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What is the difference between a Professional Teacher and Community Tutor?

Mr. Support
posted this on June 15, 2012, 16:52

With italki you can find the best teachers to give you a personal online language lesson.

There are two types of teachers on italki: Professional Teachers and Community Tutors. 


Professional Teachers


Professional Teachers are teaching professionals that have been trained in foreign language acquisition.  They have one of the qualifications below:

  • Teach as a job at a school or language institute
  • Have a university degree in education
  • Have a teaching certificate (i.e. TESOL)

Professional Teachers can offer structured classes. They also are expected to have prepared lesson and course materials when they teach.  Professional Teachers can teach all aspects of a foreign language, including oral communication, grammar, pronunciation, writing and more.

If you are new to learning a language, we recommend learning from a professional teacher.  A professional teacher can provide you a structured learning plan and lead you through the learning process.


Find a Professional Teacher  >>


Community Tutors


Community Tutors are native speakers (or near native speakers) who can help you learn a language through informal tutoring or speaking practice. Community Tutors are not formally qualified teachers.  They do not teach a foreign language for a living nor do they have a degree in education. However, they are knowledgeable and passionate about helping others learn their language.

Community Tutors offer informal tutoring or speaking practice. Tutors are not expected to have prepared lessons or a teaching plan.  However, they can be your speaking coach, help answer your questions, or correct your essays. It’s up to you to decide how to use a Community Tutor.


Find a Community Tutor  >>




Apply to be a teacher

If you have a passion for teaching languages, and are interested in becoming an online teacher at italki, please apply!


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