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how much should i charge for english lessons?

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a family in my neighborhood have asked me to give their 3 kids english lessons for 3 hours on a tuesday. I'm not a professional at all, I'm just working here as an au pair. My other thing was the youngest (5) is disabled, and speaking to the girl who previously taught him she said it is hard work. I feel like I need to be paid fairly, but not too much. Any suggestions?
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Re: how much should i charge for english lessons?

As an au pair you're here to learn the local language, not teach English to others. Also I don't think your permit would allow you to work like this or accept payment for it. You need to check exactly what your permit conditions are regarding any work other than as an au pair.
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Re: how much should i charge for english lessons?

If you are not qualified to actually teach English, how do you plan to go about the lessons? How much preparation will be involved with lesson planning? (Hours of pre-concentration formulating your lessons). Will you and students be needing any lesson/teacher books or other materials/teaching aids?

There is a mythical belief that being able to speak a language that it`s easy to "teach" it. Are the parents of your pupils expecting them to learn grammar formulas - can you teach this along with vocabulary, reading, writing?

Or is it simply having those hours to "speak English" ? If so, perhaps your normal working hourly rate could apply?
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As an au pair you're here to learn the local language, not teach English to others. Also I don't think your permit would allow you to work like this or accept payment for it. You need to check exactly what your permit conditions are regarding any work other than as an au pair.
haha.. its fine for me to work outside of the family. the family actually want me to do it as i have so much free time, so that's not a problem (and legally not an issue)
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If you are not qualified to actually teach English, how do you plan to go about the lessons? How much preparation will be involved with lesson planning? (Hours of pre-concentration formulating your lessons). Will you and students be needing any lesson/teacher books or other materials/teaching aids?

There is a mythical belief that being able to speak a language that it`s easy to "teach" it. Are the parents of your pupils expecting them to learn grammar formulas - can you teach this along with vocabulary, reading, writing?

Or is it simply having those hours to "speak English" ? If so, perhaps your normal working hourly rate could apply?
lol.. the parents have provided the materials for the lessons. its very basic, to read a book with them or talk to them. they have work books i can go through with them.
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Re: how much should i charge for english lessons?

So you have a L or a B permit and/or you are allowed (legally) to be self employed?

Funny though that all those teachers had to go to school and get a degree to be allowed to do that.
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Re: how much should i charge for english lessons?

Regardless of all the permit / legality possible issues..
I know a similar situation where the person is charging 50chf per session.

Doesn't sound to me like it's "another job", more doing somebody a favour and being thanked
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So you have a L or a B permit and/or you are allowed (legally) to be self employed?

Funny though that all those teachers had to go to school and get a degree to be allowed to do that.
You can teach English without a degree, with a TESOL qualification.
Teaching English as a foreign language isn't the same as being a 'teacher'.

Regarding permits, I couldn't comment.

However, the situation of the OP appears to be more of a casual arrangement between acquaintances as opposed to a career choice.
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However, the situation of the OP appears to be more of a casual arrangement between acquaintances as opposed to a career choice.
Yes, I'm surprised that the OP hasn't (yet) been attacked yet for the capitalisation in the title to further disqualify/discourage her from this activity.
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So you have a L or a B permit and/or you are allowed (legally) to be self employed?

Funny though that all those teachers had to go to school and get a degree to be allowed to do that.
yes i do, lol i don't think its that big of a deal.. a lot of au pairs do it
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Re: how much should i charge for english lessons?

Since you're obviously in contact with the previous teacher how about asking her how much she charged for the lessons?
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Regardless of all the permit / legality possible issues..
I know a similar situation where the person is charging 50chf per session.

Doesn't sound to me like it's "another job", more doing somebody a favour and being thanked
loool thank you, i didn't realise it would offend so many people :| aha...
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Since you're obviously in contact with the previous teacher how about asking her how much she charged for the lessons?
she didn't charge, she had them in exchange for extra french lessons.
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Re: how much should i charge for english lessons?

I do not think anybody was offended, merely showing the issues that may arise from doing this?
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Re: how much should i charge for english lessons?

Excellent idea- why not exchange for something you need/want. I have several students on that basis.

Mind you, this is how I started to teach- asked by neighbours to help out- and they put money in the local charity tin- then I volunteered as a French assistant for a local 6th Form college, followed by doing a Bachelor of Education Hons Degree and teaching in local schools. As you are not qualified or experienced, you can't ask for large sums- but maybe 20/25CHF.
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I do not think anybody was offended, merely showing the issues that may arise from doing this?
lol i understand that, i was only asking for advice on how much to charge per hour i have already looking into the in's and out's of it. it is legal, my family are happy for me to do it i only want to know how much to charge lol
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Excellent idea- why not exchange for something you need/want. I have several students on that basis.

Mind you, this is how I started to teach- asked by neighbours to help out- and they put money in the local charity tin- then I volunteered as a French assistant for a local 6th Form college, followed by doing a Bachelor of Education Hons Degree and teaching in local schools. As you are not qualified or experienced, you can't ask for large sums- but maybe 20/25CHF.
i'm not interested in extra french lessons, i need the extra money more than anything as my pay from my family isn't a huge amount (expected) thanks for your suggestions
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Re: how much should i charge for english lessons?

how about 40 chfs an hour?
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Re: how much should i charge for english lessons?

I say since you don't have credentials, charge $25 an hour, no less. This is the minimum here. And go for it!! This kind of thing is done every day here.
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i'm not interested in extra french lessons, i need the extra money more than anything as my pay from my family isn't a huge amount (expected) thanks for your suggestions
I would second the CHF 20-25 per hour. If she baulks (hesitate or be unwilling to accept an idea or undertaking), tell her "thank you but no". Frankly you are doing active baby sitting (with a skill - your EN) and there are three children, one that is not easy. She will not be able to find someone else to do it for that money.

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