Long story short: how does our school teach Russian by Skype?
- Posted by: Enjoy Russian
- Category: Our teachers
Enjoy Russian school answers the most common questions about online learning of Russian
Learning languages by Skype might be not as effective as we always want it to be. The reason for that sometimes hides in our uncertainty, however, sometimes we can’t find a professional teacher or language school. Enjoy Russian school teaches foreign languages by Skype since 2004. The awareness of the fears and expectations of students helps us to make the study process both efficient and exciting.
1. Can Skype lessons be as effective as offline learning?
Definitely! Skype lessons are as effective as individual lessons in a real classroom. Nothing changes: you and your teacher can see and hear each other, the teacher gives you instructions, explains the new material and grammar rules, corrects your mistakes when you speak, gives you homework – everything’s the same as in offline learning.
2. I don’t know what level of Russian I have and what I need to learn next. Will the teacher lead me?
Of course. Firstly you will take a test that will help your teacher estimate your grammar and vocabulary knowledge. During the 20-minute free trial lesson your teacher will speak to you in Russian to understand your level of speaking. Then your teacher will create an individual study plan for you: grammar and vocabulary that you’re going to learn in each class, conversational topics that you are going to cover. You can always discuss the plan with your teacher and change it if you want.
3. Is it only speaking?
No, Skype lessons are not only about speaking. Of course speaking and listening are the most important aspects for a daily communication in Russian. But in every lesson you’re also given some time to practice the grammar, to read texts and dialogues, to write essays (as your hometask), so all the language aspects are developed in the course.
4. What study materials are used?
Firstly, textbooks. The teacher picks the right textbook according to the student’s needs and aims. It helps to structurize the study process, and let the student know where he is going to. Secondly, the online learning let the teacher involve lots of extra materials: videos, articles, online dictionaries and etc. It makes the learning of Russian more interesting and fun.
5. Will I get a certificate at the end of the course?
Yes. No matter how many hours of Skype lessons you had, you will receive our school’s official certificate, which will be sent to you by post.