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Do you think it's ok to teach a language for money if your level is low?

I have seen some teachers advertise on italki who are not native speakers. Although I personally would avoid them, I think some people wouldn't mind, provided their level is high (C2 or C1). But what about someone who is only B2 or B1? Do you think they should be accepting money for their services? Or how about A2? Don't laugh - I came across someone who was not only teaching an A2 language, but charging a high price.

Normally I would just leave this alone, but I think it would be easy to make a mistake, especially for someone who doesn't understand the interface well, and hire a low level teacher. 

Jan 20, 2015 5:27 AM
Comments · 6

No it's NOT ok Aegis (,")

It's not even ok that I teach my own native language to anyone unless I have a real certificate that proves my ability to teach it, so how about another language! It's never ok that I charge someone for

teaching something that I'm not sure of and I could simply make many mistakes in it.

January 20, 2015

I would not mind them teaching lower levels.  They might do a better job at teaching beginners than a native eacher would because they understand the problems at that level better.

January 20, 2015

It's really dishonest to do such a thing!

That means I can teach you German since I'm A2 ?? And in addition I will charge you ...

We might avoid these teachers!

Mumtaz has the right catchword : "No it's NOT ok Aegis" !

January 20, 2015

I offer Chinese lesson even though it is not my native tounge, I have however studied the language for 7 years including at uni. Even though I have quite a high level of Chinese, I still point out I am not a native speaker, that I may on occasion make mistakes, or simply not know a certain word for example. I also make it clear that I am only available to help beginners to low intermediate students, and meet with the student first to make sure I feel they are at a level where I can help them.


I think there are pros and cons for non native speakers teaching a language. Sometimes it can be very helpful to have a teacher who is a native in your own language, especially at the beginning as they can maybe explain things in your own language better than a speaker of the target language can. They also will have a better understanding of your native grammar and can understand why you make the mistakes you do etc etc. 


I don't think anyone below B2 level should be offering to teach students for money. Below B2 level you simple don't have enough experience with or knowledge of the language to be taking money for your services. 

January 20, 2015

A good teacher needs to know two things, their subject and how to teach it. If you don't really know a language very well you're simply falling at the first hurdle.


As ever buyer beware...

January 20, 2015
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