This section covers the teacher’s qualifications and skills, and whether the teacher is capable of retaining students or not. All these characteristics shall help you determine the teacher’s quality and if you wish to learn the language under them. Good luck!
Aside from filtering out the basic features of the teachers, it’s vital to look for the following essentials:
The Video Introduction Quality: All teachers at iTalki are required to provide a video introduction of themselves and what they plan on doing through iTalki. These videos can be used to your benefit by verifying the teachers’ communication and language skills. The video shall act as a trailer to the entire language-learning session that you are signing up for.
Returning Students: iTalki discloses the number of times a student has come back for lessons under the same teacher, right beside their names. This feature allows you to notice if the tutors are doing a good job at teaching, or are the students discontinuing after one or two sessions.
Attendance and Response Rates: There are teachers who bail out at the last minute from a pre-scheduled lesson, which might be strenuous if you have a packed daily routine. This is why, iTalki provides you with the attendance and response rates that help you observe the teacher’s attendance for all lessons, and if they are responsive enough regarding the students’ difficulties.
Along with the aforementioned characteristics, here are a few other pointers you need to go through to end up with the correct language teacher:
First, the teacher should use the target language all the time, with a few exceptions of resorting to English if completely necessary. This way, you will actually learn to communicate using the target language and feel more confident in it.
Second, the teacher should let you take up most of the talking time as you are the individual struggling to learn the language. If the teacher themselves keep blabbering, it’s of no use to your learning process.
Third, the teacher should use different methods to ensure proper learning. Using a textbook to let you know the basics shall not suffice if you want to learn the language by heart. Moreover, textbook teaching portrays a lack of creativity in teachers, labelling them as lazy.
Fourth and final, some teachers stay distracted and use multiple ways of using up the session time without being productive at all. If that’s the case, iTalki expects you to report the teachers to them and ask for a refund for the waste of time and money caused due to them.