Using EP Languages across different learning environments
EP Languages is a tool that can be interchanged seamlessly between a traditional setting, a blended learning environment and a remote learning setting. Here are some ideas about how you can use the platform in each of these settings:
EP in a traditional classroom
- EP topic-based units cover all core skills - reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar & vocabulary - and so many teachers use our units as a full textbook replacement! Alternatively, you can also use our EP Languages content alongside your chosen textbook/s, by selecting relevant EP activities to complement and support each textbook chapter.
- The introduction lessons, listening lessons, reading lessons and grammar can be used together with a whole class on the projector - the introduction lessons for introducing key vocabulary and then the listening and reading activities for practising those skills. You can work through these as a class, and then students can follow up on their devices and complete tasks individually.
- Both reading and listening texts can be used for reading aloud activities (listening transcripts are available in our teacher guides).
- At higher levels, our reading and listening comprehension texts work well as texts that can generate a whole lesson. You could begin by discussing the ideas and vocabulary in the text, give time for students to share their opinions and have a discussion based on the text, and then students can write their own similar texts. The texts also work well as the starting point for class debates!
- EP works really well as part of station rotations. If you are working on a unit and have set up learning stations to practice a particular language point/topic - why not make EP one of those learning stations? This is a great option if you have limited access to devices in the classroom.
- Some teachers like to have one lesson a week which is an “EP” lesson. By having students working independently on EP lessons in the classroom, you can use the class time for small group and 1-1 conversations with students.
- You can also use the questions in our EP Language lessons for many more traditional language-learning games such as terminator, speed dating, running to the front of the room - or try just simple, quick-fire questions with a koosh ball. You can either read out the questions or project them, depending on the game.
- Finally, consider setting EP lessons for homework activities. The powerful data insights provided for every EP task can inform your planning, ensuring that each lesson has maximum impact.
EP in a blended learning setting
- Students can complete EP activities outside of class time for comprehensive skill coverage - meaning class time can be used for more interactive activities and further explanation of key concepts.
- You can use the data from an EP homework task to see where students are struggling or excelling, and then can use class time to follow up on those areas. You may choose to use the contact time to offer differentiated group activities, 1-1 learning conversations, or whole class learning.
- EP can be one of the tasks making up an in-class station rotation.
- Assessments can be taken at home on EP, rather than in class. This allows you to save your valuable class time for support, extension and 1-1 teacher/student learning conversations.
- Through its automatic remediation feature, EP allows you to easily set up personalised learning pathways for each student - whether they are working at home or in class with you.
- If students are coming back to school after a period of school closure, EP is also a great tool for seeing where students are at - and what support they may need moving forward.
EP in a remote learning environment
- Students can work through each unit independently on EP. Our Live Monitoring feature allows you to track student engagement in real time, and clicking a task's Progress tab allows you to track their learning question by question, see where they might be having difficulty, and provide quick, meaningful feedback in a variety of ways.
- During Zoom /Microsoft Teams/Google Hangout calls, you can use the introduction lessons for introducing new vocabulary to a class or group. Following the call, students can work through other lessons independently to further reinforce key content and skills.
- You can ask students to complete an EP lesson before attending a Zoom session, or following a Zoom session, as a pre or post task.
- With listening and reading comprehension activities, you can run through the first few activities in a video conference together to get the students used to them. Once they are familiar with the expectations of the lesson and feeling confident to proceed, they can complete the rest of the learning on EP independently.
- EP speaking activities can easily be completed independently at home and students will get instant feedback on their pronunciation as well as valuable teacher feedback on longer tasks. You could also run through pronunciation questions together as a class via video conference, before setting the rest for independent learning.
- Teachers can track students' speaking and writing tasks and leave either recorded voice comments, written feedback or a star rating. The recorded (voice) feedback is a particularly good way of personalising the feedback and staying connected to your students remotely.
- An EP lesson is a great addition to an online choice board or 'tic tac toe' grid of learning activities.
- Take a look at the selection of remote learning tasks in the content library, which are especially designed to students working off-campus.
- Even if students are learning at home, they can easily complete both formative and summative assessments on EP. By setting up a formative assessment at the start of a unit, EP's Automatic Remediation feature will suggest relevant next steps for each individual student - effectively creating personalised pathways for each of them. You can automatically assign these tasks, or choose to manually review them after each assessment.
- For more ideas on how to use EP in different learning environments, click on the following links:
- How to integrate EP languages into your classroom programme
- How to use EP Languages in a remote setting
- How to use EP in conjunction with video conferencing
- On overview of what is available on EP Languages