Learner SC
What sort of students do language tutors prefer?

Do tutors prefer:


A) a student who doesn't want to  say anything


B) a student who can't say anything but willing to try


C) a student who prefers to be spoonfed.


Feel free to add more categories.




Dec 11, 2015 4:58 PM
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@Learner SC

I do use google translate myself. How can you possibly think of the right word when you have never used it or come across it before? I never use it for sentences, only words.

It's fine for me to use google tranlsate for specific stiuations, but what happens very often is a student in a session that types every single thing in google translate and throw it to me! But I'm talking about live sessions, if you don't know a word, just ask your teacher. I would encourage you to try to say the same thing in another way or explaining the thing you wanna say: Let's imagine you want to say the name of a fruit in your target language and you don't know it, instead of going to google translate, try to describe the characteristics, flavours or etc of that fruit "it's yellow, round, juicy " until the teacher gives you the word. You retain the information more than if you just type the word and read that without much attention. My students that use google translate, sometimes type the very same word four times because the information goes as easier as it came.


December 13, 2015



I agree with you as well. For casual converstion, the worst thing is to be corrected all the time! If I schedule a russian lesson for conversation and the teacher is always interrupting me for correction, that will discourage me and I will never go back to this teacher again. Because if the tutor or teacher just tell me the right way to say, that won't help me understand why my version was wrong. I would need more explanation and that would stop the goal, which is " conversation ".


But I don't offer casual conversation and in my profile and video I'm clear I'm looking for serious learners that want to work in a more structured way, even if it is for conversational practice. For instance, I don't agree and I wouldn't improve the way you learn. You seem to have a lot of sessions with many random tutors which is very comfortable because everytime we talk to someone new is the same thing "name, age, work, why you learn the language, where you live" and bla bla and we get so used to talking these things that they become so easy and natural. But if it suits someone, that's okay, every person has a different goal. So when I have a new student, I spend only 7 minutes with asking these things because I know they're near-native when talking about things they're fine wth,  and soon I start to challenge them and take them out of their comfort zone.



December 13, 2015

Just as learners like to learn in certain ways, teachers like to teach in certain ways. So if a teacher can find a student who likes to learn the was she teaches - paydirt! On the other hand, some teachers are so understanding and flexible, a wide variety of students are acceptable to them.

@Murillo Costa - I only use my tutors here for casual conversation practice, and I don't like to be corrected unless I'm not understood. In general, I progress faster when I'm not corrected. It's probably a waste of time for you to guess the reasons why people don't want to be corrected; you're wrong in my case, for example. It might not be the way you prefer to learn or teach, but different strokes for different folks.

December 13, 2015

Ah, I think teachers do not like me....


I like to analyze stuff, and I am one of the few students that actually like grammar and ask dificult questions about that.


My catagory D...


D The smarty-pants who thinks he knows it better than his teacher.


Admit, you hate students like me.

December 11, 2015


A motivated student is much easier to teach, picks up the language more easily and is more rewarding to work with. Teaching  students who don't actually want to learn is brutal. I've had my share of students who have said to be in as broken English as you can imagine that they  are only in lessons because their parents make them. It's not impossible to work with a student like that, but it is much more difficult. When you're spending the majority of your time on breaking down an unwillingness to work and lack of motivation to learn and a small amount of time on target language, progress is slow, clients are unhappy an making lesson plans is something I dred.

December 12, 2015
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