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Required Level of Spanish to Give Lessons?

By Jon, published on 20/02/2018 Blog > Tutoring > Advice for Tutors > What Language Skills Do You Need to Become a Spanish Teacher

English is often privileged to the detriment of Spanish.

However, the Spanish language is, according to numerous experts, the living language of the future.

Spanish in a few figures is:

  • A foreign language spoken by more than 400 million speakers
  • The official language of 21 countries
  • The second most utilized language in international trade
  • The second most spoken language in the United States, with a Hispanic community that is continually growing

Numerous employers and numerous schools thus view mastering Spanish as a real asset.

Due to the growing interest in the language, there is an increasing need for private Spanish tutors.

Do you have a good mastery of the Spanish language? Have you acquired linguistic skills over the course of the past few years?

Are you asking yourself whether you could give Spanish lessons?

Here is our advice to gauge your Spanish level before launching into the adventure of teaching.

Discover also this complete guide to becoming a Spanish teacher

At Minimum, You Must Have a Good Grasp of Spanish!

To become a Spanish professor, obviously you need to have a good level of Spanish!

But what does it mean to be at a good level?

  • Capable of understanding written and spoken Spanish
  • Able to speak Spanish
  • Mastery of Spanish grammar, conjugation, and also of course important ideas. In other words, you must have a firm grasp on the foundations of the Spanish language!

It all depends of course on what you would like to do: become a Spanish professor? Or give private Spanish lessons?

To become a Spanish professor and give Spanish lessons, the most common path is to obtain a master’s degree in education.

It is also a good idea to get teaching experience at the same time as you are finishing your courses.

To become a teacher in a school, you will need to complete your state’s teacher certification, which is typically teaching experience followed by an exam.

These steps require an excellent level of Spanish.

If what you want is to become a private tutor and give Spanish lessons from time to time to earn some pocket money, the path is less perilous!

You have two options: to join a company that offers academic tutoring, or to set off independently.

What are some companies that offer Spanish tutoring?

  • Competitive Edge Tutoring
  • Inspirica
  • Revolution Prep
  • Princeton Review
  • Chegg Tutors

But be aware that you will need to have a bachelor’s degree, and possibly even a master’s degree or at least a very advanced level of Spanish to tutor for the most reputable companies.

And you might be expected to pass an entrance exam as well, testing your written and oral skills. Your Spanish level will be scrutinized!

Learn how you too can become a Spanish teacher without formal qualifications

learning to become a tutor spanish You must be proficient in Spanish to tutor for an academic company.

Don’t go down this path unless you have an advanced level of Spanish!

If you would like to become independent and work as a freelancer, you are free to work without attaining a professional level. It will be up to you to find students to whom to give Spanish lessons!

Register for an online platform like Superprof, fill out your profile with your experience and your teaching style.

Numerous students launch into private tutoring without being an expert of the Spanish language.

In both cases, you will be able to give at-home or online lessons.

Join the discussion: what essential qualities must a Spanish teacher have?

Be Bilingual in Spanish

Studying the language of Cervantes to give Spanish lessons isn’t necessary for everyone.

Some people are bilingual and thus have the possibility of skipping over the learning process of the Spanish language.

What does being bilingual mean?

This word is often used incorrectly. To be bilingual means that you speak Spanish as well as you speak your mother tongue.

So you are able to understand, write, and speak fluently, as well as you can speak English!

The Benefit of Travel

Many people improve their foreign language skills by traveling.

  • Why not go on a language-immersion trip in Spain?
  • Spend your summer vacation in Spanish-speaking destinations: Latin America or Spain… the choice is yours!

In recent years, the most popular tourist destination for Americans has been Mexico. Other popular Spanish-speaking cities that Americans love to travel to are San Juan, Puerto Rico; Barcelona, Spain; and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

speaking spanish teaching spanish Total immersion in a Spanish-speaking country is the best way to progress rapidly.

This personal experience will allow you not only to improve your Spanish but also to enrich your culture.

If you would like to improve your Spanish rapidly, you will need to get as much total-immersion experience as possible: go to public places, speak up, meet new native Spanish-speakers… You will need to experience a true linguistic exchange.

Learning Spanish in Spain is a rare opportunity, so make sure you familiarize yourself rapidly and communicate as much as possible.

Being bilingual will also allow you to set your Spanish lesson rates higher!

Learn all about why travelling abroad is essential to becoming a Spanish teacher!

Mother Tongue

Finally, some people will have no need at all to go on a trip to Spain or to take Spanish-language courses to become bilingual!

If you are a native Spanish-speaker, if Spanish is your mother tongue or your second mother tongue, becoming a professor will be a piece of cake.

Students who want to learn a language online are always looking to enrich themselves culturally but also and above all to obtain excellent pronunciation and a perfect accent.

Working on Oral Expression Will Be Much More Appealing with a Spanish-Speaking Professor!

But be careful not to rest on your laurels: pass the TOEFL or another similar teacher certification, and offer lessons catered to various individuals.

Discover more ways to become a Spanish teacher without a teaching certificate…

Get a Foreign Language Degree

Getting your bachelor’s degree in a foreign language, such as Spanish, will open doors for you in the world of Spanish teaching and tutoring. But be careful before you enroll in such a degree—you should already have developed good language skills!

A comparative literature degree will also push you to choose two or three languages, and to study the literature of those languages in addition to your written and oral comprehension.

Alternately, a degree in teacher education remains one of the most popular majors in the US today.

In any event, you will gain an undeniable cultural richness!

What’s stopping you?

how to become spanish tutor Earning your bachelor’s degree in a foreign language will allow you to position yourself as a private tutor.

There are multiple polyglot professions you will be able to apply for: translation, tourist development, etc. But above all you will be qualified to apply for numerous tutoring companies. If you would like to be independent, these degrees will demonstrate your Spanish level and are great alternative jobs for teachers.

As you see, obtaining your degree is proof of your Spanish language skills. Having a university degree will also teach you how to organize a Spanish lesson!

Your questions answered: what degrees do you need to become a Spanish teacher?

The Level Required Depends on the Level of the Student

Obtaining an excellent level of Spanish to become a good professor is obvious, but is it necessary?

If a beginner student wants to progress in Spanish, must you necessarily possess the same capacities as a professional to give them an introduction?

Spanish Lessons in Middle School and High School

If a student currently in middle school or in high school wants to improve their foreign language skills, you will just need to show that you are at an intermediary level.

What do middle school and high school students learn in their high school classes?

  • Listening skills
  • Reading skills
  • Pronunciation and conversation skills

The coursework at this level is not very complex.

At an intermediary level, you will be able to help a student if you know how to write in Spanish and have basic conversations.

In sum, you don’t need to be bilingual to help a student in middle school or high school!

What’s more important? Your teaching skills, your listening abilities, and your capacity to explain concepts clearly and simply.

Test Prep

Preparing for tests, such as the SAT subject test, generally follows the same rules as middle school and high school courses.

The difference?

The difficulty: the material is more complex and the conversations are more advanced.

However, if you are asked to help a student prepare for their Spanish SAT subject test, there are tools at your disposal!


spanish tutoring Focus mainly on the Spanish lexicon in order to help your student pass their SAT test.

The numerous tools available on the Internet will become your best ally.

You can use online tools to create exercises or review sheets for your student.

A Necessary Oral and Written Level for Students Beyond the High School Level

After the high school level, an intermediary level of Spanish will no longer suffice.

You will need to be able to master the written and oral aspects of the language.

Do you speak Spanish fluently? If the answer is no, you won’t be able to take your lessons any further.

You must have an expert level of Spanish to be able to teach those of an intermediary level.

You will most importantly need to be able to write without mistakes and speak fluently about anything and everything before you will be able to help a student who is already beyond the high school level.

You must also have excellent teaching skills!

If you’re unsure, simply ask yourself whether you could easily pass the test or class that the student is studying for.

Find out how you too could incorporate technology into your Spanish lessons…


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