Everything you need to know to get a job at SayABC.


sayabc overview:

  •  Hires teachers from the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand.

  • Up to $21 USD, £16, €18, $28 CAN, $29 AUD, $31 NZD per hour

  • Hires students in the last year of their degree

  • Has curriculum from National Geographic

  • has large trial conversion bonuses

  • has a fast application process



SayABC is an online English learning platform headquartered in Beijing. It boasts over 1000 teachers and over 5000 students. SayABC is backed by tier one investors in China and the US and is partnered with known education providers Cengage and National Geographic. It’s modern, interactive learning platform is designed to teach students in groups of four. SayABC hires native speaking English teachers from the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States.

Class Type

  • small group classes (one teacher to four students)

  • interactive teaching platform

  • 40 minute classes

  • Teachers teach the same students twice a week at the same time for three months.

  • Classes are booked at least 24 hours in advance of their start time.

  • No lesson planning, no talking to parents, no correcting homework

Age range

  • 5 to 12 years



*Note: Unlike many only ESL companies, SayABC does NOT require teachers to be from the US or Canada

SayABC requires:

  1. A native level of English ability

  2. A computer with a fast internet connection and good audio/video capability

  3. A Bachelor’s degree or above (or be in your last year of study)

  4. A minimum of one year’s teaching experience

*The Chinese Ministry of Education will begin requiring all online English teachers who teach Chinese students to have a 120-hour TESOL certificate sometime in 2019. See here for details. 

Minimum Hours

There are no minimum hours at SayABC.


  • Up to $21 USD/40-minute class

    • (approximately £16, €18, $28 CAN, $29 AUD, $31 NZD)

  • Further details:

    • You can make $8 USD for converting trial students

      • (approximately: £6, €7, $10 CAD, $11 AUD, $12 NZD)

    • You can make $7 USD extra for teaching a class with less than 24 hours notice.

      • (approximately: £5.5, €6, $9.25 CAD, $9.75 AUD, $10.25 NZD)

    • You can make $7 USD extra per class for the rest of a unit if you take over for another teacher in the middle of the unit.

      • (approximately: £5.5, €6, $9.25 CAD, $9.75 AUD, $10.25 NZD)

  • Teachers are eligible for raises at the point of contract renewal.

Peak Teaching Times

Peak hours are 6:50 p.m., 7:40 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Beijing time.

Click here to convert these times to your local time zone.

Application Process

  1. Apply online with relevant personal information (see button below)

    • You will receive an email with an interview invitation when your resume passes screening. You will then be able to login to the teacher portal system where you can schedule an interview.

  2. Complete a 40-minute interview (which includes a 15-minute demo class)

    • The interview with SayABC takes place in the online classroom. You will need to answer a few general questions about your teaching experience.

    • From there, you are expected to assume the interviewer is a real student and teach a 15-minute demo class.

  3. Sign the consulting agreement

  4. Complete an orientation meeting and an evaluation class

    • During the orientation meeting, a mentor will go through the basic platform operations and the teaching tools step by step. You will learn useful teaching tips from the mentor before your full mock class. Also, you have the chance to ask any questions you may have at that time.

    • Evaluation classes: 1 on 4 classes lasting 40 minutes. These are used as the first real class for new SayABC teachers to get familiar with how to teach SayABC students and with the Teacher Portal system. They also allow the Teacher Management team to evaluate and give training to new teachers. Two different types of feedback will be provided to teachers. If there is a concern with your teaching at this stage, you will get a training session with an experienced SayABC mentor. Otherwise, you will receive written feedback with tips and suggestions for improvement before you start your first real class.

Our Review

SayABC is for:

  • teachers from countries OTHER than the U.S. and Canada (United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand.)

  • teachers who are in the final year of their degree.

  • those who prefer teaching group classes

  • teachers who like to establish a relationship with their students (you can be a home-room teacher and teach the same group of students for a few weeks in a row)

  • teachers who enjoy the educational content from National Geographic.

  • those who want a quicker hiring process.

Things to consider:

  • SayABC has only group classes. If you prefer one-on-one teaching, it may not be a good fit for you.

  • While there are no minimum hours required, if you do choose to teach a “home room” class, you will be required to teach that group at the same time for a few weeks in a row.

  • SayABC’s group-class platform requires a modern computer with good processing power.



Since SayABC features group classes, they are quite strict about their technical requirements. Teachers are required to pass an IT test before starting to teach on the SayABC platform.

  • Equipment:

    • Computer (desktop, laptop)

    • Camera (HD external camera or HD integrated camera)

      • SayABC recommends Logitech webcams. They also do not allow the use of third-party video effect software like ManyCam or YouCam.

    • Headset

      • Must have a built-in microphone. SayABC does not allow wireless or Bluetooth headsets. USB or earphone jack headsets are recommended. They also strongly recommend headsets and not ear buds. 

  • System:

    • Operating System:

      • WIN7, WIN8, WIN10, Mac10.13 and above. Linux is not allowed.

    • CPU:

      • Intel: i3-2000 or higher.

        (i3 with 3 digit numbers, i3 2nd with UE suffix, i3 3rd with U/Y/UE suffix, i5, i7 with less than four digits and all Celeron, Pentium or Core II CPUs are not sufficient to handle the video encoding needed for the classroom. )

      • AMD: A10-6000+, A12-xxxx, FX or Ryzen series or above 

    • Memory:

      • 4GB or higher.

        • Say ABC recommends closing all other programs (including browsers) during class if you have only 4GB of RAM.

    • Network :

      • 20Mbps download, 4Mbps upload and above. Must be a wired connection. SayABC does not allow teachers to use Wifi for teaching.

    • Browser/Software:

      • SayABC uses its own application which teachers will have to download.

Other notes

  • Requires a minimum 3-month contract

  • You can take time off during your contact by notifying the company two weeks in advance

  • Teachers can teach substitute classes


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