The language of Cervantes is in the spotlight today.
Spoken by nearly 500 million people, it is the second most widely spoken language in the world. It is also estimated to be the future language of the business world.
Spanish is, therefore, becoming THE foreign language to master.
But Australians are known to have trouble learning foreign languages. It is known all over the world, Australians quite a poor reputation when it comes to learning living languages.
Learning a foreign language is more complex than it seems, but there are many solutions: tutoring, language school, online Spanish classes...
Because the language is in such high demand, if you speak Spanish, you might think about becoming a Spanish tutor.
If you have a good level in Spanish and are recognized for your pedagogical qualities, you may be able to start giving Spanish lessons! Private tutors for Spanish in an English speaking country are bound to be able to find a large number of hours for a reasonable cost, provided they have some positive reviews and a decent education.
Would you like to embark on this adventure?
You will quickly run into administrative and financial issues. But which rates will you need to apply to your lessons?
What Criteria Should You Be Thinking About When Setting Your Price
Setting a rate for Spanish classes is not easy. To do so, refer to 4 main criteria.
What's your level of Spanish?
If you have a high level and are able to teach beginners or high school students, do not be too greedy.
You must offer courses with a good price/quality ratio.
Students may be more attracted to native Spanish tutors or those with a diploma. Is the language of Cervantes your mother tongue? Are you bilingual, or, better yet, do you have dual nationality?
If you put these features forward, someone looking to learn Spanish from private tuition may be more inclined to contact you.
Your students will feel like they are learning Spanish in Spain without needing to travel!
If you are Latin American, mention your knowledge of Latin America and explain how you can enrich a student's personal culture.
Intermediate levels may offer courses between 25 and 30 AUD/hour while advanced levels, native speakers, and Spanish graduates can ask for a higher rate ranging from 40 to 50 AUD per hour.
On the Superprof platform, Daniel, a graduate history professor, offers courses at 27 AUD an hour, while Isabel, an associate professor, asks for 40 AUD an hour.
Your experience also factors in quite a bit when it comes to tutoring Spanish. If you are new to the subject, you cannot ask for too much money.
Students are often reassured by their tutor having a lot of experience.
So if time spent in the industry is not your strong suit, find something else to make you shine in the eyes of those looking to use tuition services.
If you are early on in your teaching years, offer a low rate of up to 27 AUD per hour.
However, if you have years of experience behind you, or have your DELE Spanish Language certification you can easily drive up the price to 40 AUD per hour. This seems OK in view of statistics.
Surely you know already how to organise your Spanish lessons?
Does your lesson need to strengthen the client's language skills for the baccalaureate? For university studies? To take an exam? To travel and communicate with the natives?
If they simply want to become familiar with the Spanish language before leaving for a short language stay in Barcelona for a total immersion your lesson will have less preparation time than if you have to prepare a student for an important exam.
Indeed, a beginner to whom you will have to teach the basics of Spanish will require much less effort on your part than somebody who wishes to pass the DELE.
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In order for your student to do well on the DELE, you will need to show him or her corrected tests from previous years.
Implement your lessons with written and spoken comprehension exercises, as well as speaking, pronunciation, and vocabulary quizzes.
If you have to teach business Spanish or if a student needs to become bilingual for their profession, you will need to adapt your courses.
Finally, the rates can be adapted according to the needs of the student: the frequency of the courses is part of determining the fee.
If your student wants to do several classes a week, or work exclusively on Saturday, you must adjust your rates to his or her wishes.
Weekend courses are more expensive than classes during weekdays. A tutor must charge between 8 and 12 AUD more for Spanish classes on Sundays.
If your student wants intensive courses, regular evening classes, or classes during the day, you should offer an attractive rate.
You can also offer a free Spanish course as many teachers offer it on Superprof.
You can also find some jobs for ex-teachers on there.
Location is the last criterion you will need to consider when fixing your rate.
If you live in one of Australia's capital cities such as Sydney and Melbourne, you can offer a higher rate than a teacher from a smaller town.
However, remember that you can always offer your services remotely via Skype to save on time and travel expenses. Doing both Skype and face-to-face classes will allow you to have the most number of students possible for Spanish tutoring.
What Are the Rates for Spanish Tutoring?
As you will have understood, you must set your rates according to the type of class you want to give: private lessons or small group classes with mainly Spanish conversation or Spanish grammar...
To be a good Spanish tutor, you must meet the expectations of your student or the rates will be affected. Private tutors will often need to learn what their appropriate rate is by getting several hours of work, accumulating some positive reviews and being available at multiple times of the day. Only then will you see if the demand arrives based on the cost per lesson you are charging.
According to a recent study, being methodical in your organization of the classes, as well as creativity, are paramount qualities in a teacher and tutor.
Whether it's a more academic or creative method, please adapt yourself so your student can progress!
If you already have an idea of the work you have to provide, it will be easier for you to set an hourly rate.
But what are the concrete tutoring rates in Autralia?
Average Rates for Private Spanish Tutors in Australia
The average rate in Australia is around $30 per hour.
Be careful, however, because as explained above, this rate varies according to the number of hours you've done, the positive reviews you've received, the level, and the precise location of the tutor.
This hourly rate is a good base to start from, however.
Average Rate For Private Spanish Tuition By City
Not surprisingly, in Australia's most expensive city, Sydney, you will find the highest cost for Spanish tuition in Australia.
However, outside of Sydney, the cost of private Spanish tutors is fairly steady!
Australian capital cities such as Melbourne, Hobart and Adelaide all have an average hourly tuition cost of $26 per hour for a Spanish lesson.
The hours of Spanish tuition are slightly higher in Perth, costing $27/h.
And the cheapest average cost in an Australian capital city is in Brisbane, where private Spanish tuition is available for an average of $24/h.
The Highest Rates
Rates can quickly become higher if you cumulate several important criteria: you reside in Sydney, you have 10 years of experience in the field, and you have a degree in teaching. With all that under your belt, you will be able to ask for 40 AUD an hour.
You must, therefore, tally up the positive aspects of your resume before you decide the ideal set rate to offer.
Bring evidence of your work history to justify the price you ask for: any diplomas, your CV...
On the other hand, a teacher who lives in Brisbane, who has little prior relevant work history and no diploma in the field can ask for only about 25 AUD per hour.
Be careful not to cut yourself too short in order to appear a more attractive choice. You should not underestimate yourself to get new customers!
Stay fair and honest with yourself and others, the rest will follow.
Are you Free to Fix Rates?
When you want to become a Spanish tutor, there are two possibilities: go through an after-school tutoring organization or an online tutoring platform.
But what does that mean? Are you allowed to set your own rate? Or do you have to give the organizations a share of what you make?
Fixed Rates with After-School Tutoring Centers
There are many after-school academic support organizations.
Though you may be reassured by their tutoring, you could also be disappointed by how strict they are.
Indeed, after-school academic support organizations do not allow you to set your price. They are the ones who decide your rate.
If you are used to asking a certain rate because of the number of interested clients who contact you and the quality of your tutoring, you may be frustrated by their mode of operation.
Flexible Rates with Online Platforms
Online tutoring platforms proceed in the totally opposite way. Each teacher is free to set the rate he or she wants.
This means that here you can talk about what makes you special as a tutor and fix the rate accordingly.
Head over to Superprof to sign up to set your rate. Do not forget to take a quick look at the prices that have already been set in your city in order to come up with a good average.
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