The public health concerns surrounding Covid-19 have practically shut down educational systems worldwide. Governments have closed educational institutions as a measure of containing the spread of the disease.
According to a recent report by UNESCO, by June 2020, close to 1.725 billion students were out of school due to the pandemic’s closure of schools. The global lockdown of educational institutions is causing major disruptions to students’ learning practices and practical assessments. However, the closures are deemed to be a necessary measure to reduce the spread of the disease through contact in all forms of gatherings.
The Rise of Online Learning and Demand for TEFL
Notably, education has not completely ground to a halt despite the closure of schools. There is a sudden shift from the traditional classroom learning to online platforms.
A majority of students have turned to e-learning which can be safely done remotely on digital platforms. Research shows that online learning is not only safer during these Covid-19 times but also takes less time, is more affordable, and may even increase retention of information.
Even before the pandemic struck, there was already an increased use and adoption of online learning through virtual tutoring, video conferencing tools such as Zoom, online learning software, and language apps.
One area that has seen a significant rise in e-learning since COVID-19 is in the online English language training sector. Most English as a second language classes were shut down in an effort to minimize contact and reduce community infection of the virus. The industry was especially hit right where the outbreak began, in East Asia, which is coincidentally the largest market for English as a second language training. Students who did not want their education interrupted turned to the only available option: online learning classes.
As a result, the demand for certified teachers of English has significantly spiked in the last few months. If you are looking for a lucrative way to earn income while quarantined at home, this is the best time to become a certified Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Moreover, even once this public health crisis has passed, you can still lean on teaching English online as a side-job or lean in further and treat it as a full-time employment option.
Why Earn a TEFL Certification?
With a TEFL certification, you can teach English as a second language from anywhere you are in the world. Virtually all employers require this certification for both in-class and online teachers.
The qualification is a great opportunity for anyone who speaks fluent English to earn a living while helping students stuck at home complete their English courses online. It is also an opportunity to become a global citizen and work from anywhere in the world.
TEFL certification will open doors that you never knew existed. IT can provide you with a professional lifestyle in an industry that continues to expand in size and numbers. We are not certain when the pandemic will end, or how it is going to change life the way we knew it, but one thing that is for sure, however, is that online English teaching jobs will continue to rise during and after these Covid-19 times. To make the best out of a bad situation you can earn your TEFL certification and join the ranks of professional English language educators.
One obvious question comes to mind; how much can I earn by teaching English online? While wages vary, $14-22.00 an hour is an respectable range for new teachers.
The North American TEFL Academy provides a self-guided online course, allowing aspiring teachers to earn their certification on their own time and at their own pace.
Sign up for the course now or contact us first for details, and stay safe and happy.