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Teaching Young Learners Online

Work together to plan, create, and facilitate inclusive online learning that inspires young people aged 5 to 17.


FutureLearn

Summary

Price
Free
Study method
Online, self-paced
Duration
3 Weeks
Access to content
5 Weeks
Qualification
No formal qualification

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Overview

Explore the practice and theory of online teaching

Many teachers have recently found themselves having to adapt quickly to dramatically different teaching contexts in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, which has resulted in widespread school, college, and university closures.

On this course from the British Council, you’ll explore online teaching in both theory and practice – how to plan accessible online lessons and assessments, what online safety looks like, and how best to build relationships with young learners.

You’ll come away understanding how to include and engage learners online, both in synchronous and asynchronous environments.

Description

What topics will you cover?

  • Week 1: Meaningful interaction
    Creating the best conditions for your learners to interact meaningfully and learn together online

  • Week 2: Engagement, content and differentiation
    Tailoring your online teaching to your learners’ needs, to ensure your classes are inclusive and enjoyable

  • Week 3: Practice, assessment and progress
    Helping learners develop their speaking and writing skills, and using assessment for learning to make learners and their parents aware of their progress

What will you achieve?

  • By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

    • Identify how to build relationships with learners, between learners and with parents, and be present and supportive when teaching online
    • Know how to include and engage learners online both in synchronous and asynchronous environments
    • Understand privacy and safety issues online and how to help learners and parents think critically about online risks and behaviour
    • Evaluate the opportunities and challenges associated with different tools and modes of online teaching and learning
    • Apply principles of English language lesson planning to online teaching
    • Develop and share techniques for language and skills teaching and assessment online
    • Apply and practice how to manage online interactions effectively

Who is this course for?

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.

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