What are the language proficiency requirements for teaching?
We require that teachers have native proficiency or the most advanced (C2) level in order to teach a target language. italki uses the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) for reporting language proficiency.
We do realize that many potential teachers who are not quite at this level may have much to offer to other language learners. However, we want to ensure that any student who wants to learn a language on italki (whether through professional lessons or informal conversation) can confidently find expert teachers with a thorough grasp of the target language. Therefore, at the present time, we must require teachers to be at a C2 level or native proficiency in order to offer a class in that language.
How is this shown on a teacher's profile?
Additions or updates to any of these require approval by italki staff.
italki teachers are presently required to demonstrate their language proficiency in C2 or native-level languages by speaking these languages in their introduction video (even if the teacher is not yet intending to offer a course in that language). The introduction video is an excellent way for students to verify a teacher’s ability, and for a teacher to show the student what a class might be like.
The italki team personally processes all teaching applications or modifications to a teacher’s profile according to this policy, and will monitor and evaluate all teachers to ensure that they are advanced (C2) or native in the language they wish to teach.
italki retains the rights to:
How do I demonstrate my language level on italki?
To demonstrate your native or advanced (C2) language level, both to italki staff and to potential students, we require that teachers: