Modern vs Traditional Approach of Learning English (英語を学ぶには留学かオンラインのどちらがよいのでしょうか?)

It’s undeniable that English language is becoming more and more in demand in today’s globally competitive era. Non-English speakers such as Japanese, Koreans and Chinese strive hard to acquire and better their speaking, writing, reading and listening skills in English. They willingly spend to go and study in different countries, or sacrifice their vacant time and holidays to have online classes even until late at night or early in the morning. Many companies as well invest for their employees and send them to English schools or have online classes. Parents, too, enroll their children to such classes for the latter’s future.


Distance learning, or “Online Class” as people call it, is now a popular method for busy people, not only for employed individuals but also students who want to learn English. This method is designed to cater those who could not personally go to schools. Students could study English anywhere in the world, and they could choose their time when to have classes. Some online English schools use Skype or have their own system to handle the classes. With just the aid of internet, voila, they can talk to their teachers and study English.


Despite the presence of advance technologies, many students still opt to have face-to-face way of learning. Those who could avail long vacation or holidays from work, take the advantage of an opportunity to study abroad and meet foreign teachers personally. As traditional method has been proven to be effective since time immemorial, students disregard the cost of studying English abroad.

Which is better?

Online and offline English schools are highly profitable businesses these days, but which is more suitable and more effective for students? Both methods of studying English mentioned above have pros and cons. The efficacy of one mainly depends on the school’s curriculum, teacher’s teaching skills, and of course the student’s motivation and determination in learning English.