There are many different ways to learn a second language like French. Most learn by immersion, online resources, classes, or private lessons. The most common, and most effective, ways of learning a second language are classes and private lessons. For the purpose of this article, we will solely focus on the French language.
Speaking the French language is a practical skill. Compare it to riding a bike. You can’t learn to ride a bike by simply looking at instructions on paper, just as you can’t learn how to speak a language by looking at a word on a piece of paper and memorizing a couple of nouns and verbs. Using the French language in everyday situations is the best way to learn to speak the second language fluently. Both classroom instruction and french private lessons will allow you to do this. Speaking and understanding the language in real-life situations is what will get you to feel comfortable when you land at the airport in France or land a huge business deal while speaking it on the conference call!
While both classroom instruction and french private lessons will show you real-life examples, give you the opportunity to practice, help you understand how French is actually spoken, and teach you how to create sentences and express yourself properly, the real difference between the two is the amount of time that is dedicated to YOUR learning.
In a classroom setting, the teacher is responsible for teaching an entire room full of people the basics of language. They will go over nouns and verbs and everything in between. They will teach the class how to form sentences and give students the opportunity to speak during class. The teacher will ultimately do his or her best to give the students the skills they need to speak the French language on a basic level.
With private french lessons, the focus is completely on the student. The teacher is able to work with the student on a one-on-one level, so the student can succeed. The teacher will not continue with lessons unless the student he or she is working with truly understands the material. The student will speak French directly with the teacher, and not feel embarrassed in front of a classroom full of other students with different levels of experience.
While private lessons typically cost more than lessons given in a classroom full of people, you are getting more “bang for your buck”. With individualized lesson plans and someone dedicated to working on your French specifically, you are able to learn at your own pace, and in a setting that you are comfortable with.
In addition to being more individualized, private lessons are also done according to your schedule. Classroom instruction has classes at specific times and days throughout the week, requiring the student to clear their schedule for that time block weekly. With French private lessons, you can work with your instructor to find a time and day that works best for both of you. You will learn better at your pace, on your time.
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