Reflecting on Week 6 Online Presessional

What went well ? Writing Students submitted plans and draft short articles in preparation for  formative  written assessment submission in Week 7. Their writing was supported by their plans and all 17 followed the task requirements by focusing on including the key content and organising their ideas into topic-based paragraphs. Speaking Mini-presentation practice in preparation … Continue reading Reflecting on Week 6 Online Presessional

Reflecting on the affordances of synchronous online learning in Week 5 online presessional

Of course, current students on presessional courses that have been moved online and are being taught remotely would prefer to be in the kind of classes they chose and paid for, that is, in my context, in the classroom and here in London. The same preference is probably true for most  teachers.  A preference for … Continue reading Reflecting on the affordances of synchronous online learning in Week 5 online presessional

Reflecting on Week 3 Online Presessional

Focusing on skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing Reading On Monday I managed a three-text, jigsaw reading.  Having established the topic by focusing on three chair designs and having given a pre-reading prediction task to try matching the chairs to specific decades and to key design features relevant to those specific decades, I set up … Continue reading Reflecting on Week 3 Online Presessional

Reflecting on Week 2 Online Presessional

Having established an introductory foundation in Week 1 with my 17 Chinese students who are studying at home in China on a 19-week online presessional course, Week 2 for me has been focusing more on content. Specifically,  on how to make the transition from  f2f to online delivery using Collaborate Ultra platform by adapting the … Continue reading Reflecting on Week 2 Online Presessional

Planning Day 1 Online Presessional

Like many universities, the university where I teach has decided to migrate courses online in order to go ahead with our summer presessional courses this year. I've been practising using Collaborate Ultra this week. I've been getting to know what features it has and how they work in preparation for remote teaching starting next week. … Continue reading Planning Day 1 Online Presessional