Shifting from face to face language classes to online? This guide contains suggestions and resources about what to consider, how to set it all up, how to deliver lessons and what tools you can choose from.

Compiled by Antony Tibbs. Updated March 31, 2020.

Quick Start

  1. Choose a virtual classroom. I recommend Google Classroom or Notion.
  2. Choose a messaging platform that supports video calling. Zoom is what many unis and schools are using. Other good choices are Discord and Hangouts Meet.
  3. Create a group chat (e.g., a Channel in Zoom, WhatsApp group chat, Discord server or group chat) with your students to maintain contact with your students outside of the video calls.
  4. Collect student email addresses and use these to invite them to your chosen platforms.
  5. Start teaching!
    1. Share activities via your virtual classroom.
    2. Conduct your live sessions in the video calls.
    3. Support and communicate via the chat group.

Teaching Online

Online Teaching Part 1: Getting Started | Shaun Wilden | OUP

Hat tip to Sandy Millin, this blog post covers the basics you'll want to think about when getting started.

6 tips for moving your teaching online - How do you adapt your teaching techniques for the virtual classroom? - Oxford TEFL

Six top tips for teaching English online

Coronavirus Has Led to a Rush of Online Teaching. Here's Some Advice for Newly Remote Instructors - EdSurge News

Distance teaching and learning - YouTube

Making the shift to online teaching - Some tips and tools to make life easier.

Resource Pages


Teach from Home

COVID-19 support resources | Google for Education