Why even bother to teach ESOL? Well, you probably speak and read English, or you wouldn’t be here. And, you’re in good company: about 20% of the Earth’s population speaks English with you.
But most people learned English as a second language. It is our global language; a lingua franca needed for many jobs and travel.
Did you know that many native English speakers don’t bother learning another language? Only about one in five Americans – 19% – think it is essential to speak a second language, despite the fact that the future of humanity is multi-cultural, intersectional, and global.
Every day, we use language across borders to argue, learn, negotiate, document, legislate, celebrate, and even love one another. Indeed, language competency is one of the most important skills our modern world requires.
More profoundly, we don’t know how our language shapes our thoughts until we learn another. We can never truly understand our own language, or our thinking’s limitations and possibilities, without learning other languages.
ESL Teachers Are In High Demand
The online English language learning market has substantial global worth and potential so there is an incredible demand for online English teachers. English and the internet are growing together and online ESL companies are expanding into India, Africa, and more rural parts of Asia.
You may have heard that there are too many online ESL teachers now. The reality is that the market is flooded with mediocre online teachers. Be great! No, not like Melania’s “be best”, which isn’t grammatically correct and a warning of the perils of poor English lessons.
What do you need to teach English online
You don’t necessarily need certifications, or even a BA, to teach English online. For some companies, you don’t even need to be a native-speaker of English. This isn’t like other jobs where you show up and clock in and clock out. You need to cultivate your student base, stand out from the crowd, and commit to a consistent schedule if you want to make this a full-time gig.
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