Group ESL lessons this school year at Off2Class

We’re excited to announce that it’s easier to teach and manage group ESL lessons at Off2Class!

It’s almost time to head back to school (at least in the northern hemisphere), and no matter who or how you teach, it’s a good time to think about group lessons for your ESL students.

First, a bit of background

Three years ago, we started working with many classroom ESL teachers. In other words, teachers in classrooms who use Off2Class lesson content to deliver group ESL lessons. We’ve been delighted to be a part of such an exciting learning environment. For group ESL lessonsexample, the Central American Refugee Centre provides group instruction to adult refugees on Long Island, New York. From a K12 perspective, Xiamen International School in China uses Off2Class to guide English Language Learners from all over the world. We’re now inside classrooms in 50 countries!

The transition into the classroom has been exciting, but we knew something was missing

Many classroom teachers found that the platform was a bit tricky to use for large student rosters. We’re excited to announce that teachers can now:

  • Group their students into classes on their student management panel. This way, when launching a group ESL lesson on Off2Class, all students in a session can be logged in with one simple click
  • Manage rosters and attendance by overriding a class enrollment with a simple de-enroll process
  • Assign homework to an entire class with one click, or use this feature to assign group self-study, learning plans

Of course, once inside the classroom, we’ve also optimized the way our group interactivity tools work:

  • Teachers can disable the classroom chat by applying a setting on their profile page, especially useful with younger learners who may misuse the chat function!
  • Teachers can disable the editing feature of the lesson content by using the right-click menu, a great idea if too many students want to type at once!
  • group ESL lessonsAnnotation tools can be shared with one student at a time, which is great for class exercises

You can review these features on our group ESL lesson tutorial here.

Group lessons work in and out of the classroom

One of the best things about the class groupings is their versatility.  There are teachers using group lessons in a variety of settings.  For example:

  • Classroom teachers whose students have devices can achieve a new level of student participation by having every student logged into the lesson and able to interact with the lesson content
  • Classroom teachers whose students don’t have devices (and who share Off2Class lesson content via smart board or projection) can log lesson participation and assign homework to all students in a single click
  • Online teachers (working in schools and freelancers) can use groups to reach more students at once

There’s more to come!

We’re continuing to add features to better support teachers providing group ESL lessons. We have a lot more in store for the 2019-20 academic year.

If you’re starting a new academic year over, we hope you have a fantastic start. Wishing you a tremendous 2019-20!

8 Comments

  • Darren says:

    August 27, 2018 at 11:09 am

    This is amazing. We gave feedback and you listened. Here’s to a great school year!

    • Kris Jagasia says:

      August 27, 2018 at 1:01 pm

      Thanks, Darren, we’re really looking forward to working on another great academic year with you and your ELLs!
      Kris

    • Veronica says:

      July 31, 2019 at 3:45 pm

      Off2class has been very helpful and it’s so easy to use. And the best thing is that you keep adding new features. Congrats!

  • Ovidijus Ulis says:

    August 27, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    What’s the difference between premium and standart? Why such a big price increase?

    • Kris Jagasia says:

      August 27, 2018 at 8:51 pm

      Hi Ovidijus,
      The premium allows for group teaching! It’s a big step change for us and we’re very excited about it. We’ve had to add these features and adjust pricing to better reflect our teacher base but, don’t worry! All existing active subscription holders are can continue with their active subscriptions.
      Kris

  • Catherine Savard says:

    August 1, 2019 at 9:54 am

    A wonderful improvement. Looking forward to using it as needed.

  • Catherine Savard says:

    August 1, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Link to group ESL tutorial appears to be broken.

    • Chris says:

      August 1, 2019 at 10:49 am

      Thanks for pointing it out, Catherine, we’ve fixed it!

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