In the ultimate battle against a lack of language skills, your best ally is a private teacher with whom you can learn at your own pace. The alliance with a private language teacher is not so simple, because choosing a partner to fight for language skills means discarding the alternative: Native Teacher vs. Bilingual Teacher. If you are thinking of learning a language with private lessons, you will have already realized that these two options are two and that their differences seem irreconcilable. Are you already clear about which one you are going to choose? Of course, native speakers are preferred, but before you choose one, you might want to know the best and worst of each.

What is so good and bad about choosing a native speaker?

A native speaker has a good command of the language, which makes helping with fluency, pronunciation, and intonation the best option. When it comes to improving spoken language a native speaker seems to be the best choice, and conversation classes with a native speaker can be very helpful, provided they are well organized, of course.

But if you have to speak negatively about private teachers, you could cite two important weaknesses. on the one hand, that not all languages have the same difficulties or doubts, so you can focus too much on reinforcing aspects of your language that speakers of one language find difficult and that others pick up on the first if the student is of the first type, there is no problem, but if it is the second type the classes could become very boring. On the other hand, it should not be forgotten that some native teachers have been living in the country where they work for so long that they have lost some of the contacts with their native language, so they may have acquired “vices” or lost some of their fluency. This is common among native speakers who spend time living in countries that speak other languages.

What are the positive and negative aspects of the non-native teacher?

There is the bilingual teacher, who started from a similar point to the student, and who now speaks another language fluently, that is, the private teacher is a model and a reference for the student who sees progress in his or her learning as possible through a path similar to the one followed by the teacher. In addition, the bilingual teacher has the experience as a pupil to know where the difficulties that their fellow countrymen have are and what the reasons for these are so that he or she can help them to face them. For the bilingual teacher, it is often said that it is almost impossible to master a language that is not one’s own 100%, so many pupils opt for native teachers, thinking that they will work better on their speaking and listening skills. In addition, many bilingual teachers have spent so many years abroad that they have lost fluency in their native language, so that they cannot always turn to their own language when necessary.

Native Teacher vs. Non-Native

Choosing between the two doesn’t have to mean that there are any major gaps in the training, as long as the chosen one is a teacher with the necessary training and experience to teach. Stop thinking of language learning as a battle between a native speaker and a bilingual teacher and use the benefits of each in your language training.