Some students think that learning online isn’t as good as learning face to face at a school. What do you think? We hear a lot of different objections to having online lessons rather than face to face classes. But nowadays we have a bunch of creative EFL tasks for classes that work great online. So those concerns aren’t relevant anymore. Here are some answers to those objections.
Online classes with UKCE
Let’s talk about that first objection. That the classes aren’t as good online as they are in person. That simply isn’t true. At UKCE we use our own online platform where everything you need for your class is right there just like a face to face school. For our live online courses we use an application called zoom which works great for our classes.
Zoom is fast, connection is great and they are constantly updating it to make it better for everybody using it. You can use it with your laptop, phone or tablet and allows our teachers to upload worksheets, share their screens and even annotate the worksheets right there online in the class. Teachers can also create ‘breakout rooms’ so students can be paired or grouped on their own. Students can interact as much as in face to face classes, and this also always allows for more creative learning tasks in the classes too, such as the ones below.
Kahoot is lovely. Even if the music makes me feel like somewhat dizzy. The teacher or the student can create a quiz and then using your mobile phone as a game pad. You can play together for points and glory. It’s fun, it’s creative, it’s competitive and it’s interactive but we’ve spoken before about the benefits of Kahoot so let’s look at some others.
It can sometimes be boring talking about ourselves all the time. However, I can never get bored of using random images that generate conversation for me, and that’s exactly what Unsplash does. It’s a brilliantly creative online learning task. I just go to the website and show the student the first picture and ask them what they think or if they can describe it to me. I can ask them where it is or what’s happening. There are endless possibilities and questions or answers. So give it a go and the conversation will never be repetitive again.
If you like something that has parameters, then I’d recommend Scratch. Scratch is great for children in particular. It is a brilliant creative online learning task, which lets students create their own games using a computer coding program. It’s super easy to use and allows them to acquire language skills in the process. They can even go back and create new games, finish or even expand the ones that they’ve already created after the lesson and then play them whenever they want. It’s great fun!
If you like things with a game-like element to them then role-play might be something that interests you. Not all teachers are willing to pretend to be a bank clerk or a butcher but some will, and they’ll more than likely encourage their students to do the same. It’s fun to be silly sometimes and very absorbing. Plus, the students are learning, by practicing the language in a useful and practical way. Also trying new things allows you to gain confidence in using these skills in real life, which is why your students are learning in the first place.
If you’d prefer to watch some drama rather than take part in it, Watch2gether is the one for you. The reason it’s creative is because you can watch a wide range of videos from music or news, to travel tips and film sequences, and comment on the videos. It’s a more creative way to engage students with the videos they watch in your online classes and you can easily control the player if you don’t understand something. It’s like YouTube with a bunch of added features that you didn’t realise you needed. The teacher or the student can stop the video to talk about what they’ve seen, ask a question or talk about what they think will happen next. It’s a fun way to engage students in the lessons and interesting for you too.