Study English online! Academia transitions to online learning

Home is the safest place that you can be at this time. And while you know you must follow the rules, you wonder to yourself: how will this impact my learning?

You may think that studying English online is more difficult than in-person.

While it’s certainly different, thanks to measures Academia has taken, it doesn’t have to be harder!

Our English courses in Melbourne use a sophisticated Learning Management System to give you the same experience!

We made this transition a few weeks ago following all Government precautions, and want to assure you that your learning experience will remain just as inclusive and enriching as if you were still attending your on-campus classes.

Our English courses in Melbourne have moved online

We don’t just record information and put them up for you to watch – our online classes are just like regular classes!

A lot of people think online learning works by instructors emailing worksheets to you to complete on your own. In our opinion, this isn’t a very effective way of learning!

Our Learning Management System:

  • Uses a virtual whiteboard to teach you and make notes
  • Allows you to ask questions and participate in discussion
  • Includes private video chat for group work and to help you practice your English during class with other students

We are keeping it so similar to your in-person classes that the only difference will be that you’re at home instead of at our campus!

Not only that, but it also gives you a way of getting in touch with your classmates and instructors outside of class time if you have questions or need help with your homework.

How to make the most of your online English courses

Learning English online is different – and it’s up to us to work together to manage the transition!

Here are some tips if you’re studying one of our English courses in Melbourne remotely…

Maintain your daily routine

We want to maintain your routine as much as possible, so we encourage you to start your day as if you were really coming into campus.

That might mean something as mundane as simply getting dressed and having breakfast, then sitting down at your desk to begin class.

We understand the shift is new for us all, so to provide you even greater convenience, we’re also recording all of our online classes.

That way, if you miss an important part or want a refresher, you can always revisit the lesson.

While we still encourage all students to attend class as normal, it’s good to know you can come back if you need!

Control your classroom

When studying remotely, you can keep any distractions under control – the classroom is your home, after all!

You can move furniture around, ensure your comfort, and remove any distractions from the room when it’s time for class.

Live with others?

If they’re working from home or studying online too, it might take a bit of thought and effort to ensure you’re both working in an environment in which you’re comfortable and respectful of one another.

Ensure you have good quality headphones to control volume and interact with your classmates.

Enjoy a dedicated study space

Some people find they can work or learn from anywhere around the home, including the kitchen table, living room, or even outdoors in the backyard. 

On the other hand, some people find it more effective to have a dedicated study space that is used for work only.

That way, at the end of the day, you can disconnect from work or study – even if you’re physically only moving a few metres away from your study to the living room!

The most important thing is to find what works for you.

Feeling restless? You might need to stretch your legs. Even a quick walk around the block between class can clear your mind and improve your focus.

Benefit from a flexible schedule

As we mentioned above, all of our English courses in Melbourne will be recorded throughout the global pandemic.

This allows you to go back afterwards and catch anything you may have missed or want to revisit.

As such, revisiting a section of the class helps develop further comprehension – and it could even open up a great discussion or debate with your classmates!

We strongly recommend attending your classes in real-time, however this flexibility means that if for whatever reason you miss a portion of class, you have the opportunity to review.

Enrol in our online English courses at Academia

Academia offers a range of English classes in Melbourne, each of them tailored to help you meet a specific goal or purpose.

And now, each is available online, allowing you to continue studying while also protecting your health!

General English (GE)

General English focuses on teaching you the basics of communicating in English – just what you need to improve your daily interactions.

With a focus on practical, everyday English skills, General English is perfect for international students who already have a grasp of English and simply want to make their lives in Australia a little bit easier.

Learn more about our General English course.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Planning to take your education further by enrolling at an Australian University? This course is for you!

The type of English used at university is more complex and formal than general conversation.

You will need to know how to write essays, read reports and make presentations using more complex language.

English for Academic Purposes is key for those wishing to further their studies in Australia.

Learn more about studying English for Academic Purposes.

English for IELTS preparation

Are you planning to work or study in Australia?

If so, you may need to get a certain IELTS score first.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a standardised English test that’s used throughout Australia in visa applications, job applications, citizenship tests, university enrolments and more.

Our IELTS preparation classes focus on preparing you for the test, teaching you the content and helping you get the grade that you need.

Discover English for the IELTS.

Study English in Melbourne with Academia

In response to the coronavirus lockdown, we’ve transitioned to online studies for all our courses. That includes our English courses.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that your learning should suffer.

The theory components of our courses are delivered online and are fully moderated by an experienced lecturer.

Even throughout the pandemic, we’re committed to giving you dedicated attention and focus during your learning. And our Online Learning System will help us do that!

Read more about our response to COVID-19 here, or fill in this enquiry form if you’ve got any questions.