TESOL in China



Advantages and Disadvantages of Online Education in The TESOL Classroom

Advantages and Disadvantages of Online Education in The TESOL Classroom

Here is no doubt that it is the Information Age people are currently living in. And it is cannot be ignored that online education is one of the fastest growing teaching and learning methods in recent years due to different reasons and needs, which takes the advantages of the Internet and save both teachers' and learners' time and energy that has been spent on the distance and traffic. Among that, TESOL online learning gets a great acceptance from the TESOL learners. And here is a discussion about the advantage of TESOL online education.


Flexible Time

Compared to traditional teaching mode, there is no time limitation in TESOL online education. In the past, if the learners want to take the class, they have to especially make the time for the class. No matter the students at school or the workers, they have to take a day off or sacrifice their weekends to have an English class. I personally have been TESOL online teaching in China for one month, and my students are varied from 5 years old to adults. Most of my online classes have been held during the time from 5:00pm to 11:00pm- the time after school or after work, which is actually beneficial for both the teachers and the TESOL learners.

Also Read: How long are TESOL contracts?

No Region Limitation

We all agree In a traditional offline English class, teachers and students have to be in the same city at least, not to mention the same country. Otherwise, both learning and teaching activities could not happen in the first place. However, in the same area is not necessary for online TESOL Class. For example, I have been teaching online classes, and my students are from all over China who want to improve their English for work and some of them are still taking classes with me even they are on their business trips. Some of my friends from US and UK are just like me as well, they do online TESOL teaching, and they have students who want to learn English as their second language from China, South Korea, Japan, and other countries.

Lower Cost

Lower cost is not only for training institutions but also for TESOL learners. For traditional training institutions, they spend a lot of money on renting the places and making classrooms, in the meanwhile, these rents are shared equally among the students' tuition fees. However, TESOL online education can definitely help the training institutions save the rent and learner's tutions will get adjusted as well, which is a win-win mode.

Also Read: Can TESOL work for non-native English speaking teachers?

Learners Centered

The traditional teaching model is centered on training institutions. The training institution decides which class and which teacher the TESOL learners will be assigned to. But online TESOL education is centered more on students, learners can choose classes with different topics based on their own interests, and of course, they can choose the teachers with the teaching styles they preferred, which plays a significant role in Students' autonomous learning.

Also Read: 3 Distinct Peculiarities of the English Language


Of course, the disadvantages of Online TESOL Education cannot be ignored. First, compared to online TESOL class, Offline real class might have a great opportunity to have better interactions between students and teachers. If an online class keeps lacking good interactions between students and teachers, the learning effect would be greatly reduced. Second, learners would not get direct feedback from online teachers about homework or other practice after class. Therefore, the learners would lose the opportunity to help them review, practice and enhance what they have learned. The last but not the least, if the teachers could not successfully attract students' attention, the learners would easily get distracted by their cellphones or other things that might happen at their home or place.



美国TESOL 中国认证管理中心(美国TESOL 中国总部)



总部官网: www. TESOLGOV.com

地址:中国·北京 西城区宣武门海格国际大厦B座605-606

ADDRESS: ROOM B605-606,Hai Ge GUO Ji Da Sha, Xuan Wu Men Wai Street., Beijing .CHINA







Business services Design





Add:Room 605-606 Haige intl building, Xuanwumen, Beijing China


Contact us