When you are learning a new language, or reinforcing your skills, you have several options at your disposal. We’ve talked about the benefits of in-person learning both one-on-one and in a group setting, but there is also the option of online learning and hybrid learning, and they have their own benefits. Here at Hispanic Open Learning Academy (HOLA), we offer each type of language learning setting because we know everyone has different styles of learning where they thrive.
Learning a Second Language Online
Remote learning has been around since before the pandemic and is here to stay, largely due to its flexibility. There are many benefits to online learning —for one, you are in the comfort of your own home, or you have the option to be anywhere in the world. When you take a class online, nothing is anchoring you to a set location. You can be at home or on vacation, and you don’t have to worry about making it to a school by a specific time; your classroom essentially can be anywhere on the globe.
Here at HOLA, we want to set our students up for success, and so we have created opportunities for our students to take our courses online, both in groups or one-on-one and hybrid. With online learning, you don’t necessarily lose the benefits of being in a group with a class. You can still interact with classmates if you choose to do group courses and benefit from the interactions with others. The connectivity with others is not lost.
Something we pride ourselves in at HOLA is our open learning concept that includes playing, dancing, drawing, singing, and storytelling. These are not lost with online learning. We have found ways to ensure we incorporate them into lessons for our online students so that they still have fun and be interactive while they learn, whether it is one-on-one with an instructor or with their cohort and instructor.
Hybrid Online and In-Person Learning
At HOLA, we also understand wanting or needing to do hybrid learning where you have the choice to choose either having classes online and others in-person. This way you can still interact with more students in your class and reap the benefits of being with peers in group sessions and join in remotely when it fits your schedule best.
What we love about being able to offer in-person learning Spanish courses for our students is the social connection and the experience of having live interactive lessons in the classroom or in the student’s home. Research shows that students receiving in-person instruction have fewer distractions, increased concentration, and can receive more direct, personalized learning experiences. Learning a new language should be fun and exciting, not an added stressor to your life. That is why our private courses work around your schedule because we know after school doesn’t work for everyone.
The Choice is Yours
What hope our prospective and current students understand is that you have options on how to approach learning Spanish or any language. We know this is on your time and a choice you are making, and we want to offer different education choices for you to allow you to learn under the most ideal circumstances for you.