Online learning vs Classroom learning

We think the most effective option for learning a language is full immersion, supplemented by structured classes, in a country where the target language is widely spoken. The next best option is to attend face-to-face classes while you are in New Zealand, guided by an experienced native teacher using a curriculum designed for New Zealanders. However, we do understand that this is sometimes impractical, because you cannot commit to fixed times or there are no suitable classes in your area.

You can consider a guided course delivered over the phone and internet. This is ideal if you are just too busy, or if you are often travelling but can be reached by telephone in any destination. Similarly, if you live in a very remote location, and a teacher can’t get to you, telephone / Skype language lessons are an excellent solution.

This can be supplemented by weekend language courses, lunchtime courses or summer school programmes at a language school (hint, hint). You know how canada drugs no prescription levitra to contact us 🙂

Face-to-face classes may not be the right solution for everyone. For every one of the learning options, there are advantages and disadvantages:

Learning options: Cost (NZD) Pros Cons
Full immersion in foreign country, with a Euroasia partner school $500-1000 / week depending on city/school Most effective option
Fast track your progress
Meet new friends to practice with
Combine travel with learning
Expensive
Requires planning and time off work
Can be scary
Face-to-face classes at Euroasia $300+ for 10 lessons Experienced native-speaker teachers
Small classes (under 10), allowing for more interaction
Curriculum designed for Kiwis
More effective than independent learning options
Fixed commitment, less opportunity to slack off
Meet new practice buddies
Fixed time and place
Travel required
More expensive than independent learning options
Putting yourself outside comfort zone
Community school night classes $50 for 10 lessons Less expensive taster course
More effective than independent learning options
Fixed commitment
Meet new practice buddies
Class limit of 25-30
Large classes mean less opportunity to practice
Quality of teachers variable
Students less committed because of low cost
Fixed time and place
Travel required
Guided online learning (with Euroasia teacher) $70 per hour(1-on-1) Anywhere, almost anytime
Personalised programme
Guidance from teacher
More effective than independent learning options
No travel required
Guidance from teacher
Limited social interaction
Requires some discipline
Requires new skills / technology
Independent online learning $150 for 3 months’ access Anywhere, anytime
Cheaper
Self-directed
No travel required
No guidance from teacher
No social interaction
Requires strong discipline
Requires new skills / technology
Little support
Phrase books / DIY language packs $50-$200 Anywhere, anytime
Cheapest option
Self-directed
No travel required
No guidance from teacher
No social interaction
Requires strong discipline
Requires new skills / technology
No support

What do you think? Have you tried online learning before? Good / bad experiences to share?

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Kenneth is Director of Euroasia. He is passionate about languages and cultures.

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