Which method of second language acquisition is best for you? Usually, people will answer this question based on their own experience. I want to go in-depth on this matter because of the MANY websites, apps and schools that offer language learning services.
Self Learning Is More Popular
Nowadays, you can teach yourself anything you want using our beloved internet network. So, there are language teachers out there who have created different methods for individual language learning. The self learning method is either free or often times cheaper than group learning. I think the number one perk of learning a new language on your own is moving at your own pace (just like anything else you are trying to learn). Its a long (and constant) learning journey and one shouldn’t feel the pressure of falling behind the group of language learners. But the willingness and consistency of learning has to be very strong when one is learning on their own.
Group learning can create a great community
Trying to learn a language with a group of people whether its in a classroom or online can have benefits. The number one benefit of group learning is having individuals where you can practice conversations in the target language which is a crucial part for language acquisition. Being part of a language learning community allows an individual to stay motivated and continue on with the journey. It can get costly to take courses in schools or universities; so, try to look for deals that language schools offer or look at the classes that are offered at your community college.
Both learning methods have their benefits that suit different people. With today’s technology, we are able to try both methods by doing a simple google search. If someone asks for advice as to which method to choose from, I would say to try both individual and group language learning. I believe thats the best way to maximize the learning experience.