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4 reasons why face-to-face language training is better than an app

Language learning apps can give you an essential understanding of how a language works on a conversational level and they can complement your face-to-face lessons by helping you to brush up on your grammar and vocabulary.

However, as good as these apps are, they’re no substitute at all for a structured series of lessons.

There's no better way to get to grips with a new language than by speaking it

Structured language courses are specifically designed to give you opportunities to practise your emerging linguistic skills in a focussed environment. They create a space where you can learn from your mistakes while benefiting from the expert guidance of native speakers.

And if you’re learning your language for business reasons, a structured language course can be tailored to include all of the specialist terminology and vocabulary you need to conduct business overseas in your specific sector.

So no matter how sophisticated language learning apps get, traditional face-to-face learning will always be the superior choice if you really want to learn a new language.

Here’s a few advantages that face-to-face language courses will always have over language learning apps:

Dedicated Learning Time

It’s all too easy to get distracted when using a language learning app. And no matter how keen you are to get to grips with a new language, your language learning app will always be competing against the likes of Facebook and Twitter for your attention.

But with a structured, face-to-face language course, you’ll make time for learning. You’ll have a set schedule of sessions, and you’ll stick to it.

And during your lessons, there’ll be no emails, tweets, Facebook posts or other distractions. You’ll be able to focus entirely on your learning – and that’s what gets results.

Improved retention

As well as setting aside some dedicated learning time, structured language courses offer a unique opportunity to really immerse yourself in a new language and culture. By actively seeing a trainer or expert convey passion about a topic, it ignites the same passion, better interest due to lack of distractions, and an increase in the likelihood of retention. Not only will these training sessions ensure a better understanding and recall of the lessons and its content, the face-to-face element allows you to ask questions and receive answers instantly. All of this serves to make the lessons more intense and will give you the confidence, when you are surrounded by native speakers, to practise your new skills in real-world environments such as shops and restaurants - you’ll take to the language like a duck to water.

An Opportunity to Learn From Your Mistakes

The training room is a space where mistakes can be made without embarrassment – and where any mistakes that are made can be instantly corrected by a qualified native speaker. As a result of building a relationship with the tutor and other students, you will gain more confidence and get more out of group tasks and conversation practice.

Personal interaction

Group lessons present an opportunity for students to bond, interact with one another and improve camaraderie. The in-person interaction includes the added value of being able to gain insight from other people and develop social linkages. By retaining the physical face-to-face method of training, individuals will be able to take more from the experience in terms of social skills and interaction as well as educational know-how.


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This article has been written by Jane Weightman from Commercial Language Training Ltd


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