The increased use of online learning tools has become the “new normal” in education. While it started out of sheer necessity, we have all grown to appreciate its pros.
Let’s see together the main advantages of digital learning and some tips to make the most of it.
At ScuolaScuola we have decided to fare di necessità virtù (make a virtue out of necessity) moving all our courses online and redesigning our website to make it easier to find the course that is right for you and to offer a smooth online shopping experience. Our Italian instructors have been doing their utmost to offer their students the best possible learning experience and they have learned a lot in the process. All together it’s been a continue discovery of how to improve our curriculum and teaching style.
The advantages of e-learning
We have continued to offer group courses and private lessons targeted to the needs of every student; we have even developed new courses dedicated to comics and bilingual meditation to help you relax while learning Italian. We can definitely say that the situation has fostered our creativity, but there are many other perks for our students of online courses:
You can study anywhere
The main advantage of e-learning is that it allows you participate in our Italian courses from anywhere in the world – be it your kitchen, a hotel room, or the garden of your holiday cottage. You only need a good Internet connection and your motivation to learn Italian. Moreover, the online format makes it easier for physically challenged students (and teachers) to attend lessons as they don’t have to travel.
You can have access to a wide range of resources
In an online learning environment, you have immediate access to resources and materials that may be located anywhere in the world. Your instructor can share articles, videos, links to cultural institutions, and other interesting materials. It’s better than a blackboard, isn’t it?
You can watch the lesson again
You can ask your teacher to record the lesson and watch it again as many times as you want in case you miss something. In this way, for example, you will be able to focus on pronunciation or take notes about that particular place you have always dreamed of, and get the most out of the lesson before moving on to the next topic.
You can interact with people
The online format allows for a dynamic interaction between the instructor and students and among the students themselves. The virtual classroom is the ideal place to share your ideas and learn from others’ comments. Would you prefer to study from a textbook instead?
Some tips to learn Italian online
And here are our tips to learn Italian with us from the comfort of your home – or wherever you like.
Remember that a ScuolaScuola online course is exactly like a “real” course. Therefore, you should:
When it comes to online classes, it might be easy to get distracted by your children, your housework, a phone call, and forget you had to attend a lesson at 3 pm. Set up an alert and organize your learning space with anything you may need. It is important to treat your online classes the same way you would a face-to-face class – after all, your teacher is waiting for you and you’re paying to learn Italian. Regardless of where you choose to study, consider turning your cell phone off to avoid losing focus every time a notification pops up.
Participate in the class engaging with your fellow students and your instructor. Listen to them, don’t be afraid to ask questions, take advantage of every single opportunity to practise. Research shows that, if you are using video material, watching it twice is less impactful than applying, discussing, thinking and writing about what you have learned. You are not alone on your learning journey; enjoy it with your traveling companions!
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