Group ESL lessons this school year at Off2Class

group ESL lessons

We’re excited to announce that it’s easier to teach and manage group ESL lessons at Off2Class!

It’s back to school time – at least in the northern hemisphere – and we have some exciting news at Off2Class. Group ESL lessons are now enabled!

First, a bit of background

Last year, we started working with many classroom ESL teachers. In other words, teachers in classrooms who use Off2Class lesson content to deliver group ESL lessons. We’ve been delighted to be a part of such an exciting learning environment. For group ESL lessonsexample, the Central American Refugee Centre¬†provides group instruction to adult refugees on Long Island, New York. From a K12 perspective, Xiamen International School in China uses Off2Class to guide English Language Learners from all over the world. We’re now inside classrooms in 50 countries!

The transition into the classroom has been exciting, but we knew something was missing

Many classroom teachers found that the platform was a bit tricky to use for large student rosters. We’re excited to announce that teachers can now:

  • Group their students into classes on their student management panel. This way, when launching a group ESL lesson on Off2Class, all students in a session can be logged in with one simple click
  • Manage rosters and attendance by overriding a class enrolment with a simple de-enroll process
  • Assign homework to an entire class with one click, or use this feature to assign group self-study, learning plans

Of course, once inside the classroom, we’ve also optimized the way our group interactivity tools work:

  • Teachers can disable the classroom chat by applying a setting on their profile page,¬†especially useful with younger learners who may misuse the chat function!
  • Teachers can disable the editing feature of the lesson content by using the right-click menu, a great idea if too many students want to type at once!
  • group ESL lessonsAnnotation tools can be shared with one student at a time, which is great for class exercises

You can review these features on our group ESL lesson tutorial here.

We’ve also updated our pricing plans to better reflect teachers providing group ESL lessons

Since March 2015, our pricing plans had remained the same. The Light, Medium, and Heavy Packages (2, 4, and 15 student accounts respectively) suited our independent tutors. Now that we work with such a large variety of ESL educators, we’ve had to adapt. We’ve replaced Light, Medium and Heavy with Standard Teacher and Premium Teacher, both of which can be purchased with a 2, 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, or 50 active student capacity.

You can purchase our Standard and Premium Teacher plans on yearly or month-to-month billing. Additionally, we’ve increased the discount applied to annual billing to 40%. We understand that many classroom teachers don’t teach continuously over 12 months, and we’ve implemented the 40% discount to reflect this.

There’s more to come!

This is only the first of our set of features to better support teachers providing group ESL lessons. We have a lot more in store for the 2018-19 academic year.

If you’re starting a new academic year over, we hope you have a fantastic start. Wishing you a tremendous 2018-19!


4 Comments

  • Darren says:

    August 27, 2018 at 11:09 am

    This is amazing. We gave feedback and you listened. Here’s to a great school year!

    • Kris Jagasia says:

      August 27, 2018 at 1:01 pm

      Thanks, Darren, we’re really looking forward to working on another great academic year with you and your ELLs!

      Kris

  • Ovidijus Ulis says:

    August 27, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    What’s the difference between premium and standart? Why such a big price increase?

    • Kris Jagasia says:

      August 27, 2018 at 8:51 pm

      Hi Ovidijus,

      The premium allows for group teaching! It’s a big step change for us and we’re very excited about it. We’ve had to add these features and adjust pricing to better reflect our teacher base but, don’t worry! All existing active subscription holders are can continue with their active subscriptions.

      Kris

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