A Teacher’s Secrets to Online Learning

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Do you know how lucky we are to have a multicultural team here at Bilingual Bridges? Our teachers come from a variety of backgrounds, live all over the world, and bring a love for languages and cultures into their online classrooms. We’re constantly learning from one another, sharing lesson ideas, and discovering new e-learning resources together. We believe diversifying the use of innovative tools during online lessons is a must. A minute can feel like an eternity when a student is sitting on the other side of a computer screen, waiting to move on to the next activity; so, teachers need to keep things moving. Lessons have to be interactive, engaging, student-focused – and online teachers must stay on their toes! online learning When students are learning new languages, they want to immerse themselves in the vocabulary, sounds, accents, and cultures. Being able to create an immersive online classroom that inspires language learning is truly an art. We strive to find teachers who can do exactly this and we’re thrilled to share that we’ve done it again! We’d like to introduce you to our newest bilingual teacher: Nancy Guevara Hurtado! Nancy is based in Bogotá, Colombia, and has more than 25 years of experience teaching both English and Spanish as foreign languages. She is passionate about languages. Her experience ranges from elementary to graduate school students, and she has led teacher training courses at the university level. We decided to interview Nancy because of her enthusiasm and knowledge of language education and remote learning are an inspiration to students and teachers alike! language education
How did you decide to become a teacher?
Well, I made up my mind when I was finishing high school. I loved watching the teachers teach in my school – particularly my English and French teachers. I wanted to be just like them.
What have your remote teaching experiences been like? How can it benefit the education world?
I have been an online teacher for over 6 years now. I find it interesting and effective. As long as students have an appropriate study area that will allow them to concentrate, the rest is just technology. Just counting the courses I’ve led myself, more than 360 students have benefited from online instruction in terms of their language proficiency, confidence, and motivation.
Would you tell us your top 5 tools for remote learning?
There are so many! We have interactive boards, such as Padlet, Scrumblr, and Whiteboard. There are others for conducting gamified assessments like Quizizz and Kahoot, too.  
What advice would you give a teacher who has no experience in remote teaching?
First of all, I would tell him that he must be 100% open-minded. Technology has come into our lives and is here to stay. It can greatly help us in our jobs, so get familiar with it, and let it become part of your school life.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Well, I would like to suggest that parents feel welcome to join the wonderful remote learning initiatives that are out there right now. Get involved in their children’s learning processes and help them make the best of it!
As you can see, Nancy was candid with her answers and excited to share her insight about online education with us. She’s a great addition to our team of teachers and we’re sure you’d love to be in her classroom – or should we say virtual classroom?  Nancy will be joining us for an Instagram Live Q&A session, where she’ll be giving online learning advice. Join us on 9/5 at 2 pm EST to learn all you can from our newest bilingual teacher! Follow us on Instagram to watch it live or to catch the highlights.

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Ana Marcos 
Bilingual Teacher at Bilingual Bridges

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