How to Become a French Tutor Online

Nov 18, 2019

There are several key steps to becoming an online French tutor. Read about online resources for improving French fluency, proving proficiency and enhancing teaching skills.

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Introduction to Tutoring French Online

French tutors teach others how to speak, write and read in the French language. They may use conversation, written lessons and writing assignments to accomplish these goals. Tutors in French may work in established schools or create their own platforms for teaching online. Most of the required steps for becoming a French tutor can be completed online. The table below offers a brief overview of the field.

Required skills Fluency in French, pedagogical skills, computer and online communication abilities, good people skills
Job Growth* -10% (for Adult Literacy and High School Equivalency Diploma Teachers)
Median Salary** $23,867

Source: *Bureau of Labor Statistics **Payscale.com

Steps to Become a French Tutor Online

Online French tutors must be willing to teach classes to a broad range of ages, both privately and in a multiple student online classroom environment. They must be able to organize lesson plans, attend to grading and meetings, and proctor tests. People skills are a must in most forms of teaching, online French tutoring included. Strong communication skills and pedagogy are preferred when looking for a qualified online French tutor.

Becoming qualified to be an online French tutor involves several critical steps.

Step 1: Gain French Fluency

If someone wishes to teach a language professionally, he or she must be proficient in it. This includes understanding usage, grammar and even colloquialisms. If aspiring tutors don't have the level of fluency necessary, they can find a wealth of online resources to improve, including forums, videos and quizzes.

Step 2: Get a Formal Education

Though it may not always be mandatory, some organizations hiring online French tutors prefer applicants who have at least a bachelor's degree in French language and/or literature or even French translation, although some may accept an associate's degree. These degrees are readily available online from many universities. In these programs, students can sharpen their speaking, writing and reading skills in French.

Step 3: Gather Credentials

A prospective online French tutor will most likely have the take the ACTFL language test to indicate proficiency in the language. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is usually the standard used to rate proficiency. The ACTFL offers several designations. Those who wish to teach French online should have an Advanced or greater ability, with Superior or Distinguished levels preferred. Tests are available online.

Another certification to get is the National Tutoring Association Certification. Those who seek this certification can take the webinars online to complete the training, fill out the membership and background check information, and submit the form with the requisite fees.

Step 4: Reinforce Teaching Skills

Not only must a prospective tutor be versed in French, but he or she must also have the organizational and teaching skills necessary to be successful in an online platform. Some of this can be learned on the job. But if a student wishes to brush up on his or her communication or classroom organizational skills, there are online courses available that cater to those needs.

Step 5: Apply to Positions or Create Online Platform

Those who wish to pursue a career teaching French must decide if they want to apply with an established organization or school, use an established online course platform and create their own courses, or construct their own course platforms from scratch. The decision is usually made by the prospective tutor's online marketing and web design savvy, as well as marketing clout. The decision to go with an established school (online or otherwise) has a lot of pros, including set organizational content and marketing reach. However, starting a platform from scratch allows teachers to create individualized coursework and keep all of the profits.

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