language (Skilled Business English) is a new company based in Texas. They have their own platform and they are looking to hire business English teachers.
Golden Voice English (GVEOE) is based in Toronto, Canada and teaches English to students in China in grades 1 to 9. They offer a wide variety of curriculum and they do both group and 1 to 1 classes. They are currently hiring and looking for North American teachers. They pay $20 CAD per hour. You can find out more here.
Voxy is based in New York, they want native speakers with a degree or TESL certificate. They pay up to $18 an hour.
Lingo Live is based in New York too. They teach English, Spanish, French, Mandarin and some other languages to adults.
WayUp is a New York company that teaches English to Chinese students through their platform. They are looking for university graduates and students, they pay $10 – $13 an hour.
Speak! Language Center (link removed as they no longer need teachers) is in Virginia and they teach more languages than just English. They offer group and 1 to 1 classes.
EnglishKey is based in New Hampshire and is looking to hire native speakers. They want someone who can work 10 hours a week in the evenings. Their pay is unknown.
Cambly is based in San Francisco. It looks like they target Arab and Korean students. They are looking for native speakers. Cambly pays $0.17 cents per minute or $10.20 USD per hour.
TalktoCanada is a great company for Canadians (such as myself) to work for. It’s not big, however, and when I applied they were only hiring teachers to start in a few months from when I was looking for a job. I believe the teachers have to use Skype to talk to the students. The starting pay was $14 an hour a year ago.
OpenEnglish is all over the TV down here in Argentina, (with some really stupid commercials) I think it is quite popular across Latin America. They want native speakers with a “North American accent”. Sorry Aussies. OpenEnglish salary starts at around $10 per hour.
Pearson / GlobalEnglish is based in San Francisco, they have just updated their platform and it looks great. They specialize in business English and have both group and individual classes. They pay around $14 for individuals and $17 for group classes.
Duolingo was recently looking for experts in teaching languages and language assessment experts. They want “world-class language experts”. To help with their platform, not to teach languages but to act as a sort of consultant. I imagine it would be interesting working for Duolingo, probably a great job. Check the link to see if Duolingo is hiring again.
LOI English is based in Montana and requires teachers to be available for at least 25 hours a month. All their material is online and they give classes with Skype. The pay starts at $10 but goes up to $11 after 30 days. They will consider a higher wage for teachers experienced with TOEFL and for those who speak Portuguese.
Rosetta Stone / Livemocha Livemocha has a similar platform to that of Duolingo, but it is owned by the famous Rosetta Stone. Both of these companies offer online classes in many languages. You can teach from anywhere with them but they are looking specifically for teachers near one of the following American ‘hubs’: Chicago, Miami, New York, Seattle, Washington DC or Harrisonburg. I couldn’t find out how much they pay.
eBerlitz if you have taught ESL abroad you have probably heard of Berlitz. This American company has offices in more that 70 countries (their European website). From what I could find wages are around $14 or $15 an hour.
Elinet is based in Vancouver, Canada. They offer French and English classes.
goFLUENT is looking for business English teachers to teach a minimum of 4 hours per day 5 days a week. They have a specific time range when they need teachers so check the website. Gofluent salary: I didn’t find out exactly how much they pay, but I have read that it is comparable to ispeakuspeak, which is about €10 for individuals and €12 for group classes.
International Language Connection is a small company based in Toronto, Canada.
EnglishTutorsOnline is based in the US, they provide proofreading, editing and more specific English services as well as classes.
EnglishTutorOnline apparently there is another company with a slightly different name to the one above it.
Live Lingua is a smaller American company with less than 20 teachers. They offer a wide variety of specialty courses and charge students at least $20 an hour. Teachers are required to speak two languages.
LearningU is based in Utah, USA. They offer business and exam preparation courses.
SkypeEnglishClassNow is a smaller company, based in the US, they only offer 1-1 classes.
Say Yes to Success Online Tutoring is based in St. Louis. Looks like a small company with demanding requirements for teachers (10 years experience with a Masters or PHD). Not sure if they are hiring.
ESLstarter is looking for part-time English teachers to teach adults. They want teachers with a TEFL certificate and a university degree. They only want Birish or Irish teachers.
Linguacircle teaches individuals and groups. TEFL or equivalent certificate required, non-native English speakers are welcome to apply.
Tute has a new tutoring program for UK students it looks like they teach more than just English.
Fleet Tutors is not an ESL company but one that teaches all UK curriculum to UK students. They are obviously looking for UK qualified teachers only.
TwoSigmas is based in the UK and teach Chinese children 1 to 1. They are looking for native North Americans and they pay up to $20 USD an hour plus bonuses.
One Tutor is based in the UK they teach across Europe and Asia.
OnlineSchoolEnglish is based in Sussex, England. They offer classes for groups, individuals, businesses and exam preparations.
PanGlosses (Rainbow – Language in Business) is based in London and teaches business English.
Yu Me Us has offices in the UK, Poland and the Philippines, they offer exam preparation, business and conversation classes.
Brown Cow English looks like a small company but you have to like the name. They offer pretty much every type of English class including lessons for kids.
Avatar Languages just does 1 to 1 classes, but they teach English and Spanish.
EnglishDom offers all types of ESL classes. According to a user here EnglishDom pays teachers $10 USD per hour.
SkyLearn is a UK based company, they offer business, group, individual and exam preparation classes to mostly Brazilians.
Online Teachers UK is a small UK based company targeting mostly Russian students.
English Skype Classroom is a really small company, not sure if they are even hiring.
Bespoke Language Tuition teach English, Spanish, German and French as well as exam preparation.
Legal English Plus is a small company based in the Isle of Man. They have just a few teachers so I am unsure if they hire regularly.
OpenLanguages is the newest British English teaching company. OpenLanguages salary is unknown.
skyeng is a new ESL teaching company that uses the “Vimbox” platform. You will have to translate their website from Russian to English.
English-Natali is based in Russia, could be a good option for those in the Eastern Europe time zone or with Russian citizenship.
Ile-School (ILES) is a Russian company with some connections to Los Angeles.
New Way English is another Russian company, they charge students about $580 rubles per hour.
English Den is another online ESL teaching company based in Russia.
English and Skype is hiring qualified teachers to teach Russian students. They want teachers who can work at least 15 hours per week. They pay from $10 – $20 USD per class.
Form a really small company (4 teachers?!) based in St. Petersburg.
Break Into English has over 100 teachers and 1500 students they are looking for native speakers to teach mostly European students. They are currently branching out into Asia. They pay between 12€ and 14€ per hour.
Training Express is looking for native speakers. I believe they are associated with other Spanish ESL companies.
Blazaar is a new company from Barcelona with their own platform. They are looking not only for English teachers, but also German, French, Italian, Russian, Arabic and Spanish. The pay varies but it roughly starts at $12 USD per 45 minute class and there is no minimum amount of hours required.
EnglishOnlineTV another Spanish company that a fellow teacher works for. I know they hire non-native speakers to teach English.
Learnlight (formerly called Ispeakuspeak or ISUS) is based in Barcelona. They not only teach English, but 15 other languages including Spanish, French, German and Italian. Their online platform is new and sleek. They mostly teach business English to employees of multi-national companies based in Europe. Working part-time is possible, you choose your hours and they find the students for you. Learnlight salary: The pay (in Euros) is competitive at €10 for individuals and €12 for group classes. Click here for the comments and discussion page.
The SpeakCenter is based in Spain and offer classes to businesses and individuals.
IE-Academy is based in Spain, they offer business, individual and exam preparation classes.
Inglesissimo is another company based in Spain offering business lessons and lessons for individuals and travelers.
OS Connect is based in Seville. Their website looks good and they offer a wide range of courses. They pay $7 to $9 USD per hour for individual and group classes. They also pay for writing correction, marking, answering questions on the platform and developing teaching materials.
Other European Companies
Novo English is in France. It looks like they teach both kids and adults. Classes are only 15 minutes long.
Educastream is based in France, I don’t know much about them yet but they have some good reviews on the glassdoor website.
1to1Progress is based in France and they teach mostly business English to students in France. They are looking for bilingual teachers although it is not necessary to be bilingual. 1to1Progress pays up to €15 per hour. Click here for the comments and discussion page.
Woospeak based in France and they would like their teachers to be able to speak French. Woospeak salary: Starting pay is good from $16 to $18 per hour. Sounds like a good company if you are bilingual.
GoForLanguages is an international company with offices in the USA, Spain, France and Belgium. They teach and do translations.
Gymglish is a small company of about 20 people based in France.
Tandem is a new company based in Germany. They offer language tutoring services but only through an app with iOS and Android. That means you have to use an i-phone to teach. Teachers set their own rate. It is an interesting approach and it will be interesting to see how this works out in the long term.
Magic Ears is from Beijing and they teach children aged 5-12. More info to come.
The Online Teacher is a new company that matches online ESL companies to employees and vice versa. You must create a profile on their website. The-Online-Teacher works with mainly Chinese ESL companies but they also work with other international companies. Teachers can choose their salary and the company they want to work with. They are currently hiring only native English speakers but they expect to need non-native teachers soon. Click here to find out more.
97Kid/Funbulous/JiuQu is looking for American or Canadian teachers to teach children in China. Must be available for specific times and be auniversity graduate. They pay $16-20USD per hour. Send a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Oikid is based in Taiwan and they teach children. They want native speakers with experience who are able to work during peak times in China (5-10pm). They pay $14-22USD per hour. Send a resume to email@example.com
EnglishLive/ EnglishTown/ EnglishFirst is a large company that has been around since 1965. According to the website they are looking for people in the US and China. The have a Shanghai office where they do most of their teaching but they also hire remote teachers. EnglishTown salary: Pay starts at $12 per hour and $14 if you are bilingual in Russian or Portuguese. More info here: http://careers.ef.com/
New Vision Learning Services teaches English learners from children to adults. They have different curriculum (history, science, etc.) and they teach groups of 2-5 students. They are looking for teachers who have a bachelors degree and a TEFL certificate.
Hujiang is one of the largest ESL companies in China. They are looking for experienced teachers who are able to teach at specific times in Beijing to a wide variety of students. The website is in Chinese so good luck!
DMA1on1 is looking for native English speakers, they are based in Taiwan and teach only 1 on 1 50 minute classes. Teachers use the provided material, training is provided for new online teachers. Pay depends on experience and is paid in New Taiwan Dollars. If you want to apply send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
USAsishu or Meiguosishu this company doesn’t appear to have the best reputation, so be wary. They teach Chinese primary school children and pay $15 per hour. You can email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
ALO7 tutors English to kids and prefers native English speaking tutors. Pay ranges between $15 to $22 an hour. ALO7’s student base comes from large educational institutions in China. Alo7 is a start up by PhD graduate from MIT Media Lab.
Face Talk is a Chinese English teaching app. Not much else is known at the moment.
FastSchool is another company that teaches children, teachers must be available from 7-9pm Beijing time. It is not necessary to be a native speaker but you must have a bachelors degree. They apparently pay at least 40$ an hour, which seems to good to be true. We need some comments from people that work here, click here for the comments and discussion page.
I Use English teaches children through 1to1 and group classes. They are looking for native speakers and they pay 4$-6$ per half hour.
GoGoTalk teaches children in China. Not much else is known at this point.
Hugo Online Education teaches English to children in China. They pay between 14$ to 20$ per hour. They don’t have a website yet as they are new. You can email Zoe at email@example.com
Disney English teach English with Disney… yes Disney.
DeerKid teaches North American curriculum to kindergarten and elementary students in China. Teachers must be from North America, have a bachelors degree, 1 year experience and a TESOL certificate or equivalent. They pay $14 – $22 per hour.
Pudtree (Hiknow) is looking for British, American or Canadian teachers with a bachelors degree and at least 1 year of experience teaching to kids. They pay $17 – $22 an hour.
eHailuo is based in the Nanjing province, I don’t know much about them other than they teach 1 to 1 classes.
ABC5 is based Guangzhou. I couldn’t find their website but they are apparently hiring now, looking for native speakers to teach students aged 4 -18. They pay $13 – $16 per hour. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Wechat: 137865455, Skype: vickylee291
A Top Class teaches kids and adults. They require you to teach one free class per student. They pay $10-$11 per hour with chances for bonuses.
Swoosh English is based in Hong Kong and it looks like they only hire UK teachers.
Meisi Consulting (no website) they have a good review from a commenter, no webcam needed, they have a poor platform and low hours, maximum of 8 per week, but they apparently pay $22 or $32 USD per hour. Email: email@example.com
51FreeTalk (not the same as 51talk?!) related to Top Online Teachers, tough website to navigate, but a commenter has provided this info: materials are downloaded books, they teach kids 1-1, no lessons are planned for the teacher, They pay $12 USD per hour. Skype: ilovefreetalk
Enlai Education Solutions has a good reputation (which is a little bit rare for a Chinese ESL company). They don’t teach themselves but are a third party that finds jobs for teachers in China. Enlai pays a minimum of $16 an hour with chances to earn more.
USTALK (ESLcafe link) (company website) I got an emailing from this company saying that they pay $8-12 USD per 25 minutes. They also offer some incentives and bonuses. Classes are 1-on-1 with young Chinese learners. Teachers are not obligated to prepare any of their own materials. They are launching their English website soon. Teachers set their own schedules, but must be available for at least 4 hours during peak Chinese hours (Weekday evenings, all day weekends).
QuQuABC (link is to the application) is based in Hong Kong. According to one of our commenters QuQuABC pays $14 USD an hour. They say they pay for your training but it seems like some teachers have not been paid.
Talk915 (ZTE) a new company that only wants native speakers with a TESL/TEFL/TESOL certificate. Talk915 salary: They pay £3 per 25 minute class or £6 for a 50 minute class.
NiceTalk is an app that allows Chinese students to reach English speakers. The NiceTalk salary is $10 an hour with $10 bonus for signing up. They also have a referral bonus system.
VIPKid a new Chinese company that looks very promising. The VIPKid salary is $14 -$22 an hour or $2000 – $2500 monthly. From the comments at the bottom: “You teach for 25 mins at an average rate of 7.50 USD but they ALWAYS have competitions and other incentive programs” – Georgia L. Click here for the comments and discussion page.
Best10n1 I think many of their teachers are ex-pats living in China (and speak Chinese). The Best10n1 salary is unknown.
Kukuspeak I had an interview with this company that underwhelmed me, but it is legit. It might be a good option for teachers living in Asia as their schedules would match. Kukuspeak salary: Kukuspeak pays $10 an hour to start.
LumiEnglish a Chinese company with offices in Beijing and San Diego, it was hard to find a lot of information about them, but if you are in China or looking to teaching Chinese people, check it out.
Hiknow English not much information on the website, but there is an email address for teachers to contact them firstname.lastname@example.org
KaiBell is a Chinese company…good luck understanding their website.
I Use English is hiring English teachers to teach Chinese children.
Meten is based in Shenzhen, it looks like they are currently looking for people in China or willing to move there.
ABC360 is a new company that is currently hiring. They want full-time teachers to work sometime between 4 -10 am Eastern Standard Time, Monday – Sunday. Email your resume and a photo to email@example.com. ABC360 pays about $14 an hour initially and $16 an hour after 6 months. Click here for the comments and discussion page.
Buke8 another Chinese company with a difficult website for English speakers to navigate. Buke8 salary is unknown at this point.
Best Teacher (Areyoubt) has an interesting method. they pay you for replying to student messages, editing conversations and doing voice recordings. The also pay you for Skype lessons 340YEN per 25 minute class, 50YEN for recordings and 10YEN for replying to messages and editing conversations.
EigoBiz focuses on teaching business English to Japanese students. They prefer native English speaking teachers with TESL certificates. Teachers set their own schedule between the hours of 5am – 11pm (Japanese time). They pay 1600 YEN per 50 minute lesson (about $14.50 USD). They provide the material.
English Everywhere is a company that allows their students to pick their teachers. The still require you to apply though. They pay 800 YEN per 30-minute class for the first 10 classes, after 10 classes they will pay you 900 YEN per 30 minute class.
OKpanda is an English learning platform using instant messaging, live voice and other digital methods. Not much else is known at this point.
Mainichi eikaiwa offers business and conversational classes to Japanese students. They are currently hiring according to the website. They pay $11.5 per hour.
Ecom (eCommunication inc.) I don’t know anything about this company.
EnglishCentral another new company from Japan. They have their own platform with videos and it looks like a lot of students use it. How much EnglishCentral pays is unknown.
Eigox a new company from Japan. Eigox pays 600 yen or about $5 for every 25 minute class. Payment is made with Paypal.
Cena Academy looks like a good company, they say they are currently looking for American teachers. They pay $9 US for a 25 minute class and $18 US for a 50 minute class.
Hello English is based in Japan, it’s a medium sized company with 38 teachers.
E-Communication (ecominc.co.jp) is another Japanese company, the website is hard to navigate if you don’t speak Japanese.
Eigooo is an interesting new company offering “chat type English learning” service. They don’t appear to be a large company so Eigooo’s salary is unknown.
South Korean Companies
GlobalT is based in Seoul and they have over 50 teachers. They have two shifts morning and evenings and you are required to work at least one of the shifts. The lessons are over the phone and either 10,15 or 20 minutes long. The lessons follow a textbook but sometimes there are free conversation topics. You need to do report cards every month and it’s unpaid. They only want native speakers from English speaking countries. They pay $14USD an hour.
Boktutors in South Korea is looking for native speakers with a university degree.
Winglish is based in South Korea. Their website is difficult to navigate so I don’t know much about this company.
EnglishHunt is based in South Korea and pays $15USD per hour. They train teachers and have American managers. They schedule the students and have their own teaching platform and curriculum. The amount of students fluctuates as contracts expire and renew.
English Aloud is based in South Korea, it looks like you have to make your own profile with this company. They do group and 1 to 1 classes.
CarrotEnglish is based in South Korea, it doesn’t have the best online reputation, but maybe a good option for those in South Korea or who want to teach Korean students.
Pagoda Talkool is a South Korean company, the pay starts at $9 an hour but there are opportunities for bonuses.
Spicus is another South Korean company that pays $2 for each 10 minute session with some incentives.
Talk Bean is based in South Korea. You can sign up to teach by yourself on their website, but there is an application process.
Storivers (now Classo.me) is looking for GYOPO (that is a new word for me… Korean-American, Korean-Canadian, etc) English teachers to give 1 to 1 classes. They prefer female teachers from the US, Canada, England, Australia and New Zealand.
UNHoop teaches English to both Filipino and Japanese students. They offer training and some bonuses. They only pay 110PHP per hour.
Learntalk is based in the Philippines. Learntalk pays their teachers around $4 USD per hour.
Bizmates is based in the Philippines but they teach business English to Japanese students. Bizmates salary: they pay $3 – $4.60 per hour (140 – 220 PHP) up to $1200 per month. (Non native speakers welcome)
Skybel is a Filipino company that teaches Korean students. Skybel salary: Skybel pays $15 an hour (to native speakers). Their webpage is hard to navigate even with Google translator.
LingualBox is another company from the Philippines. Apparently it doesn’t matter if you are a native speaker or not, classes last 25 minutes. The LingualBox salary is unknown.
Bibo is based in the Philippines and (as of February 2015) is hiring. Bibo salary: Bibo pays $6 an hour ($1.40 – US$3 per 25 min lesson). Their website says you can earn up to $1500 per month. Click here for the comments and discussion page.
51Talk is another company from the Philippines they teach kids and adults and the material is provided. According to their website, 51talk’s salary is a maximum of $35,000 PHP per month which is about $750 USD, but according to a commenter here pay depends on experience and nationality. An American teacher can earn $11 per 25 minute class. Click here for the comments and discussion page.
English-Mania has offices in the US and the Philippines and they teach through Skype. I am not sure what they pay their teachers, but they charge students $10 for a 45 minute class.
Synergy Language Consultants is based in South Africa and they are currently hiring.
Aloju Online Teaching Recruitment is based in South Africa. I believe that most of their students are in China. They are looking for teachers from around the world. They want teachers who have a TEFL certificate and are able to teach 15 hours per week.
HiTutor is based in Taiwan. They teach many languages including Spanish and French. They want native speakers with 1 year of experience and a university degree.
Easy Talk is based in Taiwan. I cant find their website but this linked survey says they pay $12 -$14 per hour. More information about this company would be great.
Langland Language Institute is based in good old Uruguay. It looks to be a smaller company and they use Skype to teach a variety of classes.
EOstudy is an American company but most of the students are in Saudi Arabia. They would like native speakers with a TESL/TEFL/TESOL certificate. EOstudy salary: EOstudy pays between $12 and $15 per hour depending on experience.
Enkulu is a Vietnamese company. According to their website Enkulu pays $0.117 per minute or $7 per hour.
EnglishLeap is based in India, I am not sure how much they pay.
I-rikai is based in New Delhi, India. It looks like Irikai is only looking for Indians or at least only people in India.
TutorABC (iTutorGroup) is based in Taiwan. They offer individual and group classes. They have a rating system and a teacher can be penalized for having a bad rating. You must teach 15 sessions per week of 45 minutes or more. The pay usually starts at around $8 -$9 per 45 minutes. Click here for the discussion and comments page.
SameSpeak is based in New Zealand, they pay $US10 for every 30mins taught.
AmBrits is a small international company, I didn’t find much information about it.
OnTopEnglish I didn’t find much info on this company but they charge students over $20 a lesson.
Kampus World offers business group and individual classes.
Salamzaban is a English teaching company based in Iran, at least I think it’s Iran as their website is in Persian.
English Talk based in Taiwan, not much info on their website besides charging 230NTD per hour.
On Top English I’m not sure where they are based, but they it looks like they target Latin America they charge students around $20 US per hour.
Turks Learn English is exactly what it sounds like. They only hire teachers that have experience living and working in Turkey.
There is another type of language teaching company, where teachers have to create a profile and attract students based on their profile, price and ratings:
Varsity Tutors (USA)
LearnEng.eu (in person or online)
Yoli Chat (China)
RealLang (South Korea)
Classo (South Korea)
Lang-land (Russia) Teachers pay a subscription to use the Lang-Land system and set their own prices.
First Tutors (UK)
Preply (Ukraine, Russia)
CafeTalk (looking for teachers who have taught in Japan)
FindaTutor (New Zealand)
FindMyFavouriteTeacher (many languages)
Mobil English (USA / Japan)