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tellersquill



Joined: 08 Apr 2016
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:09 am    Post subject: Private Tutor Advice Reply with quote

I'm living in and working in Vietnam. For the last nine months I've been working in public schools and occasionally doing the odd cover class in language centers.

From time to time I've been approached by people on the streets to either teach them or their children. Each time I've been approached I turn down the offer because I don't know how to teach one to one.

I've only been taught how to deliver to a classroom of 40 to 50 students. Most of which is presentation, receptive task, productive task - repeat.

The issue is that I would love to do private tutoring, especially since they pay around $25 per hour, but I just dont know how to do it.

What would be the best way to learn how to do private tuition?

All the training course i've seen are for teaching a full classroom.
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nomad soul



Joined: 31 Jan 2010
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check out Learning how to tutor over on the China forum.
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Jmbf



Joined: 29 Jun 2014
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:30 am    Post subject: Re: Private Tutor Advice Reply with quote

tellersquill wrote:

What would be the best way to learn how to do private tuition?


The best way is to just jump in and get some experience, learn by doing. Naturally your rates will reflect your experience and ability. You will probably have to start off a bit cheaper and then up your rates as your reputation grows.

Tutoring is highly varied but it is often a supplemental exercise. You are typically reinforcing language and grammar previously learnt in school. Knowledge of the curriculum that your students are following as well as the typical difficulties that local students face when learning English will help a lot.

It won't hurt to buy a few local English textbooks to get a better handle on these aspects. Start building up your own library of resources (both online and offline) and spend some time to organise it properly (e.g. sorted by subject type and level of difficulty etc etc).
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ISSAKAB



Joined: 12 Feb 2013
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd agree with Jmbf. Most of my work is private 1:1 classes and I don't especially like running large classes, feel more comfortable 1:1.
Some coursebooks are better for this than others - you don't want to be using materials that always need groups of four or require your student to mingle with others.
English result, Business result are good.
I ask the students what they want from me. Have very clear expectations. I use coursebooks such as those above and typically pick and mix doing the units that the students are interested in.
I offer a 'package' a set number of lessons for a fixed price that they pay for upfront. I give them a receipt and they sign a sheet each lesson on which I've recorded what we've covered.
My experience is people want private classes because they lack confidence learning in a group and don't want to lose face - they're self concious about speaking. They may also need the flexibility of lessons at times to suit them.
Be very clear about what they want. Some people just want to talk, and have me correct their mistakes. Others need to get from A2 to B2 within 12 months, and have evidence in the form of a minimum score on TOEIC or BULATS, in which case we'll be working our way through a course book and I'll be pushing them to work between classes. There's quite a market for people needing help with presentations in English or practice with phone calls, conference calls.
However, if people are approaching you in the street, are they all that serious? If I wanted private English lessons in Vietnam, first place I'd look would be the web, small ads, language schools, asking around at universities, the international schools and so on.
If private classes is something you want to do, just get on with it.
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