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The incredible potential of virtual classrooms

The online teaching has been demonstrating for years great potential of virtual classrooms thanks to its customization capacity, its flexibility and the advantages it brings to the centers that offer it. Attend online classes by videoconference It is already a common way of learning for many students, and a highly demanded modality among people who decide to study a new language. However, there is a lot of confusion on the part of language centers to offer this modality, coming to perceive it, in some cases, as an enemy instead of a good ally.

These fears could not be further from reality, since turning a traditional academy into a online language academy It provides great benefits without great effort, and helps, among other things, to increase enrollment, improve the level of students and optimize the teaching staff’s schedule.

Online classes: how they revolutionize teaching

The live online classes by videoconference they change the most classical conception of teaching by changing the stage in which learning takes place. From the traditional physical classroom, there is a virtual space that is shared by teachers and students through the network in virtual classrooms.

Travel time to the center is eliminated and easy access is provided through any network-connected device so that students can take their classes anywhere.

Online classes change the when, how and where without changing what is learned.

In the virtual classroom, students can interact with each other and also with the teaching staff, so contact between classmates is not lost. One of the big mistakes is to confuse this type of class with online training that is 100% devoid of live classes. Live online classes are more inclusive, and can be accompanied by online communities so that students can create study groups and continue to interact and practice outside of class hours, like a virtual cafeteria.

What skills and technologies are needed to succeed in virtual classrooms

Another big mistake is to think that to offer online classes they have very different skills than those of teaching a traditional class or technology that will mean a great investment.

To start teaching by videoconference like an expert, language centers need:

Skills:

    • Teachers with some experience teaching classes by videoconference.

 

    • Reinforcement content for virtual whiteboard and outside the classroom.

 

Technology:

    • Specific software for language classes (with digital booking agenda).

 

    • Video and audio equipment (webcam).

 

    • Internet connection.

 

Offer more learning, to more people, with the same resources

#1 More learning with online teaching

The centers can facilitate online reinforcements through personalized educational platforms for each student. In this way, your students can review what they have seen at home (or even advance in the lessons if the center wishes). This helps keep the class level, allowing each student to study at her own pace by practicing at home with exercises and live conversations with her classmates.

The fact that these practices are available at any time from anywhere, multiplies the possibilities of study for students.

#2 More registrations with online tools

Thanks to open schedules, centers can offer their online classes (but also face-to-face and telephone classes) with open schedules. In this way, it is the student himself who freely establishes his calendar, reserving his classes one by one when he can really attend.

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