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  • jder
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    5 December, 2010 at 1:18
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    I just want to share with you some tips that I have found to work when looking for private English students in Spain.

    Firstly there are many online resources. The problem here I found was that there was a race to the bottom in terms of prices. In Valencia recently I saw someone advertising for 7 Euros an hour. I think this must be an erasmus student or someone similar.

    What I found worked the best was putting up fliers around language schools at exam time. Offer private classes as a way for them to have more time studying and learning before an exam. Then try and keep the student when the exam has finished. Then ask them to see if any of their friends need classes. Go to intercambios and introduce yourself as a tutor and offer your lessons. Obviously there is a certain way to do this.

    The longer you are in a place the easier it is to get lessons as you start to really get a network of friends and students. And if you are a good teacher you will soon get recommended.

    What have you found to be the best way to get private classes?

    sheffdave
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    11 February, 2011 at 10:13
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    Reply To: Advertising for Private Lessons in Spain and Europe

    I’ve done a lot of private teaching over the years and found it is possible to earn a decent living this way albeit it can be hard work getting started. I agree that putting flyers up in language schools is a good way, also universities (many students in mainland Europe have to pass an english exam in order to gain their full diploma so there’s a strong incentive to improve if only for that).

    The other major way I’ve got students was contacting companies directly – I created my own website and could direct them to that which helped I think. Also get your own business cards printed and give them out whenever you meet new people – if you’re staying in a place for a while its a good way to get your name out and get referrals (as long as you’re doing a good job of course!!).

    I’ve just created a website to solve this problem as I never came across a simple one-stop place for teachers to advertise or for students to search for them. It’s called http://www.find-english-teacher.com – as a teacher you create a free profile and highlight when you want to work, your experience, your rates etc, then students can browse prospective teachers and contact you through the site (so your details remain private until you choose to respond directly to the student’s contact). Check it out and see what you think – also I’d welcome any feedback on its usability, your thoughts etc.

    Good luck!

    KCarter
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    13 April, 2011 at 20:34
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    Reply To: Advertising for Private Lessons in Spain and Europe

    Hi!
    Excellent tips! I just read your post.

    Did you really find approaching students in internet cafes an effective form of advertising? What type of response would you usually receive?

    Personally, I have had the most success with Business cards; they work every time!
    Whether I hand them out via networking with people or by simply posting them on a public bill board or shop window; I receive the most response with this! I think this is due to the fact that in London, a lot of foreign students who are new to the City immediately go to the nearest billboard for looking for a room or flat to rent and my Business card is sat next to the advertisement for a room/ apartment to rent or definitely in full view of whoever is looking! I make sure!

    The internet is also an excellent way to advertise, obviously it is international and most people living in the 21st technological Century use it! But you have to be careful with time wasters or hoax contacts..

    Where in Spain is good to work as an English Teacher?

    KCarter
    London, UK
    English Language Private Tutor/ Teacher

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