“The times they are a-changin’” sang Bob Dylan back in 1964. And just as they were changing back then, we now find them changing again with the teaching landscape hastily being moved online. So welcome to the brave new world of online teaching, where many teachers find themselves in unchartered territory. But fear not: not only are you are not alone, but a lot of what you already do is transferable to the online classroom. It’s not so much reinventing the wheel, as changing the spokes.
In the first part of this two-part webinar series, National Geographic Learning teacher trainer Alex Warren will start by exploring what to expect when teaching online for the first time, and what exactly is meant by synchronous and asynchronous learning. We’ll then look at what platform options there are for teaching ‘live’ online lessons before examining what tools are available to aid teaching when using ZOOM and how we can use them to engage our learners and keep lessons interactive.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Alex is a DELTA trained teacher trainer with over 16 years’ experience of working in ELT as a teacher, academic director and teacher trainer. Prior to his experiences in ELT, Alex worked as a journalist before a chance encounter in the Indonesian jungle began him on the path which has led him to working with National Geographic Learning. A firm believer in a communicative approach to language learning and student-centred learning, Alex enjoys working with innovative, thought-provoking materials and presenting on a wide range of ELT-related topics, all the while driven by his passion for developing teachers on a global scale and helping them to reach their true potential.