What is Open English?
Open English is a language school that hires native English speakers to work remotely from home teaching English to non-native speakers. The school has been around since 2007.
How much does Open English pay?
Pay is $8 to $11 per class, and this rate is based on seniority level. No info on method of pay or frequency.
What are the requirements to become an English language tutor?
You have to be a native English speaker with an American accent, and you also must have some experience teaching the English language to people who don’t speak English natively. It’s also important that you are able to speak Spanish conversationally. In addition to these requirements, they want you to be able to commit to work at least 25 hours per week. It’s also best if you have a good Internet connection and are somewhat tech-savvy when it comes to navigating the Internet and using web-based programs.
How do you apply to become a tutor for Open English?
The Open English website has a short form you can fill out. You have to include basic personal info (name, mailing address, etc.) along with your hours available to work, employment history, technology experience, and your experience teaching English to non-native speakers. They also want to know if you can speak Portuguese because they are adding some native Portuguese speaking students to their program. In addition to these things, you have to upload a recording of your voice (I’m sure this is so they can hear your accent to be sure that you do, in fact, speak English natively). The form also has a field to upload your resume, but this is optional.
How does the job work?
You work at home teaching English to non-native English speaking students over the Internet. You and the student interact with each other by both speaking to each other and using multi-media learning content that is accessible to both you and the student over the Internet. The job is flexible and you can schedule yourself for when you know you can work, but they do want you to commit to at least 25 hours each week.
Does Open English hire people outside the United States?
When you apply, there is a section for “country,” and they also ask if you’re currently living abroad, so I’m guessing that as long as you are a native English speaker with an American accent, you can apply even if you don’t live within the United States.
Do you have experience with Open English?
No, this is not something I’ve tried.
Final Thoughts on Open English
If you meet all the requirements, you might enjoy this. The 25 hour a week commitment may seem like a lot for some of you who don’t want to work that many hours every week, however. The company seems to check out, although I can’t find any reviews anywhere from people who have actually done the job. Tech Journal recently posted this article about how Open English just got $6 million worth of funding for their language school. The website is very well laid out and easy to navigate. The only thing I’m not sure about is exactly how much a person could expect to make. The compensation says “$8 to $11 per class” but there is no word on how long classes usually are. If classes don’t take that long, that could be a nice rate, but if classes drag on for a couple of hours, then not so much! Use your own judgment here. If you’re an English speaker who can speak Spanish or Portuguese, it’s probably worth checking into provided you can commit to that many hours every week.