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What are the advantages of face-to-face classes?

After all thes lockdowns students want to get back in class again

After so many months of online learning, travel restrictions and staying at home with their families, students around the world want to get back into the classroom again. And this includes those learning English as a Foreign Language. There are many advantages to being in a classroom and interacting with your teacher and classmates, even with social distancing and the use of masks in the classroom. These include:

  • Being able to have natural conversations with others in your English class

  • Being able to listen to questions from other students (questions which you may not have thought to ask, but will help you to understand the grammar point or topic)

  • Being able to generate more group interest in a discussion

  • Being able to play games and join in activities

  • Giving the teacher more opportunity to identify the areas you are struggling with

  • Giving the teacher the opportunity to explain concepts using a range of different methods, such as miming.

Three of the main advantages relate directly to the learning environment:

  • Face-to-face lessons are not disrupted by network problems

  • The classroom environment is designed to help you focus on learning, and so it requires less discipline and self-motivation for you to stay focused

  • You are immersed in an English-speaking environment, and can go on outings and explore the city in which you are studying.

In an article on why traditional classroom learning is better than online courses, Sethughes1 gives three reasons that language students in particular need to go back to interactive classrooms:

  • The need to develop interpersonal skills, including communication skills

  • The development of memory and memorization skills is promoted through the types of assessments used in traditional, interactive classrooms

  • Motivation is gained through personal interaction such as classroom debates and discussions which provide you with constructive feedback from your teacher and competition from your classmates.


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