Language learning: Skype vs in person?

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Language learning: Skype vs in person?

Postby ChrisTR » Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:38 am

Hey everyone,

here's the thing. I really enjoy learning languages, taking a language course or one to one in person. I never learn by myself (not that type of learner).

Now there is a challenge before me:
- achieve the B1 level of Spanish within 5 weeks. Now I have A2. it's essential for my further studies and my further erasmus semester.
- these 5 weeks are almost free, I don't have any other activities like work etc. I can do a really intensive crash course.

I have two options: private teacher for €20 per hour or a Skype teacher for lets say €10.

I've never done any language learning on skype and I'm really reluctant towards it. I believe it feels better to be with the person in one room. Its just more natural than starring at the screen, you know.

I would definitely choose lessons in person but they cost twice.
Is learning via skype also fun? What are the disadvantages? Would I achieve the same results?

I googled a lot about it and haven't really found any disadvantages, people are satisfied with online learning.

Thank you for sharing your experience!
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Re: Language learning: Skype vs in person?

Postby rdearman » Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:40 pm

I started using iTalki online and I didn't have any bad experience when compared to doing the lesson in person. Much of the time it is better since you would tend to have a shared Google doc with all your corrections put in.

You might want to think about language exchanges if cost is an issue. If you have a lot of free time you can speak to a lot of natives in exchange for teaching them English. I personally used to do 4-6 language exchanges a day when I had that much free time. So you could in theory get 3 hours (6/2) of lessons for free, in exchange for 3 hours of English teaching.

Depends on what type of practice you want, and if you want people to give you exercises and stuff like that.
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Re: Language learning: Skype vs in person?

Postby ChrisTR » Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:56 pm

rdearman wrote:I started using iTalki online and I didn't have any bad experience when compared to doing the lesson in person. Much of the time it is better since you would tend to have a shared Google doc with all your corrections put in.

You might want to think about language exchanges if cost is an issue. If you have a lot of free time you can speak to a lot of natives in exchange for teaching them English. I personally used to do 4-6 language exchanges a day when I had that much free time. So you could in theory get 3 hours (6/2) of lessons for free, in exchange for 3 hours of English teaching.

Depends on what type of practice you want, and if you want people to give you exercises and stuff like that.

Thank you for your advice.

Well, the thing is, I have to achieve the academic B1 level. it means all the grammar, vocabulary and things like that.
Language exchange on skype would just improve my speaking and listening and maybe bring some new vocab but it wouldn't be enough to pass an academic test...
And the challenge is that I have to learn the whole B1 (which is a lot) in just 4-5 weeks..
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Re: Language learning: Skype vs in person?

Postby tiia » Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:23 pm

What do you know about the teaching quality of both teachers? Since your time is limited you might not want to spent time with inefficient teaching. So just ask them how their experiences are in getting students from A2 to B1, if you don't have that information yet. How many hours they would estimate usually for this progress, what activities they would do etc. How many students they have had before?
Then take what seems to make more sense.
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Re: Language learning: Skype vs in person?

Postby El Forastero » Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:13 pm

I'm a Teacher via Skype. In my experience, I have found both types of students: Those who never adapted to the online classes and Those who love this tool and the methodology it allows. I think Skype is good or bad depending on your preferences, not on the tool itself. Students who love the tool tell me that is more convenient than booking a class in an instutute or with a private teacher because of the schedule flexibility.

I reccomend you try both styles with two classes each one, so that you can have your own opinion based on your experience.

Why am I a skype teacher? Mainly because of the horrid traffic in the city I live in, so I don't need to spend extra time commuting, neither do the students. Second, via skype I can offer a wider range of shcedule. For instance, I have a student who takes classes with me on saturdays and sundays at 7:00 am. That's by far earlier than any other option in a language institute and I would surely be reluctant to have a live class at that hour. But via skype I can teach the class wearing pajamas justa after waking up, and taking breakfast just after finishing it.

That implies that I'm paid for (and only for) the time I'm connected. If the commute is one hour, you're being paid the same amount for twice the time.

Another advantage is that you (or your student) can be in a trip and still have a class.
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Re: Language learning: Skype vs in person?

Postby Flickserve » Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:30 pm

You can have both. There is nothing to say each should be exclusive.

Have a private teacher and mix in some Skype lessons for practice, fluency or whatever specific point that you want to focus on.
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Re: Language learning: Skype vs in person?

Postby ChrisTR » Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:13 pm

Alright guys thank you very much for your opinion!
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