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  • #22809
    Adi Rainbow
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    @adirainbow

    Hello there, Taipei community.

    Please can someone provide me with any advice or experience about tutoring English.

    I have never tutored English before and I have only been teaching students in a classroom for 6 weeks. I was approached by a parent asking me to tutor three students.

    What is the going rate for a private English tutor?

  • #22822
    Derek Wertheim
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    @derek9492

    I would say 10-20% higher than your school rate. If it’s one on one this is a good ratio and you don’t look like a money-grabbing opportunist, which can help to bring you more recommendations by them.

    If the three are family, and you are doing individual times it’s good. If it’s three student from different families, you can give them a cut rate at say $350 per student/hour.

  • #22824
    Derek Wertheim
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    @derek9492

    Really, it’s up to us to set our rates. Take into consideration the time it takes to go, what they have you doing and your own personal time, but don’t go too crazy on the rates. It’s a great way to go with some extra money. I have two families I have tutored for, one for 7 years now and the other for 4.

    Even they consider my rates low, but I love going there and it’s fun. When it just feels like a job taking up your free time, you will start to not enjoy it.

  • #22825
    Elwood Mathy
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    @elwoodmathy

    In addition to the above, just have fun with it. Give them some direction and activities and let them speak. I have some games that you can use for virtually any grammar or vocabulary lesson.

    Guess My Character – Each person writes the name of a TV character, movie character or real famous person on a piece of paper without telling the others or letting them see. You exchange papers and hold them on your forehead. Ask yes/no questions for 5 rounds. Each yes gets you another question. No means it’s someone else’s turn. After 5 rounds you can ask open-ended questions. The object is to guess who the character is.

    Assumption – Each player takes turns being quiet while the other players assume that something is true about them. At the end, the player says who was right or wrong. Again, it can be tailored to any grammatical structure or vocabulary lesson.

    Convergent Words – Start with 2 words that are totally unrelated — fish, airplane for example. Two people in your group count to 3 and say a word. The idea is to eventually say the same word. Those who didn’t say the first words will participate with the next words. There are 4 of us and I say fish, airplane. You and another student both say water, and that round ends. Or pretend you say water and he says air. The other 2 students use those words to try their hand at saying the same word. 2 Truths 1 Lie. Easy conversation game that kids love. Have everyone say 2 true things and 1 lie about themselves. Everyone else votes on which one they think is the lie.

    In any games, correct the students as much as possible without interrupting the flow of the game. You’ll figure that out as you go.

    Good luck!

  • #22866
    Adi Rainbow
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    @adirainbow

    Thanks for the advice guys. Some amazing ideas here which will give me good start! 😉

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