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But we can still make progress towards our goals.We are seeing more and more schools across the US and the rest of the world enact temporary closures in an attempt to control the spread of the COVID-19 disease. Closures are often accompanied by promises that teaching will continue to be done remotely. Unfortunately, many school districts and universities lack the tools and training to move an entire cohort of students online with little or no time to prepare. Below, is a guide of free resources and tips to help get up and running with your online language class!
A Guide to Distance Language LearningOkay... let's jump into it! This guide will not teach you how to “move online” overnight, since that’s not a fair or realistic expectation of faculty. Instead, we will give you some tools and tricks we are learning from our community of teachers that will allow you to
- a) keep some level of engagement for a few weeks or months of closure and
- b) continue to make progress, albeit not as quickly as you would in your own class.
Tip 1 - Managing ExpectationsDon’t expect that it will be perfect. There will be hiccups and that's okay! Additionally:
- Breathe, it's one day at a time... embrace the experience!
- Do not overload the students. Make your instructions short and simple.
- Giving clear and interesting learning activities will increase engagement.
- Reach out to your support team. They are there for a reason!