Given the current situation in many countries, there has been an immediate shift towards working online for many of our members. To help #eaqualsmembers and #eaqualsfamily adjust to these fast-changing circumstances, Eaquals offered a series of webinars focussed on delivering language teaching online. These webinars are available to both members and non-members.
Webinar 1 – Using Zoom to teach live online with Bethan Edwards, Specialist Language Courses
The webinar focuses on how to use Zoom as a live teaching platform for groups and individuals. It looks at the key features and how to use them in practice.
Webinar 2 – Teaching asynchronously with Thom Kiddle, NILE
In this webinar, Thom looks at principles and practices in asynchronous online learning – that is, online learning activities that students do at a time of their own choosing in a virtual learning environment, and which is supported by tutors and/or pre- programmed feedback.
Webinar 3 – Assisting with the management of online learning with Chris Farrell, CES
This webinar aims to assist managers with providing online support to teachers working remotely. Chris focusses on the unique challenges of this context andoks at not only continuing an emphasis on sustained teacher development but also on upskilling teachers in the area of online teaching.
Participants shared the following list of platforms and tools as the ones they are using in the move to online learning and teaching:
English Central | FutureLearn | linoit.com | Kahoot | Pearson Business Partner | LearningApps.org | Edmodo | Pearson Speak Out | Padlet | Google Classroom | Quizlet | ESL Brains | edTED | Slack | Trello | Cambridge LMS
Webinar 4: Tuesday 14th April, 10:00 – 11:00 (BST) – An Introduction to Teaching YL Online with Sian Deeble
This webinar will include Safeguarding, features of Zoom for teaching YL and considerations for specific age groups.
Webinar 5: Tuesday 28th April, 10:00 – 11:00 (BST) – Liam Brown: Managing in a world of online teaching – It’s still about People, Price, Product, Promotion & Place?
Liam Brown reflects on the context in which we are now working and what we should do to build on this in the transition to online delivery.
Webinar 6: Wednesday 29th April, 14.00 – 15.00 (BST) – Management of transition to online teaching (a Case study from AVO Language & Examination centre)
The Team of AVO Language & Examination Centre shared their journey of managing the transition from face-to-face to on-line teaching from the management, from the teachers’ and from the clients’ perspective.
Webinar 7: Tuesday 12th May, 10:00 – 11:00 (BST) – Julie Wallis: The flipped model: ensuring excellence in the VLE
In this session Julie presented a model for best practice using the flipped classroom to enhance online learning and ensure that there are opportunities for learner interaction and to develop their autonomy
Webinar 8: Tuesday 19th May, 10:00 – 11:00 (BST) – Joanne Mitten: Remote Pastoral Care – Looking after student welfare during lockdown
Many private language schools have found themselves teaching their adult students online. But what do we do when these adult students are in lockdown in a country that isn’t their own, and they are separated from their friends and family? Academic provision alone might not be enough in these tough times. This webinar outlines how you can develop and deliver student welfare and social programme activities, even when we are all working remotely.
Webinar 9: Wednesday 27th May, 10:00 – 11:00 (BST) – Thom Kiddle: Online Assessment
This webinar looked at all areas of online assessment including what assessment means in the current climate, how it can be implemented and some platforms and tools for this