Qualifications You Need to Be an Online English Teacher
Certain requirements must be met in order for you to teach ESL. Familiarize yourself with these so that you will know if you are eligible to teach.
It is important to have a strong passion for teaching students. However, you need to obtain some qualifications and certifications before you can do so.
Since ESL instructors should have the capability to teach reading, speaking, listening, and writing in English, it is important to be highly understand these facets of the English language down to the core. Moreover, standards have to be followed because students will rely on what you’re teaching them down the road.
You should be a bachelor’s degree holder.
If you want to be a teacher with English Gang, this is a requirement. Of course a bachelor’s degree doesn’t define a person as being fit to teach, but it is something that shows a certain level of education and commitment that our families want to see in EG teachers. It is a bonus when you finished with a degree in any English related course, education, or ESL. Some courses such as linguistics, other language degrees, and cultural studies are also an advantage.
Although being conversational and fluent in another language is not a must to be an ESL teacher, it will be beneficial for this kind of job. If you are interested in learning another language, there are several programs and certifications that offer them. The reason is that if you have learned another language yourself, it’s a lot easier to understand how your students feel and think when trying to learn English as a Second Language.
Your mother tongue should be English.
Most ESL online schools such as English Gang require that you speak English as your first language from the countries in North America, Australia, New Zealand, and United Kingdom. There are considerations for those who are not citizens from the mentioned countries. They can be qualified as long as they have lived for many years in these English speaking nations and speak fluently with little to no accent.
Most students want to study with those who speak English daily since they will use it in real life situations. In addition, they want to acquire proper accents. Our families expect a high level of teaching abilities, so this is a necessary qualification.
Having ESL training is an advantage but not mandatory.
For better opportunities for employment, you can attend a training program for ESL such as TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) certification and TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) certification. You can acquire the fundamental skills needed and be certified. Trainings like these will help you to evaluate students properly, apply techniques in teaching grammar, and hone your speaking/communication skills. There are also other training programs specially conducted for licensed teachers.
English teaching related working experience is a plus.
For English Gang, we hold in high regard applicants who have taught children for at least 3 years or 1 year of online teaching experience. Having relative job experience will give you more chances of employment since you can apply what you learned from your previous workplace.
You just need to be patient and diligent in obtaining these requirements. You need to give 100 percent and have a genuine passion for teaching and helping children. This may seem time consuming, but you will reap the benefits in the end. Your skill set and character work together so that you can be an efficient and effective online ESL teacher. Are you ready to apply now?