How to maximise your investment in private language instruction

You can develop your language abilities with the aid of a tutor. But you must continue to set measurable, explicit goals.

If you’re considering getting your child a Secondary English tutor, that tutor should be well-versed in the exam board’s assessment goals.

Private courses may be ideal if you’re serious about learning a language, whether you’re starting from scratch or not. Consider the following four recommendations to make the most sensible and profitable investment possible.

Think about your objectives.

Setting goals is essential when trying to learn a language. You could use it to decide if private instruction is best for you. For instance, a language exchange can be better suitable if you all need speaking practise and vocabulary.

You can connect with a local speaker of the language you want to study through websites like Likewise, nighttime sessions, or more significantly, holiday courses, may be preferable if you wish to learn a language for, let’s say, a holiday.

Make the correct instructor selection (and avoid being cheated)

Though it’s now popular to locate instructors on Gumtree and similar sites with a local focus, the easiest way to find a teacher is through an agency or a website like

You can contact tutors who operate in your region by contacting your neighbourhood library or secondary schools. A decent coach will bill anywhere from £20 to £45 per class. The rates will likely be higher if you hire a tutor through an agency because the agency will take a commission. However, doing so can ensure that tutors have references and have undergone DBS checks (if you want a tutor for your child, for instance). An example of best practices is that an instructor should supply references and credentials if you choose not to use an agency. If they do not, enquire.

Know the topics you wish to address.

Consider what you want to get out of the classes once you’ve chosen a tutor. If you want to be able to communicate with people using past and present tenses, for example, you’ll need to learn about these tenses, how they appear in the negative, and how to form questions. Your tutor can assist you with this. Another helpful strategy is to consider what will help you achieve your goals.

What would you like to listen to if you wanted to develop your listening skills? Is listening to audio connected to holidays, everyday dialogue, regional accents, or business meetings, for example, more beneficial?

Plan your education.

Ask for homework if your tutor does not assign any. Spending time before, during, and after the lesson should be equally important to get the most out of a private lesson. You can validate your language learning between classes by finding a language exchange partner, planning a brief vacation, and checking out language nights in your town (some restaurants host these, and there’s frequent wine, which, as we all know, can take you from tentative to fluent in the space of an hour), or even asking a friend to test you.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask your tutor to modify your speaking. A good tutor should do this automatically, either outright or by encouraging self-correction. Ask them whether you’re saying is accurate if you feel like they are just letting you go on without caring for your errors. Correcting mistakes is a crucial component of language development and should