How To Become An Online English Language Tutor?

Get Certified Online To Teach English

There are five types of English language teaching certifications and only one certification out of them can easily help you secure a job.

(Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults)
Also known as Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Duration: 10 weeks to a year. 120 hours of class time and six hours of student teaching (practicum) with real ESL learners.

Cost: US$ 1,500 to US$ 4,000

Pre-qualification: Must possess English language skills equivalent to at least C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) or an IELTS score of 7. Not necessary to pass those exams.

Offered by: Cambridge Assessment of English (Cambridge University)

(Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Duration: 2 to 4 weeks. 120 hours of online training for certification

Cost: US$ 200

Pre-qualification: None

Offered by: Uni-prep Institute

(Teaching English as a Foreign Language)

Duration: 4 to 6 weeks. 120 hours of online training for certification.

Cost: US$ 200

Pre-qualifications: None

Offered by: TEFLers Academy

(Teaching English as a Second Language)

Duration: 4 to 6 weeks. 120 hours of online training for certification.

Cost: US$ 400

Pre-qualification: None

Offered by: Bridge University

5. Online English Language Tutoring Certificate (short course)

Duration: 4 to 6 weeks

Cost: Free to US$ 279 for a digital certificate

Pre-qualificatin: None

Offered by: British Council (Cambridge Assessment English)

Online Tutor Setup At Home

Here’s how you can share your knowledge via recorded videos of one to one teaching sessions. Some lessons can be free to attract new clients and then you can start charging for subsequent or advanced teaching lessons. You can use your smartphone or tablet or laptop to make amazing educational videos.

To teach online, you can use your existing setup and make DIY (do it yourself) videos;

Example Lessons You Can Create:

To record above type of videos, here’s what you’d need;

  • Mobile holder for tripod
  • Tripod
  • Selfie Stick

To upload your videos, use daily motion, YouTube, or Vimeo. For online lessons creation, use websites like p2pu, openlearning, wiziq, Udemy, etc.

After your’re done with producing quality content (i.e. videos and online lessons), it is time to perform digital marketing of your learning content via techniques i.e. SEO, website development, Facebook marketing, social media posts and advertising placements, etc..

Websites For Finding Students And Online Tutoring Jobs

Thinkific, UseFedora, Udemy, WizIQ, OpenSesame, TalentLMS, SkillShare, 360training, Kunerango, LearnWorlds, courseplay, coursecraft, pathwright, Preply, Cambly, Chegg Tutors, Skooli

khanacademy, eDx, coursera, Udemy, Udacity, pluralsight, lynda, digitaltutor

Ideally, a tutor should have its own website platform to teach i.e.

Example (Gig) Introductions:

Create an online video introduction of yourself with a brief overview of your English teaching skills like this;

For example, introduce yourself like this;

Example Intro of An Online Freelance Tutoring Gig

If you are a beginner and often get confused with grammatical rules and looking for someone to help you, then you are at the right place.

I will be your online English tutor or English Teacher 🙂

I teach all the grammatical rules with clear examples in a friendly environment. I will prepare my lesson depending on your need and ability to understand.

By the end of the lesson, you will have a clear idea what are the grammatical rules, how the sentences are formulated, when you must use prepositions, and what are the alternative structures you can use instead of it.

Try to chat with me, so I get the idea of where you stand in English. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes because you can never learn to ride a bike without falling. And I am here to correct your mistakes.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Another Introduction Example (A brief profile)

Hello! My name is Noor. Let us cooperate as one group to soar your business in this immersed showcase. I have been filling in as an independent essayist for as far back as 3 years and have worked with various brands and undertakings. I am here to guarantee you that my substance will be anything but difficult to peruse for each peruser and will be SEO upgraded. I intend to create and set up a strong trust with my customers for our maintainable future. Do you need me to work for you? I am glad to take you locally available and begin flying.

Waiting for you to knock on my door.

Or you can look up for other Gig examples i.e. Business English, English Literature, etc at

Sample Detailed CV’s (Resume or Biodata) Of An English Language Tutor (Lecturer or Professor)

Here are a few example CV’s (resumes or biodatas) that some of the English language tutors can use to create their own based on these formats or templates;

Example CV # 1

John Doe

Address: 123 street
Phone : (123) 456-7865
Email :
Birth date: 1.09.1990
Current job : Primary English teacher at International School, New York, USA


I am motivated and ambitious and I would like my students to appreciate and understand the importance of literature in our daily lives. I believe in a strong communication between a teacher and his students and encourage the children to express their ideas verbally and through writing. Looking to obtain a job in a reputable school located in Seattle.


  • Communication skills
  • Ambitious and perfectionist
  • Good team-work communication
  • Sense of responsibility
  • Dedicated to teaching students
  • Professionalism
  • Respectful
  • Patience with students


English teacher, 2015 – present
International School

Duties and Responsibilities

Teach the assigned courses in accordance with the course outlines and recommended textbooks. A teaching program should integrate listening, speaking, reading and writing.
In a semester, at least 3 or 4 evaluations are required in order to motivate the student to work hard during the whole year.
Run the student journal, where the children are encouraged to publish anything from poetry to science fiction novels.
Honorific member of the school theatre and responsible with the scene décor.

English teacher, 2013 – 2015
New York International School


Carolina University, Seattle, USA
Bachelor of Science in Education
Graduated in 2015

Green High School, Seattle, USA
Higher school certificate
Graduated 1996


Initiated the Student Journal which helped a lot of student to express themselves through poetry and novel .
Won the Interstate Theater Competition in 2016 with my class.

Language spoken

English – Native speaker
Spanish – Good level
Russian – Beginner

Example CV # 2

E: | (123) 456-789 | A: New York City, NY 00926


Charismatic and dependable Teacher with 5 years of experience delivering educational assistance and instruction to various levels of learners. Committed to providing students with necessary tools to achieve academic goals, instilling love of learning and cooperative teamwork. Adept in application of excellent communication and problem solving skills.


Newark Highschool – Teacher San Francisco, TX
12/2018 – 06/2020
●Observed and evaluated students’ performance, behavior, social development and physical health.
●Enhanced student learning by optimizing wide range of instructional approaches and innovative classroom activities.
●Evaluated and revised lesson plans and course content to facilitate and moderate classroom discussions and student centered learning.
●Kept students on-task with proactive behavior modification and positive reinforcement strategies.

Newark City Schools – Teacher Intern San Francisco, Texas
10/2018 – 06/2020
●Enhanced student learning by optimizing wide range of instructional approaches and


●Special education
●Experiential learning
●Test Proctoring
●Tailoring Curriculum Plans
●Classcape knowledge
●Audio-visual aid implementation
●Technological Instruction
●Student-Centered Learning


Texas A&M University – Central Texas
Killeen, TX
Master of Arts : Teacher Education

Example CV # 3

Susan Redding
City, State, Zip Code

Home: 000-000-0000 | Cell: 000-000-0000

Student-focused English tutor with seven yearsÕ experience in helping traditional students develop stronger Language Arts skills and foreign language students develop English language reading, writing, and speaking skills. Highly skilled in leveraging TESOL methodologies, instructional technology, and differentiated learning techniques to help students comprehend and retain lecture objectives. Dedicated to enriching studentsÕ lives through group and one-on-one tutoring, coaching, and mentoring.

Core Qualifications

  • TESOL Methodology
  • Instructional Technology
  • One-on-One Tutoring
  • Curriculum Development
  • Differentiated Learning
  • Coaching and Mentoring

Professional Experience

English Tutor10/1/2010 – 10/1/2014
Company NameCity, State

  • Tutored elementary to high school-age students in English and Language Arts to help them better comprehend school lectures, learning objectives, or catch up with other students.
  • Conducted educational assessments to identify educational needs, and developed individualized instructional and tutoring plans integrating curriculum objectives and aligning with state and Common Core learning standards.
  • Utilized instructional technology such as iPads and learning software to help students learn and retain new information.
  • Coached students to strengthen grammar, spelling, paragraph writing, creative writing, and essay writing skills.
  • Shared instant feedback with students to motivate children to learn and verbally inform students of their progress.

English Language Tutor3/1/2007 – 10/1/2010
Company NameCity, State

  • Worked with students and adults to help them better understand and speak, read, and write the English language.
  • Prepared individualized education plans aligning with studentsÕ needs and interests.
  • Developed syllabus and curriculum, and selected instructional material and tasked assignments to reinforce studentsÕ comprehension of material; evaluated students through verbal and written exams and identified areas needing improvement.
  • Paired students to help them develop English conversational skills.


Bachelor of Arts: English, Company Name, City, State – 2006
English as a Second Language (ESL) Certification – 2006

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