From data acquired between 2015-2018, Arabic teachers can expect to earn an average of $55 per hour.
Where would this number come from though? What steps are there to consider delivering an Arabic lesson?
Does the rate vary from city to city?
Superprof is here to help clarify this conundrum.
Information About Private Lesson Prices
The average price for tutoring, across all subject areas in Australia, is $30 per hour.
This price understandably changes based on certain criteria. For instance, the teacher's certification and education levels, the student's level and experience, the frequency of lessons, and the teacher's proximity to the student can all affect the price.
This may be further added to by factoring in a third party, such as a specialised platform or tutoring agency. This can greatly vary prices, and there may be an extra fee involved for students and professors to get in touch.
In addition, certain Arabic teachers will offer a free first hour, whereas others charge from the onset.
Therefore, before setting the class cost for Arabic lessons, learn a bit about what the rest of the market is charging to get a general idea of what price to expect.
To work out a just and correct price for your students, we will give the points you need to know when setting rates for your Arabic classes.
5 Considerations Before Setting Your Arabic Lesson Rates
The ideal means for a tutor setting a tariff for Arabic courses is to assess the importance of the course in context, and decipher desired student learning outcomes.
Take the Temperature of the Market
It's wise to check what rates are generally charged in the market before deciding on your own.
Have a look around your city and neighbourhood and see what similar services already exist, and see who is offering a similar one to you (as opposed to schools run by mosques or churches), and check their hourly tariffs.
Even if other tutors are looking like they're charging more than what you plan to, the nature of your own work may differ, giving different solutions to your solution.
Keep in mind that you offer a quality service, so that counts more than the packaging.
Cite the Content of Your Private Classes
Don't be shy in referring to figures in the class.
Give prospective learners an idea via email, your website, or advertisement about how many people you've already led to success, your different experiences and certifications in Arabic, and your linguistic expertise, among others.
Be Forthright About Your Experience
Faced with the myriad tutoring ads for language lessons, in particular "specialised" ones like Arabic, standing out matters.
The greater accuracy you show in your achievements, the more credible you'll be.
Don't exaggerate - you don't have to go into detail about every single experience with the language. Just show what is relevant to your prospective students - that you're a native speaker, have extensive experience in private and/or group classes.
Selling yourself well by having confidence in your own experience, expressed eloquently and concisely in plain English, will increase the likelihood of clients wanting to meet you before undertaking a course.
Show the Worth of Your Lessons
It is often claimed that the marketing matters more than the product, but this is plain wrong.
In attracting new students to your lessons, you will get a good reputation by having good external relations, as well as prime content.
Outline what students can expect from your lessons; show why they're worth learning and the textbooks that help complement this. Highlight your methodology to show what you bring that they couldn't just get from a book. Learning with you can encourage learning the Arabic alphabet, consolidating vocabulary, and adapting exercises to their needs. Learning with you also means you get to speak and bring the language to life.
Lay out the learning process and show how you will be using your time effectively to achieve their educational goals.
Naming the Best Price
The key is to make your course seem great value for money based on the price. Doing this will ensure the correct price for the service.
Checklist for Determining Prices
Many factors come into play when setting private lesson prices, including for Arabic.
Student's Knowledge Level
Determining whether they're in high school or university is the first step, then work out whether they're completely new to an Arabic course or not. They might already be comfortable or proficient with the alphabet, or have tried an independent online course previously. It's also good to check their understanding of Arabic culture, greetings, and customs, including of the Quran, and what dialect of the language they want to master as this can determine how quickly they will progress. This will give you an idea of how to accordingly adapt prices.
As this will influence the pedagogical approach you take, factoring in planning time and activity type, your rate should change in turn.
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You will also ask less for high school students than university level ones, or adults.
Exam preparation for a school or translation exam will further require an advanced native level tutor, which obviously warrants a higher price.
How Regularly to Take an Arabic Course
Pricing your languages teaching revolves around whether the students read them as individual or a block, for which you can offer a discounted rate as they'll stretch out over many months
Arabic is particularly hard for English speakers to learn to read, write, and understand. Thus it takes several months, even years, to get basic proficiency; some estimates posit up to 80 weeks, even with intensive classes.
The teaching frequency, commensurate with the agreed price between the student and tutor, will affect the ways lessons play out. Arabic requires students setting aside lots of free time, especially if their native language is very different like English, in order to pick up the complexities of the tongue.
Beyond the proposed courses, there are the preparations and exercises to factor in.
Concepts will need to be rehashed most likely several times.
Often, average private classes cost around $30 for languages, which comes in much cheaper than $65 that an IT course will set you back, or even the average $40 for a single yoga class.
Even though an English speaker might not find speaking and reading in Arabic as difficult as Cantonese or Japanese say, it will still hover around the $30 mark for tutoring.
Also factor in pupils' levels when becoming a member of a certified tutoring body.
A pupil's level causes a fluctuation in prices: primary school students can expect to pay $45, while for secondary, it's more like $67 due to required specialised knowledge of the syllabus. The price is generally similar, and for similar reasons, for university tutoring.
You lower student's incurred costs by offering small group courses, but they need to all be on the same level.
Your Arabic Courses and Their Location
When classes are spoken of, it's rare that you of standard pricing. This will change from state to state, and city to city, or sometimes even within cities.
Arabic courses will cost more in Sydney city than the western suburbs, as the high proportion of native Arabic spoken amongst people and communities in Sydney's west will increase the likelihood of finding a nearby speaker.
If you live 30 to 45 minutes from your students, or they take that long to reach you, this can also affect tutoring prices.
Up to Date Tips For Setting Your Lesson Prices
Here are some handy tips for people to consider when setting their Arabic courses' prices.
Have at least a 3 year gap of study ahead of your pupil.
Possess an academic background that is coherent with the Arabic language, or languages in general.
Make it known what dialect of Arabic is spoken in classes, and highlight knowledge of specialised parts of Arab culture and societies. Make it clear if you're going to teach modern standard, Moroccan, Egyptian, or Levantine too.
If the learner has a higher level at their disposal, increase your rate to match this; advancement doesn't come free
If you use a certified organisation online to find students, check student testimonials on the website for tutors already on there. This way, you can see how tutors match the price to what students say about them, and how they adapt their lessons to meed their individual needs. Again, make sure that these changes are show explicitly in plain English so prospective students can have confidence in your professionalism.
Factor in transport costs, as this is never free either. Some tutoring platforms consider the time it takes you to get from A to B when setting your base rate, which makes it more expensive than competitors sometimes.
When wanting to charge a higher rate, emphasise the fact that your spoken Arabic is strong, as well as your grammar and other facets of the language, such as alphabet and phonetics, politics and history, or colloquialisms. Give your learners the edge by also equipping them with formal and business language, enticing them to succeed in their field long term. This will really help them get over the line with fluency, and equip them with the language as a strong tool in their professional and personal life.
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