Non-native language tutor vs Native language tutor, which do you prefer?

by Learn Kor Ean Msia

This is one of the common questions by students looking for language lessons.

Is your tutor a native for the language I am signing up?

Why is it important to ask this question? One might jumped in and say that a native can enable students to learn better.

A native tutor can relate to student better in matters like their cultural values, events, and festivals. In the process of educating, reasonable dosage of story telling or info is effective in helping students to absorb and establish better memory in the process of learning.

Some students may require specific native tutor in their conversational lesson to adapt to the local slang of their respective countries or origin. Malaysian-spoken Mandarin and Beijing/Shanghai spoken Mandarin are both distinctive. This factor will be important to individuals who need to communicate for their professional or business needs in an exact local slang.

However, pay attention that native tutors must have an acceptable level of proficiency and pronounciation in English, being the language medium in teaching. Some students find it difficult to even understand a sentence from native Korean tutors, let alone learning a new language.

Bottomline, set simple expectation right and express needs to language providers, to match you with a suitable course or tutor.