Taking your language teaching online: Part 5

3 de April de 2020 at 9:22

Using Padlet to foster interactivity

pixabay free licenceDue to the current confinement situation, you may already be keeping in contact with your learners by offering them materials and activities online. You might be finding that online teaching and learning can be very effective. You might also have begun to see areas that need to be improved. One of those could be motivation. For our learners, it’s not always easy to motivate yourself to sit in front of a screen, work through materials and tasks and then wait for the teacher’s feedback. Learning online can be lonely. It’s therefore important to add social elements into your proposed learning activities. One possibility is to ask learners to create something together. In this post I’ll introduce you to an online tool that allows you to generate a variety of learning activities that can be carried out in pairs or small groups.

Taking your language teaching online: Part 4

30 de March de 2020 at 16:21

Providing feedback and assessing collaborative work

As a follow up to my previous blog post on how to set up collaborative work, here are a few ideas on how to deal with feedback and assessment of collaborative work.

Taking your language teaching online: Part 3

27 de March de 2020 at 12:21

Ideas for group work and collaboration

Many teachers and institutions are struggling to move their entire courses and programs online in an effort to minimize the effects of COVID-19. However, while many teachers think synchronous meetings with their learners using one of the freely available apps to do group video calls (Skype, Hangouts, Zoom, Whatsapp, Houseparty, Facetime) is the answer to all their problems, video calls with students might not be very easy. There may be connectivity problems because several people in the same household might be running calls simultaneously relying on the same wifi connection or there might be a shortage of devices to use in the case of young learners. Also, these video calls tend to be very teacher-centered, a teaching approach we moved past a long time ago.

One alternative is to have them engage in collaborative projects. Here are three examples:

Taking your language teaching online: Part 2

23 de March de 2020 at 11:04

Making instructional videos

Since the COVID-19 situation began, many teachers have had to move their teaching online to continue offering education to their students. For those of you who haven’t sat in front of a webcam for teaching before, here are a few tips for making instructional videos for your students.

They’re divided into three stages: before, during and after recording.