When I first started teaching, I remember the most stressful part:
Coming up with interesting and effective English as a Second Language lesson plans and materials.
I remember thinking:
How do I know what to teach them, what order do I teach it in, and do I really have to create this all myself?
We’re looking for sanity.
We’re looking to reduce stress, gain time, and increase our level of confidence and professionalism when giving online ESL lessons.
The best tool I’ve found to accomplish this is Off2Class.
“ESL students progress meaningfully when guided by a teacher. We help our colleagues do what we all do best: teach ESL.”
-James Heywood & Kris Jagasia of Off2Class
Stop Guessing Where to Start With Your Students
A big challenge when teaching ESL/EFL is English-language learners tend to have varying levels of proficiency.
Luckily, Off2Class offers a solution to this in the form of a thorough ESL Placement Test to send current or potential students.
The test assesses your students’ reading, writing, listening, and even speaking skills to create a Gap Analysis and estimated Language Level. It also generates an individual Learning Plan based on the questions answered incorrectly.
That’s right: you’ll know the exact lesson content from the library you’ll teach to fill in your students’ gaps in English use.
Plus, you can track each student’s progress using the built-in student management system.
This was one of the biggest selling points for me to join, and it’s also an excellent selling point when trying to get new students, as you can demonstrate the exact plan you’ll use to help them improve.
Just send them the Placement Test via email and share the results and Gap Analysis with them during a trial lesson.
Instead of throwing out ideas for lesson ideas, you can confidently share your plan and the lessons you’ll teach-just like a professional who knows what they’re doing.
Now, what are these lessons you ask?
Hundreds of ESL Lessons at Your Fingertips
You read correctly:
The Off2Class lesson library contains hundreds of ESL lesson plans designed by ESL teachers who could not find materials that met their standards.
Each lesson contains teacher notes to guide you and to provide a framework for a professional lesson. Additionally, most have homework assignments you can assign to reinforce what you’ve taught in class.
The lessons cover everything from the alphabet to business English to exam preparation, like the IELTS or TOEFL exams.
You’ll log in, your student will log in, you can share your screen, and you both can make changes to the lesson slides. These lessons work with any videoconferencing system that allows you to share your screen, like Skype or Zoom.
Off2Class understands no two students are the same.
You can preload the Canvas tool, which is a blank slide, with images, videos, and text to enhance each lesson with content specific to your students’ interests.
Don’t see a topic you want to teach?
The team members at Off2Class encourage collaboration and welcome suggestions for new materials. They are always adding new lessons, so the library is always growing.
Alternatively, each lesson can be altered and adapted to fit your students’ specific needs. During the interactive lessons, your student can even type and make changes directly to the materials!
By leaving the lesson planning to Off2Class, you reduce stress and free up more time to focus on your students.
Customize Your Platform and Build Your Brand
If you look at the chart below you can see Off2Class offers a range of options for customization depending on your needs. This can be upgraded when those needs change and include branding the materials with your own logo and having your own domain name.
Remember I mentioned James and Kris encourage interaction and collaboration?
Just look at the teacher training you get as a part of the professional and business plans. They also run additional live group training to demonstrate how best to teach new lessons when they are released.
You can find replays of past training and other tips on their blog here at Off2Class.com.
Next, you can also select your subscription level based on your number of students. Options start at $5.50/month when you purchase a yearly subscription. In other words, you can pay for your subscription with a single lesson.
Test-drive a subscription free for 30 days, and you can keep access to their fun ESL games even if you don’t continue with a subscription.
Remember: you’re not just getting lesson plans…
You’re preventing burnout.
You are reducing stress, gaining time, and increasing your level of confidence and professionalism by offering students a structured and effective plan for improving their English-language proficiency.
To gain and retain students, we need to develop trust and inspire confidence in our abilities to help them learn.
I’ve found Off2Class allows me to do this and gives me more time to enjoy the teaching experience.
Have any questions about my experience with Off2Class, or want to see what else you can do with it for both online or in person classes? Just let us know in the comments below, and click to learn more:
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