7 Apps to make money online teaching english

7 Apps to Make Money Online Teaching English

(Last Updated On: September 25, 2018)

Do you want to make money teaching English online but have been unable to find a school that takes South Africans? I have found 7 Apps that are not only free to download on your Smartphone, but also welcome South Africans.

During my endless googling looking for schools that take South Africans, I came across an interesting blog by Ivy. She gives a list of Online ESL Schools that use phone apps to teach. Now I must admit, this was new to me. As Ivy’s blog list was done in 2016 and she is not South African I decided to do a bit of research on the subject. I have come up with 7 schools.  What I like about the App system is that if you work from home you can open up your schedule, go online and carry on with your other work until a call comes in.  So you do not have to sit and wait around for calls.

Teaching English online is not going to make you rich but it will give you a good extra income. So if you want to make a bit of extra money on the side, read on!7 Apps to Make Money Online Teaching English

1. PalFish

Teaching Methods

  • Official Kids Tutor
  • Conversational English practice7 Apps to Make Money Online Teaching English
  • Voice or video chat
  • Make your own lessons
  • Set your own schedule

Requirements :

  • Fluent in English but you do not have to be a native English speaker
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Creative and energetic
  • Passionate about teaching students English
  • Good conversationalist
  • Must have a Payoneer account (similar to PayPal

NOTE: To become an official PalFish Kids Tutor you require an English teaching certificate (eg. TEFL).  There is also a set rate per lesson and you have to be online a certain number of hours a week.

As a regular tutor, you set your own rate per lesson but PalFish does give you some recommendations and advice. There is no specific time commitment so you can set your own hours.

At the time of writing this, I have signed up and have been accepted as a tutor. I received a message on the app welcoming me to the program and an invitation to join the foreign teachers chatting room. This is helpful as the other teachers are very patient and helpful.

2. English Ninjas7 Apps to Make Money Online Teaching English

  • Android phones – Google Play
  • iPhones – App Store
  • You can also join as a tutor on their website

Teaching Methods

  • Curriculum lessons are available
  • Articles are available for students to read and then discuss with the tutor
  • Conversational English practice
  • Voice or video chat
  • Set your own schedule

Requirements :

  • Fluent in English and a native English speaker
  • Must have experience teaching English
  • Good internet connection and headset
  • Be a good listener
  • Love travelling and interacting with people from all over the world
  • Must be able to ask good questions and want to expand your knowledge on different topics
  • Must have a PayPal account

The application process requires a video and you also need to upload your CV.  If you are applying to teach on the website you will need to test your internet connection.

3. Tandem7 Apps to Make Money Online Teaching English

  • Android phones – Google Play
  • iPhones – App Store
  • Tablet

Teaching Methods

  • Conversational foreign language practice
  • Voice or video chat
  • Make your own lessons
  • Set your own schedule

Requirements :

  • Must be a certified language tutor (TEFL or similar)
  • Fluent in the language you wish to teach but you do not have to be a native speaker
  • Must have experience teaching a foreign language
  • Professional, knowledgeable and fun

Tandem is an App for multiple languages, so if you speak more than one language, you have the potential to earn more.

4. Nice Talk Tutor7 Apps to Make Money Online Teaching English

  • Android phones – Google Play
  • iPhones – App Store

Teaching Methods

  • Conversational English practice
  • Video chat
  • Set your own schedule

Requirements :

  • Applicants with TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certificate or IELTS/TOEFL teaching experience will be preferred
  • English native speakers
  • Stable Internet Access
  • Quiet Environment in which to engage with your students
  • Must have a PayPal account

Nice Talk Tutor has a set rate they pay tutors.  The rate at the time of writing is $10 per hour.

7. italki7 Apps to Make Money Online Teaching English

  • Android phones – Google Play
  • iPhones – App Store
  • Website

Teaching Methods

  • Professional tutor
    • Prepare your own lessons and course materials
    • Give structured lessons
    • Give specialised classes
  • Community Tutor
    • Help with homework
    • Conversational foreign language practice
  • Video chat
  • Set your own schedule

NOTE:  italki advises that you download the App for Android phones from their website as they have had reports of FAKE italki mobile apps in the Android Play Store. If the application is not downloaded from the link on their website, they could infect your mobile phone with malware and viruses

Requirements for Professional Tutor:

  • Professional teaching experience in a school, university, or language institute
  • University degree in education
  • Teaching certification (i.e. CELTA or TESOL) from an accredited institution
  • Must have a PayPal or Payoneer account

Requirements for Community Tutor:

  • Native speaker in the language you will be teaching in
  • Patient, understanding and friendly, with a desire to help others
  • Passionate about language learning
  • Must have a PayPal or Payoneer account

On italki you can teach any language that is your native language, it does not have to be English. Students are from all over the world and are learning a variety of different languages. On italki you can teach on their website or on your smartphone.  You can set your own rates.

I have included the only 2 web-based schools that I could find that allow South Africans to tutor

The Talk List

Teaching Methods

  • Conversational English practice
  • Video chat
  • Set your own schedule

Requirements:

  • Open enrolment policy called PEAK (Prepared, Enthusiastic, Articulate and Kind)
  • Good internet connection, webcam and headset
  •  Interpersonal skills
  • Great conversationalist
  • Must have a PayPal account

Your free registration gets you a standard account (Bronze). You can upgrade your status by taking the e-Learning test (Silver) or by submitting an education or teaching certification (Gold). The TalkList has video resources for tutors to help you get started. You can set your own rates and will need a PayPal account to receive payment.

Tutlo7 Apps to Make Money Online Teaching English

Teaching Methods

  • Tutlo offers structured and easy to follow lessons plans
  • Video chat
  • Set your own schedule

Requirements:

  • Some teaching experience and a University degree is an additional bonus
  • Native English speaker
  • Good internet connection, webcam and headset
  •  Good conversationalist
  • Must have a Payoneer account

At the time of writing the rate of pay is $5-11 (depending on your experience) per every 60 minutes of class time.

Top Tips :

  • Make a spreadsheet with different topics and questions on that topic.  This ensures that you don’t run out of conversation.
  • The Apps are similar to Facebook – you can add posts and follow people.  The trick is to market yourself to the students.
  • Google “free English lessons” to get ideas if you want to plan your own lessons.
  • YouTube has plenty of tutorial videos on how to get started on these platforms.

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