For italki users that are learning English, now you can purchase SpeakENG Online Courses on a levels basis. This gives you a clear sense of the range of SpeakENG Courses, as well as helps you choose a SpeakENG Online Course specifically for your English level. As your English improves, you’ll be able to see your progress: Beginner English (99), Elementary English (101, 102), Intermediate English (202), and Advanced English (301, 302, 303).

SpeakENG Online Courses have been designed to help people learn English anywhere with an internet connection. The content for SpeakENG’s Online Courses are based on Pearson’s English Language Learning and Instruction System (ELLIS). Every SpeakENG Online Course also comes with a 15-minute live tutoring session with an American certified professional teacher.

As before, you can purchase additional time with SpeakENG teachers or purchase a one-year subscription to SpeakENG that includes all Online Course levels. If you’re not sure which level is right for you, or are interested in getting an assessment level test of your English, we recommend looking at the SpeakENG Sampler.

italki is trying to find a price for learning a language that is accessible to everybody around the world. SpeakENG Online Courses use the same content that is being offered at much higher prices from expensive offline English training institutes.

As always, let us know through your feedback how we can improve italki and its partnership products.

The italki team

For italki users that are learning English, there’s now a new SpeakENG Sampler. The SpeakENG Sampler is a great way to get an assessment of your English level, and to try out all the different levels of SpeakENG Online Courses. With the Sampler, you get:

  • English Level Assessment Test
  • Access to the first lesson of every level of SpeakENG Online Courses

The English Level Assessment Test

The English Level Assessment Test is an adaptive online test that comprehensively assesses your English level. You’ll get scored on your grammar understanding, listening comprehension, reading comprehension, and more. Since the test is adaptive, everybody who takes the test will see a different set of questions. Your test scores also correlate with an equivalent TOEFL and TOEIC score, which should be helpful if you are planning to take those exams.

Access to the first lesson of every level of SpeakENG Online Courses

The SpeakENG Sampler will get you access to the first lesson of every SpeakENG Online Course. This will give you an idea of the range of exercises and content that you’ll be exposed to in SpeakENG. In general, there are 15-20 lessons per full SpeakENG Online Course. If you’re not sure which level to purchase, the Sampler can ensure you choose the right level.

We think this is great choice for English learners that are new to the world of SpeakENG. You can get an objective assessment of your English level, as well as a direct view into what SpeakENG courses would be the best fit for you.

View the SpeakENG Sampler.
View the list of SpeakENG Online Courses.

The italki team

Learning English on italki: Simon

December 14th, 2009 | Posted by Toffler in members - (0 Comments)

Over the next few blog posts, we’ll profile a few members, both students and teachers who’ve had success learning or teaching online.

The first is Simon, a mechanical engineer from Yancheng, China who is learning English.  Simon is a good example of someone who realized that taking lessons online was one of the best ways to learn a language.  Below is what Simon had to say about learning on italki.

Simon

Simon

[Translated from Chinese] I’ve been a member of italki for more than one year, but I only started using the paid online teaching service in May of this year.  I’ve had great luck in finding a very good teacher. She is a British national living in Brazil working as a professional English teacher.  Her professional ability, accent, and price, these three aspects, are in my opinion, ideal.  But more importantly, everyday she is happy, outgoing, and very open-minded toward all variety of topics–in my opinion, these things are even more important than teaching skills.  Of course, within the class, we also try to adjust to each other’s style and develop methods to help me understand the language and the culture behind it.  Overall, I’ve been enjoying my time learning with her.

From my perspective, the benefits of learning online are one-on-one lessons, saving money on each class, and saving time on each class.  In addition, it is very easy to find someone [online] who is a native speaker of the language and communicate with them.  One very small drawback is that communication is not just the language, over the internet you only get voice or video communication, which lacks the richness of face-to-face meetings.

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About 2 weeks ago we announced a sweepstakes in which we’d give away 20 1-month SpeakENG packages to italki members.  We had a lot of great entries to the contest, you can check them out here: Chinese speakers, speakers of other languages.  After receiving so many amusing and interesting entries, we had a difficult time narrowing down the list, but we did manage to choose 20 winners.

Congratulations to these members who’ve won a 1-month subscription to the SpeakENG course.

Eucilene     Brazil
Amanda     Brazil
Yingshine     China
Lucinda     China
Tony Feng     China
Lucky     China
Ahmed Elrazki     Egypt
Hery     Indonesia
Joy     China/Japan
Hamahamacchi     Japan
Queen Bees     Lebanon
CINTHYA     Peru
Ugly     Russia
Firuz     Tajikistan
Nao     Japan/USA
Sharanya India
Ozan Turkey
Sarah Iraq
Hasan Bangladesh

Winners should claim their prize by the 28th of September and then will have one month to use it.  Good luck to all the winners!  We have high hopes for your improved English ability and we look forward to hearing from you after you use this package.

For those of you who didn’t win, you can still buy the SpeakENG Online Course for either 1 year or 1 month.  Don’t forget the special introductory price of $16 for the 1-year course will be ending September 30.  So make sure you take advantage of the reduced rate and buy before the end of the month!

alipay

Alipay

Learning English is the primary goal of most users on italki, which is natural given that the majority of users are not native speakers of English. Our largest group of users come from China (20% of total users). We’ve just started a marketing partnership with Alipay to make it easier for Chinese users to purchase italki credits.
Alipay is a payment platform owned by the global e-commerce company Alibaba. Alipay works similarly to Paypal, and is very popular in China. For the month of August, we are offering a 10% bonus to purchases of italki credits over $30 USD through Alipay.

Learning English in China

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Alipay - italki page

We hope that by making it easier for Chinese users to pay online, this will lead to more transactions on the italki marketplace. There is certainly an immense demand for learning English in China. Chinese students start learning English at an early age (depends regionally, but average age of 10-13). However, after studying English for five years or more, many students graduate with “哑巴英文” (mute English). They often have not had any opportunity to use their English, and the vast majority are taught by Chinese teachers with varying levels of proficiency.

Given the demand for English, English training centers in China are a huge industry. These centers often are very expensive (10,000 – 20,000 RMB or ~$1500-$3000 USD). This amount of money also needs to be viewed in an economic context where the average monthly salary is roughly between $200 – $600 USD (depends on the city and region).

Anecdotally, we’ve been told that many Chinese find their experiences at these teaching centers to be disappointing. The centers are strong at marketing, but weak at delivering real improvement for students. Students have very limited access to teachers and are stuck listening in large classes.

Naturally, we believe that online learning can change this equation radically. italki partners, like Eleutian, can deliver an online product (SpeakENG), direct to students at an incredibly low costs. Students can get Eleutian’s certified teachers or find independent teachers which they can schedule according to their own time needs. In addition, student tuition doesn’t go into supporting building rents in expensive city districts, massive marketing campaigns, or large school administrations. Given the natural benefits of online learning, we think this will become a major alternative to offline learning in the near future.

View the English press release (PDF)
View the Chinese press release (PDF)

The italki Team