Online language courses
We are interconnected worldwide and live in times of globalization. Being able to speak one's own native language and perhaps a few scraps of English is no longer enough in many companies nowadays. Both privately and professionally, it is an advantage to speak several languages. Do you or your employees want to improve your English or finally tackle another language, but have a busy schedule? Digitalization means that we can learn more and more flexibly, regardless of time or location. With online language courses, language learning has never been easier!
What are the best online language courses?
We would like to briefly introduce the 3 best online language providers:
This innovative app currently offers 4 languages: German as a foreign language, English, Spanish, French. The learning content is presented in a humorous story. Every day the learner receives a reminder of his 10-minute learning unit. Learning content and speed adapt to the learner via a state-of-the-art algorithm. Gymlish can be used for self-learning as well as for blended learning (combination of a language course with an experienced teacher and self-learning with an app).
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Prices vary between 14 EUR and 21 EUR per month, depending on the course, and there are always discount promotions. We will be happy to advise you!
Also quite popular is the language course provider LinguaTV with five languages: English, Spanish, French, German and Italian. The user receives audiovisual information combined with video material recorded by native speakers. Combined with one-on-one instruction or in-house group instruction, LinguaTV is also suitable for blended learning. You can learn German and English from language level A1 to C1, French up to B2, Spanish up to B1 and Italian up to A2 level. LinguaTV has a pronunciation checker. The cost of LinguaTV ranges from 19.90 EUR to 24.90 EUR per month.
This online language course provider offers 12 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Turkish, Arabic, Polish and Russian. Grammar and vocabulary exercises, useful everyday topics, and a pronunciation checker characterizes the app. All languages are taught at A1 to B2 language levels. The cost of Busuu is around EUR 5.25 per month. With restrictions, the program can also be used free of charge.
What are the advantages of an online course?
Regardless of which provider you ultimately choose, digital language learning offers numerous advantages. While lessons in groups usually take place at a fixed location at a fixed time, with a digital language course you are completely flexible and independent. You or your employees don't have to be at the same place at the same time every week, and you can arrange the learning content and timetable as you wish. However, it is recommended that you learn for about 15 minutes every day - this is also more effective than, for example, learning for 2 hours once a week. Learners don't need a webcam to use the language courses. Gymlish and Lingua TV have programs for companies. We will be happy to advise you!
What are the disadvantages of an online course?
Except for Gymlish, learners are not reminded to study and practice regularly. Moreover, the limited number of practice patterns turn learning quickly into a mechanical process. As a result, the drop-off rate for online-only courses is very high. The bottom line is that an online course eliminates social interaction with others and almost doesn't provide real speaking practice.
The solution: blended learning!
In blended learning, the online language course is combined with a virtual or face-to-face course with an experienced trainer. There the learners train listening and especially speaking. In addition, questions about grammar and country- and culture-specific topics are answered. The regular course dates - whether online or on-site - and the interactions with the trainer and with other participants in an in-house- group course help learners to stay motivated and achieve their goals.
Find out more about Blended Learning.