Teaching English Online
We share our experiences of getting online. What works? What doesn't? The technical side of things. What do we need to know and think about? (4 hours) by Emma Pratt and James Heal
Considering English language teaching, or about to do training? Be prepared! Learn about key teaching methods. Refresh your grammar, and increase your language awareness. Written by Jamie King and Emma Pratt. (17 + hours)
We look at teaching young learners (4-10 years): from characteristics and differences between YLs and the adult learners to classroom management, planning, skills, tips, and ideas. Written by Anna Hasper. (25+ hours )
How to teach young learners (4-9yrs) pre-teens (10-12yrs) and teens (13yrs +). Characteristics, brain development, classroom management, lesson planning, skills, tips, and ideas. Written by Anna Hasper, Emma Pratt & James Heal. (35 + hours)
+ Links, Articles, Shared Tips, and Useful Resources for Teaching Online
We took the recordings of the live workshops with teachers that we held in April 2020 and enhanced them so you can go over what we covered in your own time.
We've also included various resources and tips for you that will help get you started.
Finally, straight to your inbox, when you sign up for this course, you'll receive a series of email lessons that cover the basics of beginning to teach online and where to find work.
James had to do what many of you have needed to do, adapt to a new situation, with little knowledge, and fast.
What James realised quickly, as an experienced English teacher, was that teaching is teaching, regardless of the tools and technology. In his diaries, he shares his experience as he transitioned from being an "old-school" teacher, about to freak out, to a becoming a teacher confidently working online.
Then Emma challenged him to join her in presenting the workshops for other English language teachers. These are the results.
Such a heartfelt and accurate account of the transition between face-to face and online teaching. I'm so glad you have been brave enough to publicly share your sentiments. Thank you for your encouragement. I hope, with your permission I am able...Read More
Such a heartfelt and accurate account of the transition between face-to face and online teaching. I'm so glad you have been brave enough to publicly share your sentiments. Thank you for your encouragement. I hope, with your permission I am able to share this with my colleagues. It will resonate with so many of them. Good luck James in all you do. You are a fantastic teacher.Read Less
First of all, I have to say that I am very proud, happy to live in England. I had never lived in London before. when I came to London it seems like something happened in mind. it seemed a light turned on in the head. I am feeling very comfortable...Read More
First of all, I have to say that I am very proud, happy to live in England. I had never lived in London before. when I came to London it seems like something happened in mind. it seemed a light turned on in the head. I am feeling very comfortable, for having to learn this amazing language which will open some doors for my future. I am 54 years old, and all my life I dreamed to be an English Teacher, I could not finalize my study because of that, because my country was devastated for war over 30 years and I had to left my study and get into the army. Afterward, I left the army and I emigrated to Portugal and then finally I arrived in London. I do not have words to describe how emotional, happy to be in this course. this is definitely where I have to be, and this is definitely the course I have to make without a doubt. amazing course, very well structured, the only thing I have to do is enjoy this stunning course. I truly believe this is the best course for me, definitely. thank you for Teachers involved in the preparation of this course. amazing job. I am sorry it was a bit longer in my thoughts about the course. Please give me the opportunity to overcome it.Read Less
It's full of advice and encourages me to join the future of teaching online
It's full of advice and encourages me to join the future of teaching onlineRead Less
Excellent approach to the new era of communications. thanks
Excellent approach to the new era of communications. thanksRead Less
Introductory webinar on online teaching
Activities to Try in the Online Classroom - Part I
Activities to Try in the Online Classroom - Part II
Giving instructions in our online classes
Giving Instructions I
Giving Instructions II
Further notes on giving instructions online
Update: Tools and techniques to up your game
The mute tool is essential but quite difficult to manage
The video is jumpy, no one can watch it when I play it.
Some parents and siblings are milling around in the background, it can be distracting.
I'm just following the coursebook
Getting Ss to stand up and move around can be quite difficult
I'm sitting down giving a lot of lessons in a row..ouch my back!
A lot of students aren't "turning up" to class.
Eek! My audio doesn’t work on videos!
Set up tips: Using two screens
Testing: Using Google Forms and Microsoft Forms for Quizzes
Other Resources, Tools and Ideas
On the ground, in the English language classroom
Emma’s specialism is looking at creative solutions to classroom practice and learning, working with all age groups. She has a background in museum and visual arts education and English language teaching, as well as communications, marketing, video, audio, design and coding. She has also worked in teacher management working with the business side of running language schools and working with agents. She is a visual artist with an active, recognised career spanning 20 + years (emmapratt.com). Her current project is in writing and illustrating for children. She is also a parent and company director.
In learning, her area of interest is in artmaking as a physical, intellectual, and emotional response to the world. She investigates ways in which it can be used in English language contexts to engage children’s brains, challenge their visual schema, and give voice to non-verbal forms of communication. She has contributed to publications and blogs on this subject.
Emma has given workshops at IATEFL and The Image Conference on drawing in the classroom as well as being the 2018 Artist in Residence at IATEFL. She is interested in the role of illustration in storytelling and how to exploit that in the classroom. Emma has been involved in an Artists in Schools programme and in artist residency projects where she has looked at storytelling. Online, she has given drawing and language workshops for children.
Emma has been designing online learning courses since 2013 and was, with Jamie King, a finalist in the ELTons 2014 for Innovation in Teaching Resources.