The knowledge of at least one foreign language in our time is no longer something out of the ordinary, but rather a necessity and a norm. But unfortunately, not everyone has the opportunity to study it by attending courses. Modern technologies allow us to get away from the usual offline learning and engage in any place and at any convenient time.
Tell me, how relevant is distance education and the study of foreign languages in particular?
-Knowledge of English has long been a must by default, as one of the main requirements for hiring an average company. German and French are increasingly in demand. Basically, they are studied in order to pass the exam for going abroad, but sometimes just for the soul and communication with carriers, such as Spanish.
– Distance education is a relatively new trend, and many still treat it with disbelief, believing that the physical presence of the teacher next to the student somehow affects the effectiveness of training. But this trend is gradually fading away, because More and more people, having become acquainted with distance learning, understand its convenience and efficiency.
In your work, your service is actively using Skype – is there any discomfort for the teacher or student during this type of training?
-No. I would even say the opposite. Training takes place in the most comfortable conditions for the student and teacher, when you can conduct a lesson sitting in a comfortable chair at home, and not spend a lot of time and energy on the way to the courses and back.
– Naturally, good quality of communication and equipment (laptop, headphones) are required.
How did you get the idea to open a school of foreign languages?
– Three years ago we had an office and a regular, stationary school of foreign languages. But I had to move, so I closed the school. I must admit that at first I myself had a suspicion about the possibility of teaching on Skype, right up until the moment I tried. Quite by chance I got a job in a similar online school of foreign languages, only in Madrid. Those. I taught to students in Spain, sitting at home. In Europe, online education has appeared earlier, and has long become an everyday form of education. Having worked there for some time, I understood how to organize the learning process, and made my website, invited the first teachers to work, and began to learn the basics of online distance learning management.
Who are your students? Why did they choose this form of training?
– The most different people who need to learn a foreign language as quickly and efficiently as possible: residents of large cities, where the time to get to stationary courses takes more than the lesson itself; residents of small cities, where it is difficult to find a strong teacher; people who travel a lot, and it is convenient to engage in them without being tied to one place, etc.
Do people from all over the world learn from you, tell me, who comes to you more often?
-The Ukrainians are turning more often, regardless of what country they live in now. For now, we focus on the Russian and Ukrainian-speaking audience, but in the future, we may expand our horizons.
Who teaches at your school? Tell us a little about your teachers, how did they come up with a similar form of work with students?
– We select the strongest. A high level of proficiency is required by default. Our teachers are necessarily good Methodists, who are constantly learning and improving their skills. Many of them lived in the countries of the language taught before coming to us, and then worked in stationary language schools.
Like your school lately, it’s not uncommon, what do you think your competitive advantage is?
-I think in customer focus and in a high qualification level of teachers. Judging by the fact that we are engaged in families and even whole dynasties, I think we do our job well.
How do you control the quality of the work of your school’s teachers?
-We recruit teachers with experience, plus we train them in our techniques. The teacher passes something like an examination in teaching methods in our school, and only then we give him a load. Next, I use the standard reporting system to control the material covered by the students.
Some people learn better by learning in collective classes, some by studying individually. Which method do you think is more effective?
– There is no definitive answer to this question. People are different, it is individual.
What can you advise to people who are just planning to learn a language? How to start?
– With intrinsic motivation. You need to understand how much and why specifically you need a foreign language. Then you need to try different forms of training, understand which one is more comfortable for you, and start working.
The magic pill does not exist. You need to be prepared for long and hard work. Because in essence, learning languages, i.e. obtaining practical skills of using them is 90% the work of the student himself. Our task as teachers is simply to correctly guide and accompany the student in his way to obtain and improve communication skills in a foreign language.