Five steps towards successful online English teaching

  • Afternoon Plenary

Presenter(s): John Hughes

sponsored by ETAS

A worldwide survey of around 7,000 teachers found that the key challenges for online English teachers included maintaining motivation levels early on in a course, fully exploiting synchronous and asynchronous tools such as Zoom and Moodle, and designing engaging interactive activities. In this interactive session, I’ll explore these issues and suggest we approach the challenge in five steps (based on Gilly Salmon’s five-stage model). I’ll also emphasize the need to design courses and lessons which make the students’ early experiences of online learning more positive and therefore more motivating. I’ll suggest some practical ways to fully exploit the online tools available to us for greater engagement and we’ll try out some online activities which focus on personalization.