“I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” - Albert Einstein

There are roughly 900,000 French teachers in the world teaching French to native speakers or students learning it as a second language. Whether you live in France or abroad, you can work as a teacher or private tutor and teach French as a foreign language.

You can also teach other languages like English or Spanish right here on Superprof, all you have to do is create a profile, decide your rate per hour, and offer French classes to students in high school, college, or university.

In this article, we're going to give you information on how to become a French teacher or tutor and give you some advice for teaching French as a freelancer.

Keep in mind that the most important thing is that your French level is high after years of studying it or because you're a native speaker.

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Is Private Tutoring a Good Option for French Teachers?

Many teachers have decided to become private tutors, especially during the pandemic.

How do you become self-employed?
When you're self-employed, time is money, and every lesson and student counts. (Source: Alexas_Fotos)

There are different things you will have to do to become a private tutor in the US. But most importantly, it is your responsibility to find students, teaching jobs, and your own paperwork. For more information on the subject go to self-employment and work from home.

To figure the taxing and legal stuff you can find an accountant to help you, and you can even look online for one.

To become a good tutor and teach French as a foreign language, you should be passionate about teaching to students of all ages and know how to give engaging lessons.

Although, teaching French as a foreign language doesn’t always come with the best job security, but you will have more freedom and flexible schedules. As a private tutor or teacher you will:

  • Be your own boss and you can decide upon your schedule.
  • Set your rates for your language lessons.
  • Be free to work for various companies.
  • Provide private lessons to fill up your schedule.
  • Do your own taxes or you can hire an accountant.
  • Be able to work as an employee of other countries at the same time.

If you're not sure about the legal stuff you can read more about it on Register your Business.

How Do You Become Language Teacher?

Starting your own business can seem a little daunting but it can actually be quite simple. In most countries, the only thing you need is Internet access.

How do you find students as a private French tutor?
If you want to work and have a business teaching private French lessons, you will need to find students interested in the subject. (Source: StartupStockPhotos)

You will have to change your status from employed to self-employed or freelancer and pick the option of teaching even if you teach many languages. Once you find students and start gaining money you will have to declare taxes, if you need help you can always find guidance online.

Once you register you’re usually ready to start. In some countries, getting an official company number or freelancer number can take some time. You could also consider teaching French as a language assistant.

Signing Up as a Freelancer

Once you’ve got the appropriate number as a freelancer, you can start earning and declaring your income. Usually, to do this, you’ll only need:

  • Your business or freelance number
  • Your social security number
  • On government sites, you’ll usually have to create some login details or an account.
  • You’re often allocated a password, but you can change this later.

Benefits for Freelancers

In a lot of countries, there are programs or benefits for those who sign up as freelancers. Since they have less job security, a lot of governments try to help people who are working for themselves.

How Do You Declare Your Earnings as a Freelancer?

You need to read all about the declaration of income before you start your small business as a private tutor. The best way to figure out things is by consulting about it.

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In some countries, you will have to declare all the years you're self-employed, in others, it can be every three months, it all depends on where you live. To do this part of your job well you really need to spend some time researching every step and getting a clear idea of what you need.

As a French tutor or teacher, you have a lot more freedom when it comes to your work. You can design your schedule, work around your student's school schedule, design the content of each class, use top resources, and take advantage of your skills as a teacher without having to stick to a school's curriculum.

Discover different French classes here on Superprof.

Advice for Succeeding as a Private French Teacher

If working for yourself is your dream you can achieve it if you become a private tutor or teacher. Tutors have the autonomy to design their classes, teach all the skills they know, including all the languages (i.e Spanish, English, French, Italian), pick how to approach the subject, and overall make the education process their own.

What should a private French teacher teach?
As a tutor, you'll be expected to teach about French culture and France, too. You can make a test in French in the top cities in France. (Source: MustangJoe)

Even though it can be the best job in the world, it still has its challenges. You're responsible for finding students, designing each class, lesson, and test without guidance, and much more.

Below we've created a list of some advice to get started, whether your students are in high school, college, or university, this advice will come in handy.

  • Establish a routine. Even though you won’t need to get up early every day for classes, you should get into a good routine. Following the same routine will give you time to keep on top of things.
  • Don’t procrastinate. As a freelancer, you’ll need to be proactive since you’re your own boss.
  • Know when to stop. Make sure you set aside time for yourself and don’t overwork yourself. You’ll often work from home or work at a cafe, and you may be tempted to work all day and night. Make sure that you set aside time for your family, friends, and hobbies. Set a time limit for when you stop.
  • Create a dedicated workspace. To get the most out of your work, dedicate a room or area for your French lessons and work. It's also nice if you set up in a place where you can have a view.
  • Don’t forget to take breaks.
  • Head out and see people. The work of a freelancer can be lonely. While you’ll see students, you may miss having colleagues. Make sure that you keep your social life alive.
  • Part of the experience is enjoying your freedom but there are many challenges that come with this job so don't forget to check in with yourself.

Are you ready to start teaching as a tutor? If you don't feel quite ready yet you can always get help with French or teaching skills and hire a tutor on Superprof.

The learning process can be different in each case, but you can find three different teaching modalities on Superprof: face-to-face, online, and group tutorials.

Group lessons are usually the cheapest per hour compared to the other modalities because the tutor's time is shared amongst all the students in the class. Face-to-face lessons are when the tutor directs the class to one student.

Students will benefit greatly from this modality because each lesson will be tailored to each student and what they want and need to learn. The tutor will focus on what's best for their student.

Online classes are generally designed for one student and one tutor but the tutor will be teaching over the internet with a webcam and software such as Zoom.

Online tutors usually charge less per hour because there's no cost and time spent on transportation. Many tutors on Superprof offer the first hour or first tutoring lesson for free to give you an opportunity to see if you'd like to work and learn with them.

Getting along with your tutor is very important because you're more likely to learn and like someone's teaching techniques if you like them. Of course, you should also check out their rates, qualifications, and experience before you decide to start learning from them.

You can get tutoring lessons whenever. It doesn't matter if you're in college or if you're a high school student, you can always learn new things and skills!

Check for online French classes here on Superprof.

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