As international business continues to become more important and online communication tools continue to develop, more and more people are turning to online for their language lessons because of the convenience. As English is by far the most popular language among online learners because it's the most used language in the business world, the focus of this section will be on becoming an online English tutor, however the same ideas can be applied to tutoring any language online.
Over one billion people throughout the world are now studying English as a second language, and over one billion people worldwide now have access to the internet. As a result, there is a fast growing demand by ESL students for online English tutors to help them with their written and oral English communication skills. The great news is, becoming an online English tutor requires little set-up as you can work directly from home and don't need much more than a computer connected to broadband internet, an instant messaging program, a microphone and a webcam. Online tutors range from professional English teachers to unqualified house wives and college students working to earn extra cash, so if you enjoy helping other people learn, maybe this is the opportunity you have been looking for.
If you are ready to set up your own online tutoring service and work for yourself, here are the some of the best guides to tutoring English online, helping you to start up your own service:
Here are some things you should consider if you want to work from home as a successful online English language tutor:
Being successful as an online English tutor requires patience, understanding, desire to help others and clear communication, and isn't for people who are easily frustrated. Your success comes from your student's success in helping them reach their goals and improve their English communication skills.
Online English tutoring is a rewarding career, but it is hard work and can take quite a while to get to the point where you have a steady stream of ESL students. There has never been a better time to get started, so if you think you have what it takes to be an online English tutor why not give it a go!
"The teacher is the one who gets the most out of the lessons, and the true teacher is the learner." - Elbert Hubbard
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