It’s no secret that there aren’t many options for non-native English speakers in this industry, and as much as I hate to say that, it’s true. Online ESL teaching is a cutthroat, arguably discriminatory industry to work in. Finding students is already competitive for native speakers, let alone non-native speakers. However, after a good few hours of research, I managed to track down ten companies that are willing to hire non-native speakers.
In the spreadsheet below, you’ll not only see a list of ten companies that hire non-native English speakers, you will have access to additional information about the company such as what age group(s) you’ll be teaching, if they require a degree, and other qualifications that may be of a concern to you. As with every other spreadsheet I’ve designed so far, application links will be provided below the spreadsheet.
Do I need a TESOL certificate?
By no means do you absolutely need a TESOL certification to teach English online, but most companies either require it, or prefer it, especially for non-native speakers. In addition to having more qualifications, which will improve your chances of being hired, it’s a good idea to have the educational background that the TESOL provides. You will gain a lot of knowledge about how to teach English as a foreign language if you invest the time into learning from a quality TESOL course or equivalent, and this knowledge will improve your own experience, as well as the experience of your learners. I personally recommend the 120-hour TESOL course which is offered through International Open Academy. You can use my affiliate link below, or click the image to enroll in their course for only $19.00!