3 Benefits of Using Online Teaching Resources
In today's world, everything is online. Most of the demographic that will be learning English as a second language is very comfortable with being online, in fact, most prefer it. Almost all of our teaching materials will be available online or have supplemental resources that will help with learning that is found online. It is important as a Teacher to find ways that engage the students and create a learning environment that is fun and interactive. It is also important to have access to the latest and most up to date information available, this is done much more effectively thru online resources.
This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Brian E. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT.
Resources that are found online can be shared or used almost immediately. They create an in-state classroom of information. As a teacher, you can very quickly create a lesson plan utilizing the resources found online. Not only does the teacher have access to the information they will use to teach, but just as quickly they can share that information with the students that will be learning. A teacher can find the information online, but then use formats such as email, messenger, twitter, facebook, or chat rooms to share the information. The ability to get that much information out to the students, that quickly allows them to also learn at a quicker pace. It also reduces the need in some settings, for a physical classroom. If there are students in a certain geographical region, that are unable to easily attend a physical classroom, they can participate thru the online resources that the instructor is sending out.
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Most of the demographic, that is now learning English as a second language, is very comfortable with being on their phones, tablets, or computers, in fact, most prefer it. The students are comfortable with online games, and challenges. They typically get most of their news online and even do most of their communicating online. A teacher can gain much rapport by utilizing as many online resources as possible. They will make the student feel very comfortable if they can provide teaching mechanisms that are easy for the Student to relate to. It is very uncommon to find a millennial that is not comfortable with technology, and always using their smartphone. Even in areas that may be underdeveloped, there is typically an internet cafe, where people can go to utilize computers and the internet. The public library is another excellent location for people to gain access to technology and online resources.
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Teachers will also find that using online resources, they will be able to more fully engage the students in fun and productive ways. They can find an enormous amount of games that will both teach, and entertain the students as they are learning English. A teacher can even create ways that the games are interactive not only between the students in their classroom but also with students from other classrooms. This will allow the students to learn in a fun and engaging way. It is also important to note that most students feel very comfortable communicating thru online resources. The Teacher can email information to the students, or post things on an online chat room that is accessible to the entire class. Information will be provided very quickly, and efficiently.
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In summary, Online resources help support teaching English by streamlining every aspect of the learning process. It allows much more information to be presented, in a more efficient manner. Online resources are more reliable and much more up to date. They are also more in line with the way most people interact and communicate nowadays. Online resources have greatly improved the English teaching process.
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