Online language teaching03-Jun-2013
This series hopes to explore a wider application of Online language teaching, how modern technology has come to play a big role in developing language training and what are its wider implications in the future.
Four years ago I embarked on creating and managing my own language school. I had been working for four years in and around Prague for various schools and although I enjoyed the experience, I began to find it a little repetitive and so started looking at ways I could change my work life while using any skills I had picked up on the way. Eventually, I decided to create an online language school focused on teaching English to students from around the world using Skype and the telephone.
Skype is a technology most people are familiar with now, even grandmas and granddads are getting into the swing with Skype, chatting to grandchildren becoming part and parcel of modern family life. This led me to think why can’t Skype be used to teach people English?
Well it can, and it is, there are many schools now using Skype as a very successful platform for English lessons, even giving some advantages over more traditional lessons.
What most of our teachers enjoy about teaching over Skype is the huge variety of students they can teach at any one time. We offer lessons to students from all over the world, so it is possible to have lessons with a great range of students from different countries; they come from all walks of life. Another benefit is in the flexibility it allows the teachers as they are able to work from home and choose the hours that suit them.
Monday 10th June: Modern technologies in language training
In the next chapter I will be looking in detail at how Skype and other new internet technologies are being used to help broaden the scope of English teaching and how these provide some advantages over more traditional English lessons.
Monday 17th June: Online language training for charitable organisations
Chapter two will explore the potential of online learning to help disadvantaged people who are unable to afford or attend language training and how this could, in some cases, offer a means of helping.
Monday 24th June: Future technologies in language training
Chapter three will explore possible uses of technology in the future for language training – have we just scratched the surface of what technology can offer to language students? With technology advancing so rapidly it’s very tempting to answer yes.