Giving a lesson online can be quite different then in a face-to-face (offline) environment. It’s easy to get used to teaching online. Here are a few tips that teachers should follow to give a good online lesson:
1. Be on time!
I know this isn’t related to the online setting, but it’s always the first rule a teacher should follow. If sometimes you forget appointments scheduled, please set reminders on your cell phone, daily planner, PDA or whichever tool you use to keep yourself organized. We’ll also help sending emails to you and the student, so remember to check your email daily.
2. Pick a quiet room without disturbing background noise.
Students will have to listen to your voice and if there is too much background noise (dogs barking, people talking, phones ringing, etc.) it can get pretty distracting. Pick a room that is quiet for you and your student to concentrate well.
3. Have a clear and crisp voice on the microphone.
A computer microphone can be pretty sensitive and pick up breathing sounds easily. Make sure you are speaking close to the microphone but not too close to have disrupting breathing sounds. Practice making some Skype calls with your friends to know what is the best microphone position for you.
4. Speak clearly.
Make sure your students can understand every word and phonetic sound clearly. To do this, you don’t have to s-p-e-a-k t-o-o s-l-o-w, your student may be offended or bored. Just speak using a normal speed of speech, as if you’re giving a speech or reading a recipe. This is a perfect speaking speed for listeners to understand your words.
Also, when speaking make sure you are articulating the sounds well. You are the student’s most important guide for pronouncing words correctly.
5. Acknowledge student’s questions and requests
Always pay attention to what students are saying since you won’t be able to see if they raise their hand or have a facial expression of doubt. Listen attentively.
If your student asks a question, always answer it. If you feel it can be disrupting to answer the question in the middle of the lesson explain to the student that their question will be addressed at the end.
6. Engage your student’s participation.
Students need to practice to learn well. Plus, its always more fun when everyone participates. Students can get bored easily and think they are just starring at a computer monitor with headphones on. Be sure to make them participate and immerse themselves in the lesson better!
7. Motivate your students!
Learning a new language can be quite difficult and scary for some people, specially online education which is something new for many. So, keep motivating your student throughout your lesson. Everyone learns better in a friendly and relaxed environment.
8. Be prepared and know your teaching material well.
Always review your class material (lesson slides) before each lesson. Be familiar with the lesson sequence and each slide to avoid being lost in the middle of the lesson not knowing what you are supposed to teach.
9. Know how to use the virtual classroom and whiteboard.
Our whiteboard was designed to be pretty simple and user friendly. Practice using it before you start giving lessons so you’ll be able to use all of its features.
10. Personalize the lesson.
Start by knowing and using the student’s name. Since you can’t directly look or touch the student, call out their name when you want them to participate. Also, look at the student’s profile to find even more information (interests, location, etc.). Use your student’s information inside the lesson so the students know you care about them.
Watch all of these tips placed in practice by our Mandarin teacher Jue:
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