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Tips for new online teachers of English

Tips from experienced online teachers to new online teachers.

Whenever we start teaching in a new context, we find ourselves having to spend more time researching and planning. We also need to pay more attention to the techniques we use during lessons to ensure they are effective and to deliver lessons which are as effective as possible.


Watch experienced online teachers of English share their tips for creating effective online lessons. Complete each sentence below with a word.

  1. Get to know your student, do a needs _____.

  2. Planning is key but have a _____ plan.

  3. Plan fully and make sure there is a _____ of different materials.

  4. Check that the _____ works.

  5. Understand your _____ and practise using it.

  6. _____ the teaching materials beforehand.

  7. Make sure the students are _____ with how the class works.

  8. Run an _____ session before you start teaching.

  9. Be prepared to use your _____ a lot.

Check your answers

If you’re planning on working for yourself, you’ll need to plan how you attract students. Read Cecilia Nobre’s article here giving you tips on how to market yourself as an online teacher.

Reflect and share

What do you think the biggest challenge might be when starting to teach online? Why? How might you overcome it? Share your ideas in the comments and then respond to at least two comments you read. Can you offer any advice to other course participants?

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