What our teachers say

This is what our teachers say about working on The English Farm.

James's picture


  • Nationality Australia
  • Location
    United Kingdom

Every day is something new, yet, at the same time, structured. I know that I will be working the next day but I have no idea with whom I'll be working. That's exciting. And when it turns out it's a student I know and love talking with, I am even more excited to be working that day.

Things that make us different are having: flexible, yet (job) secure hours (In Europe at least, I am nearly always in work); easy-access to our colleagues for pedagogical/site help or for just shooting the breeze; an approachable, dedicated, and available head teacher; expansion opportunities in terms of business; prepared and well-designed/marketable (i.e.,students are actually interested in them) student courses; monthly training sessions and meet-ups; the 12-hour cancellation policy; side opportunities for work (e.g., grammar pages, discussion articles, social media); and quirky and/fun students.

Cheers for the good times, TEF!

Hina's picture


  • Nationality Japan
  • Location

In comparison to other online/in-person schools that have often discriminated against me as an ESL teacher due to my Japanese background, The English Farm was a welcome reprieve because they actually care about the employees they hire. Not only have they been flexible with my ever-changing work schedule, but Matt himself has an open-door policy, so I can go to him directly if I have any needs or concerns. Even though TEF is both global and virtual, any issues are quickly solved through teamwork and efficient communication. In addition, because the staff gets to know each of their teachers through hands-on training/private check-ins, they are able to take our skills and abilities into consideration when assigning work outside of teaching. For example, I have been given other opportunities within TEF, such as content development, copyediting, and localization. Finally, our Skype feed, monthly staff meetings, and workshops has allowed me to discuss teaching methods with my colleagues all over the world and hone my teaching skills. I have gained so much from this experience, and I am happy to be a part of the TEF community.

Betty's picture


  • Nationality United Kingdom
  • Location

Working at The English Farm enables me to work from home and connect online with a diverse community of students and teachers from around the world. We exchange information, ideas and banter in a friendly and professional setting. The team is very responsive, open to feedback, and celebrates the achievements of teachers and students. I'm very happy to be part of this collective. 

Craig's picture


  • Nationality United Kingdom
  • Location

TEF is a great place to work, with a supportive team atmosphere, excellent material and syllabi, and stimulating and motivated students. You won't find a better combination online. I'm working, learning and enjoying it all.

Tina's picture


  • Nationality Australia
  • Location

A distinctive feature of TEF is its high level of professionalism and standards which helps you develop and further develop your teaching skills. A supportive community of teachers is always at hand, so you never feel isolated. It makes online teaching a fun and fulfilling experience.

Diane's picture


  • Nationality United Kingdom
  • Location
    United Kingdom

I think that working for the English Farm has been the best decision I have ever made about my work.  I am able to choose my working hours and there is a great deal of flexibility too.  This said, the students are front and centre and their learning is the most important aspect which I have found to be missing in other companies.   The icing on the cake is the fact that I get to work with a group of warm and friendly people who are there to support and help you when needed.  I could not be happier!


  • 25-minute lessons for Japanese professionals;
  • ¥1,000–1,250/lesson (¥2,000–2,500/hr)* gross (includes sick pay & holiday pay);
  • Online over Skype;
  • Full curriculum provided to teachers and students;
  • Option to do paid writing work (lessons or blog posts);
  • Work as little or much as you want; and
  • Manage your own schedule.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Careful and attentive teaching of the curriculum, while providing rich feedback;
  • Writing up of a lesson record for each class;
  • Occasional assessment reports & homework checking;
  • Training is provided and paid; and
  • Light class prep.


  • You should be personable and friendly;
  • Hold a bachelor's degree;
  • English teaching experience not required, but preferred;
  • Available to work before & after work (Japan time) and weekends;
  • Decent typing & computer skills;
  • Japanese knowledge a plus;
  • Business knowledge a plus; and
  • Professional experience outside teaching a bonus.

You need:

  • A computer with a good internet connection, a web camera and a headset; and
  • A quiet, tidy place to work from.

* Rates are fixed in JPY, but we will pay you in your currency of choice by Paypal or into your bank account.