Learning English these days is not an easy task. There are numerous methods available to help you accomplish this. So many in fact, that it can become confusing and hard to decide which is the best method for you: CDs, private lessons, language schools and online courses, just to name a few. The list is endless and trying to decide which approach to use can feel like being lost in the jungle.
The ability to speak English fluently today is a skill required by most employers and our global work environment has increased the need for international communication. More and more people are interested in learning English online because our fast paced lives have made it difficult for us to find the time to follow traditional courses.
Taking an online course offers plenty of advantages. First of all, e-learning platforms usually record how long you have spent studying and the last thing you have studied. So even if you forget where you left off, on entering the platform again, it will take you back to your most recent activity. What’s more, you never have to miss a class again! Apps like Skype make it possible for you to save travel time by taking part in online seminars without having to leave your home or office. These seminars can also be made available on the cloud for you to watch at a later date, should you miss the class. There are also readily available and easily accessible tools/study materials like dictionaries, thesauruses, translators and grammar reference books on the internet. All you need is internet access, a computer and passwords. Students, as well as teachers and parents, can evaluate and follow their progress at their own pace and have unlimited access to online reviews, tests, pdf files, video and audio files, making the learning process easier and much more effective.
A traditional English language course may offer the benefit of the human factor and the interaction amongst students, but technological advances in communication and our hectic lifestyles have made it possible to learn English online just as effectively. So…, what are you waiting for?!
by George Pitselis, Educational Consultant, hyphen SA