12 Best Online English Teaching Jobs To Korean Students

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As teaching English online has become part of many teachers’ routines, we see more and more online teaching companies pop up. 

Many online teaching companies in China, Japan, Europe, and beyond are looking for teachers to teach adults and children remotely. 

Let’s look at some of the most reputable online ESL companies for Korean students.

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When you have your ESL certification, you can look for some relevant opportunities online to apply for. Here are some of the top Korean companies at present:

1. Nil English 

  • Requirements: Native English speakers from the U.S., bachelor or associate’s degree, teaching certification such as TEFL, TESOL, or CELTA (preferred)
  • Pay: $10-$15 per hour
  • Equipment: computer with webcam, headset, Skype stable internet connection
  • How to Apply: send your resume to info@nilenglish.com.

Nil English is an online teaching company in Korea that is much more relaxed than Chinese-based companies. 

The classes are between 10 minutes (to test student level), 20 minutes, and 60 minutes long, and classes can be video or audio. 

Nil English pays about $10 to $15 per hour, depending on qualifications and experience. They accept native North Americans to teach their children and adults on the site. The students can choose the teachers to sign up with, so prepare a nice profile!

The company is currently open from 6 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to midnight. Teachers are required to complete a minimum of 2 hours per day (10 hours per week minimum). 

They require English teachers who have a bachelor’s degree or Associate’s degree in any subject. Teaching experience is not required but preferred. A teaching certificate such as a TESOL, TEFL, or CELTA is also preferred.

According to sources, Nil English pays $1.50 per 10-minute class with a 10% bonus for attendance. Pay increases every three months, and after 3-months, the teacher is entitled to $1.60 per 10-minute lesson.

After another three months, the teacher is entitled to $1.70, and after another three months, the teacher is entitled to $1.80 (9 months working). After 1-year, the teacher is entitled to $2 per 10-minute class. 

Classes are one-on-one. It may take some time for teachers to build up their teaching schedule, but the schedule fills eventually.

Check out Nil English here.


2. Tutoring (Tutoring Go)

  • Requirements: Native English speakers, Filipino teachers, TEFL certification,  
  • Technical Requirements: 10 Mbps download and upload wired connection, laptop with an 8 GB RAM or higher, OS device Windows 10, 64-bit operating system.
  • Pay: $10-$14 per hour
  • Equipment: computer or laptop with webcam, headset, stable internet connection
  • How to Apply: only hiring Filipinos at present. Apply on the website by filling in their application form, and they will be in touch. Apply here.

Tutoring (also known as Tutoring Go or Tutoring Lab) has been compared to Cambly but for Korean students. 

The minimum payment is $10 per hour and the maximum pay received is $14 per hour. This rate may vary for Filipino teachers. Similar to Cambly, students can call you if you are on standby. 

Make sure your profile is up-to-date and inviting as students pick teachers based on their profile. Tutoring offers audio classes to Korean students, both kids and adults. While they don’t seem to be hiring right now, it’s always a good idea to bookmark the site and come back later if you are interested in applying for a position.

Teachers do not have to prepare teaching materials as they already have a variety on the platform. They pay via PayPal every month and reportedly pay three times per month: the 10th, 20th, and the last day of the month.

Tutoring accepts teachers from the Philippines and native English-speaking countries, such as the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand. Tutoring offers flexible hours to their teachers, so if you need to teach during your free time, you can apply. 

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Tutoring is for adults or children who are busy with work, family, and friends and don’t have much time to learn. This is a way for the students to learn English in a fun way, without boring classes.

Students can book classes On Demand at any time 24/7. There are new topics to talk about each week, and there are over 9000 topics to choose from, so you don’t have to worry about running out of things to say. Topics vary from interview prep and test-taking to movies and fashion.

Tutoring claims to have over 700 tutors with ESL certification. They accept teachers with teaching certifications, graduation certificates, and over two years of teaching experience. 

Classes are one-on-one. After each live chat with the teacher, give detailed feedback on the lesson.

Sources from Reddit claim that you need at least $200 in your account before you can make a withdrawal. However, this information might be outdated. You might want to get a second opinion on this by emailing Tutoring.

Check out Tutoring here.

3. English Hunt

  • Requirements: Native English speakers from the U.S., teaching certification preferred but not mandatory
  • Technical Requirements: Windows operating system and an ethernet internet connection, uploads and download speed 3 Mbps. Apple Mac tablets or Chromebooks will work with their classroom software.
  • Pay: $14.50 per hour
  • Equipment: Desktop or laptop with a webcam, headset, Skype, stable internet connection
  • How to Apply: they are not hiring right now, but you can apply on their website here.

English Hunt is the largest provider of live video classes for English language education and career. They’ve also recently expanded to Japan and China. 

They are currently looking for teachers for their online teaching company. Founded in Korea, English Hunt pays $14.50 per hour and look for Native North American teachers.

English Hunt also has an office branch in the USA, and they are responsible for the operation of long-distance education programs. Teachers are recruited and hired through English Hunt USA. 

English Hunt’s pay starts at $14.50 per hour, paid to US bank accounts. Teachers can work part-time from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. EST. Teachers engage with students in one-on-one classrooms and can schedule from morning to evening (9 a.m. to 9 p.m).

Teachers must have an ESL certificate and sign up for various shifts between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. EST. Teachers usually get 8 to 12 hours of teaching per week, and lessons don’t require any teaching prep.

Peak hours are 1 a.m. EST to 3 a.m. EST. Teachers will teach children from the age of 5 to adults.

To apply for English Hunt, head over to the website. The video programs require a teaching certification and a four-year degree; however, the teaching certificate is not necessary for the phone English programs. 

They are not hiring right now, and get in touch with them later when positions become available. They are usually higher for programs beginning in August and running the programs for the full school year. Bookmark it and return to the site regularly as a position that may come up in the meantime.


4. Cafe Talk

  • Requirements: Native English speakers from the U.S., Bachelor’s degree, TEFL certificate
  • Pay: $22 per hour
  • Equipment: computer or tablet with webcam, headset, Skype, stable internet connection
  • How to Apply: apply for an account, fill out their application, take a simple interview

Cafe Talk provides remote learning experiences to more than 46,000+ students. The company is mainly based in Japan; however, they have expanded to Korea and China. 

Cafe talk allows teachers to create lessons or courses, choose their own hours, and set their own rates. Students can also take a paid trial lesson to become familiar with the teaching and decide whether they want to sign up for the course.

This platform is also a good place to teach business English to adults. Class sizes are one-on-one.

Tutor lessons are subject to fees; they receive anywhere from 60% to 85% of their lesson price. Payments are initiated via Payoneer or PayPal or directly to a bank account

Cafe Talk uses Skype to connect with students, and there is a lot of teacher support available from experienced tutors and staff. Teachers can choose their own hours from morning to night. 

Apply to Cafe Talk here.

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5. Ziktalk

  • Requirements: Native and non-native English speakers, ESL certification advantageous, one year of experience (preferred), a minimum of 20 hours per week availability.
  • Technical Requirements: minimum upload speed of 15 Mbps and a minimum download speed of 5 Mbps 
  • Pay: $10 – $15 per hour
  • Equipment: phone or tablet, headset
  • How to Apply: join Ziktalk by visiting their website here

Ziktalk is an app on mobile which allows ESL teachers to teach teens and adults in Korea. The company’s purpose is to help people learn languages around the clock, and there are language teachers available to teach 24/7.

Ziktalk hires native and non-native English teachers, and the lessons are available over video chat using mobile live video technology, 

A teaching certificate is advantageous; the chances of you being selected as a tutor by students may be higher with certification. Tutors evaluate learners’ performance after each lesson.

Tutors can make videos and upload them for more promotion on the app. Tutors are paid via PayPal or bank wire transfer and are paid between $10 to $15 per hour.

Ziktalk is currently available on the Google and Android, and iOS Place app store. Windows and Mac versions of the site are coming soon. 

Check out Ziktalk here.

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6. Classo

  • Requirements:  native and non-native English speakers with high levels of English proficiency, TEFL certification (preferred), teaching experience (highly recommended)
  • Pay: $18 to $21 per hour 
  • Equipment: computer with webcam, headset, Skype, stable internet connection
  • How to Apply: send an email to classo@acetak.co.kr, and they will be in touch 

Classo is a language learning platform where teachers can teach via video chat class. Classo is looking for English-speaking tutors with a neutral accent. Teaching experience is strongly recommended. A teaching certificate is also preferable.

Classo matches students with teachers according to their teaching methods,  preferences, and interests. Students can directly choose their teacher; therefore, it is essential to keep an excellent profile that’s up-to-date and visible.

Teachers need a fast and reliable internet connection, along with a microphone and webcam to teach on the platform. Classo has its own virtual classroom, but they also use Skype as a backup if there are connection problems.

The platform doesn’t just teach English but Spanish, French, Italian, and a wide range of other subjects. It is advantageous to specialize in different areas, such as test prep or business English. 

Classo pays $18 to $21 per hour, and classes are one-on-one. They pay on the 10th day of each month, and teachers can receive their pay via Direct deposit to their account. 

Teachers can create their own teaching material based on the interests of their students. They can use their own background to help the students (adults or kids) improve.

Check out Classo here. 


7. Skybel

  • Requirements: Native and non-native English speakers (from the Philippines), three years of teaching experience, bachelor’s degree
  • Pay: $15-$20 per hour
  • Equipment: computer or tablet with webcam, headset, stable internet connection
  • How to Apply: e-mail Skybel admin@skybel.co.kr or Skype “Skybels” for more information 

Skybel is an online Filipino company that teaches English to mostly adult Korean students. The teachers are non-native from the Philippines and native English speakers from the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, and Ireland.

Skybel pays $15 per hour to native English speakers. There are opportunities to earn higher pay if you teach specialties such as IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, or Business English.

The benefit of this job is that teachers can open or close their time slots on their schedule. Skybel also assigns students to teachers.

Skybel is picky when choosing their teachers. The average teacher who works for Skybel has more than eight years of teaching experience, and their hiring ratio is 30 to 1.

To pass the first round of screening, teachers must have at least three years of teaching experience and a bachelor’s degree. Teachers must pass an intensive grammar test followed by a series of interviews. They evaluate pronunciation and tone, passion, teaching manners, and sincerity. 

For the final round of screening, Teachers have several trial lectures and are evaluated on their performance. They have training periods and observation periods before the teacher is accepted as a regular instructor. Quality standards of teaching are expected through continuous personnel evaluation.

Get in touch with Skybel via email admin@skybel.co.kr or Skype Skybels. As the website is challenging to use even with Google Translate, this may be your best bet for contacting them.

Visit the Skybel website here.


8. Boktutors

  • Requirements: Native English speakers, Bachelor’s degree, one year of teaching experience, and ESL certification is preferred.
  • Pay:  $13 to $18 per hour
  • Equipment: computer or tablet with webcam, headset, Skype, stable internet connection
  • How to Apply: teachers can apply by emailing mansookbae@hotmail.com. 

This South Korean company offers one-on-one and group classes to students via Skype.  Boktutors hire teachers who are native English speakers, mainly from the US. 

Boktutors is looking for teachers with at least one year of teaching experience, and ESL certification is preferred. Teachers teach children and adults from Korea. They require an HD webcam, noise-canceling headset, and fast internet connection to apply.

Boktutors offer English classes to improve writing, reading, speaking, grammar, and conversation classes. They also prepare English classes to help students study abroad successfully, so they work with several schools. 

This company pays $13 to $18, depending on qualifications and experience. Their peak hours are from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. EST. 

Boktutors are currently hiring, so it would be a good idea to check them out now if you are interested.

Visit Boktutors website here.

9. Carrot Global

  • Requirements: Native English speakers., Bachelor’s degree, TEFL certification, must be available five days per week
  • Technical Requirements: minimum upload internet speed of 2 Mbps and a minimum download speed of 20 Mbps.  
  • Pay: $13- $17 per hour
  • Equipment: laptop with webcam, headset, Skype, wired internet connection
  • How to Apply: apply via their website.

Most of Carrot Global’s students are adult professionals who want to improve their English speaking. They offer various services to their clients, such as corporate learning solutions, military learning solutions, and global competitiveness solutions through English.

Carrot Global offers video and audio teaching services to their students. Classes can vary from 10-60 minute classes. They are looking for native speakers with neutral accents.

They do not require an ESL certificate; however, it is preferred. They are looking for teachers who have a bachelor’s or above and expect teachers to be available 15 hours per week during the peak times listed.

Carrot Global pays between $13 to $17 per hour for one-on-one classes all day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. All teaching material is provided.

Teachers teach students up to 60-minute classes, and they can work either mornings or evenings. The peak hours in eastern time are 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday to Friday and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday

Teachers’ pay depends on their qualifications and experience, and there is also the opportunity to receive higher pay for good attendance and performance evaluations. They also offer a company calling card for emergency use and paid holidays if teachers work as a full-time employee.

Visit the Carrot Global website here.


10. Global VCC

  • Requirements: Native English speakers from the U.S., bachelor’s degree and teaching certification
  • Technical Requirements: PC/ laptop with Internet Explorer
  • Pay: $22 per hour
  • Equipment: computer or laptop with webcam, headset, Skype, stable internet connection
  • How to Apply: contact this email vccglobal@naver.com 

Global VCC was established over ten years ago, and it specializes in online lessons online English lessons to young Korean students.

They require native English speakers with a North American accent, a bachelor’s degree, and teaching certification. 

Teachers must commit to a 6-month contract and be available from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Korea time (time is negotiable). This is roughly 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. EST.

Teachers can expect to tutor students between the ages of 7 to 17 years tutors, provide one-on-one instruction, and are paid $15 to $18 per hour with bonuses.

Teachers must have a high, stable internet connection and a webcam with a microphone. Their system does not work on Mac computers but only works on PC or laptops through Internet Explorer. This means that other browsers such as Firefox, Mozilla, and Google Chrome do not work.

 If you are interested in this position, you can contact this email: vccglobal@naver.com and send your resume with your Skype ID and a recent photo. They may then invite you to an interview.

11. Engliphone

  • Requirements: English speakers with native North American or Canadian accent, Bachelor’s degree, TEFL certification
  • Technical Requirements: Windows PC/ laptop (not compatible with Mac)
  • Pay: $17-$20 per hour, $13.50 per hour guaranteed
  • Equipment: computer or tablet with webcam, headset, Skype, stable internet connection
  • How to Apply: send an email to engliphone@naver.com.

Engliphone, also known as English Phone, is based in Korea. They provide online ESL video and audio classes to business professionals and adults. 

Engliphone guarantees $13.50 per hour for teachers’ shifts, which means that teachers are guaranteed pay whether or not their students show up.

Engliphone requires English speakers with a North American or Canadian accent. 

A high-speed internet connection is required, and the computer must have Windows (Mac is not compatible). One year of teaching experience is preferred.

Engliphone pays $17 per 60 minutes of contact time when conducting phone classes. They pay $20 per 60 minutes of contact time for an online video class.

Sources say that it’s tough to take time off with this company and that they are only limited to a few days each year. It would be worth reaching out to Engliphone to confirm this before deciding to take on this company’s position. 

The website may be challenging to navigate as it’s in Korean. Their email is engliphone@naver.com.

12. Nozlatalk

  • Requirements: Native English speakers from the U.S., no degree or experience required, 15 hours per week, teaching certificate preferred
  • Technical Requirements: minimum upload speed is 3 Mbps, and the minimum download speed is 8 Mbps
  • Pay: $8 – $10 per hour
  • Equipment: computer or tablet with webcam, headset, Skype, stable internet connection
  • How to Apply: apply for an account, fill out their application, and take a simple interview

Nozlatalk means “let’s talk and play” in Korean. The company connects native English speakers with Korean and Chinese students who wish to improve their conversational English.

They look for teachers from the US. College students, those who have an associate and or a bachelor’s degree are welcome to apply—no teaching experience is required for the job.

Classes are 30 minutes to 1-hour, and they are one on one. They may be offering group lessons in the future. Currently, the company pays 8 to 10 US dollars per hour. 

They pride themselves on being a cost-effective company, providing some of the lowest tutoring pricing services when compared to other companies in the Korean ESL industry. They teach children to adults from morning to evening 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

They require teachers to teach a minimum of 15 hours per week as an independent contractor.

New tutors receive training by management via Skype before they begin their work and may request additional training during the work period. 

Tutors work from home and connect with students via Skype. Some students might request a voice call. 

Check out the Nozlatalk website here.


In Conclusion

We hope you’ve found this list of online Korean companies helpful. If you are not looking to teach English to Korean students or want to browse for more teaching opportunities, you can check our job opportunities.

The job contracts and conditions change from time to time so make sure to ask lots of questions to the company before you begin teaching there.

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Caitriona Maria is an education writer and founder of TPR Teaching, crafting inspiring pieces that promote the importance of developing new skills. For 7 years, she has been committed to providing students with the best learning opportunities possible, both domestically and abroad. Dedicated to unlocking students' potential, Caitriona has taught English in several countries and continues to explore new cultures through her travels.

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