Richard McHugh

Richard has been involved in the English language industry since 2002. He has held many roles from teacher, to academic manager and school director. He is Director of Sales EMEA for Reallyenglish. He holds a PGCE in Designing and Implementing Open, Online and Distance Learning Programmes, and a Master’s in Education from the Open University.

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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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