Teaching online is fairly similar to teaching face-to-face (F2F) in many ways, in other ways it is very different. This means that some of what works well in your traditional F2F classroom will not be as successful in your new online lessons.
Although this is a common move for teachers to make nowadays, there are some things that you should consider when preparing for your first online classes. Some of the natural rhythms you base your teaching on in a physical classroom will be different. For example, I found the slight delay on some video calls really confused my teaching style at first. This showed up in my teaching as a lack of confidence. Prior to this I had not actively noticed how much of my teaching was based on reacting to my students. Once I realised this, I adjusted my teaching accordingly (pausing for longer than I would naturally to allow for the technology) and had some great feedback from students once again.
I had initially assumed it would be very similar to my...
This is a review of the online course; "Teaching English: How to Plan a Great Lesson" by the British Council on FutureLearn.
Like most courses on FutureLearn this is a free course, but if you would like a certificate you can pay to upgrade your course. Upgrading usually gives you access to the content for a longer time as well.
Let me start by saying that I love FutureLearn! It, like many other MOOCs (massively open online courses), have made access to content from some world leading institutions so easy! I have dipped in and out of many courses, on lots of different topics, since FutureLearn first launched. I highly recommend that you hop over to their homepage and sign up for a few courses.
Now back to today's review....
Teaching English: How to Plan a Great Lesson
FutureLearn and the British Council
4 weeks, 2 hours/week
Currently advertised as available, start date 4th...