Are you thinking about starting an online course or have you already started one and want to know the best techniques for learning English online? Here’s our advice for learning online:
Set Up a Study Area
It’s a good idea to have a designated study area in your home. This could be at a desk or even the kitchen table. It needs to be somewhere quiet that you can concentrate and won’t be disturbed or distracted. Don’t be tempted to work in bed or on the sofa, it might be comfy, but it won’t help you focus.
Speak With Your Classmates
During the lessons your teacher will encourage you to speak as much as possible. They will give you special speaking activities to do with your classmates to practice the new language that you’re learning. But it doesn’t have to stop when the lesson finishes. You can communicate with the other students in the class at all times via Teams. Or why not set up a WhatsApp group? You can send message or even voice notes to practice your speaking and listening skills.
This also means that you have support from your classmates. Learning English is fun, but it can sometimes be challenging too. Being part of a community and having friends to talk to about it will help keep you motivated and boost your enthusiasm.
Practice Outside Lesson Time
You will be provided with access to the Outcomes National Geographic online resources. We use Outcomes for your coursebook and they have loads of extra practice activities and exercises that you can use to practice the things you learn in class.
There are lots of other ways that you can keep practising too. You can download podcasts or listen to music. There are a lot of useful apps that you can download, find out about our favourite ones here. Or what about watching a TV show? You can watch something that you are interested in and use the subtitles to help your comprehension. Here are our top 10 TV shows to watch to learn English with.
Be Active in Lessons
Take part as much as possible. Share your views with the class and be involved in conversations. The best way to learn English is to get stuck in and speak as much as possible. Always speak clearly and close enough to the microphone.
Turn off your phone and leave it in another room so you’re not tempted to look at it. Turn off any other apps on your laptop that might pop up and distract you. Let your family or flatmates know that you are going on a lesson or doing some studying and not to interrupt you. If you don’t have somewhere quiet you can go for lessons then use some headphones with a microphone. This will block out your surroundings and make sure your teacher and classmates can only hear you.
Be on time for your lessons. Log in before the start of the class so that you can check your microphone and camera are working. Give yourself plenty of time for your self-study work and don’t leave it to the last minute. Your teacher will use Teams to allocate your self-study work, so you always know what you need to do.
Find out about the benefits of learning English online here.