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Learning English on Skype: Bonuses and Pitfalls


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Learning English on Skype: Bonuses and Pitfalls


Learning English on Skype is a good idea. The big advantage is that you don’t have to go somewhere for studying language. Even a resident of a small village or town in the most remote point of the country can find a worthy tutor for improving English on Skype with a native speaker.

You can learn English online at the online school. Online schools today are one of the fastest growing areas on the Internet that offer various types of learning: spoken English, written (grammar), specialized - business, science, tourism. Famous schools use their own unique methods and have many years of experience. Prices for their services depend on the ranking of the school, on the level of proficiency in the student’s language, but online English schools often offer a system of discounts for their students, bonuses for buying large service packages.

In addition to schools, there are separate tutors who offer their studying services: on the sites you can choose a tutor, find out his ranking, read reviews. 

On the site, the future student will receive information on prices per hour of the tutor's work and the ability to book a trial lesson. Prices depend on many factors: on the ranking of a tutor, experience, even on the teacher’s place of residence (residents of megacities take more for their work). On the site you can write a message to the selected tutor, ask questions.

There are also resources on which you can find an interlocutor from among the native speakers or people who are fluent in English. Mutual learning is often found: Russian-speaking interlocutors teach their partners the Russian language, English-speaking - English.

Sites for choosing the type of online learning

Online Schools (English)

Tutors

Partner Search Resources

English House

Preply

Italki

Puzzle English

Forum Vinsky

Busuu

Skyeng

Multiglot

Lang-8

All Wright

 

My language exchange

Ligva Leo

 

Englishbaby

Eshko

 

Gospeaky

Foxford

 

 

Classes in English on Skype have many advantages over traditional ones:

  • huge selection of teachers
  • free choice of place of study (they can be changed if necessary)
  • the opportunity to build a convenient schedule (it is easier to transfer the lesson to another time)
  • the cost of the lesson does not include rental of premises and other expenses
  • a large number of offers from native speakers
  • the opportunity to learn spoken English.

However, English on Skype has several disadvantages:

  • requires more determination, organization (at home there are many distractions)
  • need uninterrupted internet access, high-quality communication
  • for free communication on Skype you need a skill, it is more difficult to establish contact
  • a large number of proposals entails difficulty in choosing.

So, on the one hand, English classes on Skype provide a lot of opportunities for developing and mastering the language even for those who live in remote settlements or have limited means, on the other hand, this way of learning a language requires more independence and discipline. To raise your level of language proficiency, you must:

1. choose a suitable tutor

2. track progress in learning

3. do exercises by yourself besides Skype lessons

4. put a webcam for visual contact with a tutor.

To choose a tutor, you need to determine the goals and objectives of the studying, the requirements for the teacher, you should read reviews about specific teachers and resources, ask questions in chat rooms. If classes are already underway, but it became clear that time wasted and there is no progress, it is better to change the tutor, look for another form of education. It is important not to get bogged down in the search and find an acceptable option.

When looking for a native language tutor or communication partner, it is important to correctly assess your level of proficiency. If this level is low, and the native speaker does not know your language, it is unlikely that you can achieve the expected results.

Communication partners found on sites such as Gospeaky do not always speak their native language competently, so it’s better to choose educational workers or the media who are the best quality native speakers as interlocutors.

Self-study is important for any form of education. The Internet offers to watch movies, clips, videos in English, various creative tasks for self-testing - all this will consolidate knowledge, help you learn to understand English. Even if spoken English is the priority, correspondence with a native speaker will be a great addition to English lessons on Skype.

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