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.