Why It’s Worth Getting A GCSE Tutor In Modern Languages

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Why It’s Worth Getting A GCSE Tutor In Modern Languages

Taking a GCSE in any language can be a daunting prospect, especially since the change to a 9 to 1 grading system and its complete overhaul of the language GCSE syllabus. The combination of those terrifying speaking and writing exams can be enough to make any student pull their hair out. Tutoring is a useful solution for this, providing extra support to students and turning what can be a stressful experience into a rewarding learning process.

The UK Languages Crisis

Right now only 32% of 15 to 30 year olds in the UK are able to read and write in more than one language. This is less than half of the level in Hungary which placed second last in Europe with 71%. Entries for language GCSEs continue to drop year on year and attainment is particularly low among young men. The need for confident bilingual students is therefore greater than ever, with private tutoring often an important part of this education by giving pupils their only opportunity for extended conversation practice and intensive support for exams.

Who Benefits From GCSE Language Tutoring?

Private tutoring is an increasingly popular option among UK parents with research showing that one in three (27%) students now receive private tuition at some point during their time at school.  Time spent with experienced teachers has become essential for students aiming for those top marks in the new, tougher GCSEs. These have a greater emphasis on speaking and comprehension in the target language, a skill only improved with the kind of extended conversation practice one to one teaching allows.

Tutoring is equally useful for students struggling in class. A study done in Germany on over 200 children of varying ages showed that individual tutoring in French over a period of 9 months had a significant impact on student attainment. This is because private tuition allows time for students to revise lessons they’ve found confusing with the support of an experienced teacher. Students are also given immediate feedback and extra support on any homework they are struggling with.

Love Learning Languages Again

With an effective tutor, the language learning process becomes fun, particularly when a good relationship is built between student and tutor. Whilst there are the obvious benefits of higher exam marks, often essential for students hoping to go on to study languages at A level or university, private tuition also provides a welcome escape from the usual slog of exam-focused school study. Thus bringing the joy back into discovering a new language and culture. Tutors find creative ways to keep their students interested: whether that be through suggesting Netflix series in the target language, providing opportunities to chat with a native speaker or bringing games and other resources into the lessons. What’s clear is that students who enjoy the process of practicing their language are far more likely to succeed in their exams and build a basis of knowledge they’ll have for the rest of their lives.

Learn To Really Speak The Language

Speaking practice with real native speakers, surely the most important part of language learning, is also one of the enormous benefits of private tutoring. Often not available within a school environment, extended speaking practice is key for those students genuinely interested in acquiring fluency in their chosen language, allowing them to challenge themselves beyond the limits of the GCSE curriculum. Only once students are able to speak with confidence can the real-life uses of language learning become clear.

Where Do I Find A Tutor?

Although the benefits of language tutoring for GCSE students are clear, none of them would be effective without the right tutor. All our tutors at Learn&Co have been chosen not only for their extensive experience and qualifications but for their knowledge of what makes fun, effective teaching. We understand that the relationships built between student and tutor are essential in motivating our students to work beyond what they previously thought themselves capable of.

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