August 2, 2009

Online Lessons

Filed under: Uncategorized — ktetaichinh @ 9:32 am

Online Lessons

Friday June 19, 2009

National Taiwan University (NTU) has announced an online program for learning Mandarin Chinese. It is meant to “tap into the … Chinese teaching market” while at the same time addressing the “worldwide shortage of Chinese-language teachers.”

These online lessons are individual, one-on-one sessions, so I’m wondering how that’s going to help the shortage of Mandarin teachers. I suppose they mean that teachers can remain in Taiwan or China, rather than incurring the expense of living in a foreign country, so many more teachers would be available.

What about the quality of online lessons? From what I’ve seen, online courses don’t have a structured curriculum, and students may get a different teacher each time they log on. Hopefully NTU will design a quality program, but I’m still doubtful about the value of online lessons.

But I may be wrong – I’ve never taken an online course. Have you? Please leave a comment and let us know about your experiences with online lessons.


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