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Teaching English Online

Learn how to transfer your teaching skills to an online context and start teaching English online.

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Teaching English Online
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  • Weekly study5 hours
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Teaching English Online

Is it time for a new online direction in your teaching career?

Teaching English online is now becoming increasingly important all over the world, giving learners and teachers flexibility in where and how they develop English language skills.

Join our course to find out about the skills, knowledge, digital tools and resources you need to design and deliver effective online English lessons. Gain insights from online teachers, trainers and learners and share ideas with other course participants. This course will help you better understand how to adapt your face-to-face teaching skills to an online environment.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 seconds More and more English language teaching is taking place online these days in groups and one to one. Now the principles of teaching and learning remain the same across all contexts. But when we teach English online, new challenges arise that we need to deal with. And we do need to adapt the approach that we take in the face-to-face classroom to a digital classroom. People are studying in their home environment, in their living room, in their car. I had one lady working from her car, she wasn’t driving. On this course, Teaching English Online we’ll help you to understand how to teach an effective lesson online. We’ll begin the course by thinking about the market.

Skip to 0 minutes and 50 seconds We’ll think about the learners that you might teach and what might be expected of you as an online tutor. The crucial elements of any online lesson are the teacher, the student, and a way to see them and hear them. Those are the basics. We’ll tell you about the equipment you need to get started and the platforms that you might want to use. We’ll also suggest resources and tools that you can exploit in and out of lessons. So you have to understand your platform and how it works before you start. And then ideally, you should have a practise with somebody else on the other end.

Skip to 1 minute and 23 seconds We’ll give you some practical strategies for developing a good rapport with learners and helping to motivate them throughout a lesson, because these things can be more difficult online than they are face-to-face. And we’ll give examples using teachers who are teaching online today. I build rapport with my online learners in very much the same way as I would do with a regular face-to-face class. So lots of encouragement and motivation and praise. We’ll also look at how we can help learners to develop receptive and productive skills. We’ll suggest different lesson structures for different types of lessons, and activities that can help learners to develop different sub-skills. Finally, we’ll think about how we can teach language online.

Skip to 2 minutes and 7 seconds You’ll have ideas and advice on how to set context, how to clarify language and check understanding, how to give practise, and how to error correct online. Because there’s a distance between us, I think it’s important to try and get to know the learners individually as much as possible. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to transfer the skills you have in the face-to-face classroom to a digital classroom so that you can produce really effective lessons for the learners you teach and help them to develop their English skills.

Skip to 2 minutes and 37 seconds A successful online lesson is a lesson where your student goes away knowing something they didn’t know at the beginning, or being able to do something they couldn’t do at the beginning. My name’s Lindsey Warwick and I’m a teacher and trainer based here in Cambridge in the UK, and I’d like to invite you to join our course Teaching English Online. I very much hope to see you there.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Getting started

    • Welcome to the course

      An introduction to the course and to week 1. Getting to know the educators and introducing yourself.

    • The online teaching context

      We'll talk about the different contexts for teaching online, who you can work for and the different types of students you can teach.

    • Getting started

      Getting started with technology, platforms and other tools and resources for teaching English online.

    • Key skills for online teachers of English

      We'll talk about the key skills teachers need to engage learners and to maintain motivation in online English lessons.

    • Round-up of week 1

      Ask your questions, end-of-week video and end-of-week test

  • Week 2

    Helping learners with receptive skills - reading and listening

    • Welcome to week 2

      This week we'll look at how to develop students' receptive skills - reading and listening - when teaching online.

    • Helping learners to develop reading skills

      Steps to help learners develop reading skills.

    • Helping learners to develop listening skills

      Overview of online listening lessons.

    • Round-up of week 2

      Ask your questions, end-of-week video, what's on next week and test.

  • Week 3

    Helping learners with productive skills - speaking and writing

    • Welcome to week 3

      This week we'll talk about helping learners with speaking and writing when teaching online.

    • Helping learners to develop speaking skills

      You're going to look at ways to help learners in your online lessons to become more fluent and accurate when speaking English.

    • Helping learners with their pronunciation

      We reflect on pronunciation challenges that learners face and consider ways that an online teacher can diagnose pronunciation problems and help learners with those problems in an online environment.

    • Helping learners to develop writing skills

      A look at ways to help learners improve their writing skills.

    • Round-up of week 3

      Ask your questions, end-of-week video, what's on next week and test

  • Week 4

    Teaching language, starting and running your business and professional development

    • Welcome to week 4

      This week we'll talk about teaching language (grammar and vocabulary) and then move on to 'next steps' – setting up your own business and professional development.

    • Teaching language – grammar and vocabulary

      Intro to teaching language

    • Getting your business started

      Marketing yourself as an online teacher, creating a website, attracting and keeping students, and testing new students.

    • Professional development for online teachers

      A look at ways that online teachers can continue their professional development.

    • Round-up of week 4

      So what's next?

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Demonstrate the key skills and knowledge needed as an online English teacher
  • Plan and deliver lessons to develop receptive and productive skills
  • Understand how to develop language skills
  • Reflect and improve on professional practice

Who is the course for?

Experienced or recently qualified teachers who would like to transfer their teaching to a live online context.

Who will you learn with?

English Language Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Assessor and Joint Chief Assessor for a range of teaching qualifications from Cambridge Assessment English.

English teacher, teacher trainer and materials writer. Author of several coursebooks for English language learners.

Who developed the course?

Cambridge Assessment English

Cambridge Assessment English is part of the University of Cambridge. We help millions of people learn English and prove their skills to the world.

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