Tips for Remote Language Teaching
Assess understanding of key concepts prior to class: Evaluate students’ understanding before class, saving class time for activities that students can’t do independently. (Google Forms, Poll Everywhere, Socrative, Triventy)
Build relationships throughout the course: Relationship-building activities can provide conversation practice while helping students feel more connected to you, peers, and the course itself.
- Getting-to-Know You Activities
- Question of the Day
- Class Openers
- Cooperative Learning & Team-building Activities
- Writing & Reflection Activities
Create interactive, in-class learning experiences: Plan frequent changes of activity to keep students engaged with one another and the content.
- Breakout rooms in Zoom
- Cultural artifact analysis using the think-pair-share model
- Guest speakers
- Interactive review games (e.g., Jeopardy, Kahoot)
- Peer instruction (students prepare and present content)
- Role plays
- Service learning (students learn by serving others)
Devote time to concrete, multisensory, physical activities and encourage social interaction. Increase the sense of physical presence and spontaneous social interaction with these strategies:
- Incorporate multisensory methods and materials (e.g., use images and sound effects as prompts for speaking and writing)
- Invite physical movement (e.g., 30-second energizers, such as culturally authentic fingerplays, dance breaks, stretch breaks, or yoga poses.
- Use physical objects to signal understanding (e.g., hold up objects when they hear vocab. words, show prepositions using stuffed animals, etc.).
- Use TPR (from the waist up).
Engage students in sustained inquiry and practice with content throughout the week:
- Choice boards (Sample choice board; Nine homework choice systems for world language classrooms)
- Conversation practice (students practice speaking in the target language (e-mail, Google Hangouts, Skype, Zoom, Whereby, Whatsapp)
- Debates (Tricider)
- Discussion teams for practicing speaking or writing (Digital Dialogue in Learning Suite, Flipgrid)
- Independent or small group research (Community of Online Research Assignments (CORA)
- Interview cultural informants (Ethnographic Interview Questions)
- Scavenger hunts (Goosechase)
- Webquests (Aula123)