Babbel and FluentU are two of the most popular platforms for learning a language nowadays. However, you might be torn between which one to use and make the most out of during lockdown. Let’s go over some of the features, advantages, and disadvantages that each one has.
Available for iOS and Android for a monthly fee of £20 and works with videos in English such as TV Shows, cartoons, and music videos, among others. You can set your own pace and learning goals.
It has a feature to show you the many uses a word can have with easy, understandable examples. It allows progress saving to help you be aware of your improvements.
Despite all these good features, it has the big drawback that a vast portion of its content is aimed at people that already understand the language a bit. Thus, beginners won’t be able to learn on this platform. Additionally, FluentU also lacks help to practice your written English.
Also available on iOS and Android, but at an affordable £8 a month, Babble is great for practising vocabulary, learning entire sentences, and basic dialogues. It also has features to help you practice your writing and pronunciation lessons that everybody can understand.
If you are unsure where to start, the platform has a quiz you can take to determine at what level you are.
Although it is a well-rounded language learning platform, the feature that corrects your pronunciation doesn’t work that well with whole sentences. This will keep you from progressing faster, but you can get around the issue by simply turning off your mic and focusing on everything but the pronunciation. In conclusion, perhaps if you want a more formal and well-structured experience and have no problem taking a bit longer to learn, you should use Babbel. For those of you wanting a more organic experience through pop culture and mass media videos, FluentU is a perfect choice.
During quarantine where online studying is the most valuable tool you can use, many people are contemplating the use of resources to learn English while staying at home. To achieve these goals, it is best to understand the process form the start.
But What Are those Resources?
There is any number of resources available online to help you learn English in many ways. Some of these can be videos, others are texts, courses, and even interactive sites to learn live. To use any of these efficiently and achieve the goal you have for yourself, there are several factors you need to consider.
Since you will need to be constant in your learning, you will benefit from picking the resource that accommodates your schedule. There are some with a flexible schedule and some with a fixed one. The important thing is that you have the time to commit to learning.
Each different resource works with a specific type of material and you need to evaluate which one fits the way you learn better, as that’s the one that will work better for you.
If you want to learn the typical vocabulary used in your field of work, you will need a different focus than if you’re interested in conversational English only. Consider the reasons why you want to learn English, to be able to make the most out of the resource you want to use.
Keep Track of Your Progress
Using tools that many English learning resources offer will enable you to determine whether or not your learning is coming along as you need it to. When you are keeping a close track of your progress, you can tell if you need to dedicate more time to learning, find different materials, and altogether reach your goals.
Online English learning resources come in many sizes and forms, but the correct way to use them starts at choosing the one that fits your needs. Consider the schedule requirements, the material that is used, and if their goals match yours. After you start, remember to keep track of your progress and thus evaluate your performance and that of the chosen resource.
If you are an English teacher, you must have heard these questions asked rather frequently and I have too. Here is what you need to answer them.
For those of your students that are only interested in basic communication while travelling survival English will do. They would only have to learn some basic vocabulary and the easiest grammar structures to get around simple dialogues.
Provide your students that are only interested in communicating at work with enough knowledge to have conversations. This will work even if their grammar, pronunciation, and spelling aren’t perfect.
Now, for your students that wish to become entirely bilingual, you will have to make sure they learn everything the language is made up of. From grammar structures to vocabulary, pronunciation, and slang, your teaching program should combine all elements to make them entirely fluent.
Is it Easy?
While the English language isn’t the hardest one to learn, your students will have to apply themselves and practice what you teach them frequently. Thus, they will achieve the level they want to have.
As seen here, it all depends on the level of fluency your students wish to achieve. By ascertaining this, you will be able to adapt your teaching methods accordingly. Another factor to keep in mind is the fluency of your student before getting started.
Needless to say, a student who are more fluent will have little to no difficulty in honing their skills. On the other hand, a learner with no prior experience with English may find it more difficult and may require additional resources and guidance.
At the end of the day, it is in the teacher’s hands to make the subject matter as simple and engaging as possible. By connecting with your students, you will be able to make the learning process both fun and easy.