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Bridging the Gap: Enhancing Online Language Learning with Structured Self-Study

By Richard McHugh on 22-Aug-2023 16:47:40


The shift to online learning, which was brought about by the pandemic, opened up new markets for many English language schools. While platforms such as Zoom and Google Meet have made it possible to conduct engaging live lessons, the challenge of maintaining structured self-study in between these sessions still remains. This gap in the learning process can result in disengagement, disorganized lessons, and a lack of continuity in the overall course of study. However, what if there was a solution that could directly tackle these challenges?

The Problem:

Many language schools that transitioned online during the pandemic found it challenging to monitor and guide their students' self-study. Without a clear understanding of what learners were doing between live sessions, teachers often felt lost, leading to lessons that lacked cohesion and direction. This not only affected the quality of education but also diminished the overall learning experience for students.

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Embracing the Future of English Learning: Harnessing AI to Empower Language Learners Worldwide

By Richard McHugh on 19-Apr-2023 17:42:00

It's time to discuss AI and its implications for the future of learning. In a year or two, could AI eliminate the concept of time or the need to learn languages? While these ideas might seem far-fetched, exploring the capabilities of advanced language models suggests that they are not entirely unimaginable. If we adopt a glass-half-full approach, we can recognize the vast potential AI has for revolutionizing digital language learning products and services. This, in turn, could transform the English language learning industry as a whole, and by extension, the global language learning sector.

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Unlocking Language Mastery: A cutting-edge platform that empowers learners to thrive in the digital age

By Richard McHugh on 11-Apr-2023 16:42:25

The world of digital English language learning is growing at a breakneck pace, and with the rise of mobile apps and chatbots, learners have access to cutting-edge tools to support their language journey. In this article, we'll dive into the latest research findings on the effectiveness of digital tools and show you how Reallyenglish's platform embraces the best practices identified in these studies.

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Ever heard of a student improving by 3.5 IELTS bands in 2 months ? 🤔

By Richard McHugh on 21-Oct-2022 11:00:00

When Oğulcan Aydoğan contacted our partner school Hilal Dogu Akademi, looking for language training he presented a particular challenge. He had an offer letter for a master’s programme with a requirement for English language proficiency to the level of IELTS 6.5. The problem was his level was only 4.0. That is a full 3.5 bands lower than the requirement of his offer.

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Want to influence what and how much your learners study? Here's how 💡

By Richard McHugh on 14-Oct-2022 09:00:00

In our last post, we spoke about getting learners engaged with their digital learning courses by tailoring them to suit their needs, setting expectations around study time, positioning the courses within the make up of their overall study commitments and making them aware of the courses' benefits.

It's one thing getting them started, but it is another thing keeping them studying consistently. In this post we tell you how to keep learners engaged and interested consistently over the period of their study so they can increase their chances of language learning success exponentially.

Are you interested in knowing how to get your learners using digital courses consistently? Read on👇

8 steps to learner success with digital learning courses: Part 2 of 2 

Step 5 – 8 What happens during the ‘study period’?

So, once learners are onboarded, registered and excited about using the app - what happens next?

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Does learner engagement have to be a problem in digital learning? 😕

By Richard McHugh on 07-Oct-2022 11:26:05

In our last post, we spoke about the assumption that learners don’t engage with digital learning courses. In this post we challenge that assumption and show you how to achieve learner success with digital learning courses.

Are you interested in knowing how to significantly increase learner usage of digital learning courses? Read on👇

8 steps to learner success with digital learning courses: Part 1 of 2

In part one of this 8 step roadmap we look at the lean preparation involved in getting your organisation ready for high engagement digital learning implementation. 

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Learner engagement and digital learning – is it the 🐘 in the room?

By Richard McHugh on 28-Sep-2022 17:28:52

What is it with digital learning and learner engagement? 🤷‍♀️

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Academic English – Knowing the Rules of Engagement

By Richard McHugh on 21-Sep-2022 16:29:51

University students whose first language is not English but who study in English face many challenges. One major challenge is knowing how to write, say and understand things related to their university studies using appropriate language and form.

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Introducing innovative self-paced activities designed to improve learner confidence in speaking 🚀

By Richard McHugh on 31-Aug-2022 16:13:35

Reallyenglish is delighted to announce the release of 'Roleplay' our brand new speaking activity.


What is 'Roleplay'?

Great question! Well, apart from being an innovative and engaging learning activity that facilitates the acquisition of recently learnt language, Roleplay is an activity that builds learner confidence in speaking. 

Ok, so how does it facilitate language acquisition and build learner confidence? 🤔 

Ok, so first thing, roleplays are fully integrated into lessons, therefore the language that you practice in the activity is recently learnt from earlier in the lesson. This means that when you do a roleplay activity, you are automatically practising and consolidating recently learnt language. Second, learners build confidence in their speaking because... in order to successfully complete the activity, they need to speak and record their voice. 

Ok! That sounds cool 👌Tell me more 🔍

'Roleplay' uses AI to enable students to practice conversations and phrases with confidence in a natural conversational activity.

The activity is a roleplay scenario where the learner chooses their response from a selection of options available on screen. But, instead of selecting the correct option by tapping the screen or clicking the mouse, the learner must speak their chosen answer. The system automatically matches the learners attempt with the best fitting answer from the options available. This means that if the learners pronunciation isn't perfect the system will still match it to the correct answer.

This approach removes negative feedback for imperfect pronunciation and rewards learners for understanding the question, selecting the correct answer and for being brave enough to speak the answer.  So like we said, it builds confidence!  

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So why do learners love our courses? And what do they say about them?

By Richard McHugh on 11-Feb-2022 13:48:36

When we design our courses our starting point is to put the learner at the centre of the process.

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New English for Hospitality? Yes, we’re excited too! (Sneak peek inside!)

By Richard McHugh on 04-Feb-2022 11:50:36

Reallyenglish announces its brand-new English for Hospitality course! Here is a quick FAQ Tour to let you know what it is all about.

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Most Learners use our App to access their courses – Here’s why.

By Richard McHugh on 31-Jan-2022 11:05:51

The smartphone is now by far the most popular place for learners to access their courses. Learners do this through our App – Learn English Now. There are two fundamental shifts that explain this. First, demographics are changing. There is a shift from the majority of users being digital migrants to digital natives. Second is smartphone accessibility. There is a remarkable statistic that 84% of the World’s population or 6.6 billion people own a smartphone. These two factors make our App the obvious choice for learners to access their courses. This means that it has got to be good! Let’s look at some of the benefits of the Learn English Now App.

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10 reasons why you should choose digital learning solutions

By Richard McHugh on 21-Jan-2022 16:33:48

Digital Learning is in a growth phase. The pandemic accelerated this due to lockdowns. Learners were unable to attend physical face to face classrooms. So, educational institutions looked for solutions that allowed them to deliver content online.

But now there is hope of a return to normality. So, what reasons do trainers and educators have for the continued use of digital learning? Especially if they are all back teaching and learning face to face?

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Digital learning just became even more powerful, here's why

By Richard McHugh on 13-Jan-2022 10:15:14

One problem for digital English language courses is they do not save learner work. This is most true for those courses that cover productive skills of speaking and writing.

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Practical English - new features!

By Ben Porter on 21-Oct-2021 05:56:45

How do we introduce context into digital language lessons? 

In this post, we cover a key component of the new edition of our Practical English course: introductions.

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Key Questions To Ask When Choosing Digital Learning Content

By Richard McHugh on 11-Oct-2021 10:22:00


When choosing digital learning products, you want to avoid the hype, and make sure the dog is firmly wagging the tail. In order to do this, you might consider some of these questions to help you decide what the best fit is for your school, institution or company.

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Practical English New Edition!!

By Ben Porter on 07-Oct-2021 09:57:31

Digital learning solutions for English just got even better!

It's been a while since we posted here, but it doesn't mean we haven't been busy! 

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Cutting through the noise! Choosing digital English language learning solutions for your learners.

By Richard McHugh on 09-Oct-2020 11:30:42

When it comes to choosing digital learning content, owners, managers, and educators face a lot of challenges and questions. Some at the top of the list are Will my learners use it? Is this going to replace me? Does it have all (or even most of!) the features I need? Will it work? Finding answers to these questions is challenging enough on its own, but that challenge is exacerbated by the cacophony created when twenty different providers clamor to be heard while they extoll their product’s virtues. That’s a tremendous amount of noise!

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Press Release - Wednesday 15 May

By Stephen Flemming on 16-May-2019 12:33:30

Wednesday 15 May – for immediate release

Reallyenglish targets global expansion after Japan sale 

Reallyenglish is setting its sights on rolling out its mobile-centered offering to the global EFL market after reaching an agreement to sell a majority stake in Reallyenglish Japan Limited to Nippon Sangyo Suishin Kiko.

Reallyenglish Japan Ltd was founded in 2001 as a subsidiary of UK-based Reallyenglish.com Limited and, for more than 15 years, has provided digital e-learning systems along with a broad range of content for English language education to Japanese businesses, academic institutions and private language schools.

More than 720 corporations and 170 academic institutions have utilized the services to educate their employees and students. The Company is a digital pioneer in the English education industry in Japan and provides quality digital services that can be personalized for each customer through its original digital platform accessible “anywhere anytime” via mobile and fixed devices. Through this robust technology platform and user-friendly features, the Company achieves high course completion rate of users averaging around 75%.

The global Reallyenglish business is now being re-launched as a highly disruptive, white label B2B service that offers its full solution at textbook pricing. A key catalyst enabling global expansion has been the rapid rise of smart phones, with RE’s system now fully accessible as an app that provides a scaleable, localised solution through partners in each country. 

Reallyenglish.com Ltd CEO Nigel Killick said: “The investment in the Japanese company by NSSK has given us the freedom to target new territories and bring the Reallyenglish style of learning to millions more people worldwide. We have developed our offering in tandem with the rise of smartphone technology and I believe our mobile offering is best in class.

“It’s an exciting time for the company with a new focus on the global market while maintaining our strong showing in Japan. The Reallyenglish solution is already being used in companies, schools, universities, government departments and private language schools in more than 10 countries – and we now have a strong platform to grow our business still further.

“Our extensive experience and research have demonstrated the considerable power and improvement in learners when our self-study methods are combined with partners who are delivering teacher-led improvement. This learning has led us to pivot the business much more towards developing partnerships with providers.”


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How to motivate the unmotivated

By JJ Wilson on 07-May-2019 18:37:28

“I asked my 18-year-old student why he wasn’t putting more effort into learning English. He took me to the classroom window and pointed. Outside, there was a parked Ferrari. It was his. A chauffeur was sitting inside. “I don’t need English,” he said. “My family’s rich.”” (teacher in Melbourne, Australia)

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Reallyenglish targets global expansion with unique blend of mobile delivery and content-rich learning

By Sarah Rooke on 07-May-2019 14:28:54

Reallyenglish is setting its sights on rolling out its mobile-friendly offering to the global EFL market after reaching an agreement to sell a majority stake in Reallyenglish Japan Limited to Nippon Sangyo Suishin Kiko.

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