Suggestions for teachers on how to organize the first lessons in the Class module

Suggestions for teachers on how to organize the first lessons in the Class module.

General recommendations on how to organize the first lessons:

  1. When organizing the first lesson in the Class module, it is recommended to first make sure that all students are sent an invitation to join the Class module by email. If a student is not registered on the platform, the invitation will lead him/her to the user registration page first. Once registered, they will also be able to join the class.

  2. It is recommended to send reminders to the Class chat room one day and one hour before the lesson that the lesson will be held on the platform. In the reminder, specify the time of the lesson and a request to enter the Class module 10 minutes before the specified time. 

  3. In the reminder, students should be reminded to refer to the "Instructions for students on practicing on the Polygled platform" posted in the Class. Ask students to carefully read the instructions and ask questions in the Class chat room if any arise.

  4. In the reminder, it is important to draw the students' attention to the materials to be read before the lesson. They should be posted in the Class in advance. 

  5. It is recommended to create 1 file for each lesson and name the files in the following format: Numerical order of the lesson_lesson topic. Example: Lesson 1_Travel. This makes it easier for you and your students to search for them both inside the Class and when saving them to personal devices.

  6. It is recommended to conduct the first 2-3 lessons in a "synchronous" format, when the teacher and all students are online at the same time. This will save the teacher's time and effort in explaining the issues that arise. It is also recommended that a Polygled curator be involved in the first lesson by adding the curator to the Class together with inviting students.

  7. It is recommended to do a roll call in the Class chat room 10 minutes before the scheduled time of the lesson, making sure that all students are online and ready to start the lesson.

Example content of the document "Instructions for students on practicing on the Polygled platform”.

For each class, the instruction may contain important steps to build the educational process, and we recommend that you include the following points:

  1. Carefully study the materials on the topic. Read the questions. How would you answer them? Think about your answers - this will help you in your future conversations. Think in advance, what else could you ask your chat partner about this topic?

  2. The platform allows to filter chat partners by interest - use this function if the interests are relevant to the studied topic. This will help you to find more suitable chat partners.

  3. Hold 3 conversations on the platform lasting at least 5 minutes. Try to find different chat partners: from different countries, with different interests. This way you will get more diverse answers. 

  4. If a person does not answer your call, write them a message or schedule a conversation in the calendar. The person may be busy at the moment, but will be happy to talk to you at another time.

  5. At the beginning of the dialog, introduce yourself briefly (name, age, where you come from) and ask your chat partner corresponding questions. Tell them what you would like to talk about.

  6. Use the questions about the topic provided in the assignment and ask your own questions.

  7. After all the conversations, fill out the report form.

Example content of the document “Lesson Topic” for the Class module

Topic: Travel

Material to be studied(in addition to the text itself, you can specify the corresponding page of the textbook, give a link to an article on the Internet, a video on YouTube or another source).

Travelling is very popular nowadays. A lot of people travel to different countries if they have such an opportunity. Travelling allows you to get new exciting experiences, learn about people’s lives in other countries and continents. It is very interesting to discover new things, new places and different ways of life. While travelling, you meet new people, try different food; see world-famous sights with your own eyes.

There are many ways of traveling — by train, by plane, by ship, on foot. If you want to visit a distant country, travelling by air is more convenient. If your goal is to see many countries in a short period of time, you may choose travelling by bus or by car. If you want to be closer to nature, you may choose a trip on foot and go hiking.

Lots of people nowadays live in big cities. So it is natural that they want to have a holiday by the sea or in the mountains with nothing to do but relax. There is also another type of travellers. They want to visit as many countries as possible in their lifetime. So after exploring Europe and North America, they go to exotic countries.

People who travel a lot, are very interesting, they always have a good story to tell. Thanks to them you can learn many things which you didn’t know before. They motivate others to see something new, to explore the world, which is quite easy to do nowadays. Any kind of travelling helps you to understand many things that you would never see or learn at home.

As the English say — a picture is worth a thousand words. 

Key vocabulary(this section may also include key grammar structures studied in the classroom):

travelling [ˈtrævlɪŋ] 

sights [saɪts] 

to travel by air [tuː ˈtrævl baɪ eə] 

to travel on foot [tuː ˈtrævl ɒn fʊt] 

to go hiking [tuː gəʊ ˈhaɪkɪŋ] 

to explore [tuː ɪksˈplɔː] 

a holiday by the sea [ə ˈhɒlədeɪ baɪ ðə siː] 

a holiday in the mountains [ə ˈhɒlədeɪ ɪn ðə ˈmaʊntɪnz] 

a picture is worth a thousand words [ə ˈpɪkʧər ɪz wɜːθ ə ˈθaʊzənd wɜːdz] 

Questions on the topic:

  1. Do you like to travel? Why?

  2. What type of travelling do you prefer (by air, by train, etc.)? Why?

  3. Would you prefer a relaxing or an active holiday? Explain your choice.

  4. Why do you think travelling is a good way to learn new things?

  5. What countries would you like to visit? Why?

 

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