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The only digital course where you'll feel like you have a personal teacher!
When you hear e-learning or digital courses you might imagine something cold and impersonal. Or even worse, you may imagine endless powerpoint presentations in video format and little or no opportunity for engagement.
It’s true, many digital courses are like that. But the courses you’ll find here at English Digital Academy are most definitely not!
Why English Digital Academy is different
We are 100% digital, 100% human!
With our digital courses you have all the benefits of e-learning and flexibility of an on-demand course, but you are also followed closely by Kerin to guide you, correct mistakes and provide feedback. Therefore, you’ll feel like you have a personal teacher but at a fraction of the cost!
Why is feedback so important?
You use English often, perhaps even daily but does that mean you are improving?
Certainly, the more you use a language, the more fluent you become, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that your English gets better.
I have been speaking and pronouncing words wrongly in Italian for years – and no one told me (not even my husband!) This year, I did an Italian course and my teacher corrected me (many, many times!)
This is what makes our course unique. It is a self-study course, but with a twist. You will have a teacher follow your work. You will receive individual corrections and tutoring on every activation task you complete. This can take the form of written or audio feedback depending on the task that month.
You will also receive corrections and feedback throughout the entire course on the discussions on the forums and comments.
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What's in the lessons?
In both our programmes, Road to Proficiency and Effective Communication, you’ll find that the majority of the material we use is authentic. That means we use material produced in English that was not created for intentional use in the English language classroom.
Using this kind of content to teach the English language makes the learning process more engaging, imaginative and motivating for you. It can also be useful to elicit genuine responses from you.
You’ll find a variety of resources such as:
- pre-recorded English Digital Academy tutorials
- YouTube videos
- podcasts & audio
- newspapers/online articles
- TED talks, BBC, The Guardian & others
- interactive quizzes
- discussion forums
- downloadable guides & e-books.
What methodology do you use?
With over 18 years teaching experience I’ve had the opportunity to try out different methods of teaching. My favourite is the communicative method and that’s what primarily drives the creation of my courses. I’ve had to adapt traditional teaching methods to work in a digital world and I’m happy with the outcome!
I use a simple 3-step process in each course:
- INPUT: this is the teaching and discovery stage
- PRACTICE: this is where you consolidate and practise what you learn
- ACTIVATION: this is your opportunity to use what you learn in contexts that are relevant and meaningful to you
Throughout the course I give you relevant feedback, corrections & study methods so that you can take your English from GOOD to GREAT
I can’t wait to help you level up!
How do I practise?
You’ll do tasks throughout the course which focus on vocabulary building and strengthening your fluency: comprehension, writing, speaking and reading.
Furthermore, you will use our forums as a place to practise what you are learning, chat, discuss topics, share ideas and learn from your peers all over the world: think of the forums as our online place to hold conversations.
This is also where you will find guidance, detailed corrections and support from Kerin.
What is the Activation Project?
At the end of each course, you’ll find the activation project. The activation project is one of things that makes EDA unique. Often in traditional courses this part is forgotten about. But we would argue it’s the most important stage!
It is your opportunity to put everything you learn into practice, in a context that is real, meaningful and relevant to you.
The tasks will differ from course to course depending on the topic. They will include speaking, writing, reading, listening and/or vocabulary development.
You can choose to do as many as you like and you’ll receive personalised feedback and corrections in written or audio form: the more effort you put into it, the more get out of it!
Can I track my progress?
Yes! Each course includes a progress test. This is a check-up step and it helps you verify your understanding and identify areas you need to review.
When you pass the test, you get a certificate.
What are the course outcomes?
Which course should I take?
Road to Proficiency has been designed for people who have a real passion for English. Perhaps you live in an English speaking country or perhaps you feel like you are losing your English and you want to brush up and fine-tune. The aim of this programme is to achieve English proficiency.
Effective Communication is a business English course designed for professionals who work at international level and need to improve communication skills in English. The focus of this course is on perfecting specific skills and developing a comprehensive vocabulary in order to move towards English proficiency.