Digitalisation is the future of language learning. Just as e-commerce stores have changed how we shop, online courses and virtual classes are revolutionising how we learn languages. Soon, what we expect from language schools, courses, and platforms will be diametrically different from how we used to learn foreign languages in the past.

We’re already searching for new ways of learning languages that are fun, flexible and personalised to meet our individual needs and solutions such as Berlitz Flex are leading the charge in helping us get there.

Why is digitalisation in language learning important now?

With the rise of the internet, we have seen language learning become much more accessible and interactive. With online platforms, you can learn a new language from anywhere in the world, at any time.

It’s easier than ever to connect with native speakers – whether through social media or various websites like iTalki, which connect you with teachers who can help you improve your grammar and pronunciation.

The future of online language learning is about making education more efficient for students looking to learn a foreign language. It’s about finding new ways to make learning also more personalised, flexible and engaging by using new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), speech recognition, and interactive and immersive experiences.

As digitalisation continues to transform the way we learn languages, learning platforms and language schools will continue to innovate their ways of content delivery that make it easier than ever before to learn languages in an online environment. This means the emergence of more personalised learning courses, with more focus on practical speaking skills rather than the traditional grammar and vocabulary exercises we’re accustomed to.

We’re already seeing an increase in the popularity of online video lessons and online language exchanges where students can interact with native speakers from around the world via Skype or Zoom sessions. In future, this will likely lead to a multi-pronged approach where both adults and children can learn new languages through a variety of different methods, including augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR) headsets.

In short, digitalisation means that language learning will become more interactive, more visual and more immersive. It will be more mobile, more intuitive and more personalised.

The benefits of digital language learning

The main challenge for language learners today is not finding enough time to learn and practice. Digital methods eliminate this problem and make learning languages much more accessible for everyone.

Online courses enable people to learn languages from anywhere, at any time, and at a pace that suits them best. They offer flexibility and convenience, which can be particularly appealing for busy professionals or working parents who don’t have time to take traditional classes. They also give people access to high-quality language education without leaving their homes.

But digitalisation of language learning methods is not just about teaching languages. It’s about creating a cultural experience for learners around the world.

There is an increasing demand for global education these days due to a rise in globalisation, cross-cultural exchanges, international business opportunities and travel experiences. The majority of people are becoming more and more interested in learning other languages, due to their growing relevance in our everyday lives.

Another challenge that language learners often face is the lack of opportunities to use their target language in a real-life context. The digitalisation of language learning can help them easily overcome this problem. Many language learning apps and platforms are already offering digital solutions to interact with native speakers from all around the world in real time.

Berlitz Flex: A fully customised individual learning programme

As the digitalisation of language learning gains popularity, many new and improved methods of learning foreign languages are emerging.

One of these methods is Berlitz Flex – a fully customisable solution that combines live 1:1 sessions led by Berlitz certified native speakers with an online interactive self-study exercises.

What’s rare, both elements are closely linked in terms of content and goal to guarantee speedy and noticeable progress. The instructors are able to adapt their teaching style to suit each student’s needs and tie the contents of their lessons to the contents of the self-study programme.

Thanks to this combined approach, Berlitz students can learn at their own pace and in their own time while also having access to experienced teachers who can help them overcome any difficulties they encounter along the way.

This approach also greatly improves student motivation. With self-study courses, students often lose focus as they struggle to stick to their learning plan and track their progress. The unique, innovative structure of the Berlitz Flex programme helps students stay on track and encourages them to achieve their learning goals.

In addition, Berlitz Flex members can practice their conversational skills in real-life scenarios with native speakers or on their own, thanks to speech recognition. This is an excellent solution for those who want to fine-tune their pronunciation or practice their speaking skills before talking with a native speaker.

Berlitz Flex students also get the tools and resources required for effective learning so that they can reach their goals faster and more efficiently than ever before. For example, they can use self-assessment quizzes to find out what topics they need more practice on or which areas they need help with to improve their skills. This also makes it easier for teachers to identify weaknesses in their students’ knowledge so that they can provide them with more focused support when needed.

Does digitalisation make a difference in the way we learn languages?

At Berlitz, we genuinely believe it does. Digitalisation not only makes it possible for people to learn foreign languages from anywhere, at any time, and at their own pace, but it also opens the door to interaction with native speakers.

We believe that flexible, results-driven solutions such as Berlitz Flex, which provide language learners with a personalised and immersive language learning experience, are the future of language learning.

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