Should I Take Group or Private English Classes?

Learning a new language is one of the most rewarding ways to improve yourself and to expand your personal horizons. However, regardless of which English program you choose, everybody learns differently, and your decision between private and group classes depends at least in part on what type of learner you are.

  • Are you introverted or extroverted?
  • Do you get energy from social, dynamic settings, or do you excel when you are independent?
  • Do you prefer to speak with others and be a part of a team, or do you like quiet reflection and more personal attention from the teacher?

With these questions in mind, we’ll highlight the difference between group and private English classes, highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Advantages of Group Classes

When most learners think of school, they think of a classroom filled with desks and other students, working together toward a common goal. This is why one of the most popular options for students pursuing English is to join a group class of other students at a similar level and work together to increase proficiency.

The advantages of group courses are numerous, but one of the most significant benefits is the level of interaction. Taking lessons with other students at a similar English level creates opportunities for speaking practice and allows for more versatility for classroom activities. Furthermore, in a group class, students can enjoy the support and camaraderie of their classmates, they can practice together, and they can make lasting relationships that go beyond the classroom.

Advantages of Private Classes

As exciting as a group class can be, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to the different needs that exist within a group of learners. Some students may feel lost among a class of students, while others may feel more advanced than their classmates and want additional instruction.

For students who want to focus on their individual strengths and weaknesses, private lessons are an excellent option. In a private English lessons, students have the opportunity to work closely with an expert instructor, working with a curriculum specially designed to fit their level, interests, and specific language needs. Another advantage of private lessons is the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Think of the opportunity to advance your English level when every lesson is designed specifically for you!

When it comes to group versus private English classes, there is no wrong answer. Both options have advantages, and in fact, maybe a combination of the two is the right choice for you!  The most important thing is the motivation to grow, develop, and expand your ability to communicate on a global level– with English.

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