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Pros and Cons of Language Classes

Traditionally, instructor led language classes have always scored better with linguists. However, with the professional pressure mounting, more and more people are veering away from that path. With time, a large chunk of the world population has shown their preference for online language training classes. However, does that mean instructor led language classes aren’t effective? Surely not. And here’s why.

The pros

  • Greater interaction – It goes without saying that in a brick-and-mortar classroom, you’ll have greater access to interactions. This is not just with the teacher but also with fellow students. You’ll be able to touch base with these familiar faces based on a schedule. This will give you freedom to explore the learning process by organizing out-of-class exercises or even communities that you can go back to long after the training is over. In an online language-training scenario, you won’t be able to enjoy these advantages.
  • Easier to learn the basics – For people learning a language for the very first time, it is important to feel assured. Plenty of interaction in instructor led language classes takes care of this. Beginners feel the need to know help is at hand. Frequent face-to-face communication with the teacher and fellow students paves the way for self-confidence as well as motivation. And almost automatically, students find it easier to learn the basics.
  • Greater room for hands-on experience – When you’re weighing the pros and cons of instructor led language classes, this surely figures as a positive. Most face-to-face language classes take on a layered approach to training. Which means the teacher doles out tips and information on learning and quickly follows them up with real-time exercises. In a classroom environment, this has its own advantages mainly because you have others like you to share your thoughts and opinions with. In many cases, instructors are also open to students suggesting them exercises that the latter think would be interesting and interactive. So, a little unintentionally, as a student of an instructor led language class, you get hands-on experience while you’re learning.
  • More space for error correction – In an interactive environment, it’s easier for students to understand where they are going wrong. A small doubt arises and you can go back to your instructor immediately to clarify it. And because there’s a lot of interaction with fellow students too, it’s easier for an individual student to analyze his/her progress.

The Cons

It’s a given that instructor led language classes will have multiple advantages, Why else would people swear by it over time? But are there only advantages to it? Apparently not. Here’s why.

  • More time-consuming – When it comes to time, most of the world is on a tight leash. Therefore, when you’re going over the advantages and disadvantages of instructor led language training, it’s important that you consider time. This is especially true if you’re working. Face-to-face language training classes can create a huge drain on your time. In addition, the last thing you’d want is to create overlaps.
  • More expensive – Before you sign up for an instructor led language class, you need to get one thing straight. It could cost you a lot more than an online counterpart. Why? Because you not only pay for the trainer but also the facility (including utilities and other overheads) where the classes are conducted. And if it’s a high-profile trainer, you can simply forget holding on to your precious money. In case the classes are not being conducted in your town or city, you’ll even have to spend a lot of money on travel and accommodation.

Like anything else, instructor led language classes have advantages as well as disadvantages. What you need to do is figure out if they work for you in the bigger picture. Accordingly take the first bold step.

 

2 thoughts on “Pros and Cons of Language Classes

  1. Very intrinsically motivated students will probably enjoy more learning on their own, as classroom instruction tends to focus more on teaching than learning.

     

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