Teaching Young Learners Online
Explore online language teaching with young learners
Have you recently had to adapt to online teaching in response to the COVID-19 pandemic?
This 3-week course from the British Council will help you explore the practice and theory of online teaching.
While this course is mostly aimed at English language teachers, all teachers can benefit from learning about accessibility, online safety, and how to engage young learners online.
Create the best conditions for online learning
The course will begin with an exploration of how to ensure learners interact together meaningfully. You’ll learn about the principles of language learning and teaching, and gain insight into how to connect with learners and their parents.
Building a community and developing rapport with your students will help them have a positive online learning experience, so you’ll plan and share a meaningful activity that’ll help you get to know your learners.
Develop inclusive teaching methods
It’s important to tailor your online teaching to your learners’ needs so that each class is inclusive and fun, so you’ll learn how to provide extra support for those who need it.
You’ll help expose your learners to language through reading and listening activities, and develop strategies to engage learners in different online learning environments.
Learn strategies for teaching English online
In the final week, you’ll be helping your learners to develop their speaking and writing skills. We’ll discuss assessments for learning, including how to set expectations and motivate your students.
This course is for English language teachers, teaching young learners (5-17) in an online environment. Experience of teaching in online contexts is not essential and both experienced and novice online teachers will benefit.
While most of the context is based around English language learning, teachers of other subjects will also find the course valuable, as the principles of English language lesson planning apply to online teaching in general.
Claire Ross and Joshua Underwood