Online lessons by video-conferencing are becoming increasingly popular nowadays all over the world. Are you still in doubt if it’s a good idea to learn a language via Skype? Just consider 10 reasons why language learners choose lessons with an online tutor.
‘I would really like to start taking French lessons and Skype sessions would work perfectly as I don’t have a lot of spare time in the week to travel.’
Well, life rhythm is quite fast nowadays and permanent lack of time is becoming a great problem. But if you are still eager to learn a language, choose online lessons and safe your time considerably! All you need is a device with an access to the Internet and Skype installed. Don’t waste your time on travelling to your tutor or to local courses anymore!
‘Due to my work travel schedule I would require someone who is somewhat flexible and can accommodate changes in timing for the lessons.’
If you are pretty flexible to squeeze in an hour into your working day at a time that works for both sides, Skype tutor would be happy to adjust her schedule to yours. You can have your lesson after work or during your lunch-break, late in the evening or early in the morning! Take classes during your vacation or business trips. No local classes can offer you such advantages.
‘Amazing service for little money.’
No travel expenses. No needs to buy books or CDs. All the necessary training materials are provided for free, printable handouts and audio files are sent by email. Online language tutor sets up homework and checks it for free. In addition, online lessons are much cheaper than face-to-face or even classroom ones. Moreover, the first trial lesson without any obligations is also free of charge. Finally, bulk discounts and installment payments are available.
‘I generally work in SW1 London in the week but this can vary and so an online tutor situation sounds ideal’.
Just imagine that you can have lessons at any place where you can have an access to the Internet! Say, at the comfort of your home or office, at a coffee-shop, library or any other public place.
5) Expert help
‘I have tried for a while to learn German on my own with free online courses, Youtube videos, library books, etc., however, I feel that while these methods are very helpful, I would greatly benefit from being able to actually talk to someone who can teach me directly in a one-to-one setting in order to practice more effectively and to be more successful in my hope to eventually become fluent.’
Your online tutor is a university trained and experienced language teacher. It means that you use a professional who practices modern teaching methods. Thus, you are not alone in your way to your goals. So, learn language via Skype with an expert teacher!
6) Personalised tutoring
‘I’m very keen to start German lessons and I find that I work best in a single-student environment rather than a classroom.’
No group classes, just a patient and friendly tutor in your pocket. Your teacher creates a study programme which suits your level, goals and learning style. Every lesson is tailor-made. As a result, you can be sure that all your needs and interests will be concerned.
7) Relaxed atmosphere
‘We have had some giggles in our lessons (mainly at my expense) which is always fun.’
‘Well she not just a teacher anymore she is more like an amazing friend.’
‘I can’t believe the amount of progress I have made in only 3 months and I’m having fun at the same time.’
The way you can learn over Skype is just as good as having someone in your own home. But your guest won’t arrive! No need to think about tea and biscuits for your teacher. Your dress-code and a mess at your place don’t matter anymore. You don’t have to care about your perfume or smell your tutor’s one. Moreover, no chance to get ill if your tutor is sneezing or coughing a little. Just enjoy your lessons lying on a sofa or sitting in a cosy armchair.
‘I am now 16 lessons or so in, and feel I am making real progress. I was floundering with basic Russian grammar until my teacher pointed me in the right direction. Slowly but surely she has helped me improve greatly and my vocabulary and understanding has exploded.’
The tutor provides the student with quality intensive tuition. She uses up-to-date learning materials issued by leading publishers. ‘Share screen’ tool allows to demonstrate all the necessary visual materials. Skype chat is used as a whiteboard. By using technology to the full, your online teacher helps you learn a language via Skype efficiently. In short, online lessons are even more effective than classroom lessons, and allow the student to practice all four skills — speaking, understanding, reading, and writing — but much more conveniently!
‘I do know some basics of the language with quite a lot of practice from Duolingo and some self-study which I find really hard — motivation/time management and just about any other reason to put me off. I would like to set a target of some sort and would appreciate tutor’s help on quite regular basis so potentially 2-3 hours per week and a programme where I am forced to do a lot of independent study i.e. homeworks to boost this up.’
Actually, your progress depends much on motivation, frequency of lessons and whether you do your homework or not. But normally complete beginners can hold a simple conversation on everyday topics after 15-20 Skype lessons (if they regularly learn something between the sessions, of course). For instance, Deutsche Welle suggests A1 level is reached with about 75 hours of German studies. Accordning to Alliance Française, a learner needs about 80 cumulative hours of study to reach A1 level of French. So, systematic approach to language learning can be easily achieved with the help of an experienced online tutor, who will provide intensive tuition and student’s language skills testing.
10) Native speaking teacher
‘A good resource to practise with native speakers.’
When you learn a new language taking private lessons with a native speaking tutor is always a good idea. But it sometimes really hard to find a native teacher nearby. So, Skype offers a brilliant solution.
Today online lessons via Skype and language learning do not contradict each other but are successfully being joined together into one process. Only after you start you will experience all the advantages which current language learners are already enjoying.
So, why not give it a go?
Learn a language via Skype!