ESL ONLINE: Pros and Cons on Teaching ESL Online
Teaching English online is somehow much away different from conventional teaching in class, dealing with its techniques, methods, and others. However, it is very exciting as you can earn some extra money from home while doing something else. Moreover, you can also share cultures as well as knowledge with others from all over the world from your home. Here are some pros and cons you need to consider before deciding to have this extra job:
- Stay at home or anywhere else. What you have to do is just turn on your computer or laptop and start to work anytime you want. Or if you have a scheduled class with your students via webcam, you can just manage it. It is effective as you do not need to go on the traffic.
- Spend less money and time. Because you do not need to go anywhere else, for sure, you will save your money on transportation as well as the time to go to your work place.
- Flexible schedule. Although you may work for an online English teaching company, you still have flexible time as many online English teaching companies allow you to work more or less hours. You can choose what you want. You can also work on more than one company. Furthermore, it will be much more flexible as you decide to have your own.
- Small class. This kind of classes is usually a small class with most 6 students. You may sometimes also do individual tutoring. If you are working for online English companies, they commonly already group the students from the same culture, language, and level of English so that you can conduct the lesson easier and more smoothly.
- Take more responsibilities. Teaching online requires you to pay taxes at the self-employment tax rate on the money you earn. You also will not get any health insurance, paid vacation or any sick days as what you will get as you teach conventionally. If you are sick or absence, you have to be responsible for extra free lesson or make-up class for your students.
- Get technical problems sometimes. Your internet connection or electricity somehow cannot work well all the time. There must be some problems sometimes that may disturb your online teaching. Your teaching may be disturb so much as you hear echoes, your face or your students’ do not appear on the webcam, or other technical problems.
- Limited relationships with students. Online teaching is much way different from the direct teaching in class as you will not have direct contact with your students. You may find it is hard to recognize your students’ background and competencies.
- Very active and passive students. Some students may dominate the class and some are really quite. Somehow, it is much more difficult for you to encourage the weaker one to speak up on an online English class.