It is well-known that today English plays a vital role in our life. It is the most common language in the world. In India, English as a learning medium has gained considerably over the past few years. The adoption of English as a language of communication in schools, colleges, households and workplaces has been on a consistent rise. The need of having English as a common communication medium and hence the need for English education has risen manifold owing rapid globalization of economies and cultures.
It can’t be denied that learning English language is very important not only for higher or technical education but also for creating and effective communication bridge between individuals – students, housewives, working professionals, or businessmen. For professionals, English proficiency goes a long way in boosting eligible candidates for high quality jobs. Further, it helps working professionals make greater strides in their career paths.
Technology has played a pivotal role in learning and teaching. India has been on the forefront of a mobile revolution and it is natural that it becomes a preferred means of imparting education. Learning through mobiles does have many advantages over some of the traditional forms. There are some clear advantages of mobile for such cases
• Individuals can access lessons anytime, anywhere, including public places and moving trains and buses.
• Learning is greater and easier when knowledge is shared through some sort of a combined study.
• Social stigma – It is a fact that a very low percentage of people who want to learn English actually enroll themselves in English learning programs. It speaks volumes about the social stigma attached with English learning programs. Given the privacy and control that comes with Mobile, people can learn and interact with experts in their own comfort zone.
It is believed that spoken English is best learnt and absorbed through regular practice and experts won’t deny this fact. Voice, thus becomes an obvious choice as a learning medium. Mobile devices have become quite affordable these days and a major proportion of the population happens to owns them. It makes an mobile an effective channel to reach out to the students. Flexible hours of learning are a great advantage as the students can avail the course material 24x7 according to their own convenience. Learning now gets extended beyond classrooms.
• Each student is different and each has his/her own pace of learning. Those who pick up things fast may not spend too much time on the basic lessons while those who are slower might want to spend considerable time and go through each lesson thoroughly.
• Another gain would be reduced commuting time and expenses.
Here are some of the leading mobile based English learning resource :
• English On Mobile - The course offers users unlimited access to premium English Learning content over phone calls prepared by experts with over 200 years of combined experience divided into three levels – Beginner , Intermediate and Advanced. Formative assessment would help users keep a tab of their learning process. EOM certification is provided as the users complete each level. More information is available at http://www.englishonmobile.in.
• British Council allows smartphone users to download LearnEnglish apps on their mobile phones and tablets to help learn English.
• English Guru is an initiative by Airtel which brings learning English to the mobile. The course is IVRS bases and is available in 6 vernacular languages .
• English Seekho also offers mobile application based spoken English lessons over phone calls