There are a good number of Nigerians who speak German as a second or third language. Are you one of them? Would you like to become a private tutor? Firstly, before you decide to take this path as a German tutor in Nigeria, there are three rules that you need to know:

  1. You have to be passionate about the language and always like to communicate in it
  2. You have to be passionate about teaching and someone who loves passing on knowledge to pupils
  3. You have to want to make some money or extra income through teaching

In a nutshell, to become a German tutor in Nigeria, you have to be passionate about teaching the language to go far.

The private tutoring market is booming in Nigeria, especially with platforms like Superprof. One out of three Nigerian students has received one form of private tuition or the other in one or more subjects.

Private tutoring is a good way to earn money or some additional income if you are passionate about what you do. Of course, the market for tutoring in Nigeria is big and so that just means that you will have to step up your game to be the preferred tutor amongst many others like you.

One of the ways you can stand out is by having some qualifications, certifications or degrees to boost your market value among others.

A lot of people in Nigeria today are interested in learning how to speak one or more foreign languages. German is one of the languages that people are interested in learning especially people in the technology industry who want to boost their career by working with some German companies.

German qualifications and certifications in Nigeria
Having some qualifications will take you far in your career in Nigeria. Source: Pexels

We are sure you may be wondering "why must I even have any qualifications just to tutor a language I can speak". Well, having some qualifications and certifications will take you far in Nigeria or any country at all.

You have now probably been thinking about all the different qualifications and which ones you'll need to get started?

This article will guide you through some of the qualifications that will boost your tutoring career. Just read along.

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Skills Needed To Become A German Tutor In Nigeria

In Nigeria, there is no age restriction to becoming a private tutor as long as you know what you are doing and have the right qualifications. However, there is a minimum age for working. If you're old enough to work in Nigeria, you're old enough to be a private tutor in your area of expertise.

You must also be asking yourself if the level of your German is good enough to be a tutor. Well, if you want to teach people the German language, you’re going to need to know more than just a few German phrases, you're going to have to be almost fluent in your second language.

The students who are interested in learning the language are going to want to know what level of German you speak. Once you start advertising your interest or put your profile for German online tutoring jobs, you’re also going to have to prove to them that you’re good enough at the language to teach German lessons.

From experience, we would recommend you do not put yourself out there by just saying " I love speaking the German language and that is why I am tutoring it". With phrases like that on your adverts or profiles, you’ll run the risk of never being contacted by people interested in learning the language.

Of course, having an academic qualification in any given subject or skill has given you the necessary level to provide academic support in that given subject or skill. However, even if you do have a degree, qualification or certification, it won't hurt to brush up on your German grammar before you get into teaching the language.

Nigerians want to see more than just your passion. They want you to sell them the reasons why they should choose you over others.

On the other hand, don’t worry if you don’t have a degree! You can still offer private tutorials in your second language on Superprof without a degree.

Either way, you’ll need to know your level in German before you get started and be able to prove it to your students.

In terms of the types of teaching and students you are targeting, certain qualifications might be indispensable.

Tutor German Language For School

Teaching students who are in school is one of the most common types of private tutoring in Nigeria. The typical learner in Nigeria is either a primary, secondary or college student.

A tutor's level in German will depend on the category of pupils they are teaching.

Take a German level test in Nigeria
Take a german level test to know your level as a tutor before working on your CV for your private tutorials. Source: Unsplash

If you are someone who just understands the language may be, for example, you learnt it as one of the languages in school, your travel history and the likes, you could offer basic German tutorials to younger children and even help secondary students with their German-speaking exams in school.

Though lessons in German are not as popular as the French language in secondary schools in Nigeria

You can't just teach these students without making sure your lessons are carefully planned. The same goes for whether you’re teaching others how to speak German while you’re at university or full time. You should always be prepared

Nevertheless, certain German qualifications are far more beneficial than telling your future clients that you know all the best German words. After all that is being said so far, remember to take a German level test to know and add your level to your private tutor CV.

To test your level, you can sit for The TestDaF. Though it is for people who want to study in Germany, however, it’s also great for anyone wanting to find out their level in German. This test is complete and widely recognised.

You can test your comprehension (listening and reading) as well as production (writing and speaking German) with The Goethe Institut. Taking exams based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) will be good since you don’t technically need a technical vocabulary but instead a good overall score to teach German for school.

The “Geothe-Zertifikat” covers the largest number of CEFR levels. Unlike TestDaf, these exams only cover comprehension.

Don’t forget to put the results of these tests on your CV for private tutorials. Since these exams are respected and trusted, they’ll play an important role in developing the relationship between you and your students.

Providing Professional German Lessons

Would you like to give German tutorials to professionals or those wanting to have international careers? This is gradually becoming popular in Nigeria. There are plenty of professionals who need to learn how to speak German as part of their job and require specialised German vocabulary.

To teach German at this level (which will usually be in the evenings or weekends because people in this category are the working class), some qualifications will be necessary for you as a private tutor at this point.

You won't be teaching students the German alphabet, your lessons will be focusing on how to learn to speak as professionals do in German-speaking countries.

There are several exams you as a tutor can write at this point to boost the level of your qualification like the Widaf test, The Goethe Institut certificates, TestDaf and GDS (Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom).

GDS is also the most difficult. However, if you pass this exam, it indicates that your German is of a level similar to a native speaker’s. It’s higher than the CEFR C2 level.

If you want to sit (and pass) this exam, don’t forget that this will allow you to be a professional level teacher in Nigeria and of course, in Germany too.

German examinations in Nigeria
You can start your private tutoring while preparing to pass a German exam. Source: pixabay

You must note that you shouldn’t wait to pass a German exam before you start providing private German tutorials. These examinations will just allow you to find students at all levels more easily and command a higher rate for your lessons.

German Teachers in the Nigerian Education System

Private tutoring is something many Nigerian teachers in the educational system are already involved in. Many of them use it as a means to earn some extra money while doing what they love.

Are you a German teacher in a school wanting to earn some extra money at the end of the month and help your students achieve academic (or professional) success? You'll need to know what price to set.

Don’t forget to mention all the years you’ve been teaching too. If you have experience working with children adults or professionals, it’s also a great help. Make sure to mention that in your advert. 

Always also remember to be completely open and transparent with your German language abilities. It’s up to you to choose your rates regardless of your background.

Now you’ve got everything you need to become the German private tutor you dreamed of becoming: qualifications, motivations, skills, experience, information...you can start private tutoring by signing up on Superprof.

If you are a good German tutor, you will soon find out that a lot of your students will do the marketing for you via referrals. 

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