As our world is currently facing a pandemic, a lot of people are financially taking a hit. This “new norm” of ours presents a very precarious situation to a lot of individuals living on daily wages. Since a lot of people, at least in the Philippines, are currently not receiving any pay as mid-level companies are struggling to survive during this crisis, people are looking for options in terms of income. A country in which English is considered the “secondary language” in terms of usage, the Philippines has long been a breadwinner for the online ESL community.
According to the CEFR Language Exam Resource Center, ESL instruction for non-native speakers is a $63-billion-a-year industry. Additionally, roughly 100,000 ESL positions are opened every year worldwide. This trend of the ESL instruction industry will not die down, as the growth of the industry is correlated with the growth of global communication. As our world is shrinking in terms of hypothetical space (as of 2018, there are 4.021 billion people connected online), the means to communicate are improving drastically to cater to the needs of the people. (Read more on https://cefrexambot.com/esl-market-due-boom-next-10-years-part-1/).
With this in mind, a lot of professionals who are currently at home are considering getting their feet wet in the industry. However, with new horizons, such as venturing into a new industry, comes a lot of uncertainty and doubt. This is where The English Blog comes in.
The English Blog is a group of industry professionals who currently work in the ESL industry or have previously worked in it. Their goal is to provide newcomers, as well as industry veterans, additional resources in order to continuously hone their craft of teaching. The website offers different tools for teaching, like lesson plans, teaching methodologies, and several tips and tricks of the trade. The main goal is to provide a “one-stop shop” for all the readers’ ESL needs in order for them to be able to conduct classes effectively.
The group’s main target are those who are not in the field and are looking to get into teaching ESL, whether physical or online. The tools the group provides are all free, but the group also offers premium lesson plan writing services catered directly to the instructor’s needs. (Visit The English Blog’s website for more information.)
The industry is growing at a rapid rate, and there is a growing need for income during this time of crisis and probably beyond as we position ourselves to this “new norm.” The world is changing, and this pandemic is certainly a driving force towards a more digitally active world. Many aspects of life as we know it, including education, will certainly shift.
As an educator myself, I believe that it is my duty to inform people this: “Hey, there’s this option where you can earn money, but it also helps influence the younger generation.”