Best French tutoring center: How to choose it?

1/ The Best French tutoring center: check that tutors are certified!

Indeed lots of tutors are in the market, and their only skill is: to be French! But that is not enough to be a qualified French tutor. Indeed, in France, there is a master called Master Fle (French as a foreign language) which lasts 5 years with at least 2 years focus on teaching French for foreigners. Therefore, the  Best French tutoring center doesn’t only hire people because they are French, but because of their professional skill.

During this Master’s program, you learn how to teach French to different types of students, for different types of needs, you practice, exchange with teachers, you have to pass exams, you need to prepare a thesis etc… in a word you get prepared to be a qualified teacher.

You understand here that to choose the best French tutoring center, you need to double check that their teachers have this qualification, and some experience is a plus!!

2/ The Best French tutoring center: check if they emphasize tailor-made classes and if they actually do it!

The most important part of the private French class is for the class to be taylor-made. The class needs to fit to the special needs of the student, in terms of students objectives, specific difficulties etc … Therefore, you need to check if the school is focusing on it. For example, During the process of enrolling  in the school, you will see if the school asks for specific information in order to taylor-made the class. The Best French tutoring center will ask you details, your objectives, your level, the school where you kid is in etc.. Then, they will explain to you how the teacher will focus on those specifics to build up his class.

Indeed, you don’t want to pay for a private class and have a group class content. The approach and way of teaching is totally different and requires adjustment to the student.

3/ The Best French tutoring center: Check the flexibility of the tutor.

Two main criterias will drive your decision in order to choose or not the tutor: the time and place. Therefore, the teacher has to be flexible in terms of location and time for the class. For sure, you or your kid are very busy and your location is not alway close to a Mtr station or bus stop. Or maybe the tutor is already very busy. The best French tutoring center will be able to offer a tutor certified who can adjust his schedule to yours, after you are the client!

4/ The Best French tutoring center: Check the price!

We know in Hong Kong, the price range for a private class with a certified and experienced teacher is around hkd400 to hk600 per hour. Of course, you can still see some tutoring costing hkd250 per hour, however, it might be hkd250 wasted … see point number 1 above about qualified teachers… Therefore, if you start a private class anywhere in hk island or kowloon, you need to consider the price relating to the experience, the qualification and if transportation fee is included or not. 

Remember that the teacher needs to go to your place: it takes around 30min, needs to teach: 1hour, and needs to go somewhere else, 30min. So finally, your 1h class is actually a 2h time consuming for the teacher. The best French tutoring center will provide the best price range according to those different criteria.

5/ The Best French tutoring center: Check the online teaching class method.

Nowadays, French online classes are very popular and new technology helps a lot in order to build an efficient private French class. 

Therefore, if you request an online private class, you need to be careful that the teacher already has experience with the technology and will use it accordingly. Indeed, the online tools offer different ways of teaching and allow you to get an efficient class, more interactive, more fun as well. The Best French tutoring center will explain or show you the technology used, the different websites and tools used for the student.

What I most appreciated was they gradually but firmly try to make you improve. My French tutor teaching style is informative but fun and hence not too overwhelming. They are always bringing new ideas to the class and making the learning process continually both challenging and interesting. They correct your mistakes in a manner that does not make you feel like you are not grasping / retaining the information.

I needed to learn as much as possible in a short period of time given I was travelling to French speaking countries and the intense 20 hours i did with My French Teachers’ really helped make my trip much better and easier. 

Kilian Nielsen
Vice president for Finance Technology, Morgan Stanley