Fri, 09 Feb 2018 12:51:41 +0000Geralde Vincent-BancroftTechnology and education go hand in hand lately, and more people are embracing this to their advantage. The demand for language online courses is on the rise because of the multiple advantages it offers to the would-be learner.
It is perhaps overwhelming to see the amount of online courses you…
Technology and education go hand in hand lately, and more people are embracing this to their advantage. The demand for language online courses is on the rise because of the multiple advantages it offers to the would-be learner.
It is perhaps overwhelming to see the amount of online courses you can find for practically any language you wish to study.
An online course offers multiple advantages that you should be aware of.
There are multiple formats of online courses. Some are entirely prerecorded with videos, audios, quizzes and PDF lessons. There are around twenty hours per course.
You have access whenever you have spare time, and you follow the course completion in your own time. There is no constraint because you usually have a lifetime access to the course.
If you’re organised and highly motivated, this is the course for you. Some people don’t finish these courses, unfortunately, because accountability is a driving force to help them reach the finish line.
Another format is the one-to-one interaction type of course. A teacher and a student decide about the appropriate time for an online class which can take place via Skype, email, online chats, SMS. This type of interaction allows the student to learn faster and it creates accountability.
2- learning is easier
There are numerous language software programs, in many languages, to support the students. They can be installed in your laptop, tablet or mobile phone making it easier to learn on the go. So, there is no excuse for not finishing your coursework.
3- Students should be organised
You should have a place where you can study regularly without much distractions. You retain information better and learn faster when you maintain your concentration.
4- It is not easy
Although convenient, online learning requires a special mindset. You should be willing to invest your time and fully commit. Sometimes you will feel lonely, but the extra effort you put in the process will be highly rewarded at the end.
5- You should be determined
Self-motivation is key, especially when things get tough and don’t fall into place, as you planned. Your self-determination should be what gets you through every hurdle in your language journey.
6- You should not shy away of asking for help when needed
When you don’t understand certain concepts you should ask your online tutor. They are just an email away, you should not hesitate to contact them. Most of the time, they will be pleased to help because you didn’t only buy their course, but you are actually using it and learning.
7- You are not alone
You shouldn’t feel isolated because you’re learning online. Usually the course makers offer an online community with the course package and you should take advantage by getting involved in these communities.
If this option is not offered, it is easy to find in social media like-minded language learners with whom to start discussions about different language topics. This will certainly boost your learning process.
Online learning is an excellent way to learn a language. A great deal of languages are on offer online. Learning is more interactive with the help of videos, audios, pictures etc. One last advantage, it is cheaper.
Online learning is not for everyone because you need to be highly motivated to succeed.
Are you studying a language online? Please let me know in the comments.
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