Dec 20, 2010
Why do people prefer to hire a personal trainer rather than join a class? For the same reason that the idea of personal trainers caught on in the world of physical fitness: Because needs and abilities (not to mention daily schedules) vary considerably and one program cannot possibly encompass them all!
Both individuals and companies have realized that study time is far better utilized in 1:1 sessions. This is especially true in ‘conversational English’ courses where actual speaking time has to be shared with others. For this reason, many language institutes offer individual instruction programs.
Why do English speakers prefer to work as personal ESL trainers rather than as classroom teachers?
Firstly, it affords them a more flexible work schedule. It is usually possible to arrange lessons on days/at hours that are convenient for the teacher. Also, commitment is only to the duration of courses for individual students and this can facilitate their travel plans.
Secondly, the work is very stimulating because it brings them into close personal contact with interesting people. Interaction on this level does not normally occur in a classroom situation.
Finally, and this is often the deciding factor, it’s the highest paid sector in the field. This doesn’t apply to private institutes, where owners take their profit margin - but it most certainly does apply to freelancers.
I've been watching the trend towards personal ESL instructors as it gains momentum.
For prospective teachers, this is an alternative well worth exploring and, for prospective teacher-travelers, this an alternative well worth taking advantage of.
Miriam Lavi (B.A. American Literature/Education, C.U.N.Y, January,'65) is a certified teacher and has been working in the field of ESL - both in NYC and abroad - for over 40 years. She is LLICEB certified to teach ESL to professionals (1995), and is author of the e-guide: How to Become a Personal ESL Trainer.
'Become a Personal ESL Trainer' has been very favorably reviewed in: Essential Teacher, the new TESOL Quarterly (winter, 2004); ESL Newsletter about.com – by the search engine's ESL guide (Jan, 2005).
To view these reviews and other articles by Miriam Lavi, please visit her site: www.esltrainers.com
Article source: http://eslarticle.com/pub/career-development/23990-the-latest-trend-personal-esl-trainers.html