What are your fees?
Registration is free for teachers (Personal Teachers) at English-Bee and we charge no recurring fee for membership.
The only fee that we currently charge Personal Teachers is a per-lesson fee of 20% of what you charge your students. In other words, you pay nothing until you actually start making money. All costs including conversion and remittance charges are included in this fee*. There are no hidden costs.
* You may be subject to PayPal or banking fees depending on the type of accounts you hold with these organizations.
Do I need accreditation such as TESOL?
No you do not. Our doors are open to all sincere and enthusiastic teachers.
In the broadest sense, we think you have the potential to provide a beneficial service to foreign students simply by virtue of being a native speaker of English and being willing to provide a positive learning experience, regardless of your level of accreditation. The students will be the judge of whether or not you are meeting their learning needs.
While the majority of English-learning students have had some former training -- which in many cases is heavy on grammar, reading and writing skills -- the one area that they struggle with and find the most difficult to master is conversation.
To become good at conversation, as with anything, you need practice. To practice conversation you need someone to talk to. That's where you come in.
In Japan, for example, by the time students graduate from high school they will have had 6 years of English education. Even then, very few are able to speak English. Many can read and write legibly, but hardly as many can carry on a conversation. In fact, some English teachers have difficulty conversing in English.
So whether you are a businessperson, a student, a cook, a sports fan, a car mechanic or a TV producer, you can discuss your shared paths and interests with your students while providing practice and instruction in real English conversation. Education does not get more down to earth than that.
What should I charge?
Currently, the majority of online English lessons in Japan are provided by language schools. Rates range from about 1600 to 3200 yen for 40 minutes (or 2400 to 4800 yen an hour) for online lessons taught by accredited teachers. These two examples are probably close to the low and high ends for online teaching. And because schools usually retain close to half of what they charge their students, at English-Bee, you have a good chance of finding a price point where both you and your student come out ahead.
If you do not have accreditation such as TESOL or TESL, you might want to charge lower than the rates mentioned above. A price point of somewhere between 1200 to 2500 Points (= yen) for 40 minutes (or 1800 to 3750 yen an hour) would probably be a good place to start. One Point equals one Japanese yen. Click here for currency conversion.
At English-Bee, you also decide how long your lessons will be.
How do you pay me?
We use PayPal to pay you once a month for the lessons that you have given less our 20% fee. We send out our payment to you within 5 business days of the end of the month.
Your payment details will show Big Apple Company as the payer ("buyer" in PayPal parlance).
After you register with us, please open a PayPal account if you don't have one already and register this information with us.
A "Personal" account will work fine for receiving payments from us (You do not need a "Premiere" or "Business" account).
How will students find me?
We provide a Profile Information page for you to fill in. This page is posted on our site in the student's language (Japanese at the moment) and students can use our search function to find teachers that fit their needs.
How do I speak with my students?
You will need the latest version of Skype.
You will also need a web cam to use video conferencing (video chat). Make sure to use a head-set and turn your PC's speakers off to avoid making "echoes."
Do you accept teachers of languages other than English?
Yes, we do. You will be able to select your language on the Profile Information page. Please note however, that our interface and tools currently support English and Japanese only.
What is a Personal Teacher?
Teachers who register with English-Bee are called "Personal Teachers" or PTs. This name is a combination of two words that most learners of English will likely be familiar with. It also fits with the students' expectations -- one-on-one or "personal" online lessons.
As a Personal Teacher, do I become an employee of English-Bee?
No you do not. Personal Teachers who register with English-Bee are considered to be independent service providers. We do not withhold any taxes either. For details specific to your tax jurisdiction, please consult a tax specialist in your area.
We simply provide a venue where service providers (you) and service consumers (students) can find each other. We also provide a range of services and tools to make the teaching-learning experience as convenient as possible for both teacher and student.
What are Points?
Students pre-purchase Points, which are as good as money within the English-Bee service. Students must have enough Points in her balance to request to have a paid lesson with you. You ask the student to pay her lesson fees in Points before each lesson.
Once a month, we transfer the total amount paid by your students, less our 20% fee, into your PayPal account.
One Point equals one Japanese yen. Click here for currency conversion.
I am a minor. Can I register as a Personal Teacher?
If you are a minor or your legal status is such that you require the consent of a legal guardian to enter a legal contract, you must obtain the consent of your legal guardian to register with English-Bee. Contact us for more information.
We are a company. Can we register?
Unfortunately no. Only individuals can register with English-Bee as a Personal Teacher.
I live in [country]. Can I join?
English-Bee welcomes all teachers who are able to set up PayPal accounts for RECEIVING payments. Look here for a list of countries where individuals can open PayPal accounts for receiving payments.