So you want to study in your pyjamas?
English group courses can be expensive and time consuming, and you don't always get the individual attention you need to make a difference you your English studies. Maybe you don't even have group courses in your area. Maybe you don't have the money for private lessons or you can't find a teacher. Well, here's the good news. Cheap language courses are available with online English tutors! While a private lesson can cost you $50-$100 with a native speaker, you can find a native speaking online tutor for $10-$30. Here's how.
1. Download Skype
Skype has progressed so much since I first used to use it, that it sometimes feels like you are really in the same room as the person you are calling. Calls are clear, when you have a good internet connection and it is a cost efficient way to bring your online English tutor into your home.
2. Overcome your fear of video calls!
Yes, I used to be terrified of Skype calling a stranger too, let alone to speak a foreign language with them. But one day, I forced myself to make a video and get online, and it was SO worth it! I now speak to my online students every day via Skype and see for myself how much they can improve their English from the comfort of their own homes. The best part is, you don't need to go out, you don't need to travel to a class, you simply switch on your computer and study. So call a friend or family member for a practise run if you're worried. Then be brave and hit 'call'!
3. Find a teacher
There are thousands of Skype teachers ready to help you learn English online. Sign up to iTalki, where you can browse the listings for the particular accent you like, for the price you like, and most importantly, for the time you want to study English. I have been working with iTalki for nearly a year now, and I would say it is the safest and most convenient way to find online students and to find online teachers. Find a teacher with good qualifications (look for CELTA or TEFOL) with experience, good reviews and a video you think you will connect with.
4. Find a language partner
You can also use iTalki to find yourself a new friend to practise languages with. I have personally used it, and my language partner and I communicate nearly every day. We help each other with the language we are learning and it's good fun, and less serious than a lesson. Find someone you can get along with well, and start speaking every day, over Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook...
5. Do your English homework!
As a teacher, I love homework. As a student I hate homework. I understand! But stay motivated and try to study some grammar and vocabulary every day and you will soon see signs of improvement when you speak English with your online teacher or online language partner. You will find you can understand news articles in English, and be able to understand the radio or TV.
These were some of my tips for getting started with your online English classes. If you know anymore ways you can find online English classes then get in touch below.