The main advantage of doing lessons online via Skype is that the student and teacher can be anywhere in the world. If this technology didn't exist, I wouldn't have been able to continue teaching my students in Barcelona.
In addition, it's very easy to use Skype. You can send and receive documents, write things down in the chat box, share screens and see each other as long as you have a webcam.
Lessons can take place from the comfort of your own home, office, a café if you're out and about, or anywhere else you like! If you have to travel for work or you're visiting friends somewhere and still want to take your lesson, no problem. You can use your desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone to connect.
Here is what some of my current Skype students say they like most about taking online lessons...
Anna: "I think doing classes on Skype is comfortable. I can even be in my pyjamas and take my class at the same time! And if one day I can't be at home, I just have to take my laptop with me and do the class wherever I am."
Ramon: "The best thing about my Skype lessons is that I don't have to worry about where I actually am at that precise moment: in my apartment slumping on the sofa, stuck in my office pretending to work, or even on a beach in Tahiti relaxing under a coconut tree... No matter how far-fetched the last option is :)"
Montse: "I'm really glad Skype has given me the chance to keep taking English lessons with Julia, as they are the same as when she lived in Barcelona. When we speak on Skype it's as if she is here, and I also want to highlight that the chat function is really helpful to share documents, do spelling exercises, etc."
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I try a Skype lesson?
A: Yes. I offer a free 30 minute consultation before the first lesson. As well as using this to discuss your level and requirements, you can check that you feel happy using Skype to learn English.
Q: Can I take lessons with a friend?
A: Of course! See prices here.
Q: Does it feel strange talking to a computer?
A: I don't think so! You'll be able to see me on the webcam, so it's not that different to a face-to-face conversation.
Q: What happens if I have internet problems?
A: This is rare, and connection problems only usually last a few minutes at most. If you're having problems with your connection, let me know in advance and we can reschedule the lesson. If I have to cancel a lesson due to my internet problems, I won't charge you for it.
Q: Do you offer face-to-face lessons as well?
A: Yes. If you're in the Manchester area, you have the choice of doing lessons via Skype, face-to-face, or a mixture of both.
Q: How much is it?
A: See my price list. This includes materials, exercises and feedback. (Please note that if you're preparing for an exam or have very specific requirements, I may also ask you to buy a course book)
Q: How do I pay you?
A: If you're in the UK, you can pay me by bank transfer. Otherwise, I accept PayPal, which is free for you to use.
Q: Do I have to pay to use Skype?
A: No, it's free to use. If you don't already have Skype installed on your computer, you can download it here.
Q: What levels do you teach?
A: I teach all levels, from complete beginner to proficient and everything in between! I can also help you with your Business English or to prepare for a Cambridge exam, like FCE, CAE, CPE or IELTS.
For more information about English lessons, or to arrange a free 30-minute consultation (either on Skype or in the Manchester area), contact me here.