With so many online language courses available nowadays, how can training managers or directors of human resources decide which course will be the most effective for their organisation? Here are some essential questions to ask to ensure you select the right solution to meet your needs. Continue reading →
Functional language is language that you need in different day-to-day situations. For example: greeting, introducing yourself, asking for or giving advice, explaining rules, apologising, or agreeing and disagreeing. Any one of these functions can have a number of different exponents, or fixed expressions. For example, giving advice we could say: Continue reading →
Skills relate to different aspects of using language; such as listening, reading, writing or speaking. Skills are our ability to do these things. They are usually divided into two types: receptive and productive. Continue reading →
Inductive learning, also known as discovery learning, is a process where the learner discovers rules by observing examples. This is different from deductive learning, where students are given rules that they then need to apply. Continue reading →
Task-based language learning is an approach where the planning of learning materials and teaching sessions are based around doing a task. In education, a task refers to an activity where communication is necessary: for example; deciding something, solving a problem, designing or organising something, or Continue reading →
Flash cards are not new to teaching and learning. Teachers have been using flash cards, or flashcards, or flip cards of one kind or another to teach vocabulary and other concepts for a very long time. Continue reading →
You’ve probably heard of the terms “flipped classroom” and “blended learning course” in the context of online learning, but what do they really mean? Are they the same? Are they different and, if so, how? Continue reading →
Welcome to this Online Language Learning blog, produced by Net Languages. The aim of this blog is to provide useful information on effective online language learning to training managers, pedagogical directors, directors of studies, academic directors, programme coordinators, teachers and learners in general.
To do this we will be writing about buzzwords, trends and features of online language learning, drawing on our many years of experience working in this highly specialised and fast-moving area of education. We’ll be looking at effective exercise and course design as well as writing about key concepts, methodologies and approaches – like flipped classrooms, gamification and flow – and how they affect the learning experience.
We aim to do this in a practical, concise and informative way. Read the blog posts to reflect on and learn about online language learning and how it can work for you.