Want to find professional French tutors to help you learn French? This guide will share how to select the right French teachers, what to look for, and where to find the best ones.
How to Select French Tutors
The teacher you choose to work with will have a large impact on how successful you will be in learning French. Your teacher will be the person keeping you accountable, guiding your learning strategy, and giving you constructive feedback to improve your French. You’ll likely be spending a lot of time with this person, so make sure you’re selective in who you work with.
Here are some factors you should look into:
- Similar interests: What does your teacher do in his/her spare time? Do they care about the same things you care about? Learning French is always more fun when you can discuss topics you’re genuinely interested in.
- Empathy: Analyze how patient your teacher is during your first lesson. You’re going to be making a lot of mistakes in the future, and you should seek teachers who can withstand the time it takes for you to truly understand a concept.
- Qualifications: Experience and professionalism is a necessary requirement you should expect. See if your teacher has their own resources, lesson plans, and how they communicate. If they don’t seem to know what they’re talking about, it’s a good sign to steer clear.
- Flexible availabilities: You want to make sure you’re working with teachers that are available when you’re free to take lessons. For example, if you’re only free to learn French in the morning, then it’s counterproductive to find a teacher who’s only available during the night.
Learn French online or in-person?
Should you work with language teachers online or those based in your local city? Even though a lot of us may be used to sitting in classrooms in-person, online education has taken the world by the storm. Today, there are technology and communication tools that make online learning just as effective as offline learning.
Here’s a comparison for you to observe and decide for yourself.
Learn French Online
- Gain live interaction
- No internet problems
- Requires a lot of time to commute back and forth
- Higher price per lesson due to cost of commute
- Limited to just one teacher
- Lack of options to explore other teachers
- Dependent on one person’s schedule and availability
- Higher risk if the teacher doesn’t work out or is not qualified (no reviews, vetting)
Learn French In-person
- The time required to learn online is less than in-person. You save 30-60 minutes per session since there’s no commuting required, and you’re no longer confined to a standard one to hour long lesson time. For example, French lessons on Rype are as short as 30 minutes.
- Language lessons online cost much less because teachers also don’t have to commute, which means you get higher quality talent for less.
- Leverage online tools and sharing options such as French translation apps, schedule management, and screen sharing.
- Teachers have been verified and most are rated/reviewed by previous students, so you already know what to expect based on peer reviews before your first lesson.
- Potential WiFi issues may occur from teachers based in certain developing countries with low internet bandwidth
- For students who simply prefer a more intimate, live interaction, or for those who are less tech-savvy, they may prefer the traditional in-person teachers
How we hire French Tutors
Now that we’ve talked about what to look for in teachers, we’ll share with you how we select French teachers at Rype.
Here are the 5 step hiring process we put every French teacher through:
Step #1. First application
During the initial application, we gather all the necessary information from the applicant, such as experience level, location, the number of hours available to teach, and more. It’s a simple and quick way to filter the serious applicants versus the ones that are not qualified to teach at Rype.
Step #2. Required initial training
The next step is Rype University. This is where we share how teaching at Rype works, strategies and tactics to provide the best learning experience for members. Teachers who do not complete this required training will not move on to the next step.
Step #3. Live 1-on-1 interview
Once we’ve seen that teachers have completed their training, we perform a live 1-on-1 interview with them. This is when we assess the 3 criteria we look for: personality, professionalism, and qualifications.
Step #4. 60-Day Trial
Teachers can now start teaching at Rype. They will go through a 60-day trial period where we will carefully assess the feedback students provide for the teachers.
Step #5. Maintain top ratings and quality
Even after a teacher is invited into our teaching community, they will need to maintain a high-quality rating based on the feedback of our students. Failure to maintain more than 4.5 out of 5 ratings may result in suspension and/or hold period.
Learn French With Rype
Rype makes it easy to get started by offering free French language lessons online for new customers. It’s risk-free, and you’ll be able to experience the quality of teachers we have.
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