Learning English via Skype – yes or no?
Advantages and disadvantages of Skype
Teaching English via Skype for almost a decade, I’ve noticed that it is a very popular app. Not only it is easy to use but also has a great performance. Just to mention its essential features:
- audio and HD video calling,
- smart messaging,
- screen sharing,
- call recording and live subtitles.
And imagine – it’s completely free!
Moreover, it’s being updated quite often so that its performance is getting better every day. Skype has the potential to become great technology. It is not only useful for learning but also for business communication. It is an excellent tool for video chatting with friends and family, and it saves a huge amount of time and money. You can have private lessons on it wherever you are at any time of your day. You can choose any programme and teacher you like, and any time that suits you. Last but not least, you can choose your favourite device. Skype is available for desktop, laptop, tablet, and smartphone.
When it comes to disadvantages, I must admit that there are a few of them. Even so, they aren’t serious or long-lasting ones. There can occur some technical issues such as dropped connections or camera malfunctions. The sound quality may not be the best. But don’t worry about these. They can be easily solved. As I mentioned before, Skype has been constantly improving. Especially since the occurrence of many similar apps such as Zoom, Teams, etc.
Is learning English via Skype expensive?
Well, each school sets their prices. And they typically charge $12 to $25 per 45-minute lesson. It is still cheaper than live classes. Besides, Skype lessons are very convenient. You don’t have to go anywhere for your classes. It saves a lot of time and money on transport to the school. Not to mention that you can study in the comfort of your own home. Don’t you agree it is so pleasant and practical?
Are Skype classes effective?
Learning English via Skype means having individual classes tailored for your needs. The lessons are designed at an easy pace, considering your goals and objectives. More and more students enrol in online English schools for individual English classes.
Skype classes are way different from a school classroom with 5-10 or more students. With Skype individual classes, you have all the time in the world to practice English and ask questions. And don’t forget that focus is on you only! What could be more effective than that!
Is Skype a good platform for learning English?
With so many platforms available, it can’t be easy to choose the right one for you. But remember that Skype is one of the most popular tutoring platforms.
Yet, when it comes to the level of knowledge, Skype English lessons work best for students of A2 and above levels. It requires lots of patience and teaching experience to deal with a student whose level is lower than that. Thus, Skype is a good platform, on condition the student already has some knowledge of English. And the teacher is capable of providing feedback and teaching the objective of the conversation.
How can I choose the best tutor for me?
It is believed that the best English language online tutors are native speakers, which is a superficial approach to education. Especially if they are not trained and certified for it. Thus, they won’t be able to create a training program. And just communicating in a foreign language isn’t enough. Remember that your English tutor doesn’t have to be someone who was born and lived in an English speaking country. It can be anyone who is certified with an adequate proficiency level and can explain the theory clearly in English to you.
After all, it is quite difficult to explain the rules in English without knowing the language thoroughly. So, it is better to rely on experience and reputation, rather than on “native” language only. Besides, always ask your teacher to show you their TEFL diploma.
Will virtual classes replace physical classes in the future?
Well, the time will show. But it’s a different topic for some other time! Until then, see you on Skype! Or Zoom?
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