ONLINE LEARNING – PROS AND CONS

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E-LEARNING VERSUS TRADITIONAL LEARNING – DISCUSSION ARGUMENTS
E-learning has become a necessity these days and a topic of discussion. As education is also one of the STANAG 6001 exam topics, in this post you can read about possible discussion arguments related to online education verusus traditional education.
You can check out a L3 SPEAKING TASK 2 and a L3 REPORT TOPIC related to e-learning.
If you’re new to STANAG 6001 LEVEL 3 SPEAKING, here are some useful posts:
LEVEL 3 SPEAKING – BASIC INFO
STANAG 6001 LEVEL 3 MARKING CRITERIA
SAMPLE LEVEL 3 DISCUSSION
SAMPLE LEVEL 3 BRIEFING
COMMON MISTAKES TO AVOID IN A BRIEFING
COMMON MISTAKES TO AVOID IN A DISCUSSION

 

SPEAKING L3 
TASK 2 PART A

EDUCATION

E-learning has become a necessity nowadays. Look at the list below and decide which kind of learning is the most effective and why?

e-learning            traditional learning            homeschooling

E-learning

Advantages
Disadvantages
  • convenience and availability 24/7
  • no need to commute
  • flexibility
  • long hours spent in front of the screen
  • contributes to sedentary lifestyle
  • negative for eyesight
  • cheaper to organise
  • available for the disabled and otherwise home-bound people
  • time-saving
  • requires stable Internet connection and access to equipment
  • lack of contact with people (other students and teachers)
  • some subjects need practical hands-on learning which is impossible online
  • interesting and varied web-based materials and resources
  • less formalised
  • less control over students
  • more suitable for specialised than general education
  • requires access to and ability to use technology
  • it is more difficult to accurately assess progress

Traditional learning

Advantages
Disadvantages
  • free state education for every citizen is a constitutional right
  • available for everyone
  • mass character
  • congested classrooms and schools
  • shifts, long school days, poor schedules
  • standardised and controlled by the state
  • one system for all which does not take into account individual needs and differences
  • contact with people
  • socialisation
  • bullying
  • aggression
  • violence

Homeschooling

Advantages
Disadvantages
  • adjusted to a child’s individual needs
  • one-to-one
  • children can work in their own pace
  • lack of diversity and contact with children from different backgrounds
  • more flexible
  • more family time
  • school social problems eliminated
  • lack of daily socialisation with peers
  • parents need to become teachers
  • lack of resources used by schools
  • cost-effective (less expenditure on school supply lists, commuting, school trips)
  • difficult to transition back to traditional schooling after homeschooling

TASK 2 PART B
  1. What do you think of the teaching profession? Can anyone become a good teacher?
  2. What are the pluses and minuses of the current education system in your country?
  3. At what age should children start school education? Why?

POSSIBLE L3 REPORT TOPIC
Write at least 200 words on the following topic.
Online learning has become a necessity. Write a report in which you:
• describe advantages and disadvantages of online learning;
• indicate possible consequences of the popularisation of online learning;
• offer recommendations on how online learning should be used in the future.

 

Now, there. You’ve read it! Now what?
What you can do is:
  • brainstorm more arguments,
  • develop full paragraphs using the suggested arguments and vocabulary,
  • record your statement and listen to it for mistakes or improvements,
  • record new vocabulary,
  • write to me and say what you think  (comment below or write an e-mail: info@stanagexpert.com – I answer every e-mail!).

 

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