HOW TO KNOW A GOOD TEF/FRENCH TUTOR
Economics lets us know that when the demand for good or services is high, there will be increase in prices, that is common sense, however the lethal part of is that there will also be an increase in the supplier of the goods and services. Therefore, the field of French learning is not different
Due to the increase in the CRS points by the IRCC , many people are now automatically French tutors and TEF tutors. Charlatans are every where with every unscrupulous means to make money out of it. This article is written to sensitive the public in the grave danger of falling in wrong hands which will make you waste your time, resources and energy.
So, how does one find a good TEF tutor? How does one know an efficient French Tutor?
Is being a Native a requirement for knowing one?
Many beginners or novices assume that being a Native is a requirement for learning French. It seems so outwardly, but it is just partially correct, because results does not always show it. I will like to give an example of one of our successful students in Europe, the United Kingdom to be precise. She was learning firstly from a male French tutor from France, according to her, the tutor focuses on Speaking, pronunciation. She said that he didn’t focus on why she should speak that way, that she should just speak. so , she could pick the accent from him, that is the major boost, but just the accents is not enough. As a matter of fact, TEF does not test accent at all in the main exam, as there are various French accents in the world. She then hired another one close to Central London area close to her home to reduce long distance transportation, the other tutor, a lady this time around uses text books to teach. Those textbooks were written in French throughout which further aggravated her difficulties in French. It was the she started searching for online tutors that at least she can learn from, without commuting to and from. To cut the long story short, She found Tobidam. Some of you have heard her story on social forums. She got C1,C1,C1, B2. Her CRS was at 500pts. So, being a native is good, but it does not just depend on that alone, the effectiveness is what matters.
Is just having a B.A. M.A or PH.D in French the only requirement?
Yes, it is very essential and crucial to well qualified before taking an educational position. However, is it the only necessity? A thousand times No. There exist so many professors, teachers with degrees that can’t explain adequately in a lay man terms how to understand what they know. They may good at it for themselves , but not for others. Being a good teacher is either you are gifted for it or you are well trained to teach. You are not an efficient teacher just because you obtained a degree from the university. In Africa, particularly, in Nigeria most people detested French right from their primary school up to the tertiary level. Why? Unqualified teachers? No. Most of our teachers who taught us French all the way from Basic level to University level are graduates, nevertheless, their inability to impart the students in a perfectly comprehensible and amicable way, has made people to loathe it. Here at Tobidam , by mere studying our Free French lesson on our site, you can have a clue on our easy mosde of teaching. Consequently, being learned in French is not the major requirement.
If it is cheap?
A plethora of beginners just use any cheap tutor to learn French. If you are just learning French for fun and tourism, that may be cool. On the other hand if you are learning for a proficiency exam like TEF, you should be wary of it. If it is too cheap, oftentimes packing too many students in a class, it could be a red flag. This is due to the fact that the more students per class, the lower the effectiveness of the class, the longer the duration of the program. Any real TEF tutor that know his onions is not cheap, you can google a professional tutor online for their prices.
What is then the Litmus test for recognizing a good TEF/French tutor? Results
Below are the 7 questions to ask to find a good TEF Tutor
- Has the tutor written TEF and passed excellently with proof to show?
- Has he taught others who have passed?
- Ask the tutor how many hours does it take to learn French to be able pass TEF?
- A week’s class is enough to know if the tutor is imparting you or just teaching. French must be IMPARTED, and not just taught, otherwise it will be ambiguous and cumbersome.
- Do you enjoy the class, if you have already started?
- Does the tutor focus on all aspects viz. Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing or just one aspect?
- Lastly, is the person a experienced TEF tutor or just a French tutor? French is wide, however there is a marking scheme for TEF. There are requirements to be known. One can leran French forever and still fail TEF. It is not just the Fench knowledge , but the required knowledge, of which only someone who has passed TEF and is gifted at teaching or a qualified teacher can really be of help.
Some may be thinking, how does one find a tutor that meet up with all these requirements? Of course, they do exist, though may be scare. But, if you do find, they may not be very cheap, because stones are everwhere, however diamonds are scare.
Luckily for you the readers and our students both in Nigeria and diaspora, our services are still fair enough compared to other similar top professionals around the world or even on the internet. Moreover, here are Tobidam, we tick all the boxes on the & requirements, and our results can be attested to in the webspace.
Till we see in the next article! À la prochaine fois !