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Teaching a language isn’t easy — but it can be rewarding and a lot of fun! No matter how many languages you speak, or which ones, there’s someone out there who wants to learn them. Online language learning 18 Great Sites to Learn a New Language 18 Great Sites to Learn a New Language Read More  is very popular, and if you’re interested in teaching, you can take advantage.

There are a lot of language tutoring websites that could use your help. Not only will you help someone who wants to learn and make some money, but you’ll also sharpen your own skills as well. Here are a few you should check out.

Some Pre-requisites

Before you get started on your search for the best place to teach a language online, you should be aware that you’ll need to meet some prerequisites. You’ll need to be over 18, be a native (or, for some sites, a near-native) speaker of your language, and you’ll also need to be comfortable using online learning systems and Skype (or some alternate VoIP solutions Goodbye, Skype: 4 Alternative VOIP Services You Can Record Calls With Goodbye, Skype: 4 Alternative VOIP Services You Can Record Calls With Can't record calls with Skype anymore? Recent changes that break support of third-party apps have left many users frustrated. Could now be the time to try an alternative VoIP call recording service? Read More ).

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Some of these sites require that you have some teaching training, like a certificate or a degree, while others accept those with an interest in the field. And, finally, some require prior language teaching experience as well. Be sure to check the requirements on the application pages before you apply.

Verbalplanet

With almost 40 languages available — including Basque, Hindi, Icelandic, Telugu, and Welsh — Verbalplanet teaches a wide variety of people from around the world. To become a teacher with Verbalplanet, you’ll need to select the languages you’d like to teach and answer a questionnaire about your teaching experience, approach, and qualifications. Once you’ve been approved, you can start teaching.

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You choose your own class times as well as your rate; the bookings are taken care of by Verbalplanet, so all you need to do is get on Skype at the appointed time to meet with your student. You’re provided with a tuition diary and an invoicing system The Best Free Ways to Create and Manage Your Invoices Online The Best Free Ways to Create and Manage Your Invoices Online It's a task sifting through invoicing tools to find the ones that offer the features you need. Don't let that slow your productivity. We look at six of the best solutions. Read More , and each student can give you a feedback rating that will be displayed on your profile. You even get to keep 100% of your profits.

italki

With over 1.5 million students, italki boasts a very large potential revenue base for online language teaching. 100 languages are taught here, from Afrikaans and Albanian to Xhosa and Zhuang.

There are two types of teachers on italki:

  • Professional teachers, who have to provide evidence of teaching qualifications and experience.
  • Community tutors, who are native or near-native speakers of a language and would like to teach informally.

Both groups get to set their own rates (italki takes 15% of payments).

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italki takes care of payments and financial paperwork, so teachers have a straightforward job — teaching. italki also helps solve problems between students and teachers, and provides security features to make sure teachers are protected. You can set your own hours and teach from home with a microphone and Skype or another VOIP program.

Verbling

Unlike Verbalplanet and italki, Verbling offers both individual tutoring and group classes, so you can teach in your preferred style. Group classes are an hour long and include nine students, but they’re currently limited to English and Spanish. Still, if you’re interested in teaching group classes, you could get your foot in the door at Verbling now and hope they add your language later.

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With about 30 languages, including all of the big ones and a few surprising ones like Serbian, Gaelic, and Catalan, Verbling doesn’t currently have the variety of teachers that other sites do, but otherwise it’s very similar. You set your own availability and rates, and Verbling makes you available to students. Sessions are done through Google Hangouts How To Use Google+ Hangouts To Meet With Friends How To Use Google+ Hangouts To Meet With Friends Google Hangouts is a key feature of Google+. If you are not using Hangouts already, you are missing out! Maybe you haven't yet joined Google+. Well, if you do have a Google account, then joining... Read More .

GotIt! (formerly TutorUniverse)

In addition to regular hourly tutoring, GotIt! also focuses on app-based “micro-tutoring” in which students ask a quick question about their homework and can get help from an expert in the topic. This could be a great option if you’d like to help someone with their language skills but don’t have the time to run regular individual sessions or group classes.

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Offline tutoring is another great feature — if an essay needs to be proofread, some code needs to be reviewed, or there’s another task where you don’t have to be face-to-face with a student, you can do it on your own time and get paid for it. They offer a great virtual learning environment in which you can draw, highlight, create mathematical formulas, use a calculator, and more.

Learnissimo

With more stringent qualification requirements than other language learning websites, Learnissimo has a strong focus on high-quality instruction. To teach for this site, you’ll need a teaching qualification or degree, at least two years of experience teaching language, be a native speaker of the language you want to teach, and have a pretty open schedule.

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While there’s no information available online regarding teacher payments, single lessons cost $20 each, so it stands to reason that teachers get paid a little less than that. The languages that are offered are also a bit limited; there are currently 15 languages available, and they comprise major European and Asian languages.

Udemy

If one-on-one teaching isn’t your thing, and you’d like to go the online course route with your own course, Udemy and other similar platforms can help connect you to thousands of students around the world. It takes a lot of time and effort to set up a high-quality online course Udemy: Create Online Courses & Teach Online Udemy: Create Online Courses & Teach Online Read More , but if you can set yourself apart from the other options out there, you could gain a lot of recognition!

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Creating a course is free, and there are no prerequisites (though the more expertise you have, the more likely people are to sign up for your courses). You even get to keep all of the profits if you promote the course yourself. Or you can let Udemy promote it and take half of the profits. Either way, you could potentially make a lot of money.

Get Teaching!

Anyone interested in language teaching can get connected with students online. Whether you want to teach one-on-one, to a group, or through an online course, there are plenty of options. The only thing left to do is get started!

Have you done any online teaching? Are you interested in teaching a language online? What do you think of the online learning format? Share your thoughts below!

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  1. Yodi Collins
    August 6, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Great article!

    • Dann Albright
      August 10, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      Thanks—I'm glad you liked it!

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