One positive aspect of lockdown has been our ability to adapt with the changes imposed upon society that has resulted in a reinvention of how we have learned to work, study and indeed, socialize remotely. Tools like Zoom have proved very capable at carrying out tasks that are required to achieve our short term and long term objectives from the safety and comfort of our homes.
One example we are familiar with here in Galway is learning to speak and practising English online, which are certainly a valuable use of your time, and always a great way to discuss issues and subjects that are of interest to you, both with classmates and/or a professional tutor. Some of you are might be concerned about your abilities to learn online with others, face to face or, with a teacher as this may be new territory, but don’t worry!
Here at Galway Cultural Institute we have a team of experienced professionals who can guide you in the right direction towards being more confident and fluent in your English speaking. Often, the most important step is making the decision to start speaking English online with others and, on a regular and scheduled basis. This is an obstacle for many as they have not done it before and are perhaps not fully confident about his or her use of technology or perhaps, they are a little shy or unsure of their ability to speak English over the duration of a class.
First and foremost, at Galway Cultural Institute we currently use Zoom for our online English classes which has proven to be exceptionally stable, has an easy to use interface and students quickly become confident in interacting with both fellow learners and teachers. Once you have even a basic grasp of how to use the technology, everyday use becomes natural and almost second nature. It is safe to say that anyone who has used Zoom as an English speaking and learning platform will testify to its usefulness and straightforward approach in allowing you to communicate online.
- To get started it is important to sign up for a Zoom account, which is free for basic users. Once you have done that, Galway Cultural Institute will provide you with a secure link via e-mail to the class of your choice, more about that later.
- Here is a link to an official Zoom tutorial about how to get started and once you have done that you are on your way to learning how to speak and communicate with others using English. Zoom also supports a digital app once downloaded for you phones etc.
At Galway Cultural Institute and Galway Business School we also use the online learning and education platform Moodle, which will provide you with a link to your class, records of your work, online resources and other valuable information about events and courses relevant to you as you pursue a higher level of English.
- Moodle also supports an app for your phone/digital device and is easy to access once you have downloaded it and created an account. When you are enrolled as a student, Galway Cultural institute will then forward you a secure Moodle password/link.
Here are some frequently asked questions or (FAQs) about getting started on Moodle.