Face to Face or Online ? What should I choose?
One of the most exciting developments in the new DELTA scheme is that courses can now be offered online as well as face to face. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each format?
Face to Face Courses
A course involving at least some face-to face contact might be right for you if ...
- you live within easy reach of the Milan area
- you like studying in a group
- you know you want to work towards the exam in June 2009
- you want the imposed "discipline" of regular meetings
As well as attending the course sessions, you will need to spend a good deal of time on background reading and exam practice tasks. Studying on our face-to-face courses will give you access to the course library and will mean that you can automatically sit the exam with us at the British Council in Milan.
You'll probably choose an online course if ...
- You live in a different area and can't attend "live" sessions.
- You are an autonomous learner and enjoy working independently online
- You want to be able to work at your own pace and decide your own schedule for completing the course and taking the exam
The online course uses the Moodle learning platform. Once you've enrolled you'll be given a password which will let you access the various course units, including an initial unit which serves as orientation to the course and makes sure you know how to use Moodle itself.
The course materials and activities include :
- written, audio and video input
- constant E-mail contact with your tutor for any queries you may have
- forum discussion tasks
- on-line meetings, using Skype - (free to download)
- indications for background reading : much of this will be web references, but bear in mind that if you do not have access to a well stocked ELT library, you will need to buy a certain number of books
- For module one - 30 exam practice tasks, 12 of which will be sent to your tutor for marking, while the rest will be self assessed