• British Council

Teaching Young Learners Online

Work together to plan, create, and facilitate inclusive online learning that engages and inspires young people aged 5 to 17.

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Teaching Young Learners Online
  • Duration3 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
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Explore the practice and theory of online teaching

Many teachers have recently found themselves having to adapt quickly to dramatically different teaching contexts in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, which has resulted in widespread school, college, and university closures.

On this course from the British Council, you’ll explore online teaching in both theory and practice – how to plan accessible online lessons and assessments, what online safety looks like, and how best to build relationships with young learners.

You’ll come away understanding how to include and engage learners online, both in synchronous and asynchronous environments.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Meaningful interaction

    • How do we learn language?

      Share beliefs and principles of language learning and teaching

    • Being human

      Understanding and connecting with learners and their parents

    • The learning environment

      Build rapport, create community and consider your learners' physical environment when they're learning online

    • Planning

      Plan and share a meaningful activity that builds rapport and helps you get to know your learners

    • Managing the interaction

      Encouraging learners to interact positively online

    • Learning together

      Learn from each other's plans, and consider safety and privacy online

    • Reflection

      Reflect on what you've learnt this week

  • Week 2

    Engagement, content and differentiation

    • How do we learn language?

      Discuss how to expose learners to language through reading and listening, and how to help your learners to notice language when they're learning online

    • Being human

      How to personalise and differentiate online learning, and provide extra support to learners who need this

    • The learning environment

      Strategies to engage and involve learners in synchronous and asynchronous online learning environments

    • Planning

      Plan a listening or reading activity, and include support to help your learners to notice language

    • Managing the interaction

      How to give instructions effectively online

    • Learning together

      Learn from each other's plans, and consider safety and privacy online

    • Reflection

      Reflect on what you've learnt this week

  • Week 3

    Practice, assessment and progress

    • How do we learn language?

      Discuss assessment for learning, how to set expectations and motivate your learners

    • Being human

      How to identify, communicate and celebrate progress with learners and their parents

    • The learning environment

      Discuss and share tools and strategies for self-assessment and peer assessment

    • Planning

      Analyse and create a mini speaking or writing activity plan for online learning

    • Managing the interaction

      How to actively seek feedback from learners, and strategies for giving your learners feedback on their speaking and writing

    • Learning together

      Learn from each other's plans

    • Reflection

      Reflect on what you've learnt this week

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...

  • Identify how to build relationships with learners, between learners and with parents, and be present and supportive when teaching online
  • Know how to include and engage learners online both in synchronous and asynchronous environments
  • Understand privacy and safety issues online and how to help learners and parents think critically about online risks and behaviour
  • Evaluate the opportunities and challenges associated with different tools and modes of online teaching and learning
  • Apply principles of English language lesson planning to online teaching
  • Develop and share techniques for language and skills teaching and assessment online
  • Apply and practise how to manage online interactions effectively

Who is the course for?

This course is for English language teachers, teaching young learners (5-17) in an online environment. Experience of teaching in online contexts is not essential and both experienced and novice online teachers will benefit.

While most of the context is based around English language learning, teachers of other subjects will also find the course valuable, as the principles of English language lesson planning apply to online teaching in general.

Who will you learn with?

I research and develop courses for teachers and trainers. I'm interested in online learning/teaching and pluralistic approaches to languages and cultures particularly in refugee/immigrant contexts

I'm a British Council futurelearn educator.
- Teaching (online)
- EduDigComp Training
- EdTech DesignResearch
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=X5IlrVEAA
https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshuaunderwood

Who developed the course?

British Council

The British Council is on the ground in six continents and over 100 countries connecting the best of UK culture with a global audience and providing high-quality English language courses.

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