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 some of the verbal and non-verbal signals you would...
(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 more sentences”, “Fill in the table with key words”), and...
(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 certain activities outside of class meeting time and to participate actively in “live” class meetings.  Ideally,...
(referenced to Contemporary Topics, 4th edition, Pearson) 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 too little “coaching” can lead to demotivation for a...
Teaching pronunciation is usually done by two methods: “listen and repeat” and “correction.” “Say it this way” and “No, that’s not right. Say it this way.” Imitation works for some students some of the time, but for systematic work with correction, it’s important to work on 5 essential principles consistently! The key concept in teaching...