Appendix 4: Supplementary online activities for online classes One of the major challenges of online classes is keeping students engaged.  In face to face classes, the teacher can often make subtle adjustments to keep students interested and involved in class. In online classes, making quick adjustments can be more challenging because you may be missing...
Appendix 3: Speaking Tasks for Zoom Classes (referenced to Contemporary Topics, 4th edition, Pearson) A key to creating and maintaining engaging online classes is to structure in “social learning” as often as possible.  Set a speaking-listening-interaction task, establish the rules and procedures (such as “Use English only”, “Try to give long turns – 2 or...
Appendix 2: Coaching Tips to promote active learning in online classes As teachers, we know that a major part of our job is coaching students: providing motivation, encouragement, and guidance.  While it is essential of course that we provide expert knowledge of the language, solid instruction, accurate feedback, and reliable assessment, too much “instruction” and...
Appendix 1: Flipping the classroom to maximize interaction in Zoom classes (referenced to Contemporary Topics, 4th edition, Pearson) A key to creating and maintaining engaging online classes, with maximum student participation,  is to “flip” the classroom.  A “flipped classroom” is basically an instructional strategy and a type of “blended” learning in which students are expected to do...
(referenced to Contemporary Topics, 4th edition, Pearson) Student presentations – whether short reports or full on demonstrations — are an important part of active learning. Particularly in online classes, where instructors have a tendency to rely (overly rely!) on one-way teacher-to-student communication, it is important to give students “a voice.”   While student presentations are important, it is essential...