LGBO Language Teacher
"I started teaching out of passion. I am also passionate about not allowing my language to go into extinction as predicted by UNESCO."
Where it all started
In wanting to pass on my rich heritage to my daughter, I recognised that it would be beneficial to have more Igbo language speakers in her age group. I started teaching Igbo language face-to-face with my daughter and a couple of family members / non-Igbo spouses for free. I was encouraged to begin running summer classes, which were well received. However, I was slowed down due to limited resources so I attended the Rebel Business School to learn how to scale-up the business.
It was refreshing to learn tips on how to start with few resources and I immediately put them into practice. Following up on leads from this exercise enabled me to register on an online language platform. This immediately connected me with ready buyers and I could access students from all over the world.
I am so grateful for how far I’ve come but a lot more needs to be done. I have relied on keeping costs down at the moment, but my next project is to scale-up and ensure the business is not dependent on me in the way that it is at the moment. I also seek to gain more engagement with local authorities to support families and business projects.
I started off with very few students, but they have now become significant ambassadors of my business. Consequently, I’ve had more referred business come my way.
Before lockdown, I had 7 face-to-face students and had taught fewer than 50 lessons online. I have now taught over 600 lessons online and am registered to teach on other language platforms too. I have been able to create and develop more language and culture packages to meet client needs.
I was invited to speak at the 2020 Polyglot Conference to share insights into the Igbo world. https://www.facebook.com/realtalkwithmillie/videos/161830482353320
I was also invited to speak to a group of progressive Nigerian people to promote the Igbo language. https://www.facebook.com/realtalkwithmillie/videos/901690530293267
I am so grateful that I started this business before the pandemic hit. With lockdown adding home-schooling to my plate, I was unable to go back to paid employment, so it has helped my mental wellbeing to be fully engaged in building the business. Lockdown also meant I had to move all my face-to-face students to online teaching. It was a struggle to adjust to the changes initially, but I’m fully adapted now.
I am now confident to set prices and offer more packages to new and old clients alike. This has reduced the wasted time spent chasing clients who appear to be interested but can't afford or commit to lessons for various reasons.
Website/Teaching Platform: https://thelanguageandculturehub.weebly.com/igbo-classes.html
I also partner with a Language and Culture hub in Nigeria:
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