03 Sep THE 5 PROVEN ADVANTAGES OF ONLINE CLASSES
About this time four years ago, I learned about online teaching and started reading about how I could do it and the advantages it had. I immediately fell in love with this method which I began to study at the same time as I had my first student, who is still with me.
Here I will tell you the top 5 advantages of online classes, giving you examples of my students.
FLEXIBILITY OF TIME AND PLACE
Irene was studying for a doctorate in Palermo and lived in a small town in the province of Albacete, so there was no possibility of going to an academy. We have classes in the evenings and at weekends, that is, when she is not working.
Enrique, who lives between Paris and Brussels and could not have face-to-face classes because he travels a lot.
They have something in common: lifestyles that would not allow them to have face-to-face classes.
We have never stopped having classes, not even when I am visiting Italy, because what we need is an internet connection, a computer and headphones.
SAVING TIME AND MONEY
I don’t charge the same for face-to-face classes as I do for online classes because I save the travel time (and costs) that I have to cover when I go to the student’s home.
PROXIMITY AND COMFORT
In the years that I have been teaching, I have taught in academies, in bars, in my house, in the student’s house and I can tell you that online is where I feel best.
I am in my family environment (home, office or wherever I am in the world) and the student in his. From the very first moment a very close bond is established and a pleasant and open learning environment is created, as everyone feels very comfortable. The screen may seem like a cold object, but it will soon become a window into the world of the other side.
And how nice is it for my students to be able to have class in their pyjamas on a Sunday morning?
VARIETY FROM WHICH TO CHOOSE
Paola, for example, who just moved to Mexico and wanted an Italian teacher. She chose me on a platform from among so many teachers, and told me that she chose me because of my friendly smile and that after the trial lesson, she had confirmation that I was her teacher. And it didn’t matter that she was in Mexico and I was in Spain. With online classes there are no borders.
Technology allows us to use an unimaginable amount of our own or someone else’s material to be used in the class. All this material, which is also online and available to the student, will soon make him/her an autonomous user of the language, which will make his/her learning much faster than in face-to-face classes.
Do you dare to try the online classes?