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Adapting online materials to suit your students

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Our new Online Practice and Workbooks (listed below) offer a variety of useful activities for students which help improve their skills; but did you know that as a teacher you can also upload your own content?

Watch the recording of Michael’s webinar on “Adapting our online materials to suit your students’ needs” to find out how to add a personal touch to your course. Go to the Webinar Resources Archive, and log in with your Oxford Teachers’ Club details or your www.oxfordlearn.com teacher account details. Find the recording under Digital.

Online learning provides teachers with extra materials and students with opportunities to study further as they extend their learning out of the classroom. But what if a teacher wants to introduce his or her own reading text, speaking task or link to a website or online video? What, exactly, is possible to add and what are the advantages?

Let’s start with a scenario: you have been working on a unit on family life and your students are keen to learn more about family life in other cultures. You have a fantastic reading text you are sure the students will love, but you are already above your photocopy quota and three students are absent. Using our online teacher tools you can upload the text and any worksheets you’d like the students to work on. Students can access them through their account, and you can even send a message to the absent students to let them know the worksheets are there.

Example of adding content

Using the teacher tools you can adapt your online course and add your own content.

Let’s imagine that in the next lesson, a student comes in and tells you about a YouTube video she saw online that gives another view of family life in a little-known culture. She thinks it would be interesting for other students to see. You view it and agree with the student, so you insert the link. Students can now log in, click the link and view the video.

With students buzzing with ideas and things to say about how different family life is in their culture as compared to the others they have read about and viewed, you seize the opportunity to create a speaking task. You upload the task to the Dropbox, tell student A to work with B and off they go to record their conversation, which you can then listen to (and mark) later.

This scenario is not hypothetical; the ability to do just that is achievable and simple when teachers take advantage of the ability to add their own content to the new Online Practice and Online Workbooks for their course.

Adapting our materials and adding your own content is suitable for students at any level and the tools to do it are available on every course that uses the new Online Practice and Online Workbooks:

  • Aim High
  • American English File, second edition
  • Business Result DVD edition
  • English File, third edition
  • English Plus
  • Headway Academic Skills
  • insight
  • Network
  • New Headway, fourth edition
  • New Headway Plus, special edition
  • Oxford Online Skills Program
  • Q: Skills for Success, special edition
  • Solutions, 2nd edition (International, Nederlands and Maturita)
  • Speak Now

Watch the recording of the “Adapting our online materials to suit your students’ needs” webinar to find out what you can do with these tools and how to use them.

Find out more about teaching and learning online.

Author: Oxford University Press ELT

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4 thoughts on “Adapting online materials to suit your students

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