22 Sep 2016
Seven ways to choose a good language trainer

Since I was a child, I have often thought about what makes a good teacher. My classmates and I were not sophisticated enough to elaborate on the required traits of the chosen one, but we could immediately recognize a good teacher as soon as we saw him in action.


Like many of you, I had excellent school teachers and also ineffective ones. Indeed, the work of a good teacher can single–handedly create an everlasting impact in our learning, independently of the school or institution he works for. As adults, we know now that a good teacher has clear objectives, manages his lessons wisely and uses a wide variety of methods to help his students see the moment of light.


Yes, it is clear that now, as adults, we know precisely what makes a good teacher or trainer, but the question is how do we find this inspiring soul, or more specifically, a good language trainer? Does it remain a game of chance with few lucky winners and many losers?

Answer 1: You can search on your own by trusting word of mouth, or by looking for trainers that advertise themselves online.

Answer 2: You can look for language schools that already have good trainers.

In the above case, look for language institutes that:

  1. Carefully select trainers based on their academic background, previous experience in teaching and are socially competent.
  2. Even the best teaching talent goes to waste if it is not nurtured. So, look for institutes that foster high teaching standards via in-house training and supervision
  3. Offer courses at market prices. If they are offering rock-bottom market prices they will not be able to keep their best trainers long-term for you!
  4. Offer reduced class sizes: even the best trainers cannot do wonders with unmanageable class sizes.
  5. Have fully equipped facilities to provide both trainers and participants a rich and pleasant place for learning.
  6. Offer a work environment where trainers and students are treated with respect and respect for the training profession as well.
  7. Present referrals and testimonials that are concrete, descriptive and cover all relevant aspects.

A voice of warning: Your selection process should not blindly follow a trial lesson (Schnupperstunde).


At best, the lesson can turn out to be a well-rehearsed marketing show that has very little to do with the course and trainer that you will end up getting. At worst it is possible that you may be seeing a great trainer having a bad day.

Remember: You are looking for a living trainer of flesh and bones, and not just a perfect talking machine.
But don´t look any further, at language institute i-diom we are certain that you can find the language course and trainer that you are looking for. Just visit us for a free consultation.
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About the author: Carlos Aleson is the director of i-diom, an institute specialized in language and communications training in Austria.