Professional Teachers and Community Tutors

There are two types of teachers on italki: Professional Teachers and Community Tutors.

BOTH Professional Teachers AND Community Tutors:

  • Are native or Advanced (C2) level in the language(s) they teach
  • Are expected to conform to italki’s Teacher Policies and Code of Conduct
  • Are admitted only after submitting an online application which is personally reviewed by italki staff.


Professional Teachers

Professional Teachers are certified professionals that are highly skilled in the art of foreign language acquisition and have expertise as educators. Professional teachers, for example:

  • Teach as a profession at a school or language institute
  • Have a university degree in education
  • Have a teaching certificate (i.e. TESOL)

Professional Teachers offer structured learning. They create their own lessons and packaged courses. They also are expected to prepare and use their lesson and course materials when they teach.

As Professional Teachers, they can teach all aspects of a foreign language, including oral communication, grammar, pronunciation, writing and more.

The italki professional teacher application form requires copies of documents showing a teacher’s education, professional experience, and other related language teaching certification.

Read this article in the italki Help Center: What types of certification or credentials are required for a professional teaching profile?

For the reasons above, and because of the extra effort involved, Professional Teachers are able to charge much higher rates for their services than Community Tutors.



Community Tutors

Community Tutors can help you learn a language through informal tutoring or conversation practice. Community Tutors usually do not have professional training or experience as teachers, however, they are very knowledgeable and interested in helping others learn their language.

Community Tutors offer informal tutoring or speaking practice. They are not expected to have prepared lessons or a teaching plan but can be a students’ speaking coach, answering questions, practicing conversation, or correct your essays. It’s up to the student to decide how to use a Community Tutor’s time.

If you are interested in applying to become a teacher on italki, click here.

Read this article in the italki Help Center: What’s the difference between a Professional Teacher and a Community Tutor?

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