Whales English (formerly Sprout4Future)

Everything you need to know to get a job at Whales English


Whales English overview:

  • Earn $18-$30 USD/hour

  • Must be a native English speaker

  • Requires a degree, teaching certificate, and 1 year experience

  • Requires a minimum of 8 hours/week

  • No lesson planning required



Whales English was formerly Sprout4Future (to teachers) and Rouchi (to parents/students).

It is an online teaching school based in China. It is designed for English learners between the ages of 5 to 15. The company has a registered student population of over 16,000 and expanding. They have an average of 2-3 students in a class, and over 10,000 different classes with almost 800 native English-speaking teachers.

Class Type

  • 50-minute group classes

  • U.S. Common Core aligned lesson material

  • Group classes (2 to 3 students)

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

Age range

  • 5 to 15 years old


  • A bachelor degree or higher

  • Minimum 1 year experience teaching kids

  • At least one teaching certificate: TESOL, TEFL, CELTA, etc.

    (We offer TESOL certificates for just $19)

  • Be from a native English speaking country (including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand


  • $18-$30 USD per 50-minute class

  • Additional performance-based bonuses

Minimum Hours

  • at least 8 hours per week

  • A minimum of 4 of those hours must be on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 19:00-21:00 Beijing time.

  • The remaining four hours must be during during peak hours (see below).

Peak Teaching Times

Peak hours are:

  • Weekdays: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Beijing Time)

  • Weekends: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Beijing Time)

    Click here to convert to your local time zone.

Application Process

  1. Resume Screening

  2. Interview

  3. 1st Mock Class

  4. Contract Signing

  5. Self-Training

  6. 2nd Mock (paid)

  7. Launch


Our Review

Whales English is for:

  • teachers from countries other than the US and Canada.

    Unfortunately, many companies are looking for US or Canadian teachers. Whales English however, hires native English speakers from the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

  • those who enjoy the potential of working up to a high hourly wage (up to $30 USD/hour)

  • people who like being a part of an up-and-coming company

Things to consider:

  • Whales English requires a commitment of at least 8 hours per week from its teachers. This company may not work for somebody who needs more flexibility in their schedule.

Technical Requirements

Whales English simply lists the following as their technical requirements:

  • a computer,

  • a strong internet connection,

  • and a noise-cancelling headset

Other notes

  • Start date: immediately

  • Contract term: 6 months

  • Teachers are paid through bank transfer each month for the previous month’s work

  • Whales English offers ongoing professional development through their teacher training courses


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