Teaching online means having to use gestures remotely. This may cause some discomfort as you could become self-conscious when teaching and having to use gestures which you is not necessarily natural in an online environment. In this video above, I share some tips for using gestures while teaching English online.
Some of the tips that I recommend include trying to look at the webcam and raising a hand to encourage and elicit answers from students who are connected to the online lesson remotely, using two hands, fingers and pinching to illustrate a full answer or sentence, or cupping a hand to the ear to encourage learners to repeat their answer.
I am sure there are many other gestures that we use unconsciously while teaching remotely or face-to-face which were not included in the video but why don’t you share your favourite gestures you use for teaching?
Allistair Elliott is an English language teacher with experiences teaching in South Korea and Vietnam and married to a Vietnamese. Learn a bit more about his teaching, experiences and his book which details his life as an EFL teacher – you can read a bit more about The Incomplete A-Z of EFL on EFL Magazine. A huge thanks to Allistair for agreeing to an interview with ELT Experiences.
Tell me about your yourself and how you got into English language teaching.
My hometown is Scarborough, but my spiritual home is Leeds 9. This is the LS9 post code area of Leeds, and an eternally unglamourous place. However, I have friends and family there, so it holds strong as my home.
And I began my EFL journey from Leeds (LS9). I had arrived at a point in my life that I was wearily too familiar with. As detailed in my A-Z teaching English book, I knew exactly and intimately what was about to happen. I did not want to go through the slog of signing-on and trudging around for desultory jobs. My friend was already in South Korea teaching English and urged me to go there. After a few weeks of thought, I did. My book is this the result of this decision.
In my last post/video, I shared my grievances and negative experiences with an online English company, iTutorGroup. However, in this post, I would like to consider what is required to make English teachers happy – whether they are teaching remotely or within a physical school.
In this post, I outline three points which will improve the happiness of all teachers and is reaction to a TED Talk that I had watched a few days previously.
I have been teaching English online for the past four or five years now with experience teaching students located in South East Asia. This week I received a suggested update to my employment contract which made me rethink working for this company. The company that I had worked with for such an extensive period of time is iTutorGroup.
Teaching online to your learners, whatever the subject, can be a challenge if you have never had any experience of teaching remotely. When I first started teaching online to students from South East Asia, I made so many mistakes and in this post I will be sharing some of the mistakes that I made when teaching English online.
The use of timelines is nothing new in the physical classroom but with the ever growing presence of online synchronous teaching, timelines is something which is not really given much thought. I have not incorporated timelines in an online lesson before but after considering this I would actual use them either with a mini-whiteboard and webcam or integrate them within my PowerPoint for the class. One benefit of the use of timelines during lessons is that it helps students visualise tenses and how they are used in English. It will also raise their awareness of potential differences between their L1 tenses and their L2 (that being English).
In this post, I shall be sharing five ways you can use timelines in your remote or physical lessons. If you are unfamiliar regarding timelines, my video introduction below to them will possibly help.
In 2020, many teachers around the world were forced to teach online. However, many were unfamiliar with this area of teaching and spent most of the Spring and Summer terms learning. Personally, I spent the whole of the summer teaching a university pre-sessional course to students resident in numerous countries and I would like to share with you my ideas on what makes an excellent online English teacher. It would be great to hear your thoughts on what makes a great online English teacher in the comments.
When teaching online, it is difficult to replicate different aspects of a physical lesson: classroom management, responding to visual clues from students or incorporating classroom games. In today’s post and video, I share five games you can use for your online English classes.
What a year this has been for us all! So much has happened this year and I thought would write one last blog post for 2020 and share what happened with me.
January to December 2020
The start of the year was as normal as possible. I recently returned from a family holiday to South Korea after a very busy 2019 with a new job. I started the term teaching my class of general English intermediate learners at work. I was also invited to teach a course (new for me), Intercultural Communication in the Workplace, one Friday evening a week.
This course was to last one term (January-April) and the majority of students were from South East Asia and it also reminded me of my undergraduate degree with the module Cross Cultural Communication. Nevertheless, one student was stuck in Wuhan – he had gone to visit family for Christmas but the province went into lockdown and he was unable to fly back to the UK. I kept him updated with course content and emailed him with materials and worksheets to complete on his own.