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Teach English to Spanish Speakers Online

Here are the top 3 companies you can work for to teach English to Spanish speakers online. If you are interested in helping Spanish-speaking students learn English, there are quite a few options.

Teach Spanish Speaking Students: Top 3 Companies

#1 Open English

First, if you’re fluent in English and want to teach Spanish speakers, you can teach on Open English.

Open English offers online English classes to students in Latin America. When you work for Open English, you will teach English to student groups or 1-on-1 classes. You can teach students through Open English Junior courses or you can teach adults.

Open English Teacher Requirements

  • A high-speed internet connection
  • minimum 10 hours of availability weekly
  • one year of teaching experience
  • degree required
  • TEFL required
  • Candidates that speak Spanish are preferred.

Open English Pay

  • up to $15/hr

#2 LatinHire

Next, I suggest applying to LatinHire. LatinHire is also a good option for teachers who want to teach Spanish speakers online. They offer a flexible schedule and, like the companies above, have good hours for teachers based in the US because their peak hours are EST evenings (after 6 PM).

LatinHire Teacher Requirements

  • BA degree required
  • 1 year of teaching experience
  • Intermediate Spanish-speaking ability

LatinHire Teacher Pay

  • LatinHire pays tutors $13 USD

#3. Cambly

Finaly, I suggest applying to Cambly. Cambly will hire you to teach English remotely from anywhere in the world. If you make yourself public during peak hours in Latin America or South America, or, if you open your schedule during these hours, you can target students located in those areas.

They pay the worst, but they are also always hiring.

Tips for Teaching on Cambly

Why Teach for Cambly?

Full disclosure: I find that Cambly markets itself more heavily in Brazil and I mostly get Brazilian students on Cambly. However, I have also had students from other countries in Latin America and South America. If you state your interest in teaching Spanish speakers in your profile, you can build a student base that reflects your interests.

Cambly Kids

When you teach for Cambly, you will primarily teach adults, though you can also apply to Cambly Kids to teach kids.

Cambly Teacher Requirement

  • no degree required
  • no TEFL required

Cambly Teacher Pay

  • Cambly pays 10.20 an hour

Top Tutoring Platforms for Teaching English Online

If you are disappointed by the pay rates shown above, and you want to target professional, financially successful students, then consider posting your tutor profile to an ESL teacher platform. If you want to create your own lesson plans and market yourself to a certain student base, there are many platforms that let you do this. Here are some common platforms that let you teach English to Spanish speakers your own way:

Earn More: Build your own booking platform 

You don’t need to work for another company or platform to teach English to Spanish speakers. You can teach English online, work completely for yourself, and command the high pay you want by focusing on freelance ESL teaching. Build your own booking platform: learn how here.

Learn more about other online opportunities to teach English online by checking out our comparison chart of all the ESL companies. We have listed freelance platforms as well as traditional employers. Check it out below!

Tips for teaching English to Spanish speakers

Spanish speakers may encounter various difficulties when learning English, as the two languages have many differences in terms of pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and idiomatic expressions. Some common issues that Spanish speakers may face include:

  1. Pronunciation: English has a greater number of vowel and consonant sounds than Spanish. This makes it challenging for Spanish speakers to pronounce certain English words correctly. Spanish speakers may struggle with the English “th” sound, the “r” sound, and the correct stress and intonation patterns. I suggest you give your students a needs assessment early on and lead them to read The Rainbow Passage as part of it. That way, you can focus on improving those problem areas in class.
  2. Grammar: English grammar is often more complex than Spanish grammar, which can be difficult for Spanish speakers to master. For example, Spanish has a simpler verb conjugation system than English, and Spanish word order is generally more flexible. Spanish speakers may have difficulty with English verb tenses, prepositions, and articles.
  3. Vocabulary: While Spanish and English share many words and cognates, there are also many false cognates (false friends) and idiomatic expressions that can be confusing for Spanish speakers. Additionally, English has a vast vocabulary with many synonyms and nuances. This makes it difficult for students to choose the right word in a given context.
  4. Idiomatic expressions: English has many idiomatic expressions that may not make sense when translated literally into Spanish. For example, the phrase “break a leg” means “good luck” in English, but this may not be immediately apparent to Spanish speakers.

Overall, while Spanish and English share some similarities, there are also many differences that can make learning English challenging for Spanish speakers. With practice and patience, however, Spanish speakers can overcome these difficulties and become proficient in English.

Final thoughts

If you’re fluent in English and want to teach Spanish speakers, you’re in luck. There are lots of Spanish speakers who want to learn English all across the globe. In addition, due to a few rather ugly racial incidents tied to a resurfacing of “English only” sentiment in the USA, some people from Latin America and South America might feel particualry pressured to improve their English skills if they live in the States.

All of this is to say there are many opportunities to teach English specifically to Spanish-speaking students.

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Ingrid Maria Pimsner, MA, BA, TEFL
Ingrid Maria Pimsner, MA, BA, TEFL

Ingrid Maria Pimsner has been teaching for over a decade in various universities, nonprofits, and private academies. She has taught English as a Second Language for Lutheran Children & Family Service, Nationalities Service Center, Lernstudio Barbarossa Berlin-Tegel, and more. In addition to her Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certification, she holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a MA from Maryland Institute College of Art.