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Language Education: Private Vs. Public

Language education can come in many forms and in many different environments. Most often, formal language education comes about in the classroom setting. There are, however, different types of educational classrooms in that there are private and public options. Private schools and public schools offer children and, sometimes, adults the opportunity for controlled classroom education. The following explains more about the differences in these types of education and the benefits of each.

Certification

One way that private school language education may differ from that of public school is in the certifications of the teachers. Not all private schools require that individuals teaching in their institution have teaching certification or certification in a particular field. This can be detrimental in language education in that some skills can be better utilized with different teaching techniques. These teaching techniques are uniquely taught in the classroom or certification settings. Yet, this is not to say that language education in private schools is of lesser value. On the contrary, there can be great value in using teachers from nontraditional settings that may or may not have the certification. An individual, for example, who speaks a native tongue or who has spent many years absorbed into the culture and language of a region of the world may find that they have a grasp that cannot be taught through language education courses. For that reason, it is important to note that there are advantages and disadvantages to each locations language education and the resources should be valued accordingly.

Cost

Language education through a private institution, especially those that focus extensively on this program, can become extremely costly. Thousands of dollars may be required annually in order that an individual student can participate in a private education setting. Depending on what means you may have, it may not be possible to forfeit this amount of money for this type of education. Instead, consider a public language education in contrast. Public education does not have these exorbitant fees. The education itself can be free with fees coming from supplies and other items. This is another consideration when choosing your own education or that for your child.

Diversity

Diversity is an issue in many different types of education but one of the areas that it can be especially beneficial in is in the area of language education. Diversity of student population can mean a variety of things and this includes exposure to different clientele and those from different geographic regions. For that reason, it becomes important that a parent and student understand the population of their schools of interest and what they are looking for. Certain private schools cater to certain individuals or clientele. Private schools can have a limited reach when compared with certain public schools, which can be a detriment. This is a generalization and each venue should be evaluated based upon your own research, however, it is something to consider in your child’s language education.

So, what would you like for your children, a private or a public language education course?

 

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