Two weeks ago, I enrolled in a driving school. It was not until a week after my enrollment that I started learning my course. Of three major tests required to pass for receiving a driver’s license, one is for students to self-study online with Wechat group tutoring offered to prepare. So far, I’m really enjoying it!
For someone like me who has working hours to commit, this learning process couldn’t be better. I can self-pace my learning, and while watching and listening to the trainer on a video screen, I can rewind it anytime to review. What’s more, the school provides its students with an app via which we get to practice and check how we go at the end of each module.
It brought me to think of this word distant learning, 远程学习 yuǎnchéng xuéxí in Chinese.
Between distant learning and classroom learning, is the former better?
Absolutely! At the moment, I’m coaching two Chinese learners online, both of whom have expressed that the Internet has made their Mandarin learning much easier. We use zoom meeting room to go through ppts, have conversation in Chinese and work on their Chinese character’s strokes at the cost leveraged by currency exchanges favoring the students. Distant learning has made it more efficient for language learners to learn and practice a new language without having to buy a plane ticket to visit that country.
As our world grows, learning has become so essential in all aspects of our lives. It’s no longer something we only concern in our school years. Learning for a diploma from school, learning for a new skill to stay ahead at the workplace, or learning for a better communication to keep a relationship content never stops, and distant learning has broken the geographical barriers and opened the doors for all that possible.
It is also certainly better in that nearly all successful distant learning is student-centered. The traditional style of learning, where a classroom full of students listening to the teacher speaking, has proven less efficient for the learners. In this experience contrary to distant learning, only a proportionally small time-span is spent on successfully absorbing information while a chunk of time block is wasted on either commute or mind wondering. Here we are looking at an inefficient learning and we need to put a stop to looking at it as the only way to learn.
Distant learning has its variety, and it’s also a great start point to develop learning from online to offline. When we are equipped with this learning accessible via video, apps and receiving coaching/tutoring through human interaction online or offline, it’s almost a sheer excuse to just say I can’t learn it.
Alright so much with my thoughts on this topic! Here is the word of the day 远程学习 yuǎnchéng xuéxí. 远yuǎn is far in English, 程chéng relates to the idea of distance/journey, and 学习xuéxí means learning. To use it in a sentence, here comes one example.
我喜欢远程学习。(I like distant learning.)
As usual, you may click the audio play below to hear its pronunciation by a native Chinese.