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Get Paid to Speak English Online
By Christine Durst & Michael Haaren
June 14, 2012
you speak fluent English, have a computer and would like to work from
home, you’re in luck. With the spread of Skype and similar tools
and the growing demand for conversational English, companies are hiring
home-based workers to meet the need.
Here’s the story.
ASIAN STUDENTS WANT TO PRACTICE ENGLISH
In the pre-Web days, if you were an adult learning English in a foreign
country and you needed to practice, you’d have to seek out native
speakers and engage them in conversation. This wasn’t always
easy. If you lived outside Beijing or Seoul, or off the beaten path in
Japan, you might never see an American up close, if you spotted one at
Elsewhere, accosting American tourists dressed in flowery shirts and
muumuus, wearing zinc oxide on their noses beneath odd headgear and
laughing like King Kong could be a terrifying experience, even on the
best of days.
Enter the Web. Here’s a sampling of companies hiring home-based
English conversationalists. Pay rates range from $7.50 an hour to much
higher fees if you go into business for yourself and market directly to
-- Hello English, Inc., at
http://www.onlineeikaiwa.jp/eslteachers.html. Per the site, the company
hires “Skype Native English Conversation Tutors,” and most
of the students are from Japan. “Must be Skype literate with a
reliable computer, good internet connection and a webcamera….
Give classes when you want.” Classes are 55 minutes long.
-- ISpeakuspeak, aka ISUS, at http://jobs.ispeakuspeak.com. According
to the site, “ISUS employs a staff of more than 100 online
trainers,” and is expanding rapidly. Student ages range from 25
to 55, with pre-intermediate to advanced English skills.
“Trainers conduct telephone classes from their homes via
telephone or VoIP and send feedback to students via the ISUS platform.
Their responsibilities involve giving classes through discussions,
role-plays and, when appropriate, monitoring student's performance on
the GlobalEnglish platform.”
The site also notes that “ESL or other teaching experience is
generally expected,” though “exceptions are made and
thorough training is provided before formal ISUS certification. We are
most interested in enthusiastic, motivated individuals who are
passionate and committed to helping people learn.”
-- Welanguage International, at http://welanguage.com. “As our
English tutor at We Language, your job is to teach Chinese people to
speak English. Your students are in China and you'll teach via the
internet. The students could be business people, college students, high
school students, middle school student or elementary school students.
We'll have textbooks for you to use.”
Per the site, the company also offers free Chinese training to those
unfamiliar with the language. When this is completed, “you will
teach simulated classes under supervision and you need to come to our
office [in Buffalo, NY] to work. After the training period, you can
choose to work from home.”
Christine Durst and Michael Haaren are leaders in the work-at-home
movement and advocates of de-rat-raced living. Their latest book
is Work at Home Now,
a guide to finding home-based jobs. They offer additional guidance on
finding home-based work at www.RatRaceRebellion.com. To read features
by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators
Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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