5 Reasons to learn French online with Skype
Hi folks! Bonjour à tous !
I recently started on a brand new adventure. Between teaching and my online presence, I chose... both. I might have guessed it, the title kind of gives it away, I have indeed started teaching with Skype. For newbies (like me two weeks ago), there are several websites that matches teachers with students of the chosen language, such as iTalki, Verbling and Preply* I did register of the three of them, just to have a broader view of what that they're like and I am currently going with Preply.
I must admit that I didn't exactly expect the enrollment to go so fast, my visibility being limited since new teachers are typically at the bottom of the list. But three days later, I had my first request, and another one, and another one and know two weeks in, I have a total of 9 students for 14 hours per week.
It's ridiculously simple, a profile to fill in, cross-checking of your info and that's it, you're free to teach!
Why not find students and go on skype directly? Well, the platform allows me to have more control over a student and them over me. If a student doesn't pay, doesn't show up... I can always contact the platform. It makes everything so much easier, for me and students too.
Now, I also compiled a short list of the principal reasons why you too, should enroll for a private skype tuition.
1) No fuss
In a busy world like ours, commuting is a hassle that has increasingly been tackled down by the emergence of delivery businesses. Internet is now the favorite tool to order anything from anywhere and some have thrived (Amazon the giant). Other smaller businesses have been able to bloom through the easy access provided by our technology. All this explains the massive success of online classes recently. And you definitely won't argue that the comfort of your house is preferable to commuting here and there.
2) The choice
Except some big cities with a lot of expatriates, it might prove difficult not only to find a teacher but also someone you hit it off with. Having the choice between several teachers, their age or specialties is undeniably big bonus.
Some teachers and tutors have specialties and finding someone that can teach you exactly what you need and how is also a great point for finding your tutor online. For example, I currently specialize in teaching adults and my "niche" (focus / preference) turns to adults who are busy yet want to learn French. That doesn't mean I don't teach anyone else, but that what I specialized in because I am myself a busy adult learning languages on the side and I constantly have to come up with new ways to learn fast and efficiently. I relate more to that and seem only logical to look for my peeps.
Teaching online it's also the promise to learn from a native of the language. Many of my students have the possibility to learn from teachers nearby who aren't natives. And though non-natives can be just as qualified, they might not always be the best in spoken French. I have countless examples of students who would say something perfectly correct in terms of grammar and syntax but obsolete in spoken French.
If you aim at living in Canada, New Caledonia or any other place that doesn't speak Metropolitan French, you might want to look for someone in your targeted area. I had to refuse classes to students moving to Québec because I didn't feel equipped to teach them something that would be relatable once they move. And most times people don't realize the gap (not just physical ha ha) between France and Québec. Just like you don't want to learn English from a Welsh if you're planning to move to Australia, you might not want to learn Canadian French from a French.
Being able to book and take a class online allows you to have more control over the course for a tiny price. Private tuition can be very costly and take a class with a big group usually slows down the progression. But finding a private tutor / teacher online means you'll be able to take what you want. Yes, you won't be making the whole program yourself, but you will be able to discuss with your teacher all your objectives, difficulties and therefore have a tailored class that will best suit your learning habits and goals.
As for the price, I personally charge 5$ per hour, which is very little for a private class. When I was moving around to people's house, I was charging up to 5 times that amount.
Between the time and money I save on petrol, toll, and material, I can easily afford to cut down my prices. They are also justified by the fact that most people simply want to chat. If I have a whole lot of content to create I would charge more, but it's about improving your listening / speaking skills and doing so with a minimum of material (something that takes me less than 2h to prepare and I can reuse), 5$ seems like a fair price.
I am currently taking classes from Preply*. I fell in love with the practicality of the website and the way it easily puts me in relation with students. The payment plans are simple and I found 6 students in 10 days, which is much better than I expected, particularly as a new teacher not in the top pages.
If you are a teacher or looking for classes, you can always get in touch with me to know more about all this.
I definitely recommend online classes and I don't think I will take on any more than a few hours IRL anymore, the former suiting my situation more than having to drive around.