Using online resources to improve your English

Living in the information age has a great many advantages, especially if you are a student.
These days we are able to access a wealth of information and teach ourselves all manner of skills by utilising online resources.

While immersing yourself in a culture is by far the easiest and most effective way to learn a language, there are a variety of online resources available that may be used as complementary study aids.

Have a look at these three recommended resources to see if it suits your learning style. Who knows, you may just find a fun pastime that also improves your studies!

Duolingo

This unique, inventive language-learning platform turns studying into a game allowing users to progress through levels while simultaneously helping to translate websites and other documents. By using this website you not only acquire a skill, you are also contributing to the world’s collective knowledge. How incredible is that?

The idea came about when the inventor of CAPTCHA (the challenge response test that search engines use to determine whether a user is human by asking that they type a featured phrase) realised that people around the world are typing thousands upon thousands of characters a day, and decided to put this to good use.

Duolingo offers courses in Spanish, French, Italian, German and Portuguese and also features a very nifty mobile app, so you can take the game on the road.

Livemocha

Livemocha is a great tool for students who wish to focus on a particular language skill, e.g. reading, writing, speaking or comprehension. The site is based on a model that presents students with learning material as a whole, then breaks it down into pieces and reassembles it step-by-step to provide students with an in-depth understanding thereof.

Lessons are provided in over 35 different languages and students have access to virtual classes and online sessions with dedicated tutors. There is also a lively online community that connects students from all over the world.

Busuu

With courses designed by qualified language experts and a worldwide community offering students the opportunity to connect with native speakers of the language they’re studying, Busuu is a helpful option for individuals who like to study on the go. The site has a great mobile app and offers a well-rounded approach to online learning. Busuu offers digital courses in English, Japanese, Turkish, Arabic, Polish and more.

These are just a few of the digital resources available. Browse around and find the one that suits you best.

Do you have a bright idea that can help students, lecturers or members of the general public to master a new skill or language? Create a simple, user-friendly website and share your expertise online. It’s never been easier!