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Materials and activities for online lessons

Materials and activities for online teaching and how to adapt for teaching online.

We’ve looked at platforms and talked about digital tools and resources, now let’s start thinking about materials and activities you can use when teaching online.


Watch the video of teachers talking about materials and resources and complete these sentences:

1) Marie Therese says coursebooks work because ……..

2) Lindsay says that if you work for a company that provides you with materials, you may be able to …………..

3) Marie Therese says the internet is a good place for materials, for example, …….

4) Lindsay talks about learners bringing materials to lessons. For example, ……..

5) Jade says it’s important to keep tasks and handouts as ……

6) Helen says teachers need to plan what learners do in the lesson and to decide which activities …….

Check your answers

Reflect and share

Our teachers talked about adapting materials for online teaching. Look at this page from a coursebook. How might you need to adapt the material for a group online lesson? Think about the features of a typical platform and about what you can/can’t do online.

When you have decided how you would adapt the coursebook materials, post your ideas in the comments and read other participants’ answers. Are they the same as yours?

This coursebook activity is from Complete First for Schools by Guy Brook-Hart with Helen Tiliouine ©Cambridge University Press and UCLES.

After you have posted your ideas for adapting the coursebook, you can compare your ideas with Lindsay’s here.

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