I'm planning to start a YouTube channel to help non-Italian speakers learn how to speak Italian. I was wondering if it may be illegal to do so, given I'm not a qualified teacher. Can anybody help? :)
Youtube is not a teaching platform, although it is used for such a purpose. People are uploading everything on youtube and they are allowed to do so as long as the content of their videos is legal.
What I mean by legal here, is that the video should fulfil the conditions set by youtube, namely, copyright and Rules of the community.
Otherwise, the content is evaluated by youtube users, whatever its nature. Overall, I would say
YES, anyone is allowed to upload his own video to youtube from the legal point of view. However, he should care about giving correct information (especially if it is considered as a teaching video) from the ethical point of view.
Standard disclaimer: That might depend on where you're located, but I don't know of a place where the below answer would not apply:
Do you claim at any point that you are a qualified teacher? If not, then you are simply making tutorial videos and that is totally ok.
If in doubt, put a comment in your channel or under your video stating that you are an Italian yourself/someone who learned Italian for many years and loves the language/..., and not a teacher, then you should have no problems at all.
If you are using any material, textbook, etc. (even if not showing it to the viewers but just reading from it), be aware of potential copyright issues.
There are videos on youtube, where people are claiming Earth is flat, spaceflight is hoax and vaccines are harming children. Do you really think that anyone cares if you are accredited teacher? As long as you are honestly trying to relay truthful information, you are not doing anything wrong, let alone illegal.