Disclaimer: I am not a recruiter for this company or whatsoever, but I have been working for this company for more than 2 years (as of June 2018).
Teaching English online is not something new nowadays, but probably you are still skeptical because you don’t want to be scammed after dedicating your time and efforts in working for them and get nothing, right?! No worries!
I am writing this article based on my own experience. This could be a good side job or even a full-time job for you if you don’t have any other better option.The company I am recommending you to try is Engoo (previously known as BIBO Global) – a Japanese company. Engoo has teachers from 70 countries worldwide and more than 1 million students from many countries such as Japan, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkey, Vietnam, etc.
You don’t need to have any qualifications such as TEFL, CELTA, TESOL or even a degree to work for them. As long as you are 18 and above, you are qualified to apply. However, they still have their own requirements which are very simple.
- At least 18 years old
- Proficient in English
- Headset and Webcam
- Laptop or Desktop
- High-Speed Internet Connection
Now comes the pay! Honestly, their pay rates are pretty low compared to the other ESL companies as you might have known. They pay between $2.8 to $10/ per 50 minutes depending on your nationality and current residency. As for me, I am from Vietnam but currently residing in Turkey and I’ve got paid $2 per 25 minutes or $4 per 50 minutes. Don’t let the pay rates discourage you just yet because personally I think working for this company is very comfortable because of the following reasons:
- You don’t need to be a native speaker or have an ESL certificate to be hired. You can be anyone regardless of where you come from, be a university student, a stay-at-home parent, an office worker, or a person who unfortunately lost his job due to COVID-19, etc.
- You teach 1 on 1, not 1 on 3 or 4 or have big group teaching like some other ESL companies offer. It is less draining for me this way, at least.
- You work in the comfort of your home in your comfortable clothes. Make sure the top looks presentable though : ).
- You can cut down on your commuting time, transportation fee, gasoline expenses, etc.
- You DON’T NEED to prepare lesson materials because they are all provided.
- The students you teach oftentimes are Japanese; they are nice and well-behaved people. But for sure sometimes you will bump into some students who just went through a bad day, or some annoying teenage kids, you know what I am saying? : )).
- They always pay on time. For my case, I receive my payment on 20th every month via bank transfer. They also pay you via Paypal or Payoneer as your preferred payment method. A little note: if you achieve teaching 160 classes per month, you will get an incentive of $35 or above (depending on your nationality or residency, perhaps). For me, I’ve got $35.
- You have a big pool of students. I always get my schedule fully booked every day. Some of them may become your regular students if they like you.
- You can choose when you want to work, how many classes you want to teach per day. But if your teaching account is inactive for 3 months in a row, it will be terminated.
- Nobody supervises you or tell you what to do.
These are the benefits you might have as working for Engoo. To be fair, there are some cons as well.
- As I mentioned, the pay is not so high. Also, native speakers get higher pay rates.
- The company might be student-biased when problems occur (poor Internet connection issues and such).
- You teach for 25 minutes, and there are 5 minutes away to the next lesson. You will use these five minutes to fill out a feedback form for the student you just taught. It doesn’t take long; if you have good typing skills, it takes about 2-3 minutes to get it done.
Other than the above, I can’t think of anything else. If you have worked, or known of this company, please leave a comment below to let me know.
HOW TO APPLY
The application is slightly different from 2 years ago when I applied. You will not need to have an interview anymore, but you have to pass the application screening, then the demo to start teaching. The whole process may take a few days to a week as I remember.
Basically, the whole application process will be like this
Step 1: Start the application process with this link
After you filled out your basic information and ID to verify you are at least 18 years of age. They will send you a confirmation email. To continue with the application, you should sign in your account.
Step 2: Video test – It is very simple, they play a video and ask if you can hear and see it. Easy!
Step 3: Language test – You will be asked to give access to your camera and microphone. After that you will be asked 2 questions and will have to answer each of them within a minute. The 2 questions are generated randomly and they won’t be difficult.
Step 4: You are all done with the registration. You need to wait for their email (1 or 2 days later).
Step 5: They send will you an email after your application is screened and passed.
In this email, they will ask you to choose a suitable slot to join a group training and conduct one or two demo classes (privately). I am not sure if they ask for 1 or 2 demo classes at the moment because for my case 2 years ago, I needed to conduct 2 demo classes. A recruitment staff will pretend to be your student and he/she is Japanese.
Step 6: After you successfully choose the date and time for you Group training, they will send you another email with materials and guidelines included to get you ready for the training and demo classes.
**You can have a look at their materials here (the answers are only visible if you log in with your teaching account, which will be given to you after passing demo classes ). https://engoo.com/app/materials/en
You don’t need to study all the materials listed in advance because you can’t know which exact material your student will select until you are connected with him/her in the lesson room. What you can do is just quickly scan through the vocabulary section when the student is busy with their self-introduction. If you do find any new words, just look them up. But don’t make it so obvious!. Engoo trainers will tell you all about these stuff. No worries!
Anyway, all you need to do at this stage is carefully follow what they suggest you should do as described in the attached guidelines and instructions. You need to get the hang of their so-called “lesson flow”; for instance, you have to address Japanese students with -san, e.g, Ayako (name) + san –> Ayakosan. In other words, you need to rehearse a bit before the day comes.
If you have any questions, leave a comment down below.
Special note: Don’t forget to write my name and teaching ID as your referral if you are asked during your application process! My name is Thi, and my teaching ID is F 2 0 3 9 9.
Here is my profile on Engoo : ))
I wish you luck and join me soon!
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