While interpersonal communication may be less ideal in an online environment, choosing to learn English online rather than using more traditional learning environments can offer a number of positives. Here are a few of them:
- It’s convenient
Physical learning requires a much broader commitment of time and energy than online learning. Using the internet as the vehicle for language acquisition is much simpler and less time-restrictive. Entering the virtual classroom can be as easy as switching on the computer, perhaps entering some credentials, and then you’re ready to learn. On the other hand, learning in-person often requires travel to the educational setting (or the teacher coming to you, in which case you may have to cover their travel expenses). Also, depending on the type of learning institution, the learner may be required to conform to a dress code or other such requirements which typically do not exist in the cybersphere.
- It’s time-efficient
Closely related to the relatively easy access to the virtual classroom is the savings in time. Utilizing distance learning can shave hours off of the time, which can be used instead to maximize English learning time or complete other tasks necessary in a full schedule. Because many people work full-time, take care of children or relatives, and learn English all in the same day, time efficiency can be a huge benefit.
- It’s usually cheaper
Online courses have streamlined the learning process and equalized access, which creates higher competition for language institutions and, as a result, usually cheaper cost for the learner.
- More choice in learning options
People learn English for a variety of reasons across the spectrum of skill levels. A learner might enroll in a course simply to broaden their horizons, to learn a specific vocabulary for a specific industry, or to sharpen their grammatical skills. Using online courses makes finding the right English program much easier, as schools will cater their curriculum to very niche subgroups that previously would have been too geographically isolated to make possible.
- Practicing Self-Discipline
When a learner takes on a workload in an online course, there is usually no one else to make sure the work gets done. Without someone looking over your shoulder, so to speak, you might discover a newfound talent for motivating yourself to do that extra chapter of homework.
Whatever the reason for choosing to learn online rather than in-person, the benefits largely outweigh the drawbacks for English learners.