Amongst the highlights of what TopTenREVIEWS liked about the site included:
•Access to personal language tutors who are able to offer support and guidance in an interactive environment.
•The ability to select your own language tutor located anywhere in the world by viewing their profile, ability and cost.
•A flexible language training service which is effective and fun.
•No fixed times - any time that is suitable to your time zone is convenient.
•Each lesson is customized to the student’s level and capacity to learn the language.
"Learning a new language should be interactive. Many students are learning in isolation with little opportunity to practice or fully develop their language skills. Verbalplanet.com offers online language lessons from native speaking tutors through Skype internet telephony. Students can practice and engage in real conversation with a personal language teacher providing a well-rounded learning experience,"
At the heart of Verbalplanet's solution is a belief that learning a language is all about real people engaging in real conversation. All lessons undertaken through Verbalplanet.com are 100% interactive with a tutor lead approach which focuses on developing the learner's verbal communication skills.
"Learning over the web creates an interactive and immersive experience for a student that’s not possible with traditional self study methods. Taking language classes’ online is a great way to build confidence and help bring learning a language to life. A student that lacks confidence in their own ability will thrive under the guidance of an online language tutor," says Andy Moore of Verbalplanet.com.
The real flexibility of using Verbalplanet.com comes from their market based approach to language learning. Users are able to shop around and select an online language tutor according to a range of criteria including price, location, available lesson times and feedback from previous students. Included with every teacher listed on Verbalplanet.com is a profile of their background, teaching qualifications and approach to language learning, allowing the user to get to know a potential tutor before booking lesson time. The availability of free trial lessons by many of the language teachers listed on the site also means that it is possible to evaluate the service for free before committing to buying further lesson time.
2013 has already seen some important developments on the site with the introduction of online analysis and tutor feedback. Users are now able to track their learning progress in each core language skill of speaking, listening, reading and writing in line with common standards. Students are also able to review their tutor’s notes for each lesson and download electronic worksheets and learning material categorised by language and subject matter.
"One of the biggest benefits of online language courses is that distance is not a barrier to education and the internet can provide users with a truly unique experience. For example, someone learning Spanish can take online Spanish lessons from the comfort of their own home with a private Spanish tutor who may live in Madrid. Verbalplanet.com also offers an effective way for people to connect with teachers of minority languages where a local tutor may simply not be an option,” adds Moore.
One to one online language tuition also enables the tutor to develop a course of lessons specifically tailored to each individual student's needs and objectives making Verbalplanet.com a flexible and individual solution for anyone wishing to learn a language for work, pleasure or family needs.
Verbalplanet.com is a language training and tuition service which facilitates online language classes in all of the world’s major languages between language learners and native speaking language tutors around the globe using the Skype internet telephony service.