51Talk: Road to 100K Online Filipino Teachers
The leading online English language education platform 51Talk is seeking to hire 100,000 online Filipino teachers who can teach English to Chinese students. 51Talk is an online school based in Beijing that aims to grow their business and also enhance the partnerships between the Philippines and China. Online English teachers, this can be a good opportunity for you, whether as a full-time job or as a sideline.
51Talk 5-Year Plan
To make their company as well as their plans known throughout the Philippines, 51Talk held a press conference at the Shangri-La Hotel in Manila last December 11, 2018. With the theme, “Road to 100K Online Filipino teachers, the company presented its plans for cooperation with the Philippine government, the academe, and the business community for the next five years.
Moreover, 51Talk presented their current status and development in the country. At present, they have 16,000 online English teacher from all over the Philippines.
51Talk also discussed its plans to support the development of the English as a Second Language (ESL) industry in the Philippines through in-depth alliances and cooperation with different stakeholders.
Development in the Philippines
At present, 51Talk is the leading brand of online English education with the greatest number of Filipino teachers specializing in teaching English. The company was established in China seven years ago and was subsequently launched in the Philippines in 2012. 51Talk is currently providing English lessons to more than 10,000,000 students in China.
Mr. Jack Huang, 51Talk founder and CEO, said that there is a strong demand for online English lessons for children in China. This is based on the fact that the household investment in education and English requirements in Chinese households have been on the rise.
A report from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences shows that China has a large English consumer group of 300 million people. Meanwhile, the English training market in China is as large as US$72B. That is because the number of online English learners has now reached more than 19 million while the demand for English teachers has exceeded 500,000.
51Talk aims to promote Filipino teachers in China and hopes to make Filipino online English teachers the new future of English Language Teaching (ELT).
Online Filipino Teachers for Chinese Students
Based on their experience, 51Talk said that the Philippines ranks among the best English speaking countries in Asia. The Philippines has maintained its top two ranking in the IELTS English test in Asia over the years. It has also been rated as the country with the highest level of business English in the world.
For better service, 51Talk has deployed a leading curriculum development team in order to provide quality learning experience to Chinese students, particularly the children. Teachers undergo extensive training before embarking on their career as online home-based English teachers.
At the very least, online teachers should have a college degree and can be able to speak English well. They should also have the capability to do home-based teaching by having reliable internet connection and a good computer setup.
Chinese children learn a lot from their Filipino teacher, whom they often see as professional and passionate. “I love my Filipino teacher!”, a lot of them exclaimed during a company video presented during the press conference.
Same Time Zone
Online Filipino teachers and Chinese students share a common cultural background and also the same time zone, which results in a healthy schedule for both teacher and student.
More and more BPO workers are making the switch from working in a call center environment to teaching English. That is because there is less stress, as you don’t have to deal with irate customers, plus the working hours are more suitable to the Philippine time zone. No more graveyard shifts.
Bacolod-based online Filipino teachers of 51Talk, Mike Alfi and Marjie Ann, also disclosed the work-life balance offered within the company. The compensation is good and there are opportunities to travel.
51Talk was established in 2011 and opened their operations in the Philippines in 2012. It was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in June 2016, with COE as its stock code. In the country, they currently have 16,000 online teachers in their roster as well as a total of 4,000 employees worldwide. For more information about the company, visit their website: www.51talk.com or their FB page: 51Talk Philippines