Native speaker tutors will always have an important role regarding second language education. There are many reasons, but I’ll extract the main ones.
Native teachers have the advantage of 20 plus years of language learning and practice before moving abroad to teach. However not any native speaker obviously, can become a tutor or teacher from the day to the night. As you all may know a person can be the best expert on a field, and however not be able to explain things properly.
That’s why the winning combination is a native speaker who also has years of experience teaching with also the required qualifications.
Cultural considerations also weigh in favor of native tutors. We know that the same word may have different meanings in each language. So the importance on when or how to use some expressions, becomes close to each culture and situation.
Another point is that the English or Spanish taught academically on books and methods, sometimes differs to the reality of the practical use of the language. In my opinion quite often at both formal and informal level.
Additionally a natural way of combining words, full conversations and grammar helps the students overcome bad speech patterns, which later are more difficult to correct. Instant and accurate feedback to the students is provided, a native speaker will understand not only the meaning but the background of the words.
Cultural practices are also addressed from the native speaker, providing answers to questions about customs or cultural practices which may appear during the class. Conversations. By talking with a native speaker, a language student will be able to pick up, the true meaning of the sentences and the tutor will be able to make sure the student, is using the right meaning of the words and phrases they use.
Finally, in this short extract of all the advantages of having lessons with a native speaker, I would like to remark, that talking only in the new language avoids non productive shortcuts, and helps to think in another language, and therefore becoming closer to the most important factor associated with any language, its mentality.
That’s why after receiving regular, and continuous lessons with a native teacher, it’s easier to break the student’s language barrier, when traveling or working for example.