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. 

Taking your language teaching online: Part 1

20 de March de 2020 at 12:37

Forum discussions in Moodle

Before the COVID-19 outbreak, many of you were already using Moodle with your students. This may have been for providing students with extra resources or for letting them know about assignments in case they missed a class. However, you may not have tapped into the potential of Moodle to allow students to interact with one another and put into practice their language skills. This was natural since communicative activities were already taking place in the classroom. These days, though, as meeting up face to face has become impossible, many of you are looking for ways to replicate that interactivity in an online format. To achieve this, one idea would be to set up a discussion forum in your Moodle classroom. 

Here are 6 simple tips: