Simply digitizing what you have always done in your in-person classrooms can leave you and your students feeling frustrated because activities that work in person too often fail to engage students online. The online learning environment is different and so the ways you teach should be different too. In this webinar we will share tips that you can use to create a better online learning environment for your students by:
  1. Using online technology to amplify and transform activities.
  2. Moving beyond passive learning by requiring your students to interact and create.
  3. Creating quality direct instruction using video recordings.
  4. Assessing your student learning using multiple methods.
  5. Setting clear expectations and providing the direction and support that your students need to meet them.
During the webinar the presenters will share specific examples that will help to illustrate what these strategies look like when teaching English to learners across grade levels.

This is part three in a three part series called Breaking Through the Screen: A Dozen Tips for Engaging Students in Online English Language Learning

Learning online can leave your students feeling isolated and unmotivated. While you and your students can’t be in the same room, you can still help to foster a sense of community with and between students. You can improve student motivation by setting clear deadlines and posting regular announcements that encourage students to complete learning activities on time. When you recognize that a student needs extra support you can send personalized feedback and messages of encouragement that can give the student the direction and support they need to push forward. You can also communicate feedback and support to students in one-on-one phone calls or video calls. Office hours can also be a great way for you to make yourself more available to students. Additionally you can create a sense of community between students through discussion and collaboration activities. Lastly, parents are often unsure how to best support their students and specific requests from you for their involvement can be critical to student success. During the webinar the presenters will share specific examples that will help to illustrate what these strategies look like when teaching English to learners across grade levels.

When it comes to planning a reading lesson in an online environment, there are some important decisions that need to be made – not least of which is the question “Should I even be doing a reading lesson in my online classroom?”

In this webinar, National Geographic Learning teacher trainer Alex Warren will examine how we can develop our learners’ reading skills both in the online classroom using coursebook material and online content, as well as exploring ways in which we can engage and motivate learners to develop their reading skills outside of it.

We know that speaking activities and authentic interactions are an essential part of language practice, but finding the interesting and engaging topics that motivate learners to speak can be challenging. Online teaching poses the added challenge of persuading students, who can now hide behind a screen, to communicate at length in English.  The use of stories and hypothetical situations have been an established part of communication skills and intercultural skills training for many years. Asking learners, ‘What if you were in this situation?’ provokes discussions and gets students talking and sharing in ways that improve fluency and encourages personal reflection. This webinar explores how we can use these activities to motivate and engage students in all classrooms. 

When we are teaching online, we need to be able to check our students’ progress so that we can reassure them about their learning achievements and gather information on where they may need further support. The online learning environment allows us to explore different methods of formative assessment and gives us an ideal opportunity to develop students’ ability to self assess through intensive questioning and targeted feedback.

In this presentation, we will look at different ways of exploiting classroom material for assessment by using individual activities for multiple assessment purposes and how we can use deep questioning to gather evidence of learning progression.
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