CAN YOU PRIVATE TUTOR WITH A TEFL QUALIFICATION?

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The beauty of working in the TEFL industry is the unpredictability of it. Okay, so maybe some of the time that is also the downside of working in TEFL, but if you can handle the instability of it, a career in TEFL can be different and the working situation flexible. If you have a TEFL certificate, you could find yourself teaching in a language school in Oxford, a kindergarten in Shanghai or a university in Saudi Arabia. You might be teaching high school learners, businessmen or an ambassador’s children. The common denominator for all of these working situations is the TEFL certificate, and so with it there is no reason why you cannot teach privately.

Teaching private students is a very common way for TEFL teachers to supplement their salaries or increase their working hours. If, for example, your language school has a slow period in winter and you are only working 3 hours and not your usual 6, then you have entire afternoon of free time. Or maybe you work in a school and so are given weeks and weeks of school holiday. Why not use that time to earn some extra cash?

Of course there is the issue of finding private students, but there are loads of websites where you can advertise yourself. You could also make it known locally that you are available for private tutoring and it’s possible to get students by word of mouth. If you’re living in a foreign country, it’s very common to do language exchange lessons, where you meet for a coffee and speak half the time in English and the other half in the other language. Or you may even find that your own students ask you for private lessons on top of your normal lessons, though you need to make sure this is not in conflict with the rules of your school.

Once you have a private student, it’s necessary to get to know them and think about what is necessary for their language learning needs. This is definitely one of the advantages of having only one student, in that you can focus entirely on what they need and what they enjoy, so motivation is usually not an issue. Also, being able to concentrate on only one student means that you’ll be able to really keep track of their progress and help them advance.

All in all, a TEFL is able to open doors to many different kinds of teaching opportunities, including private students. While it may seem like anyone can teach private students, you’ll find that because these students are trusting you with their time and their money, they’ll be more likely to sign up for lessons with you if you have a TEFL certificate behind your name.

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