Next to having English as a mother tongue and possessing a linguistic diploma, experience is essential to be an excellent English teacher. Or do you agree to be a guinea pig for an inexperienced teacher?
At the English Academy, we expect our candidates to have at least two years of experience before they can teach for us. We have been able to observe that this experience makes a big difference for the results of our students.
If you have basic or fairly general needs, the experience of your tutor is a mere advantage. But if you are looking for a language coach to learn for instance business English or to coach you for an official English language exam (Cambridge, IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC), then the selection of a teacher who has specific experience in that field becomes a necessity.
It also goes without saying that an experienced teacher has a better knowledge of the didactical material that is available. Someone who is very familiar with the vast resources for teaching English as a foreign language, is obviously better suited to choose those resources that best match your needs.