Teaching English Online: A Fun, Meaningful Way to Earn an Income

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Posted by The Savvy Retiree on September 23, 2020 in Make Money

I just Googled, “How Learning English Changed My Life” and there were over a billion search results. Now, not every result had those exact words. There were many variations, like…

“How learning English changed the course of my life.”

“Learning English is the best decision I ever made.”

“How learning English has enriched my life.”

“Speaking English literally saved my life.”

But, you get the idea. English is a life-changing skill. Ten years ago, Forbes published an article titled “It Pays to Speak English.” They featured a study that said that male workers who spoke English earned 34% more than those who did not. For females it was 22%. And that was 10 years ago.

In 2020, more people on the planet are learning English than ever before, nearly 2 billion of them. 


Because English is the global language of commerce, tourism, science, aviation, and international governmental policy.

In most countries, the ability to speak, read, and write English can change the course of your life, and people overseas know it. 

Adult students of English are always driven by a deeper purpose. Their goal isn’t just to learn English, it’s to provide a better quality of life for their spouse, send their kids to university, or make a greater impact on their community. Rarely does the impact of learning English stop with a single individual. One person who can speak English can change the course of dozens of lives, perhaps even hundreds. 

That’s why teaching English is one of the most rewarding ways to truly make an impact on the world today. And you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home to do it. 

Imagine making a true and lasting impact on the lives of other human beings all over the planet. What would that mean to you, your sense of purpose, your ability to give back, the potential to leave a legacy? 

Sounds pretty great, right? Well, the truth is, you probably have all the skills and know-how to make this happen right now. Your ability to speak, read, and write in English is one of the most in-demand skills on the planet. And the fact that you’re reading this on the internet means you’re comfortable doing things online and probably have all the basic tech skills needed to teach English online. 

English language learning online is booming right now. And I mean booming! Virtual language learning has been rising in popularity for a few decades now, but the global pandemic has forced the majority of language students to move their learning from brick-and-mortar classrooms to virtual ones. This has meant an increased demand for online English teachers. 

When a student is motivated to learn English to create a better life for their family, they are not going to stop learning when the local language institute is forced to close its doors. They’re going to find a way to keep learning, and the best, most accessible way to do that is with a native-English speaking tutor online. 

As an online English teacher, you could be helping a young professional send his children to a quality school. Or you may be helping a single-mother learn English so she can get a better job and move her children into their very first home. Or helping a high school student achieve their college ambitions. 

The fact is, no matter who you teach or where in the world they live, you become more than just an English teacher, you become a change maker, an opportunity creator, a mentor, and a guide to a whole new world of opportunity. 

If you’re searching for a way to create meaningful change in the world but feel hamstrung by the current travel restrictions and bureaucratic red tape, offering your English knowledge to students online is one way to make a real impact without ever having to leave your home.

By Kary Vannice