English language courses: teaching methods

The modern market of English courses offers both traditional and alternative teaching methods. Consider the advantages and disadvantages of each of them.

1. Classical or level method. Training is based on the principle of dividing the material into six levels (from Beginner to Advanced). This approach is considered the most effective, because a student can devote sufficient time to all aspects of the language. He will learn how to freely express his own thoughts, speak without a significant accent, correctly write and perceive the speech of the interlocutor. Typically, for the passage of one level requires from 3 to 9 months of hard work. Therefore, you will be able to learn English practically from scratch in 2-2.5 years.


Duration of training. Not suitable for people who want to learn the language in a short time.
Lack of a large number of language practice. As a rule, you can start to communicate freely in English only from the third level (“Below average” – Pre-Untermediate), that is, after a few months.
Great expenses. The higher the duration of the courses, the more you will have to pay for tuition.

2. No-level methodology. On this option it is worthwhile to stop if you do not have time for a comprehensive study of English. Such techniques are often called communicative. In the process of studying, the teacher will emphasize the development of communication skills. First, you will learn how to make suggestions in an unmistakable way, to talk with other participants in the course, and then even be able to think in English. Another advantage of these classes is that they are much more interesting than traditional lessons.