On many occasions, language centers have set out to become capable of offering their students the virtual classrooms and digital language content they demand. The digital transformation of the sector has been in progress for a few years, with those centers that can offer a more complete and effective training being the first to adapt. However, the current context is accelerating the process in the sector in order to adapt to social distancing and the distance training required to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
On top of finding a work/homelife balance, and the need for flexible hours, we have the added challenge of social distancing and the decrease in student ratios in the classrooms caused by the coronavirus. E-learning offers several alternatives to deal with this: blended learning, flipped classroom or online learning.
However, the free time that we have for language studies may be more than just a little scarce; it can often be quite difficult for us to attend traditional training courses. Likewise, it could be that we have enough time for classroom training, but we don’t have the time it takes for us to get to the training center.
As new technologies evolve and online training becomes more established, many training centers offer all their materials in digital format, shying away from conventional textbooks. This technological evolution has brought about more up-to-date contents, the ability to automatically correct student work, and the possibility to choose training without having to go to an educational center.
The establishment of online language training at your school or language center will help you to stay competitive in the current market. Because training in any language is very sought after, there are a lot of different schools offering training courses. Therefore, the establishment of online classes at your educational center will help you to improve your competitive edge because it reduces costs, improves service quality, and increases student enrollment.
Advantages of setting up a virtual classroom and digital language content for your language academy
# 1 – Evolution of educational centers
If you want your academy to be “something more” than just a language school, you need a virtual classroom. Evolve and adapt to the needs of today’s students who have little time for language training. Offer an online language training platform that has the best service, learning experience, and academic results.
# 2 – Improve the services and academic results of your center
One of the advantages of online teaching and virtual classes is, on the one hand, not having to travel to a physical center. Likewise, the students have the advantage of being able to follow the course at whatever time of day is best for them. Therefore, the current trend towards the personalization of education makes many training centers search for ways to offer a fully customizable experience. There are many options for tailored learning experiences, and at CAE we think that three of those ways are essential:
- Face-to-face language classes.
- Blended language classes.
- Online training.
By offering different learning options, your academy or training center can attract a greater number of students with different preferences for class styles. Therefore, establishing language training solutions online for your school will help you to provide better service, a wider array of learning experiences, and better educational results.
# 3 – Reduction of costs at your academy
Online language training allows for the reduction of costs without sacrificing the quality of linguistic training. The same facilities can be used, but the number of students can be increased – the only thing necessary is a good online platform and teachers who are up to date. More teachers can be hired, yet fewer costs are incurred than in traditional classroom teaching. This is possible because advanced online language training solutions allow for study materials to be shared, the progress of each student to be monitored, and interactions to take place in real time.
# 4 – New, more versatile, dynamic methodologies
Educational platforms go about learning in a fun, collaborative, motivating way that is able to involve and encourage the exchange of ideas, opinions, and experiences. Thus, greater professional synergies are generated –as well as networking opportunities– amongst users. In short, in terms of the methodologies used in virtual classrooms, knowledge depends more on participation than on the ability to memorize and, as a result, learning becomes a lasting experience.
# 5 – Quality, structured digital language content
Online learning with CAE is undertaken in a structured way, in real contexts, and it is visually attractive and engaging so as to submerge the user in learning and language use. Our system encourages participation and interaction through dialogs and allows the student to learn the same way they learned their native language.