If you’re teaching English online, it can be difficult to translate a lot of things you may do in class into an online platform. I’m going to provide you with some tips and tricks with the next few blog posts that can help you create a professional and creative “Virtual Classroom”. Today we’re going to start with the basics: how to set up your actual teaching space to help elevate your online teaching.
Create a Professional Online English Teaching Space
Make sure you have a quiet and secluded space where you can teach without any distractions. Preferable somewhere with a clear background (white space if possible, but it’s not always necessary). I would avoid having pictures or anything on the wall behind you to avoid distractions. Consider this space your office and make sure it is clean and organized so you always know where everything is. Make sure your space is comfortable for you! Sit in a comfy chair, set your computer a good height for you with space to write and move as needed. Give your video a try first to see where you’re at and can move around and still be seen.
Dress like you are going to your job. From the top-down anyways, you want to wear something that looks clean, put together and professional. Try to avoid anything with pictures or sayings on it. A clean collared shirt or a nice sweater would do!
Have Helpful Online English Teaching supplies
As a teacher, you will need some basic supplies to help keep you organized and on the ball with your teaching. Make sure you have pens (you could even go crazy and get some different
Now I know these probably aren’t essentials….
- A small whiteboard and marker
- Puppets or stuffed animals (for kids obviously)
- Magazines, newspapers
Children‘s books are great resources for shapes, colours, animals and basic vocabulary.
Want to really up-grade your teaching props and classroom? Have a look at ESL Gems for great props and backgrounds.
Use Realia props!
The easiest props you can have is using simple things around your house! Need to teach vocabulary? Grab some things from around your house and use them in your lessons. Get shampoo and soap from your bathroom or forks, knives, and plates from your kitchen. You can use anything!
Download pictures to help with vocabulary if you don’t have props at home or use Youtube for videos that might help support your lessons.
Get Creative and Don’t B
e Afraid to Try New Things!
Feel free to get creative with your “online space” teaching
For more information about how to prepare yourself for teaching English online check out this great article from JIMMYESL to help get you started!
What do you do to elevate your online classroom? Comment below!