Finding New Possibility in Times of Isolation – ESL Teaching

We are collectively navigating through a tough time. While it does not make sense to stay positive one hundred percent of the time, nonetheless, we can certainly sail through this hour with patience, persuasion, and prudence.

Above all, turning adversity into opportunity is perhaps the most sensible attitude we can demonstrate as humans.

The myriad of threats to hearty living is banking up with each passing days. Closing down of workplace has impacted all industries at once. Teachers are in a constant rush to ease out the transition both professionally and personally. All thanks to technology for standing as a pillar of support!

Over the last few years, the growth in the Online English teaching market has paved the path for many ESL teachers for a safe landing. Working in isolation is no longer wishful thinking, it is a major possibility.

Let’s First Answer to Some of The FAQ’s

What do ESL Teachers Do?

ESL – English as a Second Language teaching is all about teaching English to the students who are non-native English speakers. An ESL teacher’s job is to ensure English Language Learnerscan understand, adapt, and manipulate the language skills for effective communication.

What will You Need to Become Online ESL Teacher?

Individuals aspiring to become ESL teachers must be qualified on the same ground and be acquainted with methodologies and technicalities to ESL teaching.

Generally, a 120 hour TEFL/TESOL certificate is known to be a must-have. Now, when you are planning to be a certified Online ESL teacher, just make sure the certificate is standardized as per 21st-century teaching skills as well as it is internationally accredited and recognized.

Does “Not Having Experience”Stand in Your Way?

Of course not! Be assured that experience comes next to your capability. Although the criterion for position requirements indeed remains in the hands of the recruiter, however, the abundant online opportunities have made it just fine for competent beginners to prevail in the ESL market.

The plus point of teaching online is that the options are much wider. Especially now that we are all finding technology as the latest mode of movement, the ESL teaching field growing each day. Hence, you have nothing to worry about, instead, prioritize your skill sets. So that you land an interview, you can present yourself as the right person to hire.

The Dilemma of Not Being a Native English Speaker!

Again, you may across openings which need to be filled out by only native speakers, but there is plenty ESL teaching job for non-natives as well. These jobs are available all over the globe. To name a few countries like China, Thailand, Brazil, and Mexico welcomes non-native applicants.

When your passion is teaching and you have what it takes to accomplish your job, you are ready to take off!

So, How much Can You Earn Being an Online ESL Teacher?

Though ESL teaching requires skills more than experience, even so, experience is something to be always cherished. The more credibility, the higher the salary.

An Online TEFL teacher can expect from $12 to $25 per hour. This can be taken as the salary range of independent or freelance teachers. On the other hand, for a full-time English teaching job, the salary can range from $1000 to $3000 per month. A lot of the companies in this field come with various other benefits of lucrative incentives too. It all depends on your performance and how you develop your professional relationship with these companies.

Now that You Know How to Go About It, Let’s Dive into How You Can Make It a Success!

As you transition into work from Home status, your approachand the way you look at life must shift too. Experiencing physical classroom and learning in an online environment needs a little bit of introspection to plan out the strategies. This goes both ways, for you and your students.

Few pointers to keep up in the online Environment –

  • Plan out your teaching strategies that fit well with online classroom
  • Brush up your technological skills – you don’t need to be an expert but it’s always good to be prepared for unpredictable disruptions that may or may not occur
  • Focus more on students engagement –keep them interested, energized, and motivated
  • Keep an allotted space as your “work station”
  • Learn to be flexible and resourceful
  • Use media platform to exchange ideas and stay updated

While you take care of others don’t miss out on yourself, here are a few healthy living reminders to try out if you keep forgetting about yourself –

  • Keep a check on how much news you are feeding yourself with. It’s important to be updated, but it is much more essential to be positive-minded and not get overwhelmed constantly.
  • Nature is the best medicine. Breathe it, embrace it. If your locality is restricted in free movement, don’t let it keep you away from the sunlight and fresh air.
  • Unleash your creative side. Use this time as a gift, the time you never had before, do the things you always wanted to do. As a teacher, it is our tendency only to give, that we seldom make time to nourish our unexplored box of creativity.
  • Stay connected. Whatever way that may translate to you, especially if you happen to be all by yourself, it is best to keep in touch with friends and family.
  • Organize your day. Try to keep balance with your everydaychores and teaching sessions. This may seem overwhelming to you if you are new to this. Structure your day realistically and you are good to go!

Keep in mind, when you find it hard to stay on the greener side of the road, count your blessings – a grateful heart can ride through challenges with grace. Above all, grant yourself the time to rest and unwind. Not just physically, mentally too.

Being human, we cannot deny our instinct of socialization. However, until it is safe for us to joyously gather, we can adapt this time and grow with time.