In this blog post we will point out the essential benefits of learning a foreign language online.
You can go as fast or as slow as you like. You can spend longer on the parts that you find more difficult or that are newer to you. You may have studied some of the language previously so you can move on more quickly with these parts.
Life often gets in the way of learning a language or your work or lifestyle prevents you from attending regular lesson or a college course:
– you may have a really busy week at work
– you may have to go away on business
– you might be ill
– you go away on holiday
– you work a changing shift pattern
The technology we have available today is perfect for language learning. By learning a language online you have a wide range of tools available to you: videos, audio, instant messaging, online bilingual dictionaries, webcams, grammar correction tools amongst many others. Teachers are finding that having all of these available to students of languages are helping them to stay motivated and stay connected with other learners and native speakers.
Once you sign up for online lessons or courses you will have access to this wherever you are. You can log on from your smart phone, tablet or lap top wherever you may be. You can study whilst on the bus, away on a business trip or even on holiday at your hotel.
By studying online in the comfort of your own home you do not have to speak in front of a class full of other people. You don’t have to feel awkward about asking questions that you think everyone else already knows the answer to or understands.
This way you stand a much better change of progressing faster.
Many online courses combine self study by watching tutorials, reading scripts and doing quizzes with actual time with a qualified tutor. This means you have the opportunity to ask your tutor questions on anything you are struggling with or if you want extra practice on any aspect of the language.
Online courses usually work out cheaper than more traditional face-to-face lessons. Plus you have lifetime access to the video tutorials and updates.
Online courses do not usually include tests. There may be quizzes to practise what you have just studied. This can especially appeal to people who get nervous before tests and don’t end up doing their best.
With language learning the real test comes when you get to speak to a native speaker or when you listen to a podcast and find out how much you can understand. You yourself will then see what you need to work on rather than being graded by a tutor.
As you can see learning a language online has many advantages however it is worth pointing out that you do need to be self-motivated to keep up with it regularly and really want to learn the language to stick at it. If you are the sort of person that needs deadlines and someone checking that you are doing the work then this will be a challenge for you to keep up with the course.
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