Update 2/6/17 – This company is now known as Learnlight.
Today's post is an in-depth review of ISUS, another company you can do ESL tutoring/teaching for. I know that I just reviewed a similar company last week, so I hope this isn't overkill. But ISUS is a well-known company and I frequently share their leads over on my work at home job board, so I figured I may as well go ahead and dig a little deeper.
ISUS does appear to hire people worldwide. This is freelance, contract-based work.
About the Company
ISUS has been in business since 2007 and according to their website, they employ more than 200 people in 20 different countries. They are a large company with more than 30,000 learners in over 80 countries, although according to what I've read on the forums, most are Spanish speakers and the company is based in Spain.
Most of their students are adult professionals who need to improve their language skills in order to better communicate with people they might do business with. The majority of the time this language instruction is provided as a benefit to the students through the companies they work for.
As an ISUS ESL telephone teacher, you will aid students trying to learn English via the ISUS online learning platform. The help you give as a teacher will involve group discussion, role plays, and providing feedback. Each lesson is conducted via telephone or VoIP and will last for approximately 30 minutes — 25 minutes of instruction time plus an additional 5 minutes for providing feedback to students. You will receive all the necessary training and materials you need to do this job successfully.
The ISUS website does not list the pay rate, but it does say it's “competitive” and “quoted according to your country of fiscal residence and your local currency.” The cost for your telephone is also worked into the hourly rate you are quoted, so that's a nice bonus.
Rumor has it the pay is somewhere between $8 to $10 hourly via the British pound, which converts to about $12 to $15 USD hourly. This may be accurate because someone on the WPLH forum who works for ISUS mentioned she makes $14 an hour.
Payments are made once a month via international transfer or Paypal.
This is taken straight from the ISUS website:
- Native English speaker
- IT literate (and have telephone, computer, broadband internet connection)
- ESL or other educational field qualifications and/or experience
- Business experience is also highly-valued
You do not have to be bilingual. Apparently most of the students already speak English — they just need extra help.
ISUS appears to be a pretty flexible company to work for. They have students across the globe, so there should be a lot of different times to choose from for your schedule. You can work up to 25-30 hours per week and most of their teachers schedule themselves for 2-4 hour blocks. Teaching sessions are done Monday through Friday and they have classes going on at different times year round.
The application process can take up to five days. After you submit your application, ISUS will set you up for a telephone interview if they are interested. I think if they're not interested or they are not hiring, you likely just won't hear back as I've seen many people report applying and never hearing anything. My recommendation when this happens is to of course apply again at a later date.
After the interview, you may get access to all their training modules and other info. The second interview will take place after you've had a chance to look over all of that and will be a role play with a practice student. If that goes well, you'll receive a final induction session on materials and methodology and you will go through a certification class. Finally, if you get through everything, you'll officially be an ISUS tutor.
Someone on WAHM mentioned that you need to provide a passport to work for ISUS. Not sure if this is still the case.
Feedback seems to be pretty good apart from the few complaints I've seen where some people are annoyed they applied and didn't hear back, but this happens with lots of companies. I think they just get overwhelmed with applicants sometimes. But apparently they pay more than fair and on time. People have mentioned that they are nice and friendly to work for.
How to Apply
If you'd like to become a tutor for ISUS, you can go here to read about the job and then apply. Keep in mind they may or may not be hiring at this time. Good luck!
For other companies that hire for ESL tutoring, be sure to check out the many work at home jobs in education I have listed. Also, you could get an account at FlexJobs (one of my favorite remote work paid job boards) so you never miss any new work at home openings for ESL companies.