Physical Classroom or Online? Online!

The above map shows my location for students who may wish for direct face-to-face classes; however, I have decided that the future of IELTS Preparation is online – in fact, the idea of physically face-to-face teaching now seems VERY old fashioned. Think about the nature of preparation for IELTS. You students are:

  • adults, with the ability to concentrate,
  • able to use computers (with Zoom, Google Meet, or MS Teams),
  • interested in your learning, and trying hard to achieve a specific goal.

The online teaching itself is:

  • actually face-to-face [we can all see each others faces],
  • great for very specific feedback [e.g. I put your writing on the screen to help explain my correction],
  • particularly suited to my style of teaching – that is, with advanced PowerPoint programs, which can be run on a shared screen.

Regarding that ‘face-to-face’ comment, programs such as Zoom, Google Meet, or MS Teams are very advanced, with many sophisticated features, and it does indeed sometimes seem as if the students and I are all simply sitting together in a room, talking to each other.

Finally, online teaching offers all the obvious advantages of:

  • no travel, and thus saving you time and money,
  • greater convenience,
  • fewer distractions.

So, why would any IELTS student now want a physical classroom? What does a physical classroom actually have that makes it better? I honestly cannot think of anything.

I can, however, for 1-1 teaching or small groups, offer a physical classroom, but I believe online is now the way to go.

See you in my (online) class.