Teaching online- CARE

Roosevelt’s famous quote ‘People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care’ carries possibly more weight than ever. The unexpected events of the last months required us and our students to change and adapt quickly, for some overnight, to a new learning and teaching environment. For many, this might have been an overwhelming experience. And we all know, […]

Teaching online – FACE it

Suddenly, overnight the face-to-face classroom that was the norm for decades was no more. As a result, our common, convenient way of teaching changed overnight. What was once considered as an alternative for F2F teaching became our new normal: remote teaching or teaching online face-to-face. Whereas many teachers were already using technology in the English […]

Encouraging extensive reading to advance intensive reading skills

The fact that our human brains are not hard-wired for reading means that the only way to develop our reading habit and become an effective reader is through reading. In this session we explore the ins and outs of extensive reading, why it is invaluable to develop learners’ reading for comprehension skills and possible challenges […]

Teaching Online- Be present

As an online tutor you’ve got many things to do, setting up your platform, planning your sessions but possibly the most important task is to develop teacher presence and bring your positive energy into online lessons. Learners need to be able to: 1- Meet you & Connect with you: When starting a new class it […]

Teaching Online- The 5As

Technology is everywhere and with so many tools, sites and apps being easily accessible it is easy to incorporate these into the lessons without putting much thought into it. However, using technology needs to serve a clear purpose: it needs to enhance students’ learning. So when selecting additional tools & Apps for online learning it […]

Teaching Online- Connect

One of the most important foundations for learning is that learners feel safe and have a sense of belonging. In remote teaching learners are not in the same classroom physically or perhaps not even in the same country so the distance created by the technology can have an impact on your classroom dynamics. Learners don’t […]

Teaching Online – Engage them!

When learners are emotionally engaged their academic performance improves which in itself can help to improve learner motivation. 1- Provide opportunities for learners to actively participate during sessions; in a larger group nominate, use names to allow them to turn on their microphone and individually contribute, or type the answer in the chatbox or select […]

Teaching Online – Plan, prepare and teach!

Teaching online still requires us to apply principles of effective practice and a key principle for effective online learning & teaching is careful planning… 1- Have a clear aim in mind when you are planning your session. Without a doubt, the platform you use has a lot of different, interesting functionalities but check when you plan […]

Teaching online – things take time

Even though you might be teaching GenZ learners, many of our learners are new to online learning… Make sure you take time to introduce your learners to the platform or tools you’ve selected to use for your online learning. Set them ‘running around’ the platform tasks; can they turn on their microphone? Type one thing […]