If you cannot travel to a training centre but would like to learn a language, then distance learning is the right option for you. However, you might be wondering if your current level is good enough. Will you be able to manage an online “A2” level language course on your own?
The level of language proficiency is not an obstacle to distance learning
Whether you are a beginner or an expert, there is no minimum level to start learning a language online. However, depending on your level of language proficiency, you will not necessarily choose the same training methods. With an A2 level, you will need more support than a more advanced speaker. Here’s how it works…
The European scale of language competence – CEFR
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages was set up in 2001 on the initiative of the Council of Europe to:
- define the level of language proficiency;
- standardise the level of language teaching throughout Europe.
There are 3 main levels, each divided into 2 sub-levels.
- A basic user will have an A1 (beginner) or A2 (intermediate) level.
- An independent speaker will be able to acquire a B1 (upper-intermediate) or B2 (advanced) level.
- Lastly, an experienced user will have a level C1 (independent) or C2 (mastery) level.
Finding the right course for your level
You might think that the A2 level, which corresponds to that of a basic user, is not high enough to take a distance learning course. But that is not the case! There are online courses for every level.
For an A1 or A2 level, we advise you to go for an online course with a greater degree of support. Blended learning is an ideal learning method in this case. It is a hybrid format that combines the advantages of distance learning with those of classroom learning.
Unlike “all e-learning” solutions, in blended learning language courses you will be taught by real trainers and supported by an educational team… but at a distance. This means that you are free from the constraints of learning in a training centre, while benefiting from personalised follow-up.
This tutor-based learning is supplemented by exercises carried out independently, thanks to digital tools (interactive quizzes, online resources, etc.).
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Please note! Not all blended learning language courses are the same. Make sure that your training organisation uses digital technology to complement the human element and not the other way round.
A2 online language training: the possible barriers
With the right training, it is not difficult to learn a language online, even at an A2 level. However, there are other factors that can make your distance learning more difficult. Here are the two barriers you’ll have to overcome, or get around, if you opt for distance learning.
Lack of digital literacy
Do you feel uncomfortable with computers? Do you lack digital equipment? Then learning a language online is probably not the right solution for you.
If you really want to take an e-learning or blended learning course, you will need at least one device (computer, smartphone, tablet) connected to the Internet.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a digital expert to take an online course. The use of language platforms is generally quite intuitive. However, you will need to know how to:
- log in;
- use the different options;
- use the communication tools (chat, video conferencing…);
Good to know: with 1to1PROGRESS, a dedicated coach will guide you in getting to grips with the digital tools at the beginning of the course.
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A lack of organisation
The most difficult thing about learning a language online is to stick to the course and do the exercises regularly. Unlike face-to-face training, you are in control of your schedule. If you find it difficult to plan your lessons or lack motivation, this could jeopardise the outcome of your training project.
To free yourself from this constraint, we again recommend that you opt for a course that offers you personalised follow-up. You will then have a dedicated teaching team to help you stay motivated and follow your courses diligently.
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Are you looking for an A2 level language course that will meet your needs? Contact our 1to1PROGRESS consultants: we certainly have the solution you need.