Here are 5 reasons why we advocate face-to-face or Skype lessons as opposed to learning solely online or with a mobile app:
Here are 5 reasons why we advocate interactive face-to-face or remote live lessons (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, Skype etc) as opposed to learning solely online or with a mobile app:
- Tailored courses – all our courses are designed to meet our learners’ needs. The teacher will adapt lessons to suit learning style, interests and problem areas, and can change the lesson plan on the day if required. A learner with an urgent presentation to give, a difficult email to compose or simply an area of grammar that they cannot grasp, can expect the teacher to address that request straightaway. This is clearly not possible with a set online course.
- Personal feedback and encouragement – our qualified and experienced teachers will adapt their communication and feedback style to suit their learner and ensure that their message is understood. You can’t beat real time encouragement by an emotionally intelligent teacher when tackling the French subjunctive or German adjectival endings!
- Discussion and cultural knowledge – curiosity and exploration are important elements in the learning process. Learners can ask questions during their lesson, thus exploring the areas of language in the way they need to in order to understand. Your teacher will also be able to share invaluable cultural knowledge with you. For example, if you are learning business vocabulary around meetings, your teacher could explain different attitudes towards meetings etiquette and management style. This could make all the difference in your interactions with stakeholders or colleagues.
- Concentration – when solely learning online, it can be much harder to concentrate and stay motivated, even to the point where we can end up ‘multi-tasking’ and getting distracted, thus limiting the effectiveness of the course. A teacher in the room or on your screen will use strategies to keep learners engaged and on task, and multi-tasking won’t be an option!
- Real communication – this is after all what languages are all about! It’s only with a real person that you can fully practise your speaking and listening skills, whether over Zoom/Teams or face to face. Apps and online exercises are excellent for working on grammar and vocabulary, but nothing beats the dynamic of a real conversation.