The days of static e-books, tutorials and online lessons are gone. After all, with everything more and more customized in our computers - from our e-mails to our cloud storage systems and even our Facebook wall - why should Spanish e-Learning shy away from this trend?
The first boom: Spanish e-Learning and online language lessons
The Internet brought us a great opportunity to find information about almost any given topic at any given time. It also allowed us to communicate with anyone, wherever they are, in real time.
And in a fast-moving world such as the one we live in, being up to date is crucial. Workers are required to keep studying so as to improve their skills - but who has the time (or the patience) to leave work, potentially get entangled in a traffic jam and take night classes after a tiring 8-hour long workday?
The obvious answer, at least for Internet and global communication enthusiasts, was online learning. Through e-books, exercises and, sometimes, full classes available for download, one could study at the most convenient time, whether it was during a long train ride to work, at home after dinner or even on weekends. Especially for those living in not so big cities, it also became an exciting opportunity to connect with a world which, otherwise, would simply be too far removed.
Perhaps the biggest boom happened in the language industry. Because, if the Internet and global trade gave us the possibility of communicating with anyone, how can we do it if we do not have command of foreign languages? And so online courses on previously “exotic” languages, like Russian or Japanese, or languages spoken on emerging economies, such as Portuguese (Brazil, Angola), Spanish (Latin America), Mandarin (China) or Turkish (Turkey) took the Internet by storm.
The second boom: personalized language learning
However, it is understood that not everyone will benefit from the same methods. During language acquisition, for example, a lot depends on the age and mother tongue of the student. So, in a world where data blooms in every smartphone and every Google search, why shouldn’t Spanish e-Learning be customized?
Through Spanish e-learning platforms such as Spanish Gurus, and with the use of Learning Management Systems (LMS), it is now possible to hire a teacher or a tutor (one-on-one sessions) per hour, apart from enrolling in complete courses. This means you can have a professional teacher who will access your real needs and help you maximize the time you have available for classes. It also means that you can hire someone who is proficient on the topics you are most interested in, and have one-on-one sessions will multiple tutors to get further practice.
Unlike what happened with textbooks or correspondence programs, these e-Learning options offer real time training with natives. They give aspiring polyglots a well-rounded learning experience that provides not only writing and reading skills, but also speaking and listening ones.
Most importantly, because they are professional teachers, they will advise the student on what needs to be improved and recommend the best multimedia content for it. For example, if you need to read more in Spanish and enjoy comic books, then your teacher might suggest Condorito (by Pepo, a Chilean artist) or Mafalda (by Quino, from Argentina). On the contrary, if it is listening you should practice, then they will probably turn into your tango and coplas DJ.
The world is out there, who knows what you have been missing? Give yourself a new adventure by learning a language without leaving your sofa!
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