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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What makes First Tutors: Languages unique?
  2. What is the difference between First Tutors: Languages and going to a language learning agency?
  3. Does First Tutors: Languages offer support?
  4. Why should I use First Tutors: Languages rather than a recommendation from a colleague or friend?
  5. I need a teacher for a language not listed here, can you help?
  6. How do I give feedback?
  7. Who uses First Tutors: Languages?
  8. I'm looking to recruit numerous language teachers for my firm, can you help?
  1. What makes First Tutors: Languages unique?

    First Tutors: Languages enables language teachers to promote themselves through profiles for free. Only when a language teacher is matched with a learner do we make a small charge, i.e. when the advertising has proved its value. First Tutors: Languages is unique for learners in giving them greater choice in their preference for a language teacher and helping to reduce the costs of lessons.

  2. What is the difference between First Tutors: Languages and going to a language learning agency?

    Firstly, First Tutors: Languages is open 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week: you can always go online and request a language teacher. For this reason First Tutors: Languages is a rapid way of finding and selecting a language teacher as we keep do our utmost to keep our database updated. Rather than talking to a middle man and waiting to hear which language teachers are available, our system enables you to contact them directly and ask them your questions, for example about your particular learning needs and areas of focus, or about regional specialisms. First Tutors: Languages is also very competitively priced: the average agency charges c.£20.00 on top of every hour of language learning, whereas we only charge a learner £4.99-19.99* for the release of their chosen teachers's details.

  3. Does First Tutors: Languages offer support?

    For language teachers or learners experiencing technical difficulties, please contact us via our online support form and we will help you with any difficulty.

    For learners seeking advice on choosing a langauge teacher, please read Choosing a Language Teacher or for commencing language lessons please see Your First Language Lesson.

  4. Why should I use First Tutors: Languages rather than a recommendation from a friend or colleague?

    First Tutors: Languages provides a built-in review facility - we invite feedback from learners about how their language lessons have gone and have collected thousands of responses since launch in early 2009. For learners, this provides objective feedback, whilst also giving the best language teachers a platform upon which to shine.

  5. I need a language teacher for an subject not listed here, can you help?

    Contact us and we'll make every effort to help you.

  6. How do I give feedback about your website?

    We much appreciate feedback and where appropriate usually act on it very swiftly - use our feedback form to tell us what you think.

  7. Who uses First Tutors: Languages?
    • Learners range from businesses large and small looking to learn a language for a work function, to families and individuals learning for leisure purposes.
    • We enjoy a lot of repeat custom once we've been tried and tested.
  8. I'm looking to recruit numerous language teachers for my firm, can you help?

    We'll certainly do our best. Please contact us to discuss your needs further.

If you have any further questions not answered in our FAQs, or are unsure about anything, please ask us your question here.

Teachers

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Learners

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* Our one-off fees are variable and linked to the tutor's price per hour to make our service as affordable as possible

Frequently Asked Questions by Learners

  1. At what point do I have to pay?

    It is free to search, browse and contact language teachers. Only when your tutor has accepted your offer of tuition (and you have indicated you are ready to proceed) do we charge a one-off £4.99-19.99* introduction fee. You must pay your tutor their hourly rate directly.

  2. How do I choose a language teacher?

    Please see our article, Which language teacher? for guidance.

  3. Do you CRB check tutors?

    Legally, we cannot, given that private tuition is not counted as a 'regulated activity' under government legislation. However we do conduct ID checks on our tutors and ask them to submit at least two references. However some of our tutors do possess CRB checks because they are also employed as school teachers. We recommend that tutees request to see any photo IDs and advertised CRB certificates at the beginning of the first lesson.

  4. How do I contact the teachers?

    Contact a prospective teacher free of charge by becoming a member. Once your teacher has received and accepted your request we will release their contact details at your request, conditional upon you paying a £4.99-19.99* fee. We also e-mail the teacher your details simultaneously so you can both contact one another.

  5. I have not heard from a teacher and wish to release their details.

    It may be your teacher is on holiday or temporarily unavailable. We contact all teachers as soon as you make your enquiry but cannot force them to respond. We would always recommend contacting more than one teacher.

General FAQs

For frequently asked questions about First Tutors: Languages please click here

If you have any further questions not answered in our FAQs, or are unsure about anything, please ask us your question here.

* Our one-off fees are variable and linked to the tutor's price per hour to make our service as affordable as possible

Frequently Asked Questions by Teachers

  1. How will I hear from new learners?
  2. How do I begin offering language lessons?
  3. How do I change my profile?
  4. I understand learners can create feedback about me, how does this work?
  5. What if the learner changes their mind and no longer requires lessons?
  6. Do I need a CRB check to be a language teacher?
  7. Do I need a languages degree to be a language teacher?
  8. Do you employ teachers?
  9. I'm an international student, can I register as a teacher?
  1. How will I hear from new learners?

    We will e-mail you when a new learner requests to hear from you. You will be invited to log into your member's area and respond to the request as soon as possible. Please note that teachers who do not respond to learners (neither accept or decline) will have their profiles suspended so other teachers can benefit from the opportunities, and so future learners' requests don't go unanswered.

  2. How do I begin offering language lessons?

    First, you need to register on our website so that potential new learners can browse your advertising profile. New learners contact you first, and you accept or decline their requests. If you accept to teach someone and the learner is happy with your offer we will send you their contact details so you can call and arrange a first lesson. We recommend acting on this quickly, as with all teacher/learner correspondance.

  3. How do I change my profile?

    Once you have registered you can log in at anytime to alter your profile information (photo, details, fees etc) through your members area.

  4. I understand learners can create feedback about me, how does this work?

    After one month we invite learners to create a brief comment about their language teacher. This is because the teaching industry works on referrals: the more good feedback you receive as a language teacher, the more enquiries you are likely to attract. Of course, as a teacher you can also reply to any feedback.

  5. What if the client changes their mind and no longer requires lessons?

    Most learners put a lot of thought into choosing their teacher so are unlikely to cancel before lessons commence. The usual reason for changing their mind is that the teacher has left a long period of time between receiving the learner's contact details and initiating lessons. Please ask your learner to contact us if this occurs.

  6. Do I need a CRB check to be a language teacher?

    No, because current legislation doesn't allow private tutors to submit themselves to CRB checks, due to it not being a 'regulated activity'. In the event that you do accept a lesson request from a parent/guardian on behalf of a student who is under 18, it would be useful to bring along your references for parents to see, as well as any CRB check you happen to have.

  7. Do I need a languages degree to be a language teacher?

    Language tuition attracts a very broad range of learners - from small businesses looking to grasp conversation quickly, to retired second home owners and families brushing up ahead of their next vacation. As such, the requirements of these learners vary widely and we do not place limitations on teachers by qualification - rather we let the learner pick the teacher they feel is most appropriate for them.

  8. Do you employ teachers?

    No, we don't employ anybody: all our teachers work on a self-employed basis.

  9. I'm an international student, can I register as a teacher?

    Whilst we don't object, we would recommend checking the terms of your visa to ensure you are allowed to work on a self-employed basis.

General FAQs

For frequently asked questions about First Tutors: Languages please click here

If you have any further questions not answered in our FAQs, or are unsure about anything, please ask us your question here.