July 17, 2011

Online Alternatives to Language Classrooms Open Up to Students

Free learning content dominates the web but teachers are still in demand
by Nik Peachey
July 5, 2011

Demand for English is set to grow and, according to ELT researcher David Graddol, it will peak at around 2 billion learners in the next 10 to 15 years. Given the scale of learning it is unlikely that traditional, face-to-face language providers will be able to meet this need. The alternative for people who either cannot afford or get access to classroom-based lessons is likely to be online learning. So what does virtual teaching currently offer?

Read the review of different online resources and their context within language learning at http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2011/jul/05/online-english-language-learning-peachey

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