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QW 070412 “RareJob is good for advanced learners?”

RareJob, an online English school whose tutors are non-native English speakers from the Philippines, is good for advanced learners of English? I’m 99.9% positive to this question, meaning advanced-level learners of English can take a lot from lessons provided by RareJob tutors. Although it totally depends on each learner how and what they’d learn from the lessons and the tutors, RareJob provides a platform for English learners, advanced ones included, to speak and learn English on a daily basis.

Advanced learners who are able to get by with most of the things in English still need to keep polishing their speaking ability by speaking the language “every day”. It should be ideal for an English learner to be in the circumstances in which there are no other choices but to communicate with people in English 24/7, but such “dream” environment is not available for everyone, especially learners in Japan as EFL (English as Foreign Language) setting. Online English schools such as RareJob can meet the needs of learners who would like to speak the language with English speaking people on a daily basis. If it’s only 25 minutes each time, but you do it every day, you’ll be speaking English more than 11 hours a month. It may be “nothing” compared to the amount of time you’d spend speaking English while living, working, and studying overseas, but it still means something. Advanced learner might have known that it’s so easy to lose their competence in speaking English that they’ve acquired unless they speak the language on a regular basis.

In addition to the availability, accessibility, and affordability of those online English schools and lessons, non-native English tutors, the ones on RareJob for instance, who themselves had hard time learning the language have known tips for improving the English speaking ability. They will know what bothers English learners, even advanced ones, because the exactly same things bothered them in the course of English learning. I think there’d be cases in which non-native English tutors are better for learners than native English tutors. Non-native English tutors can share their language learning experiences with the learners they’re teaching. Advanced learners won’t need tutors to hold their hands and guide them to every single step they’d take. Only a tiny tip can enlighten them; they know how to self-educate themselves, so to speak.

One of my recommendations for advanced learners taking RareJob lessons is, (I’m not sure if I’m the right person to give any suggestions to those high-level learners) to record the whole lessons and play it back later. You can scrutinize what/how you spoke during the lesson, give self-feedback, restate or paraphrase your comments. You can be the most severe and candid critic of your English if you want to. It’s also good to take notes of words, phrases, and expressions your tutor uttered and to try using one or two of them next time to enrich your English speaking database. This is what I do to every lesson that I’d take. It’s always painful to face my poor speech in English, but it’s the pain necessary for improvement. I listen to the recordings at least three times on my iPod while commuting, and hold self-learning sessions on train or bike. Well, it’s no wonder passengers or pedestrians look at me so curiously.

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