WSE Live! Online classroom experience and what is blended learning

Your online English course experience and blended learning

Your online English course experience and blended learning


Your online course will be a combination of

  1. Live online group lessons
  2. Blended learning
  3. Homework

In this video, our Director of Studies, Jo, explains how our WSE Live! Online lessons and blended learning work.

 

Live online group lessons

How will I be placed in class? How will they decide on my English level?

Once you have booked your course and have been enrolled by our registration team, our academic team will email you a placement test for you to complete. The test should take you no longer than 30 minutes to complete. This email will also include your WSE Live! Online Student Guide. When you have completed your placement test, our team will arrange a short speaking interview to determine your English speaking and listening level. This interview will be online using Zoom.

The Friday before your course starts, you will be emailed the details of your class. It will include the Zoom lesson links and how to join. In this email, you will see what English level your class will be in along with the name of your teacher and the start times, which are in London UK time, BST (GMT+1). In your live group lessons, you will interact with your teacher and your classmates.

Blended Learning

What is blended learning?

Blended learning refers to project work which is done outside class time, and not directly related to the live group lesson activities. The teacher will set the task(s) for the week, but they won't cover those topics in class. Some blended learning projects may be done in groups and/or presented in class, others are purely for individual students’ benefit. Blended learning is also designed to develop students’ 21st Century skills such as critical thinking, time management, communication skills and resourcefulness. It gives the students the tools to take more responsibility for their learning, while still providing guidance and support.

What is the difference between blended learning and homework?

Homework might involve practising the language learnt in the previous class (traditional homework), or by doing an activity to prepare you for the following class (flipped learning).

Blended learning tasks might be done in groups or as an individual. Here are some examples of projects you could be asked to do:

  • Research and prepare a presentation on a topic of your choice, then present this to the group at the end of the week
  • Research a specific grammar or linguistic point which you struggle with, and produce work to demonstrate its use
  • Collaborate with your classmates on an offline debate
  • Create an individual study plan
  • Complete flashpoint lessons on e-Wimbledon, which relate to your individual needs and interests
  • Build a mindmap of vocabulary connected to a particular topic. You will be given different topics and encouraged to share your mindmap

Homework

These are tasks that have a clear link to the live online group lessons, for example:

  • Exercises that concentrate on what was covered in class e.g grammar practice
  • Reading a text or watching a video in preparation for the next lesson
  • A writing task based on the content of a previous lesson

 

From The Blog

You will need:

  • A computer, large tablet or smartphone with a broadband connection of 10mbs or more.
  • Headphones and a webcam, if your computer does not have a speaker and a camera.

Accessing the classes:

Live face-to-face English lessons via Zoom
A video on how to sign up to Zoom is available here: https://tinyurl.com/roqqnvy

A link will be sent to your email address which will allow you to access the classes.

 

WSE Live! Online courses:

You can see our range of online courses and book them here.

 

If you are unsure of your current English level? Try our free online English test!