Effective Learning Strategies

Is Learning English in an Interactive Setting Right for You?
Interactive learning at an English course in London
11 Nov 2017

Effective Learning Strategies: Benefits of Interactive Teaching

Over the decades there has been considerable talk and research related to different styles of learning. For years, people were thought to each have a specific style of learning that worked best for them. Now researchers believe that it may be more complicated than simply breaking down learning styles into groups such as visual learning, auditory learning or tactile learning.

Engagement

A Canadian study found that an interactive teaching environment made a greater difference than the experience of the instructor or other factors. Smaller groups of students given immediate feedback on their work showed better engagement with their classes. Their scores were considerably higher than students in classes that lacked interaction.

Typical language classes involved lectures and memorisation. Language Link English courses in London are limited to small groups so there is always an excellent ratio between instructors and students. The interactive style of the classes keeps students interested and challenged to promote better knowledge retention. The Canadian study also found that there was 20% better attendance for classes that included an interactive setting compared to a typical classroom format.

Multi-Sensory

There are reasons why people do better while studying in person rather than using books or online options. Attending a physical class setting allows students to receive information in a greater variety of ways. The additional physical element of being in a classroom, surrounded by others, can also be important. Many students find they retain information better when they can observe other students and learn from their progress and mistakes as well as their own.

Refinement

Small, in-person classes provide the opportunity to not just develop vocabulary, but to make sure that pronunciation and intonation is accurate. Subtle differences in different types of sounds can be easy to miss online or when working with a computer program or app. Instructors are able to refine language skills in a comfortable yet challenging setting.

Real-World Application

Most students studying English are primarily looking for communicative skills that they can use at work, their daily personal lives, and travel. Being able to have conversations with their instructors and fellow students provides the intensive practice opportunity that helps develop and refine skills. This is invaluable for rapid, natural progression.

Speed

The classroom environment allows students to learn, regardless of their preferred learning style or starting level. Instructors are able to work closely with students and better understand their needs. This enables them to focus lessons on weaker areas and accelerate the pace when the students have mastered particular concepts.

While we all learn differently and have individual weaknesses and strengths, the interactive classroom setting allows each style of instruction to be combined in class so that all student have a more rounded and complete learning experience. There are additional advantages to in-person classes. Studying English in London allows for the practice of new skills with people of all age groups from all over the world. What better way to develop your growing English language skills?