“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela

Academic support is becoming increasingly popular, especially for languages. Latin is one language that’s particularly famous for just how difficult it can be to learn. That said, there are still many students opting to study Latin at GCSE and A Level.

Latin, either directly or indirectly, is responsible for over half of the English vocabulary. A quarter of our vocabulary comes directly from Latin and another quarter is from Old French, which itself evolved from Latin.

Latin has been used by almost everyone from the Roman Empire and the Catholic Church to scientists in the 15th century and diplomats in the 17th century. It's a fascinating language and a gateway to many other subjects including history, languages, and the sciences.

However, unlike maths, physics, chemistry, history, or geography, there are very specific career paths for those who study Latin and it can be a little even trickier working out how to start teaching people Latin.

If teaching Latin in schools isn't for you, you could always teach it as a private tutor.

So how can you become a private Latin tutor?

In this article, we’ll explain how you can get started with private tutoring.

Getting Started as a Latin Private Tutor through Study

If you’re going to provide Latin academic support, you’re going to need to be a well of knowledge when it comes to the language. Whether you're providing online tutoring services, home tutoring, or one-on-one tutoring, you need to be reliable, knowledgeable, and have a great understanding of how the language works.

In short, you’ll need a good foundation in the language. If you’re going to get this foundation, you’ll need to study the language. In other words, you’ll need to go to uni!

What does a Latin tutor need to know?
If you want to be the best, you're going to have to study. (Source: StockSnap)

You can study the language and even do some teacher training if you want. The latter will be really useful when you’re planning and teaching your private tutorials. In short, there are a few steps you’ll need to take. These steps can take around 6 years of your life.

  • Study Latin at A Level
  • Study an undergraduate degree in Latin (often with another subject)
  • Study a master’s degree in Latin or
  • Study a PGCE

Getting a teaching qualification isn’t essential for teaching private tutorials, but there are a lot of teaching skills that could help you stand out from the other teachers on the market. Let’s not forget that whether you’re teaching face-to-face tutorials, online tutorials, or group tutorials, it’s a market. Whether you’re teaching secondary school students, university students, or hobbyists, you might benefit from a teaching qualification or Qualified Teacher Status.

Find out how much Latin teachers earn.

Becoming a Latin Tutor via the Internet

If you want to become a tutor full-time or alongside another job, it’d be a good idea to head online. There are plenty of sites to help you study languages or even plan private tutorials.

How do you teach online tutorials?
In the digital age, not all study takes place face-to-face. (Source: tookapic)

You’ll have to have a good understanding of the language if you want to teach it. In any case, you need to be comfortable with starting from scratch. If you’re determined to teach, you could learn the basics of the language from other private tutors on Superprof, for example.

You can use our platform to look for Latin tutors from all over the world! There are plenty of Latin tutors in the UK offering tutorials for all budgets. With enough work, you may even surpass them.

Teaching Yourself Latin and Becoming a Private Tutor

This is a more complicated and long process but also the most rewarding. After all, you can say that you did it all yourself.

How can you teach yourself Latin?
With so many online resources, anyone can teach themselves Latin. (Source: josechubass)

With books, dictionaries, and a lot of motivation, you’ll be able to teach yourself the language skills to start providing academic support. Don’t forget that you’ll also need to teach yourself how to become a quality teacher and not just a master Latin language.

After all, what's the point in all that Latin knowledge if you have no idea how to transfer it?

As a teacher, you need to be able to pass on your knowledge of your subject to those who don’t have a strong foundation in it. Think carefully about teaching yourself and don’t hesitate to get classes if it turns out you need them. When you’re teaching yourself, you also need to know when to ask for help!

There are plenty of books and resources to help you master the languages.

Find out more about becoming a Latin teacher.

Getting Lessons to Become a Private Latin Tutor

Each student (and even aspiring tutors) may need help from time to time. You might want to get help with Latin given how difficult the language can be. You don’t want to be struggling to help your students with their homework. With the disadvantages of teaching yourself, you may want to attend night classes or even go to (or back to) university.

Night classes are a good balance if you think that university is too academic, for example.

Where You Can Become a Private Latin Tutor

You can learn how to teach Latin, but you also need to put in a lot of work. As a Latin tutor, you’ve decided to not teach in schools or universities, but rather teach individuals or small groups outside of institutions.

What better way to teach Latin than to students who’ve chosen to learn it?

However, you need to learn how to manage your classes and students!

How do you find students as a private tutor?
It doesn't matter how good your Latin is if you don't have anyone to teach. (Source: EliFrancis)

Signing Up to Platforms

This is a good way to start teaching languages as a private tutor. These platforms are essential for tutors starting their new careers, but you need to be aware that there’s a lot of competition, even for Latin.

Your training and qualifications can set you apart from the competition. If this is the case, you shouldn’t have too many problems finding students. You need to set your rates so that they reflect your knowledge and teaching skills.

You can set up a profile on Superprof and start looking for students and being found by those wanting to learn Latin. Of course, you can also sign up to other platforms to cast a wider net. 

Latin isn't a dead language since a good private tutor can breathe new life into it.

Discover the routes into Latin teaching.

By Word of Mouth

You can also start finding students yourself. It might take a while to start getting regular Latin students. However, in addition to the platforms that we were just talking about, you can also look to your network of friends, family, and colleagues. When it comes to finding students for your Latin tutorials, you can use:

  • Friends
  • Family
  • Social networks
  • Classifieds
  • Schools

This is a good way to get a start with people who already know and trust you. That said, you still need to ensure that your tutorials are impeccable. As a Latin tutor, you’ll be seen in higher regard than most other language tutor and as a result, students will expect more from you than they probably would in modern foreign language tutorials.

Good luck! While it’s difficult getting started, it’s worth it in the end!

Whether you're interested in teaching calculus, study skills, test prep, trigonometry, or Latin, you can sign up as a private tutor or an online tutor on Superprof and start finding tutor jobs. If you speak multiple languages, you could also become an English tutor, French tutor, Spanish tutor, or writing tutor and provide private speaking, reading, and writing tutorials to students in your area or all over the world thanks to the internet.

If you want to learn Latin or some teaching skills, you can always get help from the tutors on Superprof! There are three main types of tutorial available and the perfect one for some mightn't be ideal for others.

Face-to-face tutorials are your typical private tutorial with a private tutor sitting opposite their student. These are usually the most costly option because your tutor will spend a lot of time preparing your bespoke lessons but they're also very cost-effective since every minute in class is spent teaching you.

Thanks to the internet, you can also get online tutorials. This is when the tutor teaches their student using video conferencing software and a webcam. These tend to be cheaper than face-to-face tutorials since the tutor doesn't have to travel.

Finally, group tutorials tend to be cheaper per student per hour since the cost of the tutor's time and expertise is shared amongst all the students in the lesson. However, you won't get as much one-on-one time as you would with face-to-face tutorials.

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