Q. All right, DialoguE's value seems obvious, but isn't group study more interesting, and certainly more motivating?
A. Yes and no.
At DialoguE, you'll have all the advantages of a group with none of the inconveniences.
It's always pleasant to be in good company of course. During breaks, meals, the evening hours, our students appreciate their opportunities to interact with one another.
But during lessons, the presence of others is usually an obstacle rather than an advantage. Others will rarely share your objectives, your style, your level, your reactions, your needs.
In groups, the slower student can be maddening, and the faster one can be just as maddening.
Group training is, more often than not, group plodding. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
In a group, it's easy to become confused and disoriented by the mistakes others make. It's just as easy to become apprehensive about making mistakes in front of others.
In language learning, group dynamics aren't always beneficial.