With the recent health crisis forcing people to work and study at home, more and more people are shifting towards Online classes, and wondering whether this learning method will be more helpful for their language development. But before deciding whether to drop your face to face classes altogether, one ought to weigh the costs and benefits of each.
Online classes definitely offer a more flexible schedule, allowing you to choose the time and frequency of classes. In addition, you decide how long you would like to study. The multi english-platform Voxy offers short 15 minute “bite-size” english lessons, which is considered just the right amount of time that language students need to digest and process new information.
With face to face classes, the interaction is more intimate and the communication is fluid, mirroring interactions you may have on a daily basis at work, socializing with friends, or when travelling abroad. However, class times are usually based on a fixed schedule, which doesn´t give you the flexibility that online classes offer.
Secondly, the material used in face to face classroom settings is typically book related, unless the teacher has easy access to a projector or video screen if they would like to show more current information such as a recent article or video. With online classes, accessing up to date information coming from authentic sources is a constant. Voxy converts articles and videos from reputable international sources such as the Economist, Financial Times and Bloomberg and turns them into concise and dynamic english activites.
Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages, but given the recent shifts towards e-learning, online classes will continue to trend upward.