Tips to choosing a private tutor

Searching a way to learn a language faster we hire private tutors, to make the right choice several aspects must be pondered.

1. Qualification and Experience

The most important part is to verify the teachers’ qualifications. The teacher has some kind of technical or higher education or just attended a regular language course? The person has a certificate of proficiency in languages from an accredited institution? Did he/she make a course to be a language teacher?

Does your teacher has a diploma?

The second point to be checked is how much experience the teacher has and if he keeps himself updated. Usually, the more experience the person is, the more efficient is the teaching, since he realizes how the student learns, as well as the qualities and flaws of them faster. However, some experienced teachers don’t search new subjects and texts and don’t keep themselves updated.

2. Price / hour

The price asked will depend on the teacher’s experience and workplace. The higher the qualification and experience of the teacher, higher the price. Take this into account when choosing a teacher. Sometimes a teacher a bit more expensive can be worth it, if he also has more qualifications. In the case of closing a package of classes you can also request a discount of 10% up to 20%.

3. Nationality

First point, a tutor of the country of origin is not essentially better. Of course the accent and the correct use of idioms are important, but native speakers often make mistakes without realizing it and most of them don’t know how to explain grammatical concepts. So a qualified teacher of your own nationality is often better, and a native speaker of the target language with academic training is certainly the best option. However, there is the factor of numerous accents and uses of language. If you do not like the Argentine accent or the use of “vos” wouldn’t be a good idea to hire an Argentinian tutor. The same applies to the differences between the French of Canada and France, or the Portuguese of Portugal and Brazil, or with the various nationalities that speak English (United States, England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, etc).

4. Personality and Teaching Style

This is an important and often overlooked aspect. Always do a test with the teacher before hiring him. Some teachers value the conversation, others grammar. Always talk earlier to the teacher about your goals, the aspects that you want to focus on classes. Keep in mind what you want and check with the teacher if he is willing to help you. The advantage of private lessons is the personalized education, so if you are not satisfied, the teaching style can be changed, in these cases there is no pre-defined “roadmap” as in regular schools. Teacher and student plan the lessons together.

5. Online / Classroom

Another choice you should make is in between online and attendance classes. The online classes are advantageous because they are usually cheaper and times are flexible. Moreover, one can hire teachers from other countries easily. The disadvantage is that the contact can be a bit impersonal and the quality of the internet connection has to be good and stable.

6. Look for referencies

There are several ways to find a good teacher. The best way is having good references of the teacher. Ask students, former students and other teachers, these are the best people to tell if the teacher is recommended or not.

About Nathalia

Polyglot Nerd creator, love foreign cultures and learning languages. Speak: English, Portuguese and Spanish. Learning: French
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