Review by Joann Agnitti and Gonzalo Obelliero
OpenEnglish presents an online learning opportunity for native Spanish speakers who wish to learn or increase their proficiency in English. It offers an experience similar to that of other online learning programs: a curriculum split into modules (lessons), assessments, and goal tracking. But unlike other programs, OpenEnglish offers some innovative and well-executed modes of instruction, such as the often hilarious and entertaining educational video lessons that call to mind episodes of The Office. The premise of OpenEnglish is familiar yet refreshingly different.
One of the foremost distinguishing features of this program is the personal advisor assigned to each student. The advisor engages learners by way of phone conversations. Here they can answer questions, clear confusion, check in for comprehension, and motivate learners as they near their lesson goals. This lends a “human touch” to the online learning experience, which can often be a lonely one.
On a similar note, another famed feature of the program are the live classes. Every OpenEnglish student may take an unlimited amount of live classes with native speaking English teachers. Class sizes average about 4-5 students and start every hour (almost 24/7). The class topics change daily and mainly focus on conversation and pronunciation.
The Live Session interface