Online v onsite courses Human society is changing at a rapid


Human society is changing at a rapid rate. As a result, individuals the world over are making every effort to acquire new skills and learn different languages in order to secure their position in an increasingly competitive labor market. Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) which refers to teaching English to students for whom English is no their mother tongue[1], then has become more important then ever. Although learning a whole new language from scratch can be a long and tedious process, TEFL offers a number of venues through which to pursue one´s studies, notably through onsite course or online courses. There are a number of advantages and disadvantages to each. This article will proceed to discus them.

One of the main advantages of following TEFL courses through onsite schooling is that you meet people and make friends. Classrooms can usually sit up to 40 students. That means that any student in the class will most likely make at least a couple friends in his or her class. Another great thing with onsite classes, according to the TEFL website[2], is that you can ask a question at any time and get an answer almost instantly by an "internationally experienced trainer". This can also be said for students who are confused and ask their friends for help. Furthermore, with TEFL onsite schooling you learn additional characteristics that are required to make it in the real world like teamwork, leadership, partnership, cooperation and the ability to execute one´s duties under pressure.

Onsite teaching also has its disadvantages, especially for those who are working or are over a certain age and past a certain level. For students who are working, they do not have as much time to devote to a course. In onsite courses if you do not finish your work on time, it will result in failure. For older students who are past high school, transportation can be a factor. You no longer have the luxury of taking the yellow school bus to school. You now must find your way to get to school and motivate yourself to get there. When one´s circumstances make onsite learning difficult or impossible however, TEFL offers online courses their own set of advantages one of them being that you never have to leave the comfort of your own home. This will please students who live in countries with harsh climates and bitter winters. Online courses tend to have a less rigid schedule as opposed to onsite courses witch pleases anyone who works or is managing a family. The schedule offered by TEFL can be completed at a students own pace as long as it is completed within 6 months. Students can take their time or can focus their energy to finish the course as soon as possible. Furthermore, if a student has any questions pertaining to the course material they can simply email their online instructor and will receive a reply within twenty 'four hours.

Online courses though also have disadvantages. With online courses, you unfortunately do not have a teacher or tutor with you during the day at your disposal. Instead you must wait a day to receive feedback. If you have a question on a unit for example, that question would not be answered until the next day. It might also be a slight problem for the many people who are not used to reading on the Internet, not seeing a teacher everyday or not going into a classroom. You eventually get used to these things. A major problem with online courses is that many people do not have the benefit of a computer with access to the Web. Finally, to conclude, both types of education have their advantages and disadvantages and it would be impossible to say that one is better than the other. However each person individually, after weighing these advantages and disadvantages, can surely choose the one that is better for them.



[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teaching_English_as_a_Foreign_Language [2] http://tesolonline.com/tesol-onsite/course-features.html