Online tutoring is the most expensive way to practice your speaking via a home computer but it’s definitely important to realize the benefits. Much like real life tutoring, online tutoring can provide you with detailed feedback with regards to your overall speaking ability and usually at a lower rate and possibly a higher caliber of teaching expertise compared to tutors in your local area depending on where you are geographically located. You can also find tutors that are available whenever you are-that’s the beauty of the internet! If you are willing to have a tutoring class at midnight, there will be qualified tutors available!
These are my 3 favorite sites for online tutoring
Cost: Free for the language partners-or exchange. Prices seem to range from $5 to 45 per hour, with an average price of $20 per hour.
Italki is a great site that offers a variety of features that can assist language learners on how to reach fluency. This includes an area to find people to set up a language exchange. Italki also has a forum where you practice your writing by leaving notebook entries and questions for others to answer regarding the use of English. Italki offers several levels of tutoring. The first is informal tutoring.
Informal tutoring is more casual and is a great option for practicing your speaking with a native English speaker or English expert. Please remember your teacher may not be a certified teacher but someone who can provide you with English conversation-that’s why it's called Informal Tutoring.
The other option is for professional lessons. These tutors have teaching training, degrees and training in TESOL. The cost will be a little more but the quality of the lesson will be more superior. The professional and informal tutor's profiles can be accesses from the site. Remember this site because it will provide you one of the best options for accessing a wide variety of tutors in one place.
Cost: Free to listen to English Web classes. The premium subscription will cost $19-$45 per month to join. This includes10 English web classes or unlimited classes for $45 a month. These two options gives you a free trial English tutoring lesson as well. Online tutoring is priced from $9 to $35 per hour.
Verbling is a very nice looking site that offers a variety of tutoring possibilities and times. In addition to a large variety of tutors they have online study groups and that you can connect using google hangouts. Verbling also holds a series of web classes that you can join and listen for non paying members but paying members can attend and interact with the teacher and the other students who are connected to the class. The tutoring component of the site has reasonable pricing ranging from $9 to $35 per hour.
Cost: $9 to 45 per 45 minute class. The average rate is $22 per hour.
Verbalplanet is another excellent place to find high quality native tutors. The website provides language training from every major language around the world. One thing that separates Verbalplanet from the other sites is its assessment framework. Every time you have a lesson you will be given an assessment that reviews your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. The website states that they are very strict on how they hire tutoring and only hire the very best equalling one out of 20 applicants.
Tutoring may not be for everyone and you many prefer have a real person to help you with their studies, but if your budget cannot allow the $50 plus fee per hour of real person tutors then you may want to consider these 3 tutoring sites I described.