Knowing that the majority of our students are getting the best English training they have ever experienced makes all our hard work a delight
(PRWEB) October 3, 2007
Studies conducted by Drake Training Systems Limited reveal that e-learning / online education is the most efficient & cost-effective way to provide native-speaker quality English training, especially to regions where training is most in demand.
For those who have experienced e-Learning, its benefits are quickly obvious. But can it compete with the traditional classroom experience? Absolutely…and beyond.
Traditional teacher-led classes have been around for over 1,000 years. The evolution of e-Learning started about 10 years ago with computer-based training (CBT). The field has come a long way in a short time, generally due to the development of broadband and technology. Online training is rapidly filling the gaps that traditional classrooms cannot. Englishlink, created by Bahamas-based Drake Training Systems Limited, is an example of an online product that is improving education.
The most obvious advantages of e-Learning are its flexibility, convenience, and the freedom to move at one's own pace. Then there are the less obvious benefits of not commuting to classes, never missing a scheduled class due to other commitments, and the freedom to study at the time of day when the student is most alert. The main disadvantage of most e-Learning courses is the lack of face-to-face interaction with a teacher. Not with Englishlink! Students are constantly guided by their 'video' teacher in a nurturing virtual environment.
Different education markets have different gaps to fill. The worldwide English as a Second Language (ESL) market is perfectly suited for this style of learning. According to Lesley Rogan, creator of Englishlink, 'e-Learning clearly ties in with the demand for quality English language training globally'. With approximately 1 billion people learning English at any one time, not surprisingly, there is a shortage of qualified native-speaker ESL teachers - particularly those willing to live in low-income countries. In addition, e-Learning levels the field for less wealthy learners who cannot afford to pay for expensive native-speaker classes in their own country, or to study abroad. "Knowing that the majority of our students are getting the best English training they have ever experienced makes all our hard work a delight", says Lesley.
Other benefits of e-Learning are cultural. In some countries, certain sectors of society are not given access to classroom teaching, while other cultures have a fear of 'losing face' and are thus hesitant to make mistakes in front of others. In circumstances like these, the private nature of e-Learning is a great way to learn English, and to develop more confident speaking.
The global learning community is now at one's fingertips. E-Learners have high retention rates, flexibility, and access to once inaccessible content and teachers at an affordable price. There is no doubt the traditional classroom has its advantages, but with the benefits it affords, ignoring online learning is a shame.
About Drake Training Systems Limited
Drake Training Systems Limited delivers Englishlink, an Internet-based English as a Second Language training program. DTSL's Englishlink delivers innovative and convenient online English training to anyone in the world with broadband access. The program provides access to high quality but affordable English lessons delivered by a native-speaking 'video' teacher.