Top Resources for Teaching English Online
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When you teach English face-to-face, finding resources is quite easy. Your school will probably have a staff room with shelves of photocopiable books, coursebooks and books full of activity ideas. You will probably spend a lot of time in the staff room chatting to other teachers and exchanging ideas and worksheets. Your last resort could be to look online to try and find what you need for your lesson. When teaching English online, all your resources are going to be online. This can be a bit daunting if you are not used to working totally in a digital space, so we thought we’d help you out with a few online resources to make your life a little bit easier. Because we’re nice like that. So here are top resources for teaching English online.
If the platform you’re using doesn’t have an interactive whiteboard feature, then you need to have a look at Miro. Miro is a programme which can be used for free. You can have three interactive whiteboards which you can use to write and draw on. You can share your screen and show video too.
One way to make sure you’re super organised is to use Diigo. Diigo is a platform which allows you to bookmark websites, annotate on webpages and organize your online resources. There are paid plans but there is still quite a lot you can do with the free version.
Continuous Professional Development
The Digital Teacher is a wonderful platform for online teachers. It offers a self-analysis tool of your technological capabilities so you can know where you need to improve yourself. Plus it has really good articles on every aspect of teaching English online to help you in your teaching, as well as reviews of useful products.
The British Council Teaching English site has articles and resources to help you with not only your lesson plans but also your continuous professional development.
Future Learn offers free online courses. They often have courses which can help you further develop your teaching skills. Courses which may interest you are Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching, Teaching English Online: China and Beyond and Teaching English Online. All of these courses will give you a better understanding of the topics. And did we mention they’re free?!
Lesson materials and activities
Quizlet is a great website for revision activities. It is basically a storage area for flashcards on every topic imaginable! You can search for flashcard sets that have already been made or you can make up your own set. With Quizlet your students can use the flashcard sets to review language and there is a testing function too.
You’re probably familiar with Ted Talks but have you heard of TedEd? TedEd is similar to Ted in that it has video resources, but they are aimed at being educational rather than just informative. They also have a lesson plan which accompanies each video.
Learning English is a site for students but there’s no reason you can’t use the resources yourself in your lessons. There is also a section dedicated to teens and to Young Learners, with interactive games and flashcards.
Though not aimed at EFL learners, Scholastic has a great site filled with resources for teachers. This site has articles based on news and current events, aimed at Primary Learners. If you’re looking for a reading text to give to your students to prepare for a discussion in your next lesson, you can find it here.
There are so many resources available to you online to help you with your teaching and lesson preparation, but the internet can be a rabbit hole. Try to find websites and resources which suit you and which you enjoy using and bookmark them so they are easy to find when you need them. This will save you loads of time – time which could be spent teaching!
Which resources do you love using? Let us know in the comments!
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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.