It’s no surprise that with its millions of native or second language speakers and current students, Spanish has been considered the United States’ second language. Spanish can be seen on billboards, television channels, and in conversations all over the country. As the language continues to become more prominent, the demand for Spanish teachers and tutors rises in order to bridge the gap between speakers and non-speakers.
If you’re a native or fluent speaker, consider the possibilities of becoming a Spanish tutor. You have the power to use your language abilities to teach others valuable skills!
LRNGO is a learning exchange site that encourages people to expand their skills in a variety of subjects extending from languages to artisan skills. The site allows you to create a free profile stating which subjects you teach and gives you the option of charging for your time or trading your lessons for lessons in another subject of your choice. The site will generate a list of people in your area, or anywhere in the world if you’re interested in video chat, seeking a Spanish tutor for you to connect with.
Indeed is a job posting site that will provide you with many listings in your area and throughout the country for Spanish tutors. This site is useful if you’re looking to work within a tutoring company, as they are frequently the site’s posters.
Talk to your local schools to learn about what opportunities might be in your own backyard. Languages can be challenging for kids, and sometimes one-on-one assistance is the key to unlocking their Spanish-speaking potential. School administrators and teachers may be able to recommend you to parents whose students are struggling in their Spanish class.
Post flyers at your local college or university to attract older students who may need that one-on-one help to get through their Spanish courses. Most higher education institutions have a foreign language requirement, meaning that all students, be it their forte or not, have to take language classes. Scope out the hot spots on campus to post flyers with your information and qualifications—coffee shops and language centers are a good place to start!
Besides knowing Spanish, it’s important that you are friendly and patient, listen to your tutee, and pay attention to their areas of struggle.
If you’re feeling nervous about getting into the Spanish tutoring biz, remember that you have the skill set necessary to be successful. Have confidence in the idea that if you know something, you can teach it, and take pride in the fact that your job is helping others gain the valuable skill of speaking Spanish.