Do you know that Malaysia is currently the 36th largest economy globally and also the 4th largest economy in South East Asia?

Many trading partners of Malaysia rely on English as the main language of communication when it comes to fostering political, economic and social relations with Malaysia as the national language is Malay.

Hence, it is no surprise that the teaching of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is highly demanded in this country.

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How Can You Be An Effective ESOL Tutor When You Are Bilingual?

Being bilingual is a great advantage if you're thinking to be an English language tutor!

The ability to switch between languages (From Malay to English, Mandarin to English, etc.) allows you to communicate more effectively with your students about their lessons.

That being said, when you are promoting yourself as an ESOL tutor online, you can prepare promotional materials in different languages.

This will allow you to reach a larger group of targeted audiences and connect with students (from various age groups, learning level and location) who need an ESOL tutor.

For instance, you can come out with social media posts in Malay, Mandarin and English.

"Belajar Bahasa Inggeris bersama saya"
" 和我一起学英文"
"Learn English with me "

As a bilingual ESOL tutor, it will help you greatly during the teaching and learning process of your tutoring sessions, be it through home tutoring or online tutoring.

Here are some advantages that you can enjoy as an ESOL tutor.

a) You can easily detect incorrect direct translation usage in terms of grammar and sentence structure among your students 

When you are well versed in several languages, you can easily tell whether your student is merely direct translating from their preferred language when they are learning to speak or write in English.

You'll know WHY they make certain mistakes and HOW to correct them.

Sometimes, the students themselves may not realise that they are too used to the sentence structure of their mother tongue.

Encourage them to think in English from the beginning instead of translating what they want to convey from their preferred language.

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As a bilingual ESOL tutor, you will be able to understand your students and help them to improve accordingly.
Source: Xframe

b) You can prepare bilingual learning materials (bilingual instructions for total beginners) 

Given that you may teach students who are learning English from scratch or are weak in their vocabulary, having bilingual learning materials will help them to master the language more effectively in the long run.

Your students can refer to the bilingual instructions when they are learning a new English vocabulary or a new sentence structure.

c) You can explain to your students in a simpler manner in their mother tongue to illustrate a point

Sometimes, when things get too theoretical or technical for your students to grasp, you can elaborate your points in your students' preferred language alongside English to make sure they understand.

This step will help your students to remember the points better and also be more open to communicating with you, should they experience any difficulties during their lessons too.

What Factors Should You Take Into Consideration When Deciding Your ESOL Tutoring Rate?

One important aspect that you have to plan as an ESOL tutor is how much you are going to charge for your tutoring services.

Here are some factors that you can take into account when you are setting your hourly rate as an ESOL tutor in Malaysia.

Age group/syllabus that you are teaching

The older your student is, the higher the tutoring rate. This is because more topics are covered and the level of difficulty increases at the same time too.

Don't forget that the difference in the English syllabus plays another role in this too. Tutoring for IGCSE English is generally charged at a higher rate as compared to SPM English tutoring.

Some of the common English tutoring classes that are offered in Malaysia are as follows:

  • Primary Level English (From Standard 1 to Standard 6)
  • Secondary Level English in public schools (Form 1 to Form 5)
  • IGCSE English (For international school/homeschooling)
  • Preparation tutoring for Malaysian University English Test (MUET)
  • Intensive classes for International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
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As an ESOL tutor, you will come across students of various age groups.
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Teaching mode (home/online tutoring)

Many tutoring rates differ according to physical location when it comes to private home tutoring. You can either choose to have the lessons at your own place or at your student's place.

If you are okay with travelling, you can set a fixed rate within a particular city, neighbourhood, according to kilometres, for example.

You'll be able to charge a higher rate for home tutoring. In Malaysia, home tutoring rates differ according to various locations. Online tutoring on the other hand has a relatively lower charge as compared to home tutoring.

You can refer to the table below to have an idea of the average rate of ESOL tutoring lessons in different locations in Malaysia.

CitiesAverage tutoring rates
Kuala LumpurRM52/hour
Petaling Jaya RM54/hour
Shah Alam RM55/hour
IpohRM41/hour
SerembanRM50/hour
Kota Kinabalu RM44/ hour
Georgetown RM52/hour

Teaching experience and qualification

Another factor that sets you apart in the ESOL tutoring market is your relevant teaching experience or the current teaching qualification you have.

You may have been a private tutor at a tuition centre for 3 years or you could be a student who is taking a degree in Teaching English As Second Language at a local higher learning institution.

Of course, if you are a retired English teacher, you can also charge a slightly higher rate due to your many years of teaching experience.

What Are Some Ways To Make Students Love English & Enjoy Your ESOL Tutoring Sessions?

When it comes to planning your ESOL teaching materials or even methodology, here are a few things that you can incorporate during your lessons.

Establish English as a language to enjoy as a communication tool

One method to enhance your students' motivation to learn and master English is to reinforce the idea of English as a language instead of a mere subject that they need to pass in schools.

Remind your students why they want to learn English in the first place. Sometimes your students may feel overwhelmed by the grade they need to achieve in their examinations and they miss the true point of learning English in the first place.

Encourage your students to enjoy the process of conversing in English, reading and writing in English and to communicate fluently in English with as many English-speaking people as possible.

Introduce different English learning materials (songs or media)

While books and lessons are more commonly used as the traditional learning route when learning English, many people actually learn better with English songs, movies or series.

Perhaps one of the most famous global examples is seen through the case of RM, the leader of the global boyband BTS who perfectly mastered English while watching "Friends" - all seasons!!!

Maybe it's time for you to schedule a Netflix movie learning lesson. This will help your students to improve their listening and speaking skills in a relaxed and fun manner!

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Watching English series or movies can be an amazing method to learn conversational English.
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Give engaging feedbacks and encouragement to boost their confidence

Nothing beats the feeling when your students know that they are improving and they are on the right track. It makes them feel good, more eager and confident to take on different levels of ESOL as time goes by.

For instance, if they have shown improvement in their English writing, you can even reward them with a gift and share with them how they have progressed as compared to their first lesson to motivate them to press on.

“Correction does much, but encouragement does more.”- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What Are The Benefits Of Becoming A Private ESOL Tutor At Superprof As Compared To A ESOL Teacher In Schools?

Whether you are an experienced English teacher who wants to start your own tutoring service or a student who plans to start a side hustle while studying part-time, you can certainly have a good headstart as an ESOL tutor at Superprof!

You can refer below to understand the three main benefits of registering as a tutor at Superprof.

1. You do not need a specific teaching qualification to begin.

Don't worry about your lack of teaching experience or teaching qualification when you start as an ESOL tutor at Superprof.

Superprof has no restrictions or fixed rules when it comes to approving your request to become an ESOL tutor. All you need to do is fill up the relevant information and follow the step by step instructions for each section on the website. It only takes roughly 10 minutes to create a tutor profile!

Elaborate clearly on what makes you special as an ESOL tutor. It could be your previous achievements in essay competitions, speech contests or your passion to learn and teach English.

Bear in mind that every student has different learning preferences or requirements, so don't be shy to "promote" yourself.

Dare to be different!

2. Experience more flexibility in terms of time and schedule

You can think of your ESOL tutoring venture at Superprof as a full-time or part-time experience.

If you are currently working during weekdays you can easily manage the number of lessons to be conducted during the weekends or during weekday nights.

If you are only planning to teach during the school holidays, you can then schedule your lessons to be in the morning or afternoon with your students.

There is no quota of students that you need to achieve on a monthly or yearly basis. It's entirely up to you to decide how many students to teach. You can also opt for both online and home tutoring for ESOL too!

3. Easily explore diverse teaching methodology

When you are teaching English at an institution, you'll have to use and follow the teaching materials that have been decided by the management.

As an ESOL tutor, you can have the freedom to incorporate different teaching methods in your lessons according to your students. For instance, you may want to use visual aids to teach your students about the simple tense, past tense or future tense instead of writing them down on a typical whiteboard.

Don't forget that you are becoming your own boss! This could be a good opportunity for you to develop a new teaching skill as an ESOL tutor too!

Begin your new chapter as an ESOL tutor at Superprof today!

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