How it works
Q : Do I need a Bachelor’s degree to join English Gang?
A : Our teacher’s education level is very important to us, and our families expect a high quality English education. Thus, we require that our teachers have at least a Bachelor’s degree. Rarely we can make exceptions for candidates with 3 years experience teaching English face to face with students and/or over 1 year experience teaching children online. Having a TESOL or TEFL certificates is an added bonus, but that is not necessary.
Q : Do I have to be a native English speaker?
A : Yes, it is very important that you are a native English speaker from either the USA, Canada, UK, Australia or New Zealand. In very rare instances we will accept candidates who were born in other countries that have spent the majority of their lives in one of the aforementioned countries, have a neutral accent, and have a strong background in ESL education.
Q : What time should I be available to teach?
A : Our peak times in Thailand are Monday-Friday 4-10pm, and Saturday-Sunday 8am–10pm. Making yourself available during those times will give you a higher probability of getting booked. It's perfectly fine to open your schedule outside of those times as well. We require that you open your schedule a minimum of 5 hours (10 slots) per week.
Q : Do you have any tips for the mock class?
A : Following your interview, you will be asked to conduct a mock class with the teacher who will pretend to be a beginner level student. In total the slides should last 25 minutes, but most mock classes will be stopped at the 10 minute mark. You will need to show how you can prompt the student to give complete answers, how your energy can keep the student engaged, and how you can demonstrate strong time management skills. As with all of our classes, the mock class may be recorded with the recording used for quality assurance. Please make sure your lighting quality is great, and we require that you use a headset and microphone for mock classes and real classes alike.
Q : What is the pay rate and when do I get paid?
A : Teachers are paid anywhere between $10.00 - $16.00 USD per hour of teaching, and you will be paid by the 5th of the month for the previous month. Your pay rate is based off of your experience, interview and mock class, and it can increase depending on how many classes you teach per month. You will also receive bonuses for showing up to class on time, and bringing in new students. If your balance is below $30 USD, we will carry that amount over to the next month. Depending on your country of residence, applicable taxes will be applied.
Q : What are your cancelation policies?
A : If a student cancels with less than 24 hours before the class, you will receive half pay for assessments, and full pay for regular classes. If the teacher cancels with less than 24 hours before the class, the teacher will be charged for the time of the class. Cancelations made with at least 24 hours notice will not be chargeable cancellations for both students and teachers.
Q : What are the peak hours for me to teach?
A : Most of our students are based in Thailand, and the peak hours in Thailand are Monday - Friday from 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM and 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday.
Q : How many hours am I required to teach?
A : We require that you open your schedule for at least 5 hours (10 slots) per week. There is no maximum, but the top 10% of our teachers average 35 hours per week. We do not recommend teaching more than 40 hours per week as that can quickly lead to teacher burnout.
Q : How should I set my schedule?
A : Teachers must submit their weekly availability one month in advance. Teachers' weekly schedules are sent out each Saturday at 12:00 PM Bangkok time. Teachers must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. All English Gang teachers should check their emails daily for new bookings. (on this note, we need to look at how teachers get class reminders sent to them)
Q : Do you have any tips for passing the demo lesson?
A : Please focus on getting the student to answer in complete sentences. Make sure to read the lesson objectives, and relate those objectives to what you are teaching in the slides. Once you get used to the English Gang format of teaching, there isn't a lot of prep work needed as it is quite teacher and student friendly. However, for your first few lessons, we recommend reviewing the class for 30-60 minutes prior to your 25 minute class. Please focus on time management as well. If you go too fast or too slow, this will be noted in your results.