The COVID era has presented many challenges to all. Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, researchers and developers were producing a host of tools that could be used online; however, language institutions, schools and teachers working in mainstream language teaching contexts were slow to recognise the advantages of working online mainly because, traditionally, languages have always been taught face-to-face in a classroom environment; furthermore, the cost of technology has been largely prohibitive for many language schools globally. It was only with the COVID emergency that new opportunities arose. Language teachers and institutions teaching languages entered a steep learning curve and switched literally overnight from face-to-face teaching in schools to online teaching in order to continue to serve their students. Many teachers succeeded in transitioning from offline to online teaching, but many have found the new environment challenging in many ways such as adapting their teaching styles, the effect on their health because of being more sedentary and challenges with adapting materials and using new technologies.
The Electrolengua project aims to upskill language teachers to digital education through peer-led guidance by teachers who are active in this mode of teaching in order for them to make the transition from offline to online teaching as easy as possible; this will go some way to safeguard their livelihoods so they are able to continue to provide quality teaching to their students.
Whilst there is an abundance of excellent online teaching courses, these, in general, are aimed at certified language teachers active in mainstream language teaching. There are few courses that seek to overcome the challenges faced by teachers that have little experience of using technology in their classrooms or those language teachers who do not have traditional teaching qualifications and have been teaching informally. There are excellent teachers who would benefit from this project as it seeks to adapt formal language teaching methods used in face-to-face classes whilst creating new online teaching methods to exploit the creative talent of language teachers of all ages and backgrounds.
– Langauge teachers
– Certified language teachers employed in language school, teaching privately or volunteering
– Informal language teachers (without certification) teaching privately
– Informal language teachers (without certification) teaching voluntarily
– Language learners across the EU