Getting Started

  • What are Requirements of Applicants?
    • 1. University Qualification
    • 2. Bachelor’s Degree or Teaching Qualification (e.g. Teaching License, PGCE, DELTA, CELTA, TEFL etc.).
    • 3. Resume and 1 - 3 minute Introduction Video
    • 4. A valid passport copy
    • 5. Priority is given to applicants who have Education, Cultural, Linguistics, Language or specialized background (e.g. Asian Studies, Speech Therapy etc.).
    • 6. Native or C2 in your teaching language(s)
    • 7. You are required to upload copies of all your relevant documents (for CV, References and Employment Statements upload them under Certificates)
  • What’s the application process like?
    • Step 1: registered in our website and submit your CV and introduction video, certificates
    • Step 2: Book interview to know each other
    • Step 3: 30mins demo class
    • Step 4: Training
    • Step 5: Sign contract
  • How should I book my interview?
    You will receive an email with an interview invitation once your resume passes screening. Please note that your interview will be scheduled in Beijing Time, which is UTC+8.
  • Where will the interview take place?
    The interview with TopOnlineTeachers will take place on zoom, which you can download for free at
  • What will be an interview like?
    We will confirm your accent, what subjects you would teach, pay rate, our teacher policy and your available schedule for teaching.
  • What will be a demo class like?
    Our HR team will set up a 30 minute demo class for you. They will send you the student's information and two lesson files. You need to look through the materials to prepare for your demo class.
  • Why is the interview and demo so important?
    We need to know more about your teaching style and make sure you are comfortable using zoom and our teaching materials.
  • What are the different type of classes?
    • We offer the following 3 types of classes:
    • Free Trial Classes: This is a chance to show your teaching style and get students. Consultant will give you your student's information and help you prepare teaching materials. You send an evaluation report to your students after each trial class.
    • Regular Classes: You will teach students on a fixed schedule using our lesson plans and students’ individual requirements.
    • Summer & Winter Holiday Camp Classes: We have holiday camps, which include courses in English Reading, Phonics, Grammar, Writing, English Math, and Science. Teachers who demonstrate excellent performance in regular classes will be eligible to teach at our Summer and Winter Holiday Camp Classes.
  • Do I need to prepare teaching materials?
    We provide our teachers teaching materials and lesson plans and suggest teachers prepare some supplementary materials for students.
  • Do teachers need to communicate directly with parents?
    All of our teachers are assigned a chinese consultant who acts as a bridge between teachers and prospective students and their parents. The Consultant's job is to schedule lessons and communicate with teachers and parents about lesson content and schedules.
    Teachers receive feedback from consultants and are expected to make necessary adjustments.
  • Do teachers always teach the same students?
    Yes, teachers will have the same students to take regular classes at the same time.
  • How long is the contract for?
    6 months or longer.
  • What equipment do I need?
    -A desktop or a laptop with a webcam – The platform does not work on mobile devices like phones or tablets.
    -A headset with microphone – We require a headset to increase the quality of your hearing and a microphone to cut down on ambient noise.
    -High-speed internet – You will be receiving and transmitting audio and video streams while teaching.
    Registration on our teaching platforms:
  • 1. Quiet surroundings without ethos or distractions.
    2. Well-lighted room.
    3. Neat casual or business attire . No beachwear, tank tops, offensive pictures on clothing.
    4. Remove piercings and cover tattoos.
    5. Teaching must be conducted in a proper office type setting, not on bed or sofa.
  • What's the pay rate?
    Our hourly rate is USD10-USD20, depending on teaching experience, subject taught, and performance in demo class.
  • When and how will teachers be paid?

    Teachers are paid twice per month via PayPal.

    Payments will be made and appear on our web system on the 15th and last day of each month; Our finance department will pay you within 3 days of your confirmation of your salary report.

  • I have a question about my pay, who should I contact?
    You can contact your consultant or send an email to our Finance Department.
  • How long is the contract? Can teachers take breaks during the contract?

    Our contract is at least 6 months. Teachers are asked to give their consultant one month's notice for vacations up to two weeks.

    We have the right to move your students to other teachers for vacations over two weeks long.

  • Problems with camera,speakers,micophone
    The teacher should make sure their teaching equipment is working well, including the internet connection, Zoom/QQ software, power, laptop, mic, headset, etc. Your demo class will need to be rescheduled classes if technology is not functioning properly.
  • Email. Skype. WeChat
    We strongly recommend that you install and use WeChat to contact us for job communications.
  • How to schedule classes with students?
    First our students will take a FREE trial class with you. If you get students successfully, you will teach them on the same day and time each week for an extended period of time.
  • I am sick and I need to cancel my classes, what should I do?
    You can contact your consultant at least 2 hours before the class through WeChat /Skype/QQ.
  • What kind of feedback do I need to provide after a class?
    Trial lesson report: Teachers write a trial lesson report after each trial lesson using our web form.
    Regular lesson feedback: Teachers complete feedback within 24 hours after each lesson using our web form.