In the course of my language learning „career“ I have tried the most varied forms of language acquisition: classical classroom settings in school and university, autodidacticism, private lessons, tandem partners, language-immersion abroad and … skype lessons!
I have met quite a few language learners who are hesitant about taking skype lessons, and while they may make you feel isolated, distanced and lacking face-to-face interaction in some cases, I have found that they offer at least as many advantages!
Depending on your teacher’s availability, you may be able to choose the most comfortable time frame for yourself – be it before breakfast, during the lunch break or after work – skype lessons are great for fitting your language activities into your busy schedule. You can enjoy a language class wherever you want and you don’t have to miss it when you are travelling!
2) Reduced stress level
Providing your internet connection does not challenge your patience too much, skype lessons might actually be less stressful than face-to-face classes, especially if you are a shy language enthusiast. The screen creates a barrier between yourself and the person you are speaking with. This might help you express yourself more freely and feeling less intimidated.
3) Seemingly endless possibilities
Skype lessons provide you with a vast amount of learning possibilities you might never have tried before. You could schedule lessons with different teachers all over the world to find the right fit for you or you could incorporate material like online-assessment and youtube videos into your lesson!
4) Less paper – less hassle
Online lessons usually provide you with digital material: texts, grammar exercises, tests etc. While working with physical material certainly has its advantages as well, I have found that the paperless version facilitates effective archiving and makes it so much easier to find that vocab sheet you thought you had lost for good 😉