Teaching online - if the tech fails and structuring lessons

Watch a recording of the second in our series of webinars to help you get started with teaching online.

About the webinar

The British Council is committed to supporting the use of technology for the continuation of education in a crisis. As many teachers find themselves in an unfamiliar situation of having to teach their classes online, with little or no experience, the British Council TeachingEnglish website is committed to providing as much support as possible to help you navigate your way through the world of online teaching.

This is the second in a series of three webinars, which offers guidance in key areas. This webinar focuses on:

  1. What to do if the technology fails and transferring some of the course elsewhere
  2. Lesson structure and task-types

Each presentation will last for approximately 20 minutes, followed by an extended Q&A clinic.

See information about the other webinars in this series:

About the speakers

Helen Strong is a Life and Career Coach based in the Outer Hebrides off the northwest coast of Scotland. Originally from the north of England, Helen has spent most of her adult life working in the German corporate sector, helping people improve their intercultural communication skills. She has also been heavily involved in teacher training, tutoring on CELTA courses in Germany and the UK, as well as working with ministries of education and ELT associations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Before becoming a coach, Helen tutored on the CertIBET and Teaching One-to-One courses for The Consultants-E.

Anne Fox is a freelance online learning consultant specialising in language learning, intercultural communication and entrepreneurship. After moving to Denmark in the nineties she became a language teacher using the emerging digital technologies both in her teaching and to keep in touch with her now distant family. In Denmark, she has worked in language schools, a vocational college and an adult residential high school. She has also been an assistant professor at NTNU in Norway and is a regular visiting teacher at the Koblenz Hochschule in Germany. Anne is co-host and producer of the Absolutely Intercultural podcast which started in 2006 and currently works mainly on European projects that explore new and innovative approaches to learning. She is also an author including an English course book for Danish seniors to help them communicate when they travel.

With thanks to The Consultants-E for their support in organising this webinar

Watch a recording of the webinar below


Submitted by Jason Jixun M… on Sat, 05/02/2020 - 23:07


I usually found in long-distant courses tech fails made things difficult...such as: after writing a long paragraph of teaching materials, then found its disappeared...; when talking about some key points, suddenly broken down...; Or when attending the webnars, missing some important words experts said...

I think the very important point of self is (in my field): Calm down the mood and re-check the steps of internet-processing; if really being not able to... we can watch supplemental materails, and integrated the practical experiences to write some comments...


Submitted by Asma Javaid on Wed, 04/29/2020 - 06:31


A very interesting and informative webinar for teachers. It is helpful for them specially when technology fails.

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