What has the experience been like for us?
My exam preparation class has had to make the change to online learning over the last several weeks here in Ireland, as many English classes all over the world have had to.
I wanted to share some of the surprising things I and my students have learned from our online English courses together in these first few weeks, especially some of the unexpected advantages e-learning has offered us!
What’s the same?
In a lot of ways, our classes are much the same as they were before.
We have live English classes every day, I see and talk to my students so they have the opportunity to learn English online with a native speaker. I still make lots of corrections, do funny mimes to try and explain the difference between turn away and turn out, and have a laugh with my students.
They still support each other, check their work together, work hard on all their communication skills and sometimes forget to do their homework.
Although this is the first time we're meeting online, my students and I are getting a lot of support as GCI learns how to be an online language school.
As we all get more comfortable with the new tools we’re using, we’re finding that learning online actually has several advantages!
One way in which we’ve been having a lot of fun is finding out the stories behind the texts in our coursebooks. In this way, my students are spending much more time absorbing authentic texts, both written and spoken.
We also have more flexible learning options. My students have so many new platforms for communicating with me and with each other outside of class hours. They can share their writing work with each other, share ideas, vocabulary and study techniques. This allows us to work more extensively and collaboratively as a class.
Additionally, we have an excellent record of all the work we’ve done. This makes reviewing so much easier for me and for my students and if students should ever miss a day, it’s very easy for them to catch up. It’s forcing us all to be more organised and keep better track of things like corrections and common errors, so we’re reviewing more than we would in a physical classroom and, as a result, getting better!
How can you join us?
If you’re interested in taking English lessons online in Ireland or joining us from abroad, you can book a course with GCI here.
My students and I look forward to meeting you and sharing what we’ve learned with you!