07 Sep 5 Myths about Online Language Learning Debunked

Technology has revolutionized the world of communication, especially in how we acquire knowledge. We’ve come so far in transmitting information from one place to another, from floppy discs to holograms (even going beyond space!).

Speaking of advanced ways of learning, online education is not the new kid on the block. In fact, 5.8 million students are enrolled in online courses, a 263% increase over the past 12 years according to Higher Education Online Learning Landscape (2016).

Online learning (known as LiveOnline at Eton Institute) is a type of educational instruction where learners don’t need to physically attend classes, instead, they learn through an interactive virtual classroom led by a qualified instructor.

However, despite its popularity, learners can still find themselves hesitant in taking virtual courses especially to learn foreign languages. Here are 5 myths about online language learning that you need to dismiss right away:

Myth #1: Online learning is isolating.

Virtual classrooms encourage learners to collaborate just as they would in traditional group classes. The only major difference is how it is delivered. Learners can take part verbally to practice their pronunciation and everyday use of the language or in the chat box to improve their spelling.

A traditional classroom full of learners can sometimes feel overwhelming for the quiet learner. However, an online class provides everyone with opportunities to contribute either verbally or in a written form, offering shy learners appealing alternatives for expressing any concerns or questions.

Myth #2: Online learning is for the tech savvy only.

Online learning is for everyone! Even if you’re not a tech wizard, don’t worry. Being extra knowledgeable about technology is a plus, but basic computer skills (and a high-speed wifi connection) are also enough. If you think about it, knowing the platform is part of your learning process. The more you’re familiar with it, the easier it is for you to navigate. Plus, there will be a step-by-step guide to instruct learners from logging in, turning on the microphone and camera to enabling the chat box to interact with virtual classmates.

Once you’re part of the online classroom, tech help is available to keep things running smoothly.

Myth #3: The quality of online learning is low.

Technological advancements play a major part in the evolution of education, allowing the development of high-quality online programs and courses.

At Eton Institute, all LiveOnline language courses are taught by qualified native instructors. The courses are designed to meet the internationally recognized CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) levels, set by the Council of Europe. That, my friend, is why the quality of our online learning is as good as face-to-face learning.

Myth #4: Online courses are not accredited.    

Online education is academically equal to classroom-based learning. It’s the delivery that makes the difference. Our online courses undergo the same evaluation process as the traditional classroom courses. At Eton Institute, all language courses are EAQUALS-accredited. So if you take a LiveOnline language course, rest assured that the quality of the teaching is immersive, student-centered and interactive, just like in the classroom.

Myth #5: Online learning is not personalized.

It’s even more personal because of its flexibility and convenience. In a virtual classroom, students and instructors communicate more to bridge the distance. Instructors can allocate extra time for feedback and assist you to make sure you get the pronunciation or verb formation correctly or even address more questions apart from the lessons. Our One-to-One LiveOnline learning offers a more personalized approach in delivering lessons. The native instructor will be focused on one learner, guiding him or her every step of the way – from pronunciation, writing techniques to accent enhancement.

Now that we have debunked these popular myths, you are left with no excuses not to learn a language online. Make sure to prep up with a focused mindset and commitment to achieve your learning success in no time.

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About the Author: Joseph C. is an avid reader and an enthusiastic traveler. He’s passionate about learning new languages and sharing his culture with others. Next to his list: Learning French. Oui!

  • Kate
    Posted at 17:30h, 13 September

    Thanks for this – great points to consider

  • Yolande Abiaad
    Posted at 19:05h, 13 September

    Like it! Makes so much sense now 🙂