Online ESL Step-by-step Curriculum is here!

ESL step-by-step curriculum

We’ve released the first of the Off2Class ESL step-by-step curriculum! It’s our vision to create the best and most beautiful online ESL curriculum. Here’s a sample!

In the upcoming months, Off2Class will release an ESL step-by-step curriculum of lessons from A1 to C1, providing teachers with the opportunity to take students from beginner to advanced proficiency, all with our online digital content.

 

First, a short video demonstration:

 

Now, some background info. Why are we releasing a step-by-step curriculum?

We released our first online lesson content over three years ago, and Off2Class now offers over 700 lessons in various categories. In those years, we received multiple requests from teachers and education institutions to put together a step-by-step curriculum. We’ve learned a lot in a few years, and we have teachers using our content in all types of learning environments. It seemed like the ideal time to move forward with an online step-by-step ESL curriculum. Early this year, we decided to invest the time and resource to plan, design and create a curriculum based on user expectation and current pedagogical theory.

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At the planning stage, we looked at areas we wanted to improve, such as sequencing, flexibility, and adaptability. We also planned to integrate grammar and vocabulary with reading, listening, writing and speaking skills. Instead of constantly producing new lesson content and homework, we dedicated a substantial amount of time to researching the newest studies in Learning English as a Second Language. Then, the hard work started.

What will an online curriculum look like?

Obviously, we’re using a new template, and we think it’s both professional and engaging. We’ve improved our understanding of instructional design and matched this with an up-to-date pallet of colors. We’ve kept what you already liked about our content, and improved the flow, imagery, and sequence of exercises.

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To create an online step-by-step ESL curriculum that works in current teaching environments, we’re doing what all ESL content publishers do today. First, there are modules: A1 to C1. Modules comprise Themed Units. Each Unit explores a theme through a number of lessons. Teachers will take varying amounts of time to cover a Unit. Rather than creating 1-hour lessons, our curriculum allows teachers to move at varying paces with their students. We estimate that teachers will need a minimum of 4 to 6 hours to cover each Unit.

In almost every lesson of our online step-by-step ESL curriculum, students will have the opportunity to practice reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. We’ve reduced the amount of explicit grammar, added professional audio recordings, and introduced vocabulary at a more appropriate rate.

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Three Units comprising 12 lessons are now available to our Premium subscribers on the site, and we’ll be releasing lessons at the start of each month until the entire online ESL step-by-step curriculum is available mid-2019.

The first three Units are entitled:

All About People,

What We Do, and

Your Life.

They are suitable for A2 students, or students with about 60-100 hours of English instruction.

What next?

We would love your feedback on these initial lessons. We think they are great, but we rely on your feedback. You’re welcome to leave feedback below, or if you want to get into the nitty-gritty of it, you can send an email to james {at} off2class.com.


15 Comments

  • David Valle says:

    October 3, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Why does it start with unit 13? Will there be 1-12 at the lower levels once the rollout is completed?

    • James Heywood (Off2Class) says:

      October 3, 2018 at 2:33 pm

      Hi David,

      Yes, Units 1-12 are currently underway for A1 students.

      Lessons for A1 level require a much larger amount of planning and testing, so will release them at a later point in time.

      Regards,

      James

  • Helen says:

    October 7, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    This is fabulous! I can use this immediately! Thank you for your continued resources upgrading.
    Helen

    • James Heywood (Off2Class) says:

      October 8, 2018 at 6:02 pm

      Helen,

      Glad to hear that you like the new curriculum. Please let me know how your students progress with the lessons!

      Regards,

      James

  • Pedro Julião do Nascimento says:

    October 15, 2018 at 11:04 am

    I have two syllables for you guys, “AWE-SOME”. I’ve used it with some students, and they loved the new lessons. They are much more conversational than before. It took one of my students, because she talks a lot, one hour to deal with 9 slides.
    The structure is much better.
    Thank you, guys.

    • James Heywood (Off2Class) says:

      October 15, 2018 at 11:09 am

      Hi Pedro,

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

      It’s always great to receive positive feedback from you. We’re looking forward to the next release on 12 lessons in a couple of weeks. Hopefully, we release the new content faster than you can use it with your students!

      Best wishes,

      James

  • Sally says:

    October 15, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    I like to defer and be revolutionary. Combining everything together and integrating the subjects is an amazing job! I really look forward to C1. It’s so difficult when you have an advanced student to find interesting topics to talk about every time. I’ve tried your lessons already, even with my B2 students.

    I think they liked it. One of them said to me ‘I want to talk and talk all the time’. Maybe the lesson gave her the inspiration to talk more.

    Thanks

    • James Heywood (Off2Class) says:

      October 15, 2018 at 5:55 pm

      Hi Sally,

      Thank so much for your kind words. I’m really pleased that your students enjoyed the lesson. It makes me really happy to hear that your students feel motivated when using Off2Class!

      Regards,

      James

  • Stephen says:

    October 29, 2018 at 7:30 am

    Hello, Really enjoy the curriculum series. Not sure why the Three Units comprising 12 lessons are available only to Premium subscribers on the site. I hope that this is not a tendency in upcoming material. I have a limited amount of students and a long time user.

    • Kris Jagasia says:

      October 29, 2018 at 8:05 am

      Hi Stephen! So great to hear from you. Yes, when we changed our pricing structure over the summer we were super loyal to our old customers and let you stay on the old pricing. The new curriculum is only available to the new pricing plans as they contain new features/functionality and content quality that was not previously available. We’ve invested huge resources into this push, so we do need to limit them to Premium subscribers.

      That being said, as such a long time friend of Off2Class, I’m sure we can help you out with a coupon to help on the upgrade. Please get in touch with me on our contact page to discuss!

  • Sharon Hadlow says:

    November 4, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Thank you for the new step by step curriculum. I have two new students signing up. They are both from France and very beginners. I have started the first student on the A2 section as A1 was not yet available but she has done well on the few slides that she achieved on her very first lesson. The material was simple to understand and really helped her to feel that she knows a little English in her very first lesson. I will keep you posted at her progress.

    Sharon

    • James Heywood (Off2Class) says:

      November 4, 2018 at 3:18 pm

      Hi Sharon,

      Thank you for your feedback. It’s much appreciated.

      Best wishes,

      James

  • C Yolanda Anderson says:

    November 6, 2018 at 8:11 am

    Hi, Kris

    This is great stuff!

    Thank you for the hard work you and your team have been doing. Thanks for sharing, also.

    I was wondering, too, whether there are any plans to present the courses in British English. Or, is that asking for too much? [Hides face]

    Cheers,

    Yolanda

    • James Heywood (Off2Class) says:

      November 6, 2018 at 8:18 am

      Hi Yolanda,

      Thank you for your feedback.

      At this stage, we don’t have plans to release another version of the curriculum. However, we hope that British, Australian, New Zealand, South African, and other English speakers will still find the lessons useful.

      Ideally, we would love to produce as many versions as there are varieties of English, though at this stage we’re just hoping that teachers will adapt the content as needs must!

      Best wishes,

      James

  • C Yolanda Anderson says:

    November 6, 2018 at 8:32 am

    Hi, James

    Thank you for your response and you are most welcome.

    I do respect and appreciate your position re the varying versions.

    Best wishes to you as you continue to improve/add new content to the Off2Class lessons.

    Cheers,

    Yolanda

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