How to choose the best English learning method for you
Apps, blended learning, face-to-face teaching, and immersive courses. Which is the best option for you? Everybody has different learning styles. Some people learn better through role play, written exercises, or gamification. Choosing the best learning method will depend on your level, how much time you have available, your goals, and your budget. Here are 6 things to consider when deciding which learning method is best for you.
1. Build a good foundation with an app
Apps are an inexpensive option for beginners who need to learn basic vocabulary and grammar. Most apps often build gamification into their programmes, making the learning process more fun, and you can use them whenever you have a little free time. Intermediate and advanced learners may also find apps useful for refreshing their knowledge and practising skills in their own time.
2. Feedback will help you progress faster
When you learn English using a system that incorporates a human teacher, for example with blended learning or in virtual groups, you get feedback on all the different aspects of your communication, not just on grammar and vocabulary, but also on intonation, expression and local idioms.
4. Build your confidence with support from other learners
Learning in small groups, whether in virtual groups or face to face, will give you essential support from other learners and the opportunity to practise your skills with people of a similar level, learn from the mistakes of others, and see how well you are understood by other people. Virtual group courses allow you to benefit from human-led teaching without the need to travel.
5. Improve your specialist knowledge
You may need specific help in a technical or professional area which is not covered by an app. Many of our courses are specially designed to develop your language skills in specific industries or roles. Many of our trainers have professional experience outside teaching which helps them to tailor the learning content to reflect real-life scenarios.
6. Face to face immersive courses
Immersive courses, where you study full time in London, allow you to focus entirely on English in and out of the classroom so you can put your new skills into action in a wide range of situations, and hear a range of regional accents. By using your new skills all day you can expect to make progress very quickly. You can also experience the British way of living for yourself and make new friends!
Budget: amount of money you can spend
Inexpensive: not costing much, cheap
Gamification: adding game elements to a non-game context
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