Choosing a Good Language Teacher
Like every other journey you’ll take in life, learning a foreign language begins somewhere. As you make plans, be sure to make it fun and fulfilling. Hence, you see studying a foreign language in your future, look into these tips before selecting a language teacher:
A native speaker is not automatically qualified to teach his mother tongue. To be qualified, a language teacher must have at least one university degree and special training in the target he wants to teach. A good way to practice and enjoy the language is talking to a tourist, but don’t expect to learn anything from the conversation.
Truth is, you can even pick up this fellow’s bad language habits!
You may be able to parrot 500 popular phrases in a month, but will that be useful when dealing with your business clients? The language teacher should be able to give advice regarding what’s best for you. Take note that a good language teacher will happily adjust to your needs instead of demanding that you adjust to what they offer. “One course fits all” is a myth when it comes to language courses.
Every now and then, we hear about teachers complaining about their work, how they want to stop teaching the same things over and over, and many other issues. When trying to find a language teacher, look for passion and enthusiasm, an attitude that energizes you and feeds your interest in learning the language. You should have fun learning a foreign language!
The saying, “you get what you pay for” holds true in terms of language classes. If somebody is asking for an insanely low price, it’s likely because they are not really qualified or there will be some kind of catch. The most expensive teacher or course, on the other hand, is not automatically the one that can give you the best lessons and overall experience. It’s actually a balancing act, and simple research can help you do it perfectly.
An effective language teacher will always seek their students’ opinions about the course and how effective it is, and ask for suggestions for the improvement of the course and its outcome. In the same manner, they will also provide students feedback as to their progress. If this isn’t something they usually do, you can always ask!
Lastly, look for a language teacher you can get along with. It’s hard – if at all possible – to learn from someone whose personality you don’t even like. It’s going to waste both your time, the teacher’s time and your money.