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Somila
Professional Teacher
Language partners & Teachers
Why is it “distasteful” for a teacher to come ask for students, but people come on here asking for language partners and all sorts everyday?
May 14, 2020 1:42 PM
Comments · 19
You've answered your own question, Somila. If every teacher started doing it, it would become pointless for them, as there would be too many of them for any one of them to attract attention, as well as clogging up the Discussion board with teacher adverts. You may think it is useful and, if you are the only one, it may well be, but it is unfair on all the others who follow the guidelines. People should not be using the board for language partners either, but when they don't find them easily, they disappear. Teachers could be doing this for a lot longer.
May 14, 2020
It's for the same reason that waiters are held to higher standards of behavior than customers and teachers in school are expected to behave better than students. The professional bears a greater burden, though, of course, everyone should behave well. It also isn't a good look to have to beg for business.
May 14, 2020
I will relate your question to a practical example based on my real experience.

I went to a beauty shop because I need to buy shampoo. A sales rep approached me and tried to sell makeup which is not what I am specifically looking for. 😊 Two things can happen, I will end up buying the shampoo and makeup or I will just walk away.

In a nutshell, we all have different reasons why we are here.
Different people have different needs, some came here to look for language partners, some for teachers.
May 14, 2020
@Florian K I completely agree with you!! I just don’t understand why the Italki community looks down on teachers advertising themselves on the platform ! Even italki support will say you should rather NOT. I suppose there were would be too much traffic if every teacher came on the discussion section to advertise . I just feel that we should be able to do it and it should help with getting students
May 14, 2020
@Somila, it's a personal decision, of course. I'm just explaining why, from where I stand, it can seem distasteful. Whenever we post anything, everyone can see the line "Professional Teacher" or "Community Tutor" next to our photo. They can click on our profile if they want to check out our lessons. That's why I don't see a need to mention I'm a teacher (it's obvious) and why I have never booked a lesson with a teacher who constantly reminds everyone they're selling lessons.

In my experience, many new teachers and some community members assume incorrectly that Discussions is a great way to gain many students. The vast majority of teachers whose schedules are consistently full have never written a single post in the community section. In my experience, most students find your profile through the search function, not through Discussions. If a teacher is posting in Discussions in the hopes of dramatically increasing their number of students, it's highly unlikely to happen. A few here and there, but one's efforts are best spent on one's profile. They should use the Discussions if they really are interested in them.
May 14, 2020
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Somila
Language Skills
English, Spanish, Xhosa
Learning Language
Spanish, Xhosa