Creating your own path for learning a language

There are so many options out there when it comes to learning a language.

Language Learning Options

Without an expert to guide you through, it can be difficult to know where to begin. The fastest way to learn a new language is to give your attention to the language. And by immersing yourself in it at every opportunity. The best way to do this is by combining different learning methods and resources, to meet your unique goals and objectives. Combining self-paced e-learning and instructor-led learning either in a one-on-one or small-group setting will accelerate your language learning. It will also ensure that what you are learning is relevant to you. A teacher can help you learn content customized for you, whereas self-paced tools allow you to expand on the instructor-led lessons on your own time and at your own pace.

Effective Learning

Combining methods is more effective than using a single method. You can practice tricky grammar using e-learning or encounter new vocabulary through relevant digital content on your own time. Then in live sessions, your instructor can work with you to practice conversational or other communicative skills that support your unique daily needs and goals. No class time is wasted covering material you already know or that you can practice on your own. Your time is maximized through the more effective learning accomplished with each method.

Customized Content

In a traditional classroom setting, you are one of many. Your individual needs are not taken into account. You are boxed into a “one-size-fits-all” curriculum, which can get costly and time-consuming. However, instructor-led lessons supplemented with e-learning or in which authentic material such as podcasts about your personal interests or even work content are used as the learning material allow you to learn only what is relevant and important to you.

No Fear Factor

Customizing your own program takes the anxiety out of learning since you can ask your instructor targeted questions during your private lessons based on personal strengths and weaknesses and background knowledge. This not only spares you potential embarrassment but gives you more focused learning and feedback. Using your online program to practice vocabulary, expressions, and structures before meeting with your instructor can speed up the learning process and can be done anywhere: while having lunch, waiting for a meeting to start, flying to your next destination on a business trip – anywhere you have internet access. With this approach, short, personally relevant and consistent practice is achieved, and anxiety over fear of failing is eliminated since the pass/fail of a traditional learning environment is eliminated.


The tracking and assessment tools built into most online tools give you instant feedback and allow you to track your own progress, keeping you more motivated to achieve your desired goals and objectives. Combine all this with the availability of a qualified instructor who provides a safe learning environment enriched with culturally appropriate and personally relevant material, makes the learning experience even more engaging, effective and exciting.


Technology lets you have more choice and control over your learning. Online tools give you instant access to information anywhere in the world, as long as you have a computer or a smartphone and an internet connection. Live instruction, whether face-to-face or virtual, customized to your availability, allows for a greater flexibility – unlike a traditional learning environment where you are required to attend classes at a fixed date and time.


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