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Tutoring: A Great Job for Portuguese Speakers

From Jon, published on 20/02/2018 Blog > Tutoring > Advice for Tutors > How to Teach Portuguese

There is a growing interest in the Portuguese language worldwide. It’s the fifth most spoken language in terms of number of speakers, and has great prospects for growth.

Unesco considers that its potential as an international language is particularly important in Africa and South America. By 2050, the Portuguese language should have more than 335 million speakers worldwide (Brazil, Guinea Bissau, Timor, Portugal, Cape Verde …)

A language of the future, Portuguese is also increasingly taught in the United States.

Are you bilingual and want to become a Portuguese teacher?

Discover how to give Portuguese lessons according to your profile …

Where Can You Teach Portuguese?

Become a certified Portuguese teacher: private coach or teacher in a language center?

There are many places to practice teaching Portuguese. The question now is what structures are right for your profile.

 

You can give Portuguese classes almost anywhere: online, at a language school or even at home.

Portuguese teachers vary in profile: bilingual English-Portuguese, native, self-taught, graduate teacher, language student … Do you belong to any of these categories?

Here are the structures to teach Portuguese.

 

Become a Certified Portuguese Teacher While in School

You first opportunity to make a career as a teacher of Portuguese: National Education.

Teaching while in school is possible when one is a certified teacher.

If you do not have the opportunity to get certified, but still want to teach while in school, you can become a contract teacher. These positions make it possible to become a Portuguese teacher, even without certification, to make replacements or fill vacancies.

If you speak Portuguese fluently, do not hesitate to apply!

 

Teach Portuguese in Language Schools

Language schools are also a good way to teach. These specialized language training centers can offer different types of courses:

  • Initiation courses,
  • Advanced courses
  • Language tutoring,
  • Adult courses,
  • Intensive course,

They are aimed at students, adults and professionals alike. Depending on your profile, you could certainly apply to offer your services in a language school. If you are native or perfectly bilingual, this is a good opportunity to make a career in this field by becoming a teacher.

 

Share Your Knowledge of the Portuguese Language as a Private Teacher

Alternatively, give home classes in Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese.

Again, no diploma required. This does not mean that anyone can claim to be a Portuguese teacher with a snap of a finger.

For this, it is necessary to have certain qualities in order to effectively transmit your knowledge and help your pupils to learn to speak Portuguese. Among this particular type of Portuguese teacher, one finds very diversified profiles:

  • students in Portuguese,
  • bilingual
  • native,
  • and even certified teachers.

With organization, real motivation, patience and empathy, it is quite possible to develop a Portuguese teacher activity and to blossom through private lessons.

 

Which Diploma do You Need to Teach Portuguese?

If you want to become a certified teacher of Portuguese in the National Education Association (NEA), or private education, you will have to have a degree and/or certification.

To obtain a Portuguese teacher’s degree, you have tons of options across the United States. Many universities in the United States offer a degree program in teacher training and language studies.

You’ll probably need a university degree in order to become a professor of Portuguese language or studies.

If you have not pursued a course specially designed for future teachers, this is not a reason to give up. Indeed, there are many profiles of Portuguese teachers. The law does not impose any degree to give private lessons for example.

If you master the language of Camões and want to teach without being a certified teacher, you must justify your level. If Portuguese is your mother tongue, things seem clear.

On the other hand, if you are not a native speaker, you can highlight all the studies or experiences you have done in relation to the language.

 

How to Set the Price of a Portuguese Course?

Would you like to share your knowledge and passion for the Portuguese language with private lessons?

Before you start and look for your first students, you will have to take stock of your project and in particular determine a price for the courses you will propose.

Prices for Portuguese classes vary according to several criteria:

  • The geographical area: generally the prices are higher in the big cities,
  • The level of the teacher: if you are a student, you will not be able to offer the same rates as a certified teacher or a native,
  • The level of the student: if you give courses for beginners in Portuguese, the rates will not be the same as to give lessons to an adult who already has a good level of language,
  • The type of course: courses by webcam or at home, decreasing rates for courses in medium or long term …

In concrete terms, as you can see, setting a price is not always easy. Here are some things to consider:

  • The average price of a Portuguese course: on Superprof it is $22 for a Portuguese course and $24 for a Brazilian Portuguese course,
  • Competition: take stock of the teachers in your sector to position yourself in relation to them,
  • Your level: determine what your language skills are, your assets, your experience, and offer a consistent price,
  • The type of course: Skype webcam lessons allow you (for example) to save travel costs,

How to Prepare a Portuguese Course?

It will be very important to be fully prepared for your Portuguese private lessons.

Next step before giving your first lesson: preparation!

You have found your first students, so it is now useful to plan in more detail the content of the courses you are going to teach.

Private lessons can not be compared to classical classes, in school, or in front of a class. All the interest of the individual lessons for the student is to receive a personalized education, advice adapted to his needs in order to progress more quickly.

It is therefore up to the teacher to prepare interesting and individualized Portuguese lessons.

How do you do it? The first thing is to know your pupil, but also their needs, their objectives, their learning difficulties …

Clearly, ask them all of the useful questions during a preliminary interview to find the appropriate lines of work and the right supplementary material to help your student progress in grammar, spelling, conjugation, vocabulary, pronunciation, accent … Not to mention to use a level of language corresponding to their linguistic abilities.

You will also need to learn how to manage your time and course flow. It is not because you have only one student in front of you that the teaching must be unstructured. It may help to remember to divide the course into 5 parts:

  1. Update on the previous session,
  2. Correction of exercises,
  3. Lesson of the day,
  4. Synthesis,
  5. Duties for the following week.

Train to be sure you can tackle all the points you have planned in advance.

 

What Tools Do You Need to Teach Portuguese?

A language course must be alive. We learn better by having fun, or at least by having a good time!

To achieve this, it is essential to use a variety of tools and supplementary media as needed. The web is a particularly rich source of inspiration.

  • Websites to learn Portuguese online: you will find all the necessary courses classified by themes, exercises, vocabulary sheets … all you need to transmit the basics of the Portuguese language to your students,
  • Mobile apps: with their playful side, they can also be used during the course or between two courses to encourage your students to regularly study the concepts and help them assimilate them,
  • Podcasts: These free online audio and video media are perfect for improving your listening skills while immersing yourself in Portuguese-speaking culture.

Hunt online for supplementary material like podcasts and videos to help your students with their Portuguese comprehension.

Of course, it’s not just the web where you can find tools for your Portuguese classes. You can also use a variety of written materials that are essential for improving the student’s reading, writing, and pronunciation skills:

  • Portuguese books,
  • literature,
  • newspapers,
  • magazines …

The possibilities are too many!

Finally, to help students progress in speaking  Portuguese with ease, it is essential to give your classes in Portuguese, regardless of the level of the student and engage in a real conversation. This will help them overcome the difficulties of pronunciation. Another method as simple as it is effective: the dictaphone. By registering, we are more aware of the mistakes made. The progression is thus faster!

By tapping into these tips and adding everything that makes you a unique teacher, you will no doubt become a superprof superhero!

 

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