Benefits of e-learning
When it comes to second language learning, e-learning has clear advantages over traditional classroom teaching. While the most obvious are the flexibility and cost savings that come from not having to travel or take an inordinate amount of time off work, there are others that may not be as obvious. For example:
* You learn at your own pace and much faster without depending on the progress of others. If something is too easy for you, you can move on to the next topic with one click. If something seems too difficult for you, you can spend as much time as you need to fully understand it.
* Work from anywhere, anytime – e-learners can take training from anywhere, typically at any time. This is crucial; In a world where many busy professionals, business executives or just students have to travel regularly, sometimes within their own country and sometimes abroad, e-learning is the only choice to enable them to continue learning as if they were At home. Of course, this could never happen in a traditional course.
* For students who need to improve their speaking or listening skills, e-learning, particularly that delivered via audio or video conferencing, is an unbeatable alternative. Student speaking time is maximized to 100%, which is unthinkable in a traditional course where each student’s speaking time is very limited.
* When classes are delivered by native Spanish speakers via audio or video conferencing, Spanish learners can acquire the language almost as effectively as if they were traveling to a Spanish-speaking country. After all, they are not only learning the language but also the culture from someone originally from the same area. In addition, if the online teacher is a native Spanish speaker, the student can practice their listening skills in real time and in real contexts and hear the same Spanish used outside of the classroom. In most traditional classrooms, students are exposed to simplified recordings that bear no resemblance to the way native speakers speak. That doesn’t happen in an online class with a native speaker of the language. It’s REAL Spanish all the time.
* It can be updated easily and quickly – online e-learning sessions are particularly easy to keep up to date as the updated materials are simply uploaded to a server. It’s more difficult in traditional classes. Imagine a book that had to be reprinted in light of new discoveries. Book levels can take forever to hit, while online changes and updates can be posted overnight.
* It can lead to increased retention and understanding of the subject – e-learning is consistent with the theory of multiples
this basically means that we all learn differently. For example, some people have visual memory, so memory is generated through observation, reading, or visual stimuli. Some others are more musical and rely on their auditory memory. And of course there are many other ways people learn. E-learning is ideal because it presents information to students from very different angles. This is due to the many elements that are combined in e-learning to reinforce the message, such as video, audio, quizzes, interaction, etc.
* Quickly and quickly revise content: You can always revisit or repeat sections of the training that may not have been clear the first time. It goes without saying that this is literally impossible in a traditional classroom.
These are just a few of the MANY significant advantages of e-learning over traditional classroom instruction when it comes to teaching and learning a second language. In future articles, we’ll examine each of these benefits in detail.
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Thanks to Julio Foppoli