How to Become a French Tutor

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Becoming a French tutor can be both fun and lucrative. With a little time and effort, you can get your French tutoring business off the ground so that you can begin earning money by teaching the language you love so much.

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  1. 1

    Purchase French teaching materials if you don't already own them. Buy text books and audio materials that cover beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, as well as a small dry erase board and markers.

  2. 2

    Write a catchy advertisement highlighting your qualifications and what makes you different from all of the other French tutors. Include information such as: location where the lessons will take place, teaching style, past French teaching experience, time spent living in French speaking countries and email address.

  3. 3

    Decide how much to charge per hour. Check out your competition on the Craigslist and Backpage websites, and compare your qualifications with that of other French tutors to come up with a fair starting price.

  4. 4

    Place your advertisement on Craigslist and Backpage. Both of these sites are free and will give you high visibility. Remember to replace your ad as it expires. Use new, attention grabbing subject lines if you aren't getting any responses.

  5. 5

    Respond promptly to inquiries. Set up an initial phone assessment to decide when and where you will have your first lesson and to find out the student's motivation for studying French, what level the student is at, and how often the student would like to meet.

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    Tailor lesson plans to fit the student's individual needs. If the student is going to France on a business trip and needs to learn basic conversational skills for example, plan a beginning level French conversation class.

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    Meet with the student in a public location such as a coffee shop or a library for your first lesson. Discuss the student's goals, and set up a realistic schedule for future lessons.

Tips and warnings

  • Set up a free email account on Yahoo that you will use solely for your French tutoring business. This will keep your personal email free of spam and other non-desirable responses that may come from placing an advertisement.
  • Set up a policy for your French students requiring them to call at least 24 hours in advance if they can't make a lesson or if they're going to be late.
  • Ask for the student's feedback after each lesson to better prepare for the following lessons.
  • Don't provide any personal information such as phone number, address, or personal email in your advertisement or to inquiries that seem odd. Always talk with the student on the phone first to make sure that he is a legitimate customer before giving him your personal information.

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