Advances in technology are changing the way in which we teach and learn languages. Teaching English online is rapidly growing in popularity, as it opens up new possibilities to connect teachers and students across the globe at minimal cost. For online English teachers, there is a range of free tools available on the internet to create interesting and innovative lessons in the virtual classroom. Here are some of our favourites.
This site promotes the innovative and creative use of film in English language teaching and learning. All of the lesson plans revolve around the use of video and film to teach English. The site promotes cinelietarcy – the ability to analyse moving images – which is considered as a 21st century skill which students need to learn. In addition, the lessons promote critical thinking in the language classroom, and encourages learners to reflect on values while learning the language.
This website contains loads of free, interactive and printable lesson plans for all levels. The lessons are varied and engaging and a great place to start for freelance TEFL teachers.
ESL hip hop is a community for TEFL teachers to teach English using the medium of hip hop. There are over a hundred grammar and vocabulary lessons as well as teaching resources and ideas for instructors who are interested in bringing a new edge to their classrooms. Unique and the first of its kind!
The best place to start when teaching English online is to create a network with other online teachers. What better way to prepare than by reading this blog by established online teacher, who has gathered tips and resources for planning lessons from 19 established online tutors? Follow in the footsteps of those who have done it already!
Many TEFL teachers are excited about the idea of integrating new tech tools into the classroom but haven’t had the time to research what’s out there. This blog contains brief explanations and links to pictures for TEFL teachers to pick and chose new tech tools to use in the classroom.
Recommended TEFL course: Teaching English Online.
Find out more: Teaching English over Skype.
Technology has transformed the way that we can teach and learn English and there is a wealth of freet tools for online English teachers out there. I hope this blog will help revolutionise your 21st century teaching. Do you have any free tools to share? Share them in the comments below!