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Teaching Mixed Ability Classes

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SPOTLIGHT LIVE TESOL – MIXED ABILITY CLASSES - KEY FEATURES

  • Five hours of course materials and video
  • One-hour INTERACTIVE ZOOM seminar
  • Helpful ideas on how to manage students at different levels
  • Personal, dedicated tutor support
  • PDF materials of all key material available for download 
  • Access to student forum and online teaching resources 
  • Free GE TESOL certificate (PDF) on completion
  • Discount on any future Global English courses
  • Price £20 per place


IDEAL IF:

  • You want guidance for teaching different levels in your classes
  • You'd like to enjoy a short Global English TESOL experience
  • You'd benefit from sharing experiences with other TESOL teachers

Teaching Mixed Ability Classes

Date: 04/05/2021 14:00 UK

Indispensable training programme for any TEFL/TESOL teacher working with mixed ability groups at any level. Improve your lessons and watch all your learners improve as you manage different ability levels in your class. Then practice differentiating a task in an online Zoom session with your peers. This course will help you further your skills as an English language teacher.


Interactive price: £20.00

Interactive: PC/Mac/tablet compatible. Work on our interactive platform. Good internet access required.


  • Do you spend ages sourcing material for different level learners in your classes?
  • Would you like to learn techniques for adapting material quickly and easily for different levels?
  • Do you want to be better at managing the variety of learner levels within the same group
  • Would it help to have a clearer idea of the things different level learners can manage?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, our Teaching Mixed Ability Classes (TMAC) is for you.

We’ll help you improve your lessons for a variety of learners and equip you with greater teaching skills and confidence. Prepare in an interactive environment and then practice with your peers in a live, one-hour Zoom session. Tutor-led and all materials included.

Why this course?

This key short helps you to manage your mixed ability classes better, learn how to adapt material and get a handle on what students of different English levels can do. You’ll gain lots of practical suggestions and ideas for both in-person and online classes.

You’ll learn:
* Strategies, tips and tricks to keep all levels engaged
* How to differentiate learning aims within the same group to keep outcomes realistic
* Better measure student progress
* How to stretch higher levels while supporting lower-level learners with meaningful tasks suited to their ability
* How to adapt the same material for varying levels

We will take you step-by-step through short, interactive preparatory modules, with full tutor support. This will provide an excellent grounding for the live one-hour Zoom session where you will learn with an expert tutor and up to seven other teachers. This is not a theoretical course; you’ll lead a practical task to your peers and get valuable feedback from your tutor.

You’ll leave with all resources and a PDF certificate in Teaching Mixed Ability Classes upon successful completion.  Increase your skills and confidence and enhance your appeal employers by showing your commitment to continued professional development.

How this interactive Zoom course works

This course is ideal if you’ve got a good broadband connection so can work entirely online via a tablet/PC/Mac. You’ll complete interactive exercises, watch videos via YouTube and participate with others in a Zoom session, which helps bring the subject to life.  

Meet your course tutor

This course is led by Steve Button, Course Tutor at Global English TESOL. 
Steve has many years' experience in the TESOL industry, teaching English, managing language schools and developing teacher training programmes. Read more from Steve at the tutor profile on this page.  

Eligibility 

Open to native and non-native English speakers over 18 years old with a good level of spoken English. If you are a non-native English speaker, please see the course eligibility requirements on our FAQ page. Remember you can always ask us if you are not sure about your level of English, or take a test of your English here.  

Course duration

This short course can easily be completed in a day, or over a few hours each evening. However, you have up to 60 days to complete it. 

What do I need to take part?

* A PC/laptop/iPad/tablet/phone with a webcam and microphone, and the ability to screen share.
* Headphones are preferred but not essential.
* You will need some basic Zoom competency, such as the ability to join the session, enable your camera/sound etc. Our short pre-sessional course is essential before the live Zoom class and will help you here, but it is your responsibility to be ready technically for the live session.

A TEFL certificate is not needed for this course, although some experience of teaching groups would be useful beforehand.

What about any tech problems on the day?

We know it happens occasionally. Hopefully, you will have worked through any major Zoom issues beforehand. On the day, if you have trouble getting online, get in touch. We will try to help, but we cannot guarantee support and you should consider that if you cannot connect to a session that is running successfully, you will have lost your place. We can transfer you to an new session upon payment of a £10 Spotlight transfer fee.

Everything you need to complete your course and gain your certificate is included in the one fee above. However, check out these optional extras:

  • Additional time course extensions available if you need to go beyond 60 days 
  • Global English printed and embossed certificate posted to you (£15 UK / £20 outside)
  • Resources from the course available as a FREE downloadable PDF from your student area
  • Discount on further Spotlight Live TESOL sessions or Global English online programmes

This five-hour short course on Teaching Mixed Ability EFL/ESOL classes contains approximately four hours of online material and video and a one hour Zoom seminar where you participate with a small group.

Module Module title Section Section title Time (hours)
Intro Introduction: Mixed Ability Classes 1 Getting Started: Mixed Abilities 0.5
1 Mixed Ability Classes 1 1 Lesson Aims & Planning 1.0
2 Mixed Ability Classes 2 1 Where to Pitch Materials 1.0
3 Mixed Ability Classes 3 1 Engage & Manage the Whole Class 1.0
4 Mixed Ability Classes Spotlight 1 Mixed Abilities Zoom Session 1.0
SC Spotlight Mixed Ability Classes Conclusion 1 Spotlight MA Certification & Survey 0.5
         
      TOTAL COURSE SUGGESTED TIME 5.0

Indispensable training programme for any TEFL/TESOL teacher working with mixed ability groups at any level. Improve your lessons and watch all your learners improve as you manage different ability levels in your class. Then practice differentiating a task in an online Zoom session with your peers. This course will help you further your skills as an English language teacher.


Interactive price: £20.00

Interactive: PC/Mac/tablet compatible. Work on our interactive platform. Good internet access required.

Student Comments

The Zoom interactive session was great. Steve teaches the subject well and doing a practice of teaching an online class with mixed abilities will be really helpful for the future. This spotlight course is a must as you will always have students with different abilities when teaching. Very informative and highly recommended.
Gavin Steyn, UK


Indispensable training programme for any TEFL/TESOL teacher working with mixed ability groups at any level. Improve your lessons and watch all your learners improve as you manage different ability levels in your class. Then practice differentiating a task in an online Zoom session with your peers. This course will help you further your skills as an English language teacher.


Interactive price: £20.00

Interactive: PC/Mac/tablet compatible. Work on our interactive platform. Good internet access required.

Certificates

This short Spotlight Live TESOL course comes with a certificate upon successful completion.

Indispensable training programme for any TEFL/TESOL teacher working with mixed ability groups at any level. Improve your lessons and watch all your learners improve as you manage different ability levels in your class. Then practice differentiating a task in an online Zoom session with your peers. This course will help you further your skills as an English language teacher.


Interactive price: £20.00

Interactive: PC/Mac/tablet compatible. Work on our interactive platform. Good internet access required.

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Course Description

Our interactive zoom courses are innovative and take a fresh approach to training to teach English. 

With short preparation modules and then an interactive zoom session with other trainees, benefit from all the features of our fantastic Global English TESOL courses, as well as having the opportunity to communicate with a qualified and experienced tutor.

This interactive zoom course runs on a smartphone, desktop PC or Mac, or on an iPad or tablet and is supported by all browsers. Also works successfully with touch-screen PCs, so you can rearrange the screen size with minimal loss of resolution.

Access your personal tutor, who will help you prepare for your zoom session.

Built in HTML5, you can take this course from anywhere with a good internet connection.  You will also need to be able to access YouTube videos from where you are located and have Zoom downloaded onto your device. 

Indispensable training programme for any TEFL/TESOL teacher working with mixed ability groups at any level. Improve your lessons and watch all your learners improve as you manage different ability levels in your class. Then practice differentiating a task in an online Zoom session with your peers. This course will help you further your skills as an English language teacher.


Interactive price: £20.00

Interactive: PC/Mac/tablet compatible. Work on our interactive platform. Good internet access required.


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  • Name: Steve Button
  • Location: Nottingham

Hi there,   I'm Steve. I've been an EFL teacher and teacher trainer for 32 years, and have...

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