Billie Jago is an experienced teacher, teacher trainer and course content creator. In this article she explains how you can easily start teaching online using your familiar Gold Experience coursebook.
As many teachers make the transition to the online classroom, they are left with questions about how they can access and teach the same coursebooks they’ve been using in class, online.
Will you have to spend more time planning and resourcing my own materials? And will you have to change the way you teach?
If you’ve been using Gold Experience second edition, moving to an online classroom is simple. Each book in the eight-level course is completely digital and allows you to deliver an excellent online class experience for your students.
Student & Teacher access
Students can access the Pearson Online Portal by following the instructions inside the front cover of their Student’s Book. There, they can receive homework that has been set and enter their classes.
Once your students have created an account on english.com/activate, they’ll need to Add a product and enter the access code from their coursebooks.
As a teacher, you can access the Portal in the same way. However, the coursebook you have been teaching with will automatically appear on your dashboard.
Creating & joining a class
- To set up a class, find add new class on the teacher dashboard. Once you’ve created it, the code can be shared for students to join, or they can access it via the QR code on their own dashboard.
- On the teacher dashboard, you’ll be able to use the presentation tool to present and teach from the Student’s Book.
- Plan allows you to see the teacher’s notes and teach begins the class.
- Show the tasks from the Student’s Book individually or as a full-page spread out in the same way as a print book.
- Easily access attachments or additional resources for tasks by clicking the pin icon – and the Lesson flow at the bottom of the page allows you to move from task to task.
- You can assign single or multiple tasks by unit, to help students master task types or practice certain skills.
- Once you’ve created a new class, find the assignments tab on the teacher dashboard and press add new assignment.
- You can assign tasks to your classes, which are automatically graded. This gives your students instant feedback and has the added advantage of saving you time in marking.
- Set a due date for each task, set the number of attempts students can make, and add your own instructions or provide extra tips or strategies.
- Once this information has been entered, press assign to send the tasks directly to the student dashboard.
When students open their portal, they’ll see several headings: audio, video and homework. The audio and video will allow them to hear recordings and watch video clips from the tasks the teacher has set.
In the homework section, students will be able to see how many new tasks they have. Once they’ve completed the assignments, they’ll be able to see their average score for each skill – reading, writing, reading, vocabulary and grammar – how many more attempts they have left, and the average score for each attempt they make. Students will also be able to see their highest and lowest scores they’ve achieved. This helps them see their progress throughout each unit.
There is an abundance of extra resources to provide extra support or more of a challenge for your students.
You can find audio from the Student’s Book, Workbook or Exam Practice activities, videos including interviews and a real-life speaking exam, a full assessment package including diagnostic tests, end of unit reviews, and a full exam practice booklet.
There are grammar presentations which further breakdown the form and use of structures in each unit, and photocopiable activities to give students to work on collaboratively outside of their online lessons.
For more information about using the Pearson English Portal read our article: Teach and learn with confidence using our Pearson English platforms.
Encouraging independent learning
When teaching online, it’s essential to encourage independent learning. This helps students manage their own time and their own studies, as well as allowing them to choose the right tasks to provide themselves with as much, or as little, support as they need. One way to encourage this is to direct students toward the Gold Experience Student App.
Download the app on iOS or Android and access your course content by entering the unlock code (found on the inside cover of the Student’s Book). This code is different from the Online Portal registration key and is located below it.
On the app, students can practice both grammar and vocabulary from each unit of their coursebook. There are 10 – 15 exercises per activity. The first activity set is focused on recognition of the target language, and the second on producing the language.
Student’s are able to see their scores immediately after they finish to help them see their own progression as they work their way through the units.
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With so many resources available to teachers using Gold Experience second edition, the stress of planning online lessons is significantly reduced. This allows you to focus more on providing helpful feedback for exam students, and encouraging them to direct their own learning outside of the online classroom.
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