Choosing a Good Language Teacher
Like every other journey you’ll take in life, learning a foreign language begins somewhere. When making plans, make sure it will be enjoyable and rewarding at the same time. So if you intend to study a foreign language the future, consider the following points before picking a language teacher:
A native speaker is not automatically qualified to teach his mother tongue. A qualified teacher is one who has at least one university degree and specific training in teaching the language. Talking to a tourist is a good way to practice and enjoy the language, but that does not mean you will actually learn from the conversation.
You can even in fact pick up this buy’s bad language habits!
Sure, you can learn to parrot a thousand typical phrases in a matter of two months, but will you find that useful in dealing with your business clients? The language teacher must be able to advise you on what’s right for you. Remember, a good language teacher will never demand anything from you and will even be happy to adjust to you. “One course fits all” never applies when you’re choosing a language course.
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. Learning a foreign language should be enjoyable!
When it comes to language classes, the old adage, “you get what you pay for” applies. 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. On the other hand, you don’t automatically learn best from the most expensive teacher or course. It’s mainly a balancing act, and with some serious research, you will be able to master it.
A good language teacher will always spend time to ask students how they think the course is going, whether or not they are satisfied with it, and if they can offer suggestions as to how the lessons and outcomes can be improved. In the same way, they will also give students feedback about their work and their work. If they don’t usually do this, do not hesitate to ask!
Finally, choose a language teacher you’re happy to be around. Learning from someone you dislike can be extremely difficult. You’ll only end up wasting your time and the teacher’s, as well as your money.