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Skype Lessons

I want to share my experience with you in teaching languages via Skype.

I remember very well my first lesson 5 years ago, I worried a bit and I could hardly imagine online tutorial lessons. I read a bunch of articles on the Internet, where everything is beautifully written, everyone is convinced that it’s simple and convenient. My first student was with intermediate level and I was very lucky with him (or he with me). I was able to try different methods until I found the most optimal for Skype lessons.

For every student I make lessons appropriate for his level and goals. Everything is very individual, it is impossible to create one pattern that is suitable for everyone.
The main thing is to have the desire to learn languages, computer (tablet, phone) with good Internet connection and headphones.

 

 

As it turned out, online lessons have many advantages:

  • you can study at any time (during the lunch break at work, for example);
  • it saves your time, especially in big cities;
  • women with small children can learn from the comfort of their home;
  • studying in any place convenient for you: at home on the sofa, in a café, in the park. Neither traffic jams, nor snow, nor wind will disturb you;
  • the possibility to study with teacher from anywhere in the world. It is very convenient, especially, if you live in a small town.

The keyword is convenience.

 

Of course, there are some disadvantages:

  • technical difficulties, electricity is off, computer is blocked;
  • self organization of lessons and home duties;
  • live chat is more enjoyable;
  • an integral part of the dialogue of people are emotional components: gestures, facial expressions, personal touch.
  • Some people don’t feel comfortable communicating through the “gadgets”.

 

 

One of the most important thing in learning a foreign language is the result that you want to achieve. And there is always a choice how to study a language!
I am a teacher and I can say that using Skype to learn a new language definitely has a lot of benefits.
Anyone who wants to learn, he will learn both in Skype lessons and face-to-face lessons.

14 thoughts on “Skype Lessons

  1. Thanks a lot, you’ve shared really useful personal experience. keep on sharing further good experiences.

  2. Hey Natalia!

    Great article! I definitely agree about online lessons, especially your point on the convenience, wind, rain, sleet or snow can’t stop you! (Especially in Ireland, where I’m from!)

    Thank you 🙂

  3. Thank you for your insights, Natalia! I have done “in person” tutoring for a long time in New York, where I have been my own boss. I am considering online tutoring, but I think that I may need to work through a third party (e.g., agency) to facilitate payment. Do you (or, does anyone) have any thoughts and/or advice about this?

    1. I use paypal. It is almost immediate. Ask your students if he/she has it….Payment is almost immediate

  4. That’s my question, Heidi. It’s uncharted territory for me as well tutoring online. I have no idea how to work through a third party. Is it something like a Paypal type arrangement? We of course have to take our taxes out, or is there some entity that will do that for us? Pardon my ignorance!

    1. Barbara and Heidi, you can contact me via email and I will write you the answers to your questions.

      1. Hello, Natalia thanks for the info that article so interesting, I asitido classes at schools with teachers face to face, and I felt good but did not know what to study at least in my case the English language via Skype, the cosily and easy it might be, I would like to learn the language because I need to improve it because I have many weaknesses, I would like to contact you, thank you, jose vicente. Caracas Venezuela

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