Our Promise of Quality
There is a wide range of offerings in language education with differing levels of cost and quality. Here are the most relevant factors helping you to determine a top quality language training course.
Quality of Teachers
The most relevant quality criteria is without doubt the qualification of the teacher. Good teachers have a proven qualification in language education – in case of German they will be licensed “DaF-Trainers“ (“DaF” stands for “Deutsch als Fremdsprache” meaning “German as a Foreign Language”). This ensures that the teacher has the required knowledge in linguistic theory and didactical methods to guarantee professional, high-quality instruction. Best results will be achieved by teachers who complete this level of education with successful practical experience including different types of learners and language levels.
Focus on One Language
A specialist directing his or her full concentration on one single subject will typically be better in this subject than a generalist dealing with several subjects at the same time. This is why language institutes and teachers who concentrate on one particular language will usually offer the highest level of quality in that chosen language.
The most affordable type of language training is typically group training. However, in this case the efficiency is strongly depending on the size of the group and the balance of the participants. The bigger the group and the less balanced the participants are in terms of language competence and learning behaviour, the less efficient the training will be for the individual learner. This is because the capacity of the teacher to consider individual needs of learners and the time for practical language exercises will shrink as the size of the group and the imbalances between learners increase. By far the highest efficiency is achieved in personal one-on-one training sessions allowing the teacher to concentrate fully on a single learner.
Teaching Materials and Methods
Language and language education steadily evolve. This is why continuously new and improved teaching and learning aids are developed and introduced. To keep pace with instructional advancements and the evolution of the German language (i.e. grammatical changes, idioms, etc.) we constantly incorporate the most current developments to bring you the most up-to-date and accurate instruction. Furthermore, new sessions will relate to current events and phenomena making the face-to-face lessons relatable and relevant and the learning process easier. Additionally new improved technologies such as whiteboards, latest e-learning systems etc. can help to make the education more interactive and more entertaining – both simplifying and increasing the absorption of lesson content. Thus the usage of new, current teaching and learning materials and technologies is another relevant factor of quality you should consider.
In the best-case scenario each lesson is “unique”! This means that each lesson is designed individually for the learner based on the desired results, chosen goals, individual preferences, identified learning style, and other factors. However this kind of educational design requires extra preparations and effort extending considerably beyond the actual lesson. Therefore many teachers prefer to work with standardized methods and materials. Our ambitious teachers are ready to invest the necessary efforts to increase the efficiency and quality of your education significantly.
Efficiency and Control
In the end the most objective criteria to judge a language training are, of course, the achieved results and the efforts needed to achieve them. Both should be consistent with the agreed education plan and the expectations of the learner. The foundation of this is a comprehensive written and oral placement test according to CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) at the beginning of the training and a realistic evaluation of the required educational program. A corresponding placement test at the end of the course needs to verify that the agreed target has been achieved. Particular procedures are essential components of each professional, qualified language training.
At DeutschTutor we strive to offer our clients education in “German as a Foreign Language” which meets the highest standards of quality. We commit ourselves to the following standards:
- Exclusive assignment of experienced German-teachers with certification as „DaF-Trainer“ or equivalent qualification
- Full concentration on German language only
- 100% one-on-one live tuition with firmly assigned personal trainer
- Usage of latest teaching materials and interactive e-learning systems
- Meticulous preparation and customization of every single lesson according to individual requirements of the learner
- Oversight and transparent documentation of achieved learning progress and results
- Continous oversight and assurance of quality
To ensure we keep our standards of high quality at all times, we work exclusively with experienced, competent trainers who commit themselves entirely to our defined standards of quality. Prior to the first lesson every “DeutschTutor” completes an internal training including these standards as well as essential e-tutoring skills.
Later on the guarantee of our standards is ensured via regular observation of lessons, obtaining of client feedback, and measurement of the achieved learning progress.