Online tools that help with teaching English

The internet offers a multitude of sources of resources and inspiration for teachers to plan their classes and prepare activities aimed at the linguistic development of their students in the English language. From video repositories to activity banks and educational games in English, the possibilities are many.

The resources available online, which were already used for face-to-face teaching, gained even more strength during the pandemic, when most classes were (and, in many cases, still are) developed remotely. If previously the resources found in the virtual world were brought to the classroom, now they can also be created on online platforms and sent to the students’ cell phones or computers – wherever they are – through links.

Ccinato do Carmo, English teacher, teacher trainer in the field and academic consultant at Troika, highlights the importance of online tools and resources for continuous learning of the English language. “Today, through videos, games, or even a handout or worksheet in which I interact, the idea of ​​the lifelong learner is paved over, that is, the student as a lifelong learner”, he says.

For him, the possibility of presenting English in a globalized context and having the student produce content themselves are some of the advantages of online tools for teaching the language. “These tools make creation possible, and they are not just in the hands of the teacher. Within the planning that you have for a study program, this student can, for example, be responsible for creating a game in English”, he exemplifies.

Carol Gonçalves, an English teacher who works with students from communities in Rio de Janeiro, warns that internet access is not a reality for many. “It’s always a challenge, but I think it’s possible to try to use some of these tools in a more inclusive way. I can, for example, pass the link to an activity for everyone to do in their own home. do it at the time of class, because the connection is not good, he can try at another time. The aim is always to be more inclusive”, he recalls.

In the links below, check out Carol and Cicinato’s tips on platforms and websites for planning and preparing English classes:

Carol Gonçalves, English teacher, who has worked for 14 years at the Brazilian Society of English Culture (SBCI), with scholarship students from communities in Rio de Janeiro

Cicinato do Carmo, English teacher that also works with initial and continuing education of teachers in Rio de Janeiro