Increase in demand for online English teachers

THE Covid-19 lockdown has seen a global surge in demand for online English teachers.

In South Africa, 370,000 jobs are at risk, according to the South African Reserve Bank’s latest monetary policy review, although industry experts consider that to be a conservative estimate. With average salaries between R190 and R560 per hour, depending on experience, teaching English online could be the solution for South Africans struggling to make ends meet due to job losses. of Covid-19.

Many companies that pair teachers with students do not have enough teachers to meet current demand. “There are currently thousands of online teaching jobs available for South Africans listed on the internet. It’s just about getting a qualification and finding a way to teach online that works for you,” says Tom Gibbons, director of TEFL Academy, the leading provider of courses for teaching English as a foreign language. in South Africa.

“For those who have suddenly found themselves without an income, thinking innovatively is key to making money. A TEFL qualification allows you to teach from anywhere in the world, creating a unique opportunity for English speakers make money from home,” says Gibbons.

In terms of working hours, many of the big online education companies are based in Asia. This means that peak teaching hours are Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm South African time, and 1pm to 4pm on weekends.

Alternatively, teachers can set their own hours by adding themselves and their qualifications to an existing agency database where TEFL learners around the world can easily find them.

An online TEFL course can be completed in four to six weeks and can be accessed from anywhere in the world. To help future teachers prepare for online teaching, the TEFL Academy has introduced live webinar rooms, where TEFL teachers can practice teaching with other teachers replacing students – a first in the world. online teaching space.

“Live webinars simulate the full online homeschooling experience, providing every TEFL teacher with practical knowledge in terms of running an online course,” says Gibbons. “It’s a great starting point because employers are always looking for someone with experience.


• A legitimate TEFL qualification

• A stable internet connection

• A pair of headphones

• A microphone

• A webcam

• A method for receiving payments, such as a PayPal account.

Offering accessible, flexible and cost-effective ways to obtain the TEFL qualification, the TEFL Academy offers internationally accredited and regulated online courses. Their How to Teach English Online guide helps qualified teachers find work, offers advice on how to get a qualification and provides a list of equipment needed to teach online. For more information, visit

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