How does online teaching work for language lessons?
In this article, I will share with you some tips that will make an online language lesson tive effective and fun.
8 tips for giving online language lessons
1. Teach 1 to 1, do not give group classes
Most lesson time should have the student talking, not listening to the teacher or waiting for other students to finish. That is why I always reject the demands of casual learners who ask me to teach two or more people at once.
2. Find the right time for students to correct
Language learners need a lot to master the art of correction. Do not interrupt every mistake, or they will become empty and lose confidence. However, if you leave many mistakes unknowingly, you will never know how to improve them. In fact, in some cases, they may not even realize they have done something wrong until you tell them. The best time to give feedback depends on the student’s personality and speed of speech as well as the speed of the internet connection between the two of you.
3. Request the full sentence
There are many ways to express a concept. Some of them are easy and convenient. The others are more detailed and advanced. On the one hand, students should not be too hesitant about grammar before pronouncing a word, or they will lose the flow. On the other hand, it tends to play it safe and use a simple expression instead of going into grammatical patterns. For example, the teacher may ask, “Where are you going tonight?” The best answer when asked is: “to school”, but a better answer would be: “I go to school” in the verb because it forces the student to integrate. How high you want the column to rise depends on the student’s current language skills, confidence, and past activity.
4. Encourage imitation
Everything the teacher says “Understandable input”(I.e., the content is intelligent but a little more advanced than the user’s current ability). In other words, if the overall message of the language is clear, the student can guess some of the words and grammatical patterns even if they do not. The instructor will be able to type this input to strengthen the audio through Skype or other video conferencing software. Then, it is up to the student to repeat it and use it actively during the practice lesson. People can be lazy and answer “yes, got it”. Force them to do it again instead. This also applies to corrections and new words.
5. Suggest answers with questions
Basically, a language lesson should be a long conversation. A conversation is a series of questions and answers. Of course, there are many ways to ask questions. You should choose a form that will help your student answer even if he is not ready for it. If they do not understand on the first try, you can always rearrange the issue.
In general, closed questions are easier than open questions. This means yes / no questions or multiple choices. For example, “Where are you going on the weekends?” Such as an open question. It does not hint at an answer and leaves a beginner without useful words to answer. Instead, ask, “Are you going to the beach for the weekend?” Allows the student to answer something like “Yes, I’m going to the beach.”
6. Wait before typing
The audio should take precedence over the text. If a beginner relies on text to learn new words, it can be difficult to familiarize them with the sound of that language. That’s why I pronounce them first when introducing new words in class. Explain this because this can be a nuisance to students.
7. Regularly check if the student is following
Collaboration and trust between teachers and students are essential for a successful lesson. Since the teacher does not know the exact words that the student knows, the student should be checked regularly to see if he understands. This can be done through simple questions. The student should not be “got it” to be ridiculed, laughed at or intimidated. Don’t let them pretend they understood when they didn’t know.
8. Be free to make mistakes
People are ashamed when they make mistakes. However, we all learn from making mistakes. Thus, students should be encouraged to move away from their comfort zone and make mistakes as a sign that they are learning. It is a matter of setting realistic expectations. This will prevent a lot of frustration.
Unleash the potential of online language teaching
Skype’s 1-on-1 online teaching can be an effective way to learn a language quickly, even in the midst of minor technical difficulties such as video connectivity, audio quality and internet connection delays. However, language instructors need to master the art of conversation and the tools they use to teach.
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