Interview as many teachers as you can and go with your gut feeling! Personal intuition will give you the best information than any resume or referral.
At English-by-phone, we have a course package that is designed to help students find the perfect ESL teacher to help them learn the English language to the best of their ability. The “Christmas Carol Offer” course package is based from the popular story, “A Christmas Carol.” In the story, Ebeneezer Scrooge is visited by three very different ghosts: The Ghost of Christmas Past, The Ghost of Christmas Present and The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. With this package, the student will have the opportunity to “visit” three different teachers.
Students are given the opportunity to talk to three different teachers and discuss with the students what they do for a living, what their hobbies are, about their families, and any other interests they have. In return, the student will be able to ask the teacher about their interests, their teaching experience, and their teaching styles. This will give insight to help the student determine if the teacher will be a good fit.
The course package is only $39 including all three lessons. If the student does not meet a teacher that they think does not fit their needs, then the course can be repeated for as many times as it takes to find the best teacher. On the other hand, if the student feels they can benefit from all three of the teachers, then they are free to work with all of them. Unlike Ebeneezer Scrooge, the student does not have to wait until the clock strikes midnight to meet with the first teacher. The meeting can be arranged however fits the student’s schedule.
Remember, finding the perfect teacher is not solely about the teacher’s teaching skills, the number of awards the teacher has received, or the number of years the teacher has been teaching. The most important thing about finding the best teacher is matching up the student’s needs, expectations, and preferences. Once you find the perfect teacher, you can maximize your learning capacity.
So what are you waiting for? Time to meet and interview your prospective teachers through the Christmas Carol Offer!