Did you know that approximately 96% of the Philippine population can understand Tagalog? This makes the language an ideal one to learn for those who work, travel, or plan on moving to the Philippines, etc. Because the language is so widely used in this area, those who already know the language have an advantage and have the ability to teach newcomers the ins and outs of it.
There are interesting opportunities for a Tagalog tutor. Speaking this language well is important to the Filipino community, no matter which country they reside in. Our world has very mixed cultures due to all the immigrations that have taken and continue to take place, yet the need for national integrity, or a strong sense of one’s personal history, is still important, so when newcomers find themselves in a Filipino community, it is important that they work on their language skills to become part of the culture and community.
This opens up a spot for Tagalog tutors to work. If you feel that you have the language skills necessary to sufficiently teach Tagalog and have decided that becoming a tutor is the right move for you, there are a variety of paths you can take to fortify your place in the tutoring world and make yourself known to interested learners.
If you’re looking to work locally face-to-face with your pupils, the best place to start is by posting ads in the classifieds or on Craigslist and by talking to local schools and colleges about spreading the word of your availability or even the possibility of working with the schools themselves. Students looking to study abroad in the Philippines would likely be eager to learn Tagalog before they travel, so make them your target market when working with colleges.
You can also take a look at online tutoring sites where you can post your information, experience, and any qualifications you may have so that interested pupils can easily come to you. As you probably know, LRNGO allows you to post your information for tutoring as well as opens up the possibility of teaching an online classroom.
You can also combine your skills as a Tagalog tutor with other skills; for example, you can work as an au pair, in a community center, or at a Filipino church. Being creative with your job can lead to a unique and fulfilling career that you have created for yourself by using the Tagalog skills you already have!
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