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Private English Teacher - how to find students?

I have spent 5 years in Tokyo and 2 years in Korea before that as an English teacher. I've taught in public and private high schools, but for the past 4 years, most of my students have been private business people and professionals. I've also taught children and all sorts of ages/levels in between. I'm also certified as an English teacher in the state of Florida.

On top of all that, I'm a Swiss citizen (through my mother).

Now I've come to stay in Switzerland, and I'm interested to find out what the market is like for a teacher of my qualifications/experience/legal status to find private students. (I searched the forums, but couldn't find anyone that matches my situation)

Any tips on what the market might be like or where I could find more information? I'm not looking for a school to teach in and sign a contract with...I'm used to being my own boss and excel most in that environment.

I'm living just outside of Lausanne (Cossonay), and could easily commute between Lausanne, Morges, or even Geneve.

Thanks for your thoughts!
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Old 27.05.2011, 22:03
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Re: Private English Teacher - how to find students?

Plenty of previous threads on Teaching English, such as:

Teaching English?

and welcome to the forum and to CH
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Re: Private English Teacher - how to find students?

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Plenty of previous threads on Teaching English, such as:

and welcome to the forum and to CH
welcome to the forum first but for the tips:
1. give some ads in local ads sites
2. if you can travel to Geneva area there are some vacancies in Leman college
good luck
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Re: Private English Teacher - how to find students?

You should shame everyone you meet into feeling inadequate that their English isnt good. Or make them feel below you because you speak english and they dont.

Then just happen to mention that you have been teaching Asian kids english so its highly likely you can help anyone in Switzerland learn english as well.

It will work great with people on the SBB during rush hour, trust me.
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Re: Private English Teacher - how to find students?

Hi there and welcome to the Forum,

You could try hanging up some ads in the Coop and Migros (I am a German teacher and I have found a couple of students this way). Make a habit to start reading the ads in Coop and Migros that others hang up - you may find students in this way (has also worked for me).

Another thing I have done is to hang up ads at all of the Universities, libraries, etc, in my area. You could try that too. (Do ask permission first before hanging up an ad at a University, but they normally say yes!)

You could also try this website: https://www.xing.com/ I can't comment on the success rate of finding students on this website, as I use it to network with clients related to the other part of my company (document translation).

Your own website down the track might help, for people looking for English teachers in your area... I have my own website and many of my students/clients have found me with a google search

Good luck with it all!
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I have spent 5 years in Tokyo and 2 years in Korea before that as an English teacher. I've taught in public and private high schools, but for the past 4 years, most of my students have been private business people and professionals. I've also taught children and all sorts of ages/levels in between. I'm also certified as an English teacher in the state of Florida.

On top of all that, I'm a Swiss citizen (through my mother).

Now I've come to stay in Switzerland, and I'm interested to find out what the market is like for a teacher of my qualifications/experience/legal status to find private students. (I searched the forums, but couldn't find anyone that matches my situation)

Any tips on what the market might be like or where I could find more information? I'm not looking for a school to teach in and sign a contract with...I'm used to being my own boss and excel most in that environment.

I'm living just outside of Lausanne (Cossonay), and could easily commute between Lausanne, Morges, or even Geneve.

Thanks for your thoughts!
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