Thursday, June 12, 2008

How Much to Charge for Group ESL Lessons

It's easier to decide how much to charge ESL students in small groups after you've determined your hourly rate for ESL lessons. Students usually want to work in a group to get a reduced rate (otherwise, most English Language Learners seem to prefer working one-on-one with a private ESL tutor). You are not likely to get students in a small group to each pay the same amount as the individual rate.

However, you should definitely charge more for the group ESL lesson than you would normally charge for an individual student. It does, or at least it can, take more preparation time for a group of ESL students than an individual student, and you are offering your services to more people. You should be compensated for your work.

There is no hard and fast rule about how much to charge, but a good general rule is to charge individual students in a group two-thirds of your hourly rate for individual ESL lessons. So if you normally charge $30 per hour and you have two or more students, you would charge them each $20 for the hour lesson.



Sean said...

How I do it is I set my hourly rate to a minimum of 60,000 won (us$60) which is good for 1 or 2 students after that it's an additional 10,000 won per student to a maximum of 6 students. More students than that and I require a new class.

Name: Debra Garcia, M.A. said...

Thanks for weighing in on this, EFL Geek! It's a question that many tutors ask and your comment is really helpful.

Anonymous said...

Yes, really helpful. Many people think that an hourly rate is just that, but a group does indeed involve much more work than a single student. I normally chage them 2/3 of the cost when in small groups.

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