If language centers and schools learn how to teach English by videoconference, they can optimize your business resources and take them to the next level. Videoconferencing classes allow them to depend on one of their most obvious limitations: the physical classroom, in turn introducing flexibility for students. In addition, many others are added to these two advantages in relation to the educational efficiency or benefits of technology. However, it also carries some demands to ensure quality classes.
Verxact, as a solution thought and designed to allow the gradual growth of on-site centers with video conferencing classes, offers some of the most important tools to teach online in virtual classrooms with its specialized software and content development. It provides academies and language schools with a reliable and robust service, with a wide capacity to meet all the needs of the centers to raise their level: open hours, digital agenda, 24-hour/anytime classes, virtual classroom with whiteboard, and microlearning.
5 Things Your Language Center Needs to Teach English by Videoconference
How do you teach English by videoconference? Is one of the most repeated questions by centers that do not yet offer this modality. There are five basic issues to consider:
- Teachers with some experience teaching by videoconference
- Language-specific software (with digital booking agenda)
- Reinforcement content for the virtual whiteboard and outside the classroom
- Video and audio equipment with what you need to record the class
- Internet connection
#1 Teachers with experience in online classes
Although online video conferencing classes consist of the same traditional but online classes, it is necessary for the teacher to be familiar with the virtual environments that they will use and the different tools they have at reach.
With Verxact software, the teacher has the support of a whiteboard (in this digital case) in which they can write and project content in support of his explanations, just as he would in a traditional classroom. And it’s also important that you manage the virtual classroom: use the whiteboard or manage student permissions among others.
Verxact level 0 allows centers to start in online classes without the need for teachers who teach this type of class, even with 24-hour schedules!
#2 Software designed to teach languages
To convey the professionalism and experience your center has, it is necessary to rely on a solution that provides you with quality software designed specifically for language training. In this way, students and teachers have at their disposal all the necessary tools for a complete and quality teaching, including virtual whiteboards, material repositories or integration with specialized educational platforms.
Centers that rely on Verxact technology, a CAE Computer Aided USA Corp. (www.cae.net) solution, can rely on their reliability and the stability of their servers (hosting) and their robustness to support large numbers of students.
Digital booking schedule
To manage the classes by videoconference with ease, the Verxact software includes a class reservation schedule that combines all the modalities that the center may have available: online, on-site and telephone (the students can combine their classes).
In the case of online classes, the system manages reservations, automatically creates classes according to the students’ choice and notifies teachers of their classes (level, syllabus, and students) 24 hours in advance. The center can also set schedules, but the offer would be less flexible, and the system could not help optimizing the profitability of teachers’ hours.
#3 Support Content
Whether it is to be used during or after the class as reinforcement, it is important that the center has resources for its teachers that can be projected on the virtual whiteboard of the videoconference.
Also, training activities that help students practice and deepen what they have learned in the online class. Verxact offers language centers more than 250 examples of classes developed by objectives. These include a presentation of support with images, vocabulary, proposals of practical exercises… and everything necessary for the teacher to have a focus on a reference point that he can talk about during class.
As an out-of-class reinforcement, Verxact provides language schools with over 1,800 microlearning activities. These activities are adapted to CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) language learning objectives, can be shared with students to continue their online study after class.
#4 Video and audio equipment
When talking about how to teach English by videoconference or online classes in the virtual classroom, you can not forget the necessary equipment to do so.
A computer, a webcam with an acceptable resolution (1080p) and a microphone (many webcams already have it built-in), is the only equipment that your teachers need for their web classes. With this team, you can teach both online group classes and private ones.
The first level of Verxact (level 0) allows you to offer classes online without the need for equipment which you can acquire as your enrollments increase.
#5 Internet connection
Not by far that it could be left off the list. The center needs an internet connection from which it will transmit the classes of its teachers. Most centers already have a network connection, but it is important that the signal arrives perfectly where the class will be made, or better yet, that the connection arrives by cable instead of WiFi to ensure greater stability.
Not much is needed for the success of an online class, but everything is very important. Each factor can make the difference between the possibility of starting to grow in a sector of high competition or stagnating in a single on-site classroom mode.
Verxact, with its four gradual levels of growth provides language centers with the best solution to get started in online classes by videoconference as a true expert. Its open schedules, digital agenda, 24-hour/anytime classes, or 1,800 training activities allow the centers to compete with the largest in the sector in a very short time.