Can I really learn English well via a remote course or learning platform?

Depending on your needs, you can often have the best of both worlds: learning English remotely, but effectively with a personal tutor who is a native speaker!

Depending on your needs, you can often have the best of both worlds: learning English remotely, but effectively with a personal tutor who is a native speaker!

We live in an online world and even without the events of the last year or so (I won’t use the “c” word!!), that looks set to continue.

I’ve seen lots of students turn to online study as their sole method of learning English and I’ve been very happy to welcome them to my virtual classroom!

Live conversation and lessons online with a native speaker is one thing, but what about distance learning via an online platform?

How do these courses work and moreover, are they effective?

The short answer is yes, they are… but as with anything, you need to be realistic about your expectations.

Who are they best suited to?

For those with a tighter budget, they are certainly cost-effective.  You can take a whole language course for the fraction of the price of a couple of hours’ one-to-one study.

Furthermore, remote learning of English via an online platform means you can learn at your own pace and still get some of the benefits that study with a native speaker offers.  If live or online class timetables don’t work for you, distance learning is a potential solution.

However, I believe that remote English study via an online platform is best suited to a particular category of learner…

Sometimes we need to delve into a certain topic in more detail, or focus on a particular function in English (such as English for negotiations, job interviews, holiday English etc.) and I would say that’s where remote learning via an interactive course really provides an effective solution.

This is where you get natural English to use in real, relevant situations as well as cultural awareness, when it comes to the functional aspect of the course.  For example, if you’re learning about effective methods to complain and get results, the course will not only focus on English words and phrases, but also cultural nuances when complaining according to British culture.  What are the do’s and don’t’s when expressing a complaint to a British colleague? How do we show our annoyance “British style” 😉

These are vital insights that you get alongside the appropriate English you need.  What’s more, you’re learning in the same way a native speaker might during a business course: you effectively get a language lesson and British-style corporate training!

For me, this is the best type of interactive course for those who already have good English knowledge and want to concentrate on particular aspects to make them more culturally aware. That’s why my remote learning platform courses often have a business English slant: they’re designed for learners in a certain atmosphere who need to strike the right tone and master functions.

Finally, those who are interested in a long-term way of studying English (from Beginner level, for example) can also benefit using remote learning platforms.  However, I would advise in this case that lengthy remote courses are best used in conjunction with “live” practice.  If you are already a member of a conversation club with other English learners, continuous remote learning via an online platform is a great way to complement and improve your English skills, for example.*

Rebecca, English Club Online
Online Native English Tutor
*If you’re looking for conversation, live guidance and help from a qualified native speaker at a lower cost than one-to-one lessons, then you might consider joining one of my online mini-group classes.

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