EC Virtual – EC English School Online

Taking a course with EC English school online is easy and affordable with so many of the same benefits as face-to-face learning. Here are just a few reasons to go ahead and do it. Online Lessons are convenient It is so easy to get started as all you need is a computer. Many students who wish to learn English are unable to travel right now. There are perhaps other reasons as well why it is not possible for every student to go abroad for face-to-face lessons. Whether you would like to take one-to-one private lessons or group classes, EC Virtual is very well priced. It is also very flexible so no matter what your time zone, you will be accommodated for. You can even take a free trial lesson if you want to make sure. EC Virtual Social Programme If you are thinking that you will not have enough exposure to the English language when studying online, you shouldn’t worry. EC has a social programme dedicated to students learning online. There are free lessons including pronunciation, grammar, listening and much more. There are also a number of social activities, such as quizzes, cooking lessons, EC Virtual café, all opportunities to use the English you have been learning in your classes. Before, During and after Class On EC Virtual, you will be able to combine your online experience with your time away from the computer. Your teacher will give you tasks to complete before and after your class that relate to what you are studying in the lesson. This means that you will be able to get the most out of your lessons and your free time as you will be completely ready for the lesson and you will know how to use what you have learnt afterwards as well. This … Read more

The Benefits of Private Lessons

Learning English can be difficult at times, and it can also be difficult knowing which kind of course to choose. General English? Exam English? Business English? Private Lessons? Everyone is different, and before choosing your course it can help if you know exactly what you need. But this is not always the case. Among the most popular kind of courses are private lessons. So, why take private English lessons in London? They are often (a lot) more expensive than group classes, and often much shorter as well. So why do students decide to take them? Well, there are many benefits: The teacher can focus on YOUR English, on your strengths, and the areas you need to work on. As long as you do a lot of homework, your English may well improve faster than if you study in a group. You can negotiate the lesson topics and subjects with the teacher, and study things that YOU find interesting. If you need English for a specific job or situation (University Project, Job Interview) it can be very helpful to work ONLY on this. You can ask the teacher for as much correction and as many explanations as you want without worrying about the other students in the class. You can go at your pace – if it’s too fast, slow down! Too slow? Speed up! You can bring your own materials to class and the teacher can prepare tailor-made lessons for you. There are often fewer distractions, and private lessons are often very INTENSIVE. However, many students find this to be a great benefit. Hard work brings greater rewards! However, there is one disadvantage of private lessons, which is you do not have the same chance to practise your English with other students, and there is no group interaction. This is important … Read more

Private vs Group Tuition: Which is Better?

This week I joined the Level 2 group class at my Mandarin school here in Guangzhou, southern China. For the past two weeks I had been taking one-to-one lessons only so I was looking forward to meeting some new people and getting stuck in to the group lessons. After three days of the new course I started to think about the pros and cons of private and group tuition and decided to make a list (old habits die hard!): Private tuition – The Pros: – you can study at your own pace – you develop a stronger relationship with the teacher – you progress much more quickly in the short-term Private Tuition – The Cons: – it is a lot more expensive! – you don’t meet anyone apart from the teacher – lessons are very intensive (and tiring) because all of the focus is on you Group Tuition – The Pros: – you meet lots of other people from all over the world – other students ask useful questions that you may not have thought of – you have more time to digest the new language as the focus of attention in the classroom is not solely on you Group Tuition – The Cons: – you have to study at the same pace as everyone else – you may feel that your level is higher or lower than the other students in the class – it may be more difficult to remain motivated as you will (obviously) not receive the same level of attention from the teacher as you would in a private class For me the conclusion was clear: for a short-term course I would prefer to take private tuition and for a long-term course I would prefer group tuition with occasional one-to-one “tutorials” to monitor my progress and maintain motivation. … Read more