Did you know that the United States has the second highest population of Hebrew speakers (after Israel, of course)?
With the growing demand for language teachers and tutors, a good Hebrew teacher or tutor has more opportunities to teach Hebrew than ever. Despite Hebrew not being one of the more in demand languages of study, knowing Hebrew opens you up to teaching or tutoring those interested in learning the language. You have the ability to put your skills to use, so why hesitate? All it takes is a little preparation, a good knowledge of the language, and determination to keep looking until you find the Hebrew teaching or tutoring job that works well for you.
Online tutoring sites are an excellent place for tutors to start posting their qualifications and availability. These sites are always looking for new talented and skilled tutors to connect with their ready and waiting students. All you have to do is apply and pass their background checks and certification requirements and you could be accepted as a member of one of these sites to teach Hebrew.
If you prefer a face-to-face method of tutoring, you could use online classifieds to post your information for interested learners to access, or check out student listings to see if they are looking for you. These sites generally focus on individual tutoring as opposed to larger, group settings, which can be a great place to start if you don’t have much teaching experience. Check out Craigslist or LRNGO to start out with.
If you feel that you have enough experience and qualifications, you may be interested in looking at schools in your area for open positions as a Hebrew teacher or tutor. Connecting with schools is always beneficial as they can refer you to parents and students who are looking for a Hebrew tutor, whether or not they have an in-school position available for you.
If you know classical Hebrew, look into jobs at local Jewish or Christian schools, synagogues, and churches. The deep roots the language has on both of these beliefs makes it a popular language to study in these spheres.
The key to obtaining a Hebrew tutoring or teaching job is to have confidence in your working Hebrew skills and your ability to impart this knowledge on others. In addition to that, it is important to put yourself out there. Contact as many listing sites and schools as you can and be sure to be friendly and put your best foot forward as you connect with potential students. Have patience and determination—the jobs are out there, you just have to find them.
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