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Should I study a new language on-line or off-line?

, Lucie Vlková
Kieli: EN

Do you think that online learning will soon replace offline language schools? Online language learning will use artificial intelligence to teach foreign languages. We do believe in off-line studying as the most important part of the learning process.

You can find a lot of information on the Internet about on-line studying and all the accessible methods and "super-fast" and "super-easy" ways to learn. Do you trust all of them? Modern language learners don’t want to rely only on self-study and prefer getting help from professionals. 
Why would you choose offline language schools? 
Language learning content with Integrity and quality 

Language learners can’t define the quality of the educational content which is relevant to their learning goals - this is a fact. They opt to pay for systematic approach offered by language schools (with professional teachers) to guide and instruct them. Without wasting time and focusing on the most important elements. 
Realistic educational goal 
Is it necessary to improve your English to Advance level or to prepare for an international language exam? Language schools know how to reach these goals. That is why learners delegate their learning job to language schools. Sometimes students rely completely on the language school to teach them a foreign language. Learners pay and believe that from now on their job is done and the learning can go by itself. Of course, students need to participate and study themselves as well.


Environment that helps 
We, people are lazy, everybody. We all need external motivation: dates and times, rules and deadlines, homework. Thus learners find themselves in the environment which pushes and motivates them. Student want to be motivated and pay for that to a language school. 
Internal motivation of students 
Learning a language is more efficient if students have internal motivation to study. Socializing with class mates and teachers brings that motivation. This must be supported by positive feedback, feeling of discovery and tangible results. That is a task of the language school. 
A teacher should be a role-model who knows the student’s educational goal and knows how to get there. Teachers design their courses and adjust them to the student’s level and personal characteristics. Teachers reinforce positive attitude and self-confidence of their students. 
Pleasant hobby 
Learning foreign languages can be a pleasant hobby and entertainment. It’s about meeting new people, learning new cultures and improving your life, keeping your brain running. Students many times do not have any specific learning goals. They enjoy the process of studying. 
So, as you can see: professional language schools have several unique advantages the students should be aware of. Contemporary language students know it and that is why off-line language school will still be around.    

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