Why I Teach ESL Classes Online

Let's face it, teachers could use some extra money. I recently entered the world of online ESL teaching and I am loving every minute of it. Continue reading to find out my top 5 reasons why I teach ESL classes online.

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Don't get me wrong, I LOVE teaching my students in my classroom. However, there is just something exhilarating about teaching online. The classes only last for 25 minute so you have to use the time wisely, get through all of the content and still have fun with the student! The company I work for, gogokid, provides all of the lessons. There is little to no prep, which is a great change from the regular classroom. Plus, I wear my pajama pants to teach! Who doesn't love that!?

Chinese students value education and so do their parents. It is important for them to start to learn English at a young age. Most of the students I teach are excited to be there, excited to learn new words and they may even be excited to see me! The kids surprise me day in and day out with their knowledge of English, even at the age of 4! Most of the time, the parents are sitting in the room with them so the behavior is great too!

I schedule ESL classes online based on MY schedule. I don't feel rushed or start to panic because I have a class. I was the one who opened the slots, those times work for me! I found that I had some extra time in the mornings this summer and this was a great way to utilize that time. Gogokid allows you to set your own schedule, with the "peak" times being 7 PM - 9 PM Beijing Time, which is 6 AM - 8 AM CST. These are considered the prime hours for getting bookings, even when students go back to school in the fall.

After being in the classroom for 6 years, I feel like I have seen and done a lot. This addition of teaching online has refueled my desire to be a teacher by giving me a challenge. Y'all it's not easy to teach a student who speaks little English new words and phrases. I am always looking for new ways to engage my ESL students, peak their interest and help them comprehend English words and phrases. This challenge keeps me going lesson to lesson.

You are probably thinking, that's all fine and dandy... but is it really worth it? I have found the answer to that question to be a solid YES. Gogokid salaries range from $7-10 per class (so $14-20 per hour). They offer incentives based on your performance, which are easy to achieve! Right now, I am making about the same per hour teaching ESL online as I am in the brick and mortar classroom.

Plus, gogokid is offering an incentive for new hires right now. If you sign up, successfully teach 3 classes in your first 30 days (with no negative feedback from parents), you will earn $300! I earned that $300 in my first two weeks as a gogokid teacher, and I know many of the teachers on the platform also earned it.

The best part about the pay? You can qualify to earn subsidy pay for peak slots that don't book. If you open those peak slots I talked about ^^^ and they don't book - it's $$$ in your pocket. Gogokid offers 60% of your base pay as subsidy pay. You get PAID for NOT teaching! That's a win in my book.
Want to check out the company? Click here to head over to their site and sign-up. The application will take you a maximum of 5 minutes to complete!


Want to know more? I have set up a Facebook Group to answer questions about the company, help people get hired and show you the ins/outs of teaching ESL online! Click HERE to join!

Feel free to send me an e-mail at heythere@cassiedahl.com if you have additional questions about teaching ESL online. I am an open book and happy to share any information and answer any question! 

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