Are you torn between face-to-face and distance learning? Today we’d like to take a look at the advantages of online language learning. Flexibility, possibility of language immersion, easy access to trainers and resources… There are plenty of good points! So, why learn a language online? Is it for everyone? Find the answers to these questions in our article.
1. To benefit from greater freedom of learning
Unlike traditional lessons, online language training gives you greater flexibility in terms of your schedule. You can access your language resources 24/7. This allows you to organise your time better so that you can set aside time for your training. Whether you are a morning or evening person: no excuses! Languages are always accessible on the web.
2. To learn a language in all circumstances
The Covid-19 crisis and lockdown have shown us the advantages of digital technology for remote working, communicating with friends and family, and also for training! By choosing to learn a language online, you can continue studying even when the training centres are closed.
3. To learn without having to travel
Work, commute, sleep… work again and then language lessons! That’s not much to look forward to, is it? When you learn a language online, you can do it from anywhere: from your living room, your office or even at the local café. This is a great advantage if you live in a rural area as you may have to travel many miles to get to your training centre.
4. To have access to multiple resources
Gone are the days when you had to go to the local library to find language guides or grammar books. With online learning, you have access to all the resources you need in digital format. The best part is that no matter which language you’re learning – Japanese, French, Polish or even Urdu – you can always find learning materials online.
5. To practise language immersion from your living room
Thanks to the Internet, you no longer need to travel to the other side of the world to practise language immersion. You can work on your listening and speaking skills all day long by:
- listening to songs or podcasts;
- watching your favorite movies and series in the original version;
- reading books, newspaper articles or magazines;
- talking to your trainer or a language partner by phone or web conference;
- playing games;
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6. To save money
As we mentioned in point no. 3, online language training allows you to learn a language without having to travel. This already means great savings in terms of transport. It is also important to know that online courses are generally less expensive as they require fewer logistics.
Moreover, if you opt for a training organisation that is eligible for financial aid, you will be able to fund all or part of your training through financial support from the state or other sources.
7. To find a native trainer more easily
How do youlook for a Chinese trainer when you live in the countryside? Via the internet! On the web, you can easily find teachers or trainers who are native speakers of the language they teach. They will be able to provide you with online lessons using various digital tools (interactive quizzes, web-conferencing, language platforms, etc.).
At 1to1PROGRESS, you can choose from a large number of native trainers in 8 different languages. So, English, Spanish, Italian, German…? The choice is yours!
8. To combine language learning methods
When learning a language online, there is little chance of falling into a routine and getting bored. You can choose between:
… Or even combine all these options to create a programme that best suits your needs and objectives.
A lesson with your 1to1PROGRESS trainer on Monday, a session on your favourite app on Tuesday, a conversation with your language partner on Wednesday… The possibilities are endless!
Is distance language learning right for me?
Learning a language online has many advantages, but it is not an option that will meet everyone’s needs.
Of course, if you do not have stable access to the Internet or if you do not have any digital tools (computer, smartphone, tablet), this learning method will unfortunately not be accessible to you.
Moreover, it also requires a certain amount of “digital fluency”, so that the use of web-conferencing software or apps is not an obstacle to your learning.
Why learn a language online? A brief summary
In short, by learning a language online, you get the same quality of training as in face-to-face training, but with additional benefits.
Whether it is flexibility, cost reduction, access to resources or the choice of trainers, online learning has plenty of good points to convince you! So when are you starting?