How We Teach a Language
eTeacher's language lessons are conducted live and online, by a certified native instructor located half a world away. Students use their personal computer to log in to a virtual classroom and participate in a lesson. The bi-directional interaction provides the immediacy, intimacy and effectiveness of a physical classroom, while providing the flexibility and comfort of study from home or office.
eTeacher’s Language Teaching Method
The backbone of eTeacher’s system is our virtual classrooms. A typical class has one instructor and six to eight students, each logging in from the comfort of their home or office. eTeacher’s virtual classrooms employ video conferencing technology over the web. Instructors deliver multimedia lessons including video, images, text, and audio.
Before a course begins, students receive a package from eTeacher via the post that includes course workbooks, CD ROM, and a PC headset.
The teacher controls and directs the rhythm of each lesson based on the progress and the needs of the students. Every lesson includes assessments, drills and comprehension checkpoints. After each lesson, students are required to complete pre-assigned homework exercises from the workbooks.
The Virtual Classroom
Lessons are conducted using state-of-the-art video conferencing technology. Upon registration, students receive a username and password, which are required to gain entry to the class.
Lesson content is delivered by voice, video and "shared whiteboard" technology. Live video enables the student to see the teacher during the lesson, and the teacher can see every student who has a web cam (optional). Teacher and students speak using the microphones on their PC headsets.
The multimedia course content includes PowerPoint presentations, video clips, audio segments, pictures, text, and more. Additionally, students and teacher can surf the web together to learn about a timely topic in real-time.
eTeacher’s communications infrastructure covers the entire globe and promises a seamless study experience with every online lesson.
In addition to the weekly virtual lessons, students have access to the following learning tools:
|Weekly personal session: a personal online meeting with the teacher during which the student can ask questions or seek clarification about the course material.|
|Forum: A 24/7 Question and Answer forum for students to post inquiries and receive replies about course-related issues.|
|Homework checkup: Homework is checked by staff members and returned to the student via email or eTeacher's LMS (Learning Management System). In some cases, homework answers are also available for download.|
|Textbooks and workbooks: Course materials are sent by post to students before the commencement of the course.|
|Technical support: Available 24/7, if a technical problem arises. Free call.|