- 01. Understand The Goals Of Each Of Your Students
- 02. Prepare For Each Of German Tutorial With Your Students
- 03. Explain To Your Students What’s Going to Happen in Each Class
- 04. Separate Yourself From The Typical Nigerian School Learning Environment
- 05. Encourage Your Students To Always Practice
- 06. Provide a Summary To Your Students After Each Session
‘The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.’ ― William Arthur Ward
This quote from William Arthur is a great food of thought for you as a teacher.
To be a great teacher, you have to be able to inspire your students to become better at what you are teaching them. One way you can achieve that is by making preparations for each of your lessons with them.
Have you decided to become a private German tutor in Nigeria and pass on your knowledge of how to speak German? If so, you now need to think about how you’ll find students for your German lessons.
Once you find students, you will need to start thinking about your educational concerns like organising your German tutorials, teaching methods, your student’s long-term goals, etc.
No one teacher is like the other. So, you will need to find your unique way to teach the German language to your students.
However, there are a lot of things you must consider before settling for a method that best suits the students you will be tutoring.
Just like the quote above, you have to find ways to inspire your students. You have to go the extra mile to ensure your students are getting the best out of your lessons. Tutoring a language takes a lot of patience. Hence, you have to be patient with your students.
While you’ll need to have a passion for teaching, you also need to understand how to learn a new language. By understanding how to learn a new language, you will learn to use that understanding for your teaching methodology.
Now to delay any longer, let us delve into some tips that will help you prepare for your german tutoring in Nigeria
Understand The Goals Of Each Of Your Students
Once you have established that you want to go into German tutoring in Nigeria and you have your students, you need to find your methodology that works for each of your German language tutorials.
Whether you’re a full-time or part-time German tutor, student, or a retired teacher, preparing for your lesson applies to all. You cannot prepare your teaching methodology without understanding the needs of your students.
Before you start your private German tutoring with your students, remind yourself that each student is different, has their own needs, and learns in their way. This means that every German tutorial needs to be tailored to the student.
Here are some questions that can help you prepare for your private tutoring with each student:
- Why did they decide to start the German lessons?
- Are they studying for a German degree or examination?
- Are they catching up at school and need help with basic German grammar and vocabulary?
- Do they have an upcoming German test to test your language skills?
- Do they want to learn how to speak German like a native speaker and work towards German fluency?
- What do they find difficult? Is it German vocabulary and learning new words?
- How far are they willing to learn?
- Do they have German speakers around them?
You need to ask some of these questions since they’ll influence how you’ll teach. Each tutorial has to be customised. There's no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to teaching.
After you have information on their expectations and needs, you should then work out a lesson plan that will ensure their progress.
Show your student this summary and agree on your joint objectives before you start teaching.
Prepare For Each Of German Tutorial With Your Students
You cannot just show up at your student's house or for your scheduled online classes without having prepared anything for the class. When it comes to providing private tutorials, you’ll need to plan something and have a long-term plan for your German lessons with them.
If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn - Ignacio Estrada
When you take your time to plan for each lesson before the class, it will help the student learn better. Where you stop at a previous class, should be the continuation of your next class with them.
While preparing for each of your tutorials, don’t forget about German books, your old lessons or German resources that can help online.
Prepare the German exercises for your tutorials at home or online.
Don't forget that the German language has many grammatical rules that are followed very strictly. The knowledge of this will help you create summary sheets for each German lesson. This means you can keep summary sheets for other lessons if you know they'll work with a student.
Explain To Your Students What’s Going to Happen in Each Class
Before each private German tutorial, explain to your student what you will cover and what they are expected to learn.
You have to be able to properly explain each tutorial’s objectives and the activities you’re going to do.
Taking time to explain these will mentally prep the students for the class. This will help them understand what they need to be working on and help them to progress. Involving the student in their learning process can be very beneficial.
As a tutor, you need to understand that some students would not be taking the private German lessons of their own accord. Their parents or guardian may have influenced the decision. If this is the case, you should take it as a challenge!
Firstly, you need to show the students the benefits that learning German will bring them in their future academic and professional lives. You need to get them interested in learning. This will help both you as the tutor and the student.
Separate Yourself From The Typical Nigerian School Learning Environment
A private home or online tutor providing academic support isn’t the same as a teacher working as part of the national education system.
Always have that at the back of your mind when deciding the teaching methodology you are going to adopt with your student.
Bring an element of fun (and culture) to every lesson you teach them.
Remember that the typical school environment can at times be boring. You do not want your student bored in school and then bored during your private lessons with them. You have to look for ways to make it fun so that they always look forward to their private tutorials with you.
Think of ideas that will captivate your students and make learning German more fun! Show them German films to watch and German songs to listen to. You both can watch German Youtube videos on the subject you are teaching or incorporate the use of German articles into the students' learning process.
Once you’ve established a teaching method that works for both you and the student, it makes the learning process easier and more productive.
Encourage Your Students To Always Practice
For your students to get the most out of each tutorial, you need to ensure that they always take time to practice one way or the other. They need to know that they have to be involved in their learning once their tutorial's finished.
They need to understand that learning German or any language for that matter is an ongoing process that does after their tutorials especially since Nigeria is not a German-speaking country. They need to make every effort to keep learning the language.
Give them advice on how to brush up on what they learned during their tutorials at the end of each session.
Encourage your students by giving them activities to do for the next tutorial. These activities have to be related to what they were studying, of course.
You must have learnt that a foreign language can become an integral part of your life. So, also ensure that your students incorporate the German culture into their everyday lives. This way, the German language becomes a part of them.
In any case, once you’ve adopted a less “academic” approach to learning, you’ll quickly see some progress with your students and the enthusiasm to learn on their own after each tutorial. Provide a Summary After Each Session
Provide a Summary To Your Students After Each Session
When teaching a student privately, you need to always put them up to date with their progress.
As their German tutor, you’re in the best position to evaluate their progress. After each tutorial, you can give them a summary.
This summary, which you can send by email or discuss before each class, needs to mention a few things like the skills they learnt during the lesson, what the students need to be working on outside the class, how far they have gone with the curriculum, their progress report etc.
Finally, remember you have to provide positive feedback if you want to encourage them to learn.
Now that you’re providing quality German tutorials, you just need to let word of mouth do the rest and one way of achieving that is by making your students happy.
A student that's happy with their German tutor is very quick to recommend you to other people.
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