How to become a Language Tutor

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: July 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Language tutors provide one-to-one or group tuition to English speakers, including adult learners and school and college students, who wish to learn or gain a qualification in a foreign language such as French, German or Spanish.

Tutors are usually hired directly by adult learners or by students' parents or guardians. Many are also engaged by language schools, or register with private tutoring agencies that introduce students to tutors. Language tutors also provide services for commercial clients, such as firms that require short, intensive language courses for staff.

Most language tutors are engaged to help school and college students improve exam grades or to prepare for entrance exams to independent schools. They usually provide one-to-one tuition in their own or students' homes, as well as at commercial clients' premises, in language schools and online. Online tuition is typically delivered through a combination of live webinars, video conferencing and e-mail.

This profile does not cover teaching English to foreign students, which is covered separately in BOP 371, TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Tutor.

This profile provides information about starting up and operating as a freelance language tutor. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.

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