The accessibility, individuality and flexibility of online tutoring is pulling more and more language learners away from face-to-face modes of learning. But what does this shift away from the classroom mean for teachers, learners and the ELT industry?
I’ve recently analyzed data from the placement test results of hundreds of ESL students from each corner of the planet. In doing so, I’ve noticed a noteworthy trend: almost every student who sits our placement test possesses a significant amount of ingrained or ‘fossilized’ errors. Why is this happening, and what can we do to help?
Most teachers who jump into online ESL teaching do so with the dream of eventually moving into the role on a full-time basis. We all dream of quitting our day jobs and working from home! Our own hours, our own students, no more staff meetings, just teaching… Sounds great doesn’t it? But there’s a catch! To become a full-time online ESL teacher, you’re going to need a lot of students.
Guest post from Kris Jagasia of Off2Class.
Independent tutor and digital learning pioneer Lana Friesen explains how she is using the best programs and apps to help her students meet their learning objectives.
With such a new industry, online teachers are developing tools and combining programs and apps to facilitate the learning experience of students. In doing so, teachers are pre-empting apps yet to be created to meet the demands of this growing industry. Including all components of communication can be tricky in classrooms, especially online ones. This medley of tools demonstrates how, with a degree of ingenuity, teachers can plan a full-spectrum curriculum for their students, regardless of the setting. We are, in a sense, the MacGyvers of online teaching. We are pioneers and must embrace this reality with open arms and open minds.
The final in our series: A Beginner’s Guide to Teaching Online. Jaime has been teaching private online lessons for TOEFL iBT since 2010. By 2012, she had left local schools and earned 100% of her income from teaching online lessons. In this series, she answers the question of which of the many platforms (like Skype or Wiz IQ) is best for teaching online. This post looks at sharing materials with students.