English is not only the third most commonly spoken language in the world, it's also the language of international business and travel. Every year millions of people study English to improve their career prospects, travel opportunities, or in order to better enjoy English films, TV, and books.
While there are many different courses to study English, one of the more popular ones is the online English course by Living Language. In this review I will share my experience using and testing it out. Below are the disadvantages and advantages of this course so that you can make an informed purchasing decision. I also give a comparison with another of the leading English language courses. At the end of the review I provide recommendation as to whether I think this course is the best one to purchase.
The online course costs $150. This gives you access to the full course material and all of the other resources provided.
Living Language's web-enabled English course that allows you to access the material from your computer. Included with the course are 46 English language lessons which cover all the essentials of English including grammar, vocabulary, and conversations. Also included with these lessons are cultural notes and reading passages to help you better understand the context of these language concepts.
Conversational exercises are also provided with their own e-tutoring sessions. These are online practice sessions with native English speakers. In addition to allowing you to practice your conversational English the tutors also answer any questions that you have and provide you with support. Another feature that sets Living Language apart is the online community. Here you can meet with other English language learners and English instructors.
There are a number of other competing forces which also offer English-language instruction. A major competitor is Rosetta Stone. Rosetta Stone English costs $299 for levels 1 to 5. Rosetta Stone English is an advanced multimedia course that features speech recognition technology, online lessons, video tutorials, and games (my review). It also comes with a number of mobile apps that you can use with your iPad, iPhone, or Kindle Fire. While all of these features seem impressive when it comes to the quality of the course, in my opinion Living Language English is better.
Rosetta Stone uses an immersive approach. Rather than giving you a translated version of English, it uses pictures and the context to make you guess what is meant. English is a complex language with a grammar structure very different from that which many students use. Living Language English is much more explicit with its explanations about grammar and vocabulary. It uses a more traditional academic approach which involves reading passages, listening to audio conversations, and completing written exercises.
While this involves a fair amount of work and dedication, overall it produces better results. Both courses feature live lessons with an online tutor. But the online lessons with Living Language's English course are better organised and easier to book. Rosetta Stone is also significantly more expensive at twice the price. If you are choosing between the two courses, I'd clearly recommend Living Language.
English can be challenging to learn, but Living Language does a great job of helping students achieve their goals. Living Language English online is perhaps a little less interesting at times than some of the other courses, but the results speak for themselves. If you want to master English, then there is no better option than selecting the Living Language online course. It's quite simply the most comprehensive option currently on the market.