Magic Ears 2022 (Online Teaching Pay, Requirements & Apply)

Magic Ears

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Magic Ears Overview – What’s the role and is it right for me?

Earn an online income teaching English to online ESL students (children in China) from your laptop!

Working from home is the new ‘going to the office’. With Magic Ears you’ll be able to work from the comfort of your own home and still earn.

This page will review Magic Ears's most important information. Here is an in-depth look at Magic Ears and their application process, pay and more…

Magic Ears will encourage you to teach English to children in China between the ages of 4 and 12, all while making use of innovative new technology. This is different to Cambly Kids, where you teach kids from all over the world, as well as Cambly, where you teach adults worldwide.

Teach from home jobs are fast becoming one of the most accessible professions, and Magic Ears will provide you with the opportunity you need to break into this forward-thinking industry.

Offering online English learning experiences in the form of one on one classes, as well as group classes of up to four students. A Magic Ears job will be perfect for the more outgoing teachers. For those looking for a less energetic form of teaching, Amazing Talker is a platform for teaching online to adults. A similar platform to this is Preply. However, if you are looking for something in the reals of business communication coaching rather than language teaching, then Excedo is a good pick.

They emphasise how much they would like an ‘animated’ teacher, so this is a great opportunity to really engage with your creative side, as well as develop an outgoing teaching style. Or for even more creative teachers, Allschool is a platform for teaching a much wider variety of subjects.

For teachers that prefer to teach on their phone rather than on laptop, then PalFish is much more suitable.

Magic Ears offers free training to all successful teachers and the ability to advance to higher levels within the company.

Magic Ears is definitely worthy of consideration for any teacher looking to break into the online education world and start earning through side hustles from home.

Magic Ears Requirements

  • Native English speaking teachers from the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa
  • A Bachelor’s degree or actively pursuing a Bachelor’s degree (student)
  • 120-hour ESL Certification is required or must be willing to get one after application
  • A stable internet connection and a good hardware.

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Magic Ears Class Bookings and Working Hours

  • Magic Ears books the classes for you! You won’t have to market yourself to students’ parents like at other ESL companies!
  • While you’re not guaranteed repeat students, you should be prepared to encounter familiar faces as well as new people each class.
  • Classes are expected to run any time between 5pm and 9pm (Beijing Time) from Monday to Friday. 
  • On the weekends you should expect to be kept busy between 9am and 11:30am (Beijing Time), and then again from 5pm to 9pm (Beijing Time).
  • There is also no minimum hours commitment, so you’re afforded a lot of flexibility and freedom.

‘Do I get the same recurring students or different students each time with Magic Ears?'

This is something we touched upon above, but as it’s something of a frequently asked question it bears going over in greater depth. 

Each class is likely to be a different one. The chances of you seeing the same group or individual over and over again is pretty low.

You should be prepared to encounter totally new faces every time you start working with Magic Ears.

Of course, it doesn’t mean it’s impossible for you to see some familiar faces, but prepare yourself for the fact that the chances are slim. There’s just too much demand. 

Magic Ears Interview Process

Below you will find an image displaying the Magic Ears hiring process, as well as in-depth explanation below it:

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After going through the ‘Apply Now' button above and seeing if you qualify, it will take you to begin your application by submitting your: Name, email. You will then go through the following steps:

1. Interview Demo (recorded or live)

At this stage, you can select between a recorded or a live interview demo. Both are evaluated using the same criteria, so it all depends on your preference! In the recorded demo, you will share a brief introduction and teach a short lesson on the letters “M & N” and keywords “Moon & Nurse.” This can be recorded on your computer, phone, or tablet. In the live demo, you’ll have a brief introduction with the interviewer and then they will act as your “student” for the lesson.

2. Training Video

When you’ve passed the Interview Demo stage, you will receive an email with training videos and an invitation to schedule your Trial Demo. Be sure to watch the video to prepare before scheduling.

3. Trial Demo

You will teach a 10-minute demo lesson to a trainer acting as your “student.” When your trainer stops the “lesson,” they will provide you with some feedback on your performance. ME will determine whether you move onto the next step or if you need a second Trial Demo.  

It will be based on this lesson published by Magic Ears social media:

4. Background Check & Contract Offer

After passing the Trial Demo stage, you must complete a criminal background check before your contract can become official.

Earn up to $26 per hour Teaching Online

Click the link below to see if you qualify to teach online for Magic Ears

Magic Ears Interview Tips

Magic Ears is fond of animated teachers.  They’re looking for energy, friendliness and a smile. 

Magic Ears advises you prepare at least two props for your demo class, but preferably you should come prepared with a few more.

Make sure the lighting in your room is decent. You want to make sure your class can see you, so make your surroundings nice and bright.

Avoid incidental language, otherwise known as hesitations. The less you ‘umm’ and ‘err’ though the interview the better your chances will be… 

Make sure you know how to mute one particular student while allowing another to talk. Only one person at a time should be capable of being heard.

How Much Does Magic Ears Pay?

Magic Ears Base Pay

Magic Ears teachers earn up to $10 base pay per class ($20/hr) on their first contract. 

In order to qualify for a higher rate, you must:

  • Taught 3,000 online classes with other online English teaching companies* 
  • Taught 5,000 online classes with other online English teaching companies* AND hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in English Language Teaching, Early Childhood Education, or Special Education.

*Students must be Chinese; experience from multiple companies can be combined, but previous Magic Ears experience does not qualify.

Bonuses (extra $1 per class taught)

  • Peak Time: earned by opening 60+ peak time slots per month
  • Participation: earned by arriving in your first class 3-10 minutes early

With both bonuses, Magic Ears teachers can earn up to $12 per class ($24/hr) on their first contract. Magic Ears also offers opportunities for raises upon contract renewal.

What’s the Magic Ears Payment Period and Method?

Teachers are paid on the 10th of each month through PayPal.

Magic Ears FAQ

Earn up to $26 per hour Teaching Online

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