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Language Teachers vs Language Tutors

Which is better for learning languages?

Well, one thing for sure is that the majority of professional teachers teach by the books. Learning the book way (grammar) by itself can be a challenge for the average learner. Just think about it. Learning is something that you have to do yourself. A structured book is teaching the grammar of a language and is not necessarily teaching "how to learn."

Being that I am learning my 5th Language now, I have mastered "how I learn languages." It is very important that you find a method that works for you. Everyone usually knows how they learn best! But when it comes to languages, you may have to experiment with how you learn best. I know for a fact that most language learners learn better without a book structure. It is completely natural the way that we learned our first language as children. We were not learning with a book right away. We were learning by speaking, body language and memorization. In other words, we were our own teacher. And of course our learning was very effective because we were immersed in the language daily.

There was never a day when we didn't hear the language. Everything from our cartoons and the adults around us was in our first language. Now does this mean that teachers and grammar are unnecessary? Absolutely NOT. We DO need teachers and we DO need grammar, eventually... But starting off with a language, it's just not necessary. Immersion is necessary. For the most part, tutors are here to guide and aid you. People call tutors when they need help. Some parents even hire tutors before the child starts school. Tutors focus on your weak area and help strengthen your skills in that area. I've been working as a online tutor for 4 years now and it is no secret that students learn more with their tutors than teachers. This is just how it is. A famous polyglot that I look up to by the name of Lydia Machova said "I cannot teach you what you must learn" and I love this quote from her because it is true especially when it comes to language learning. Languages have to be learned by the individual. Teachers teach and tutors help you to learn. This is why whenever people are trying to get good at something, they hire a tutor.

With my language students, I focus on the areas where they are weak in. Some students are not good at comprehending Spanish. So I will do more speaking and they will do more listening and responding. If my student is bad at speaking with confidence, then we will only focus on conversation in our sessions. Tutors are here to help you get better at whatever you are failing. Now knowing the role of a tutor, I will now explain why the teacher is still an important factor in language learning!<