On most online platforms, you can teach German online without a teaching certificate. If you browse tutor profiles on these platforms, you’ll find that many of the German teachers don’t have qualifications.
That said, having a teaching certificate for German as a Foreign language will make it easier for you to: 1) find students, 2) get accepted on to the better websites, and 3) charge an hourly rate that enables you to live comfortably.
Whilst teaching qualifications will help, language sites and students will also be trying to assess whether you are talented at tutoring German. You’ll need to display an ability to explain things simply and clearly. A lot of people learn German for work, so if you have experience in business or teaching business German, that’ll be very useful. Learning a language can be a nerve-wracking experience, so you’ll also need to come across as someone who is warm and friendly. Look at how other, popular tutors present themselves in their videos and try to do something similar.
German is one of the most popular European languages to learn, and there are many different websites where you can post your profile. So even if you don’t have a teaching qualification, there’s nothing stopping you from finding some great students!
That said, if you don’t have any training in teaching German, you should consider taking a short course in teaching German. The certification you obtain will give you more credibility. And if it’s a good course, it should also help ensure you don’t have any glaring gaps in your knowledge or skills. There are many of these available, including some that are fully online.
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