Information on a Spanish Tutor Career
Spanish tutors are skilled in the Spanish language, including technical aspects of grammar, and are able to effectively communicate these concepts to students. Spanish tutors can work with struggling students or students who wish to have supplemental or individual instruction. Preparing to become a Spanish tutor is relatively easy to do using online resources.
|Required Skills||Spanish Language Skills, Communication Skills, Patience|
|Job Growth (2018-2028)||4% (for all teacher assistants)*|
|Average Salary (2019)||$37,250 per year**|
Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics **Payscale.com
Online Steps for Becoming a Spanish Tutor
There are many different levels of tutor training and certification, along with organizations that offer them. Spanish tutors must be fluent in Spanish and have demonstrated proof thereof. All of the following steps can be completed online except for some aspects of gaining certification.
Step 1: Build a Subject-Area Foundation
Those wishing to become Spanish tutors will need to become skilled in Spanish. Luckily, there are many online tools available that can help people in the beginning of this process lay a foundation for Spanish proficiency. There are many Spanish language series on YouTube and similar sites that will take you through all the basics you need to begin to understand the language.
There are also many online video options that can give you overviews of more complex subjects, themed vocabulary and phrasing, listening practice through dialogues, and speaking practice where you respond to onscreen prompts. Many of these videos are produced by native speakers. These videos can help you get a feel for how native speakers speak Spanish, while also helping you make sure that your language foundations are solid.
Step 2: Practice on a Schedule
Mobile apps offer other options for daily practice and vocabulary. Language apps can be good because they are structured to encourage regularity of practice. Whereas video lessons might be better for pronunciation and complex concepts, mobile apps can help you stick to a schedule of practice and teach you a substantial amount of vocabulary.
Language tapes/audio files offer another option you can utilize to become a better Spanish speaker. These tapes can be purchased online and used to practice whenever you have a chance. Audio language programs often have spaced-repetition built in as a method to help you keep learning and refreshing knowledge you have already learned, simultaneously. These audio programs typically have spaces for you to respond in Spanish as if you were taking part in a conversation.
Step 3: Complete an Undergraduate Education
Understanding the basics can be a great first step; however, a formal education offers not only a chance for you to build on those skills, but can be completed while you continue to practice on your own. It's also a way to demonstrate to the professional world the work you put in to honing the skills. The classroom setting comes with other advantages as well. Even professors of online courses can interact with students, and students can interact with each other, using asynchronous message boards. Professors can also address areas of difficulty you might find while learning Spanish. Further, those wishing to be Spanish tutors can also learn by example from Spanish educators.
Step 4: Consider Certification
Working as a Spanish tutor might not necessarily call for general tutor certification; however, those who are certified can appear as more competitive candidates for employment or for taking on their own pupils. There is a basic level of tutor certification available from the National Tutoring Association (NTA). NTA's basic level tutor certification does require your logging ten hours of work experience, but the rest of this level of certification can be completed online via a series of webinars.
Step 5: Market Your Services
Once you are qualified, you still have to get the word out. Consider online tools such as building a website, making a blog, or utilizing social media to create a page for your services. Websites can come with some fees and might be more difficult to craft, but many website builders are user- friendly and reasonably priced. You can also consider free and simpler options such as social media apps and websites. Running ads can also be an effective way to reach potential customers. Consider running targeted local ads on Facebook, pre-roll ads on YouTube, or running print ads in local papers or magazines.