Understanding Teenage Language Learners Online

by Roland, Chris Published by Pavilion

Published 2020.

Many teachers are currently teaching teenagers either live online or using hybrid learning. Understanding Teenage Language Learners Online aims to provide ELT teachers, directors of studies and academic managers with advice about making the transition online. It includes practical advice and ideas, methodology, and examples from Chris Roland's own experience.

The book covers major takeaways for online teaching of teenagers, including:

Online safety and best practice

Managing your online classroom

Using the chat box to focus on language

Explaining things and getting a response whilst teaching live online

Activities and techniques that work well online

Using clips, video, and other effects

Evaluation, feedback, and exams

The book goes much further than simply telling you what to do and how to do it. It also looks at the why. It explains the deeper rationale for decisions we might make as well as exploring the underlying principles and factors that can make or break a lesson. Throughout the book, the goal is to help make lessons motivating and enjoyable for both teacher and learners. The emphasis is on low-tech, low-prep lessons with maximum results.

In Understanding Teenage Language Learners Online, the author examines how a large number of principles of best practice from face-to-face lessons (as covered in Understanding Teenagers in the ELT Classroom) translate to online teaching. The two books complement each other for those teaching in class and online but can also each be used on their own. In this title, Chris Roland discusses what teachers need to do a little differently when teaching online. He also examines how the new medium allows us to do things that we could not do so easily before.

Understanding Teenage Language Learners Online is part of the Teaching English Online series. This series complements the Teaching English series. It offers a mixture of methodology and practical ideas to get teachers started in an online platform, and to support them in creating and delivering dynamic and creative lessons whether they are teaching solely online or doing a combination of online alongside physical classes, i.e., hybrid teaching. In a similar way to the other titles in the Teaching English and Teaching English Online series, this book can be used for self-study, or as guided reading on more structured training courses.

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