How Open English Works
Today, we’ll go over with you how Open English works, who it’s for, and its major features to see how it compares to other alternatives out there. The company was founded in 2006 in Venezuela and was targeted towards Latin Americans who wanted to learn how to speak English.
What is Open English?
Open English describes itself as an online language school where students pay ~$1,000 USD for 12 months access to their platform. Members are able to find group live classes in English that they can attend when they want. As a complementary add-on, the platform offers multimedia content in English that members can enjoy when they’re not taking group English sessions.
Who is Open English For?
Their main target market are Latin Americans who are looking to learn English for professional purposes. Given that English is the international language for business and major media outlets, it serves a high demand of people. That’s why only a portion of their workforce is in Miami, their headquarters, while the rest are around Latin America. According to this article, Open English positions itself against other language schools like Berlitz versus other language websites.
How Open English Works
Open English offers a mixture of live group sessions, multimedia content, and advisory from an English teacher. Let’s go over the step-by-step proces that you’ll go through as an Open English client.
1. Book a call with a sales representative
The first step that’s asked of you when you visit Open English is to enter your information so that a sales agent can get in touch with you. Given the high price entry point of the service, it makes sense that there needs to be a human on the other end to serve you.
2. Take a 7 day trial
According to Reviewopedia, members can take a 7-day trial to see how Open English works. They have 7 days to decide whether it’s right or not for them before they’re locked in to their program.
3. Start taking live group classes
Once you’ve been onboarded into the program, you can now start registering and showing up to their group classes. Given that students have 12 month access to the program, they’re able to learn on their own pace and enroll into classes when they want.
An Alternative to Open English
Now that you have a high-level understanding of how Open English works and who it’s for, we’d love to share Rype as an alternative. We’ll go over how we’re different, similar, and how that may impact the use of your time and money.
1. Group-based learning versus. Private lessons (Rype)
As we previously explained, Open English lessons are primarily group based lessons. That means you’ll have one instructor and be joined by other students who are enrolled in the English program that may or may not be at the same stage of learning as you. Rype on the other hand only offers private 1-on-1 lessons with your professional teacher(s).
Research from the National Training Laboratories has discovered that the human brain retains…
5% of what they learn when they’ve learned from a lecture.
10% of what they learn when they’ve learned from reading.
20% of what they learn from audio-visual
30% of what they learn when they see a demonstration
50% of what they learn when engaged in a group discussion (Open English)
75% of what they learn when they practice what they learned (Rype)
90% of what they learn when they teach someone else/use immediately (Rype)
Based on this research, learning privately on Rype will allow you to retain 50% more knowledge compared to a group discussion learning model.
2. Rype customizes a language program for you
The other major difference between the value that Rype and Open English is customization.
Since all the lessons on Open English are group-based, it’s nearly impossible to personalize a program specifically for you. The disadvantage(s) of this would be that you’re spending time learning English material that you may have already learned or that are too advanced for your current proficiency skills. Rype’s private teachers on the other hand are able to fully personalize your lessons based on your needs, goals, and proficiency level, because they’re 100% devoted to you during your lesson time.
In short, there’s less time wasted, and the time you do spend are focused on learning things you need to learn.
3. Private lessons for a similar cost with more flexibility
For the cost of what you pay for group lessons online on Open English, which ranges for $1,000 USD, you can book daily private language lessons on Rype from $115/mo. The other advantage is flexibility. Rype has month-to-month plans where you can cancel at anytime if you decide that it’s not right for you after one month, while also giving you significant discounts if you sign up for a longer term program.
How is Open English and Rype Similar?
While there are noticeable differences in the platform, cost structure, and effectiveness between the two language solutions, there are also similarities we share.
1. You can learn on-the-go
Both solutions are built for busy people on-the-go. While Open English offers group classes 24/7 that start every hour, Rype teachers are spread across dozens of time zones that allow you to find availabilities 24/7. Lack of time is no longer an excuse.
2. 7-day Risk-Free Trials
More importantly, Rype offers a 7-day risk-free trial as well where you can book private lessons with any of our handpicked language teachers before you commit.
Concluding our Open English Review
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As we shared, starting your language learning journey with Rype is not only easier than ever, but it’s 100% risk-free. You can sign up today for your language lesson trial.
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We can’t wait to have you inside our family.
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