The fast evolution of the Internet has an influence on most aspects of our daily lives. Learning a foreign language in the classroom is very efficient. Education systems are particularly preoccupied with these topics.
However, if we are not keen on sitting at a classroom desk to learn a foreign language, there are alternative methods. A lot of entertaining applications for foreign language learning are available online. Of course, this learning method has its strengths, but also some weaknesses. It is fast, available anytime, anywhere and, above all, it is fun. It is useful if we want to capture the basics of a new language. The association of images with words or expressions is a favorite method for foreign language learners. But direct contact with the teachers, their pedagogical skills and knowledge cannot be found anywhere in the online environment.
Another learning method, different from the conventional one, is the memory pyramid method. It is an old method used in ancient Rome or Greece that speeds up the abilities of people trying to retain information. This method made a spectacular comeback due to the Internet. It is based on becoming aware of one’s environment, on visualizing and memorizing objects, along with phonetical or semantic skills, with amazing results in the end. Nevertheless, these cognitive processes can be tiresome. The human brain is an information processing device with huge information storage and retrieval capacities. Using this method intensively or for a long period of time can be exhausting for the learner.
Thus, it is useful to find the most suitable learning method or style for us and to customize it. Auditory learning such as using CDs, cassettes or MP4 files is quite accessible. It is an individual study method for those with a different learning pace.
For people who are ready to learn a foreign language, a combination of these learning methods would be useful, as the teacher provides verbal answers in many situations, along with exercises or games in writing. Learning in the classroom allows students to interact with each other and compare their knowledge, but also to practice what they have learned. Moreover, the variations and doubts regarding different linguistic issues are more efficiently covered by a teacher in the classroom. All of these can be backed up by the individual efforts of the student, using other complementary learning methods.