So, you want to become an online German tutor, but you’re not sure how to go about this.
If you’re looking to tutor German online, the first thing you need to know is that there is a lot of competition.
You don’t need a degree or a teaching qualification to teach on most websites. But the more qualifications you have, the easier you’ll find it is to get listed on reputable websites and be noticed by students. If you want to get started quickly, you should look for a short online course that gives you intensive training in teaching German (and ideally, online teaching). This way, at least you can show potential students that you have some training.
However, if you’re teaching on a tutoring platform such as LanguaTalk, far more important than qualifications is your ability to present yourself well and communicate in an engaging, clear manner.
Most tutoring websites require you to upload a video, and you’ll need to explain clearly your background and why students should take lessons with you.
Once you start giving lessons, you’ll need to keep your students motivated and engaged. This means ensuring that you build a relationship with each student, personalizing your approach and making the lessons fun. The following skills are important when teaching online:
- Fluency in the language of your students (often English).
- Interpersonal and communication skills.
- Organisational skills.
- Basic computer skills (for using video call software, Google Docs, etc.)
Lastly, to become a successful German tutor online, you’ll generally need to have a native (C2) level in German. If you’re not a native speaker, you may find yourself at a disadvantage when competing for positions and students. However, this isn’t always the case. You may even be able to turn it into a strength if you can demonstrate that learning German has given you a greater insight into how to teach the language.
If you’re looking to teach German online, you can apply on our site (via the footer).