9 Helpful Books For Online English Teachers
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No matter where you are on your journey teaching English as a Foreign Language, continuous professional development is important. Popular views on the best way to teach a foreign language change all the time and it’s necessary to keep up to date with the latest research and findings. This is, even more, the case when it comes to teaching English online because it is a relatively new field. Besides, even if you have been teaching English as a Foreign Language for a while, you might be new to teaching online, so you’re probably more than happy to get a few pointers.
As an English teacher, there is a good chance you enjoy reading, but we say, put down your John Grisham and pick up something with a bit more meat to it. Something that will help you in your teaching and ensure you stay on top of your game. So here are 9 books we think will be helpful for online English teachers.
1. Teaching Online – Nicky Hockly and Lindsey Clandfield
A general book on the topic of teaching English online, this is a great resource for both new and experienced TEFL teachers who are interested in or are starting out teaching online. It has an introduction to the topic, as well as lesson ideas and activities, and a list of helpful resources.
2. The Ultimate Teaching ESL Online Manual: Tools and techniques for successful TEFL classes online – Andromeda Jones
This is the guide for you if you’re thinking of teaching for an online company. Andromeda Jones shares her secrets on how she became a top-rated teacher on a teaching platform in just four months. She gives you tips and techniques on how to start out, how to attract students and how to maintain teaching English as a full-time profitable career. There are also more than fifty pages of pictures, speaking activities and worksheets designed to be used in an online classroom.
3. Become an Online English Teacher: Essential tools, strategies and methodologies for building a successful business – Nestor Kiourtzidis
If, on the other hand, you think you might prefer teaching as an independent teacher, then this is the book you want to read. The book offers an unbiased (ie honest) account of what it’s like being an independent online EFL teacher – the good, the bad and the ugly. It has chapters on finding students, building a blog, and promoting yourself, as well as tools of the trade and getting paid. Plus, it has ideas for resources and ideas for your online lessons.
4. Remote Teaching Tips – British Council
Not so much a book as a guide to teaching online, this helpful resource is free! Over fifty pages of tips and tricks and helpful considerations for the different online teaching situations, you might find yourself in. This is a great starting point if you’re totally new to teaching online and it’ll give you some good points to consider going forward. Head on over to the British Council website to download it.
5. Teaching Unplugged – Luke Meddings, Scott Thornbury
This book is a must for any teacher, but it’s particularly helpful when teaching online. Teaching Unplugged harnesses the theory of Dogme as the basis for its activities. Dogme is a teaching technique that is paperless and low-prep – so you can see why it’s perfect for online teaching! This book offers both a background to the theory, as well as tips, tricks, ideas and activities to help you become more “unplugged” in your lessons. Because these activities are conversation-based, they are flexible and very handy to have up your sleeve for your online lessons. Even if you’re not brave enough to try a totally paperless lesson, they’re very useful activities for when you have a few spare minutes in your lesson.
Read more: Dogme
6. Structuring Fun for Young Language Learners Online – Chris Roland
This one is for the Young Learner teachers. Young Learners are very different language learners to adult learners, and this book will help you understand how best to deal with short attention spans, fun-loving personalities and overwhelming enthusiasm. With lesson ideas and activities, it will help you plan and carry out engaging lessons for Young Learners online.
Read more: How to Engage Young Learners Online
7. Understanding Teenage Language Learners Online – Chris Roland
Teaching teenagers can be challenging at the best of times, and particularly so when it comes to teaching them on their own territory – online! This book gives us advice on how to deliver motivating and engaging online lessons for your teen learners. It gives practical tips and lesson ideas, while also considering online safety and best practice.
8. Interaction Online: Creative activities for blended learning – Lindsay Clandfield and Jill Hadfield
This book contains over 75 activities to use in the classroom. It aims to help teachers incorporate online interaction into classroom learning, which makes the activities perfectly suitable for the online classroom. It gives you helpful ideas on how to use everyday technology within your lessons to encourage interaction and discussion.
9. Oxford English Grammar Course – Michael Swan and Catherine Walter
Not specifically for online teachers but if you’re teaching English as a Foreign Language in any situation you need to brush up on your English grammar! This is a very accessible grammar reference book with simple grammar explanations and online activities. It’s a great book to recommend to your students but it’ll be just as useful to have on your bookshelf.
Teaching English online is a learning curve for most of us. While there are a handful of teachers who have been doing this for years, the majority of us have jumped on the bandwagon only recently due to the current global situation. And now that we’re doing it we realise how great it is! So if you are still considering starting your career as an online English teacher or if you already have some experience with it, these books will no doubt help you improve yourself as a teacher.
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Rights concerning the processing of your personal information
- Right to restrict processing of personal information
- In some situations, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of your personal information. We may restrict your personal information by temporarily moving the information to another processing system, making the information unavailable to users, or temporarily removing published information from a website. We may also use technical methods to ensure the personal information is not subject to further processing and cannot be changed. When we have restricted processing of personal information, this will be clearly indicated on our systems.
- You can require us to restrict processing in the following circumstances:
- You are concerned that the information we hold about you is inaccurate. You can ask us to restrict the information until we can determine whether the information is accurate or inaccurate.
- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.