Once an online teacher has introduced learners to new language through a context, the teacher needs to clarify and check that the learners understand the meaning, form and pronunciation of that language. Just as with teaching face-to-face, it’s important for an online teacher to plan how they’re going to record new vocabulary, or highlight form and any pronunciation features of a structure on the whiteboard or via a presentation slide.
Look at the whiteboard images below. The teacher has created these during an online lesson where the main aim is to speculate using modal verbs. As well as the grammar, various vocabulary items have emerged during the course of the lesson. Analyse each board. How effective is each one in terms of helping to clarify language for learners?
Reflect and share
What tips do you think are useful for using a whiteboard online? Think of your experiences of using a whiteboard in a face-to-face environment, or using one online if you have done so, and share your tips in the comments.
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