Thinking about online language classes?
Everyone’s talking about live online language classes, but if you’re wondering how exactly online language instruction works, fear not! Learning a language in one of CORE Languages’ online courses isn’t much different from having a one-on-one in-person instructor. However, online learning allows scheduling flexibility, a greater chance of matching with the teacher who speaks the dialect, has worked in your industry, knows the culture of the country you’ll relocate to, or loves teaching to your learning style.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: How do CORE Languages’ online language courses operate?
Answer: CORE can assess the student’s language abilities and needs, then consider where and how they will use their target language. With this information in mind, CORE can pair the student with an instructor who is a great match.
Instructors will teach lessons using a webcamera (with audio and video) to communicate and a virtual space to display lesson material that the student and teacher can interact with. Lessons are comparable to those held in the classroom. Students will learn language and practice in the same ways they would in a group class or with a private tutor.
Q: How does learning through webcam technology and Skype work?
A: Instructors and students use the internet to connect through webcams. They can hear and see each other as if watching a video-but live! The student accesses the shared virtual space in an internet browser, tuning in to the lesson the instructor already posted to the virtual space. As the instructor teaches, the student follows along, interacts and even performs written exercises by typing words on the screen that the teacher can see too!
Q: Can students learn as well in an online class?
A: From school children, to corporate executives, to grandparents, people around the world are learning languages online via webcam. CORE languages has positioned itself at the forefront the online languages movement to overcome geographical and scheduling obstacles to connecting students with the perfect instructor. The best-suited teacher for the student will incorporate reading, listening, writing and speaking into the online language courses, which are the four vital components of using a language. The flexibility of individual, live, online classes allows teachers to tailor lessons to one student’s learning style and to develop areas of weakness.
Q: What are the advantages of enrolling in online language courses instead of a face-to-face class?
A: A few of the many advantages of online language courses:
- Flexibility – teachers and students are not limited by scheduling and geographical constraints
- CORE can locate the instructor who best fits a student according to: employment needs, specific dialect, learning pace, cultural needs
- Stay with the same teacher after class sessions end or after relocating internationally
- Supplement existing instruction with extra, customized practice, or develop the perfect accent or neutralize an accent by getting pronunciation practice with a teacher who speaks differently
Q: Will students see the same teacher every time?
A: Yes! When a student arrives to the virtual class, the same teacher is waiting for them each period. The teacher-student relationship continues for as long as it works for both parties. Here at CORE Languages, we work hard to make sure we hire great teachers who really know their stuff. Therefore, we feel confident you will enjoy your classes. If not, we will be happy to accommodate requests for different teachers should they arise.
Q: I’m nervous about learning through a webcam. What will it be like?
A: During the lessons, the main focal point for both teacher and student is the language material displayed in the virtual space. The virtual space takes the place of a whiteboard or Powerpoint presentation in a traditional classroom. You can expect to answer questions, have conversations and get pronunciation practice with your teacher, in addition to writing on the screen and reading.
Q: What if the teacher is not a good fit for the student?
A: CORE Languages is always available to resolve placement and scheduling concerns to provide the best language-learning experience.
For additional topics concerning CORE Languages’ classes available face-to-face and online please see our general FAQ’s.