Growing numbers of students expect a choice in where and how they learn. This includes being able to learn fully online or in blended mode (part face-to-face and part online), whatever the subject matter. Today’s teachers are increasingly expected to know how to teach their students online effectively. Our Teaching Live Online course gives you the skills and confidence to teach synchronously (that is, in real time, or 'live') online in a principled and effective manner.
How does the course benefit you professionally?
Teaching Live Online is for teachers and trainers of English and/or of other languages, but is also suitable for teachers from other disciplines. If you want to learn how to teach students online in real time (i.e. live) via videoconferencing, this is the ideal course for you.
The course is suitable for teachers and trainers worldwide, whether you are new to online teaching, or whether you already have some experience of teaching live online classes. You will leave this course with a wealth of new ideas, tasks, techniques, approaches and tools for teaching students live online.
The course looks at the range of skills needed to teach live online classes via videoconferencing, particularly in the field of ELT (English Language Teaching), although the skills and knowledge you acquire on the course are easily transferable to other disciplines.
During the course, you will:
The course is hands-on and firmly based on applying what you learn to practice. You leave the course confident not only in using videoconferencing tools with your learners, but also with a clear understanding of how to design and deliver effective live online classes for individual students and for groups of students.
You will follow the course entirely online in Moodle, working individually, in pairs, and in small groups with a tutor. You are fully supported by your tutor throughout the course. You will also take part in several group videoconferencing sessions, and you will get an opportunity to experiment with running videoconferencing sessions yourself.
There are two course modules, each corresponding to one week’s work, and with a total of 15 hours over two weeks:
MODULE 1: CONTEXT
- Integrating live online classes into the syllabus
- Best practice
- Designing and planning live lessons
- Delivering live lessons
- Videoconferencing session 1
MODULE 2: HANDS ON
- Exploiting videoconferencing platforms & features to deliver effective lessons
- One-to-one live classes
- Plan a live lesson: effective task design
- Assessing student work
- Marketing yourself as an online teacher
- Videoconferencing sessions 2 & 3
The Consultants-E is one of the most experienced and highly-regarded online providers of quality online training for teachers. Our Teaching Live Online course has several unique features:
Our tutors are highly qualified and experienced language teachers and trainers, with years of experience of moderating online teacher training courses. All our tutors have language teaching backgrounds (e.g. teaching general English, business English, ESP, primary and secondary-school learners, one-to-one, and teacher training) and have worked in a range of contexts and countries. Many of our tutors are prize-winning methodology and coursebook authors and materials writers. Feedback for the tutors on all of our courses is consistently excellent, and they are experts in providing guidance and support online, as well as being highly knowledgeable in the fields of language teaching and online learning.
You can find out more about our tutors on our Team page.
The course lasts two weeks. You are expected to spend approx. 7-8 hours per week on online individual and collaborative group work, including offline reading and reflection. Deadlines for task completion are weekly, and you can log on at any point during the week to work on the course. There are regular timetabled online videoconferencing sessions, and the times of these are negotiated to suit everyone. You will receive a detailed study timetable to help you organise your workload effectively once you have enrolled on the course.
You won’t need any prior experience or knowledge of online tutoring, although very basic experience of email and Internet use would be helpful.
In terms of hardware and software, you need:
- An Internet connection, preferably broadband
- A headset (preferably with a USB connection)
- A webcam (your computer may have an in-built camera)
- An up-to-date browser
- Adobe Acrobat Reader
- An up-to-date media player (e.g. Windows Media Player or similar)
- A word processing package (e.g. Microsoft Word or similar)
You need competence in written and spoken English, whether English is your first, second or foreign language. Your level of competence in English must be of a standard sufficient to enable you to fully understand and complete the course work (e.g. minimum B1 on the CEFR).
You will use a number of online videoconferencing platforms for chats with course colleagues and your tutor several times during the course – the exact time for these sessions is negotiated with the group. To take part in a videoconferencing session you will need a headset with microphone. If you have a webcam, you may want to connect that during the videoconferencing session, but this is optional – you will be able to see and hear your tutor even if you only have a headset. Videoconferencing sessions are always recorded which means that even if you can’t attend all of them, you will be able to watch the recording later online, in your own time.
The Consultants-E will issue you with a Certificate on successful completion of the course. Successful completion of the course is defined as completing a minimum of 80% of the course work, and attending two out of three of the live videoconferencing cessions.
You can enrol online via the enrolment form. You can then pay the course fee online via PayPal, or by bank transfer. The course fee covers all course content and documentation, videoconferencing sessions, full tutor support and ongoing feedback.
Past participants on our other online training courses are offered a 15% discount on the course fee. Please choose the appropriate option at checkout.
We use PayPal as our secure online payment service. PayPal are trusted worldwide for Internet transactions. We do not store your credit card details in any way. This increases your privacy and makes your purchase more secure.
Under European Union legislation, you have the right to cancel within seven days of our contract with you. If you cancel your enrolment you will have your payment returned. To be refunded please provide full details of your enrolment including all reference numbers and PayPal correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: We are occasionally obliged to cancel a planned course if we do not have the minimum required number of participants (six). Cancellation will normally occur two- three days in advance of the course start date. In the event of a course cancellation you will be offered the opportunity to have a full refund, roll your enrolment over to the next course date, or transfer to another course with a discount.
A deferral means that you leave one iteration of a course and join another at a later date, and we are obliged to levy a series of deferral fees to cover associated administrative and tutoring costs in all such cases. Note that deferrals are only granted in exceptional circumstances (bereavement, long-term illness, relocation, etc.) and on receipt of concrete supporting evidence. When you join a new iteration of your course you will need to pay the deferral fee to join it.
How are Deferral Fees Calculated?
Deferral fees are calculated to cover associated administrative costs, costs connected with our contractual obligations to tutor(s) assigned to your course, and with how much of the course you may already have done at the time of deferral.
You will also need to cover bank or PayPal transfer costs as appropriate (note that our bank does not charge for transfers within the UK, but has a standing charge of £17.00 for any international transfer, whilst PayPal will apply a fee based on the quantity of money transferred, and the destination).
The deferral fee needs to be paid within one month of a deferral being granted. You then have up to one year (twelve calendar months) in which to take the course again. If more than twelve months elapse between your deferral and enrolling on the course again, you will need to pay the full course fee, and start the course from the beginning as a new participant. Previous work will not be validated in this case.
What are the fees?
The deferral fee - how much you will need to pay to join a future iteration of your course - will be calculated as a combination of administrative costs, tutor costs, bank and associated charges and a fee based on how much of the course you have done at the time of referral.
- less than 50% of the current course done
-> 25% fee to be paid for the next course you join
- more than 50% of the course done
-> 50% fee to be paid for the next course you join
Before the Course Starts
If you need to cancel before the course starts, we are able to offer the following refunds:
- if you cancel more than two weeks before the course starts, you get a 100% refund
- if you cancel less than two weeks before the course starts, you get a 75% refund
After the Course has Started
Generally speaking, by the time your course starts we will have invested time and money in the administration of the course, in contracting one of our tutors and agreeing terms and conditions for their tutoring time and they will already have spent time working with you on the course. This makes it very difficult for us to issue refunds after a course has started, and we will only be able to do so in special unforeseen circumstances (long-term illness, bereavement or similar), and with concrete evidence to support a refund application. In such circumstances we can offer the following refunds, based on how much of the course you have already had access to:
- if you have completed less than 25% of the course, you get a 50% refund
- if you have completed less than 50% of the course, you get a 25% refund
- if you have completed more than 50% of the course, you get 00% refund
Please note that these exceptional refunds are calculated after tutor costs and bank charges have been deducted.
In most cases, issuing a refund will incur increased bank charges, so we do offer the possibility of keeping the refund in credit with us to put towards another course in the subsequent twelve months, or transferring the credit to a friend or colleague for their use when enrolling with us. Please ask us about this option when asking for a refund.
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