How to flip your ESL class to motivate your students

Learn how to motivate your students by going beyond the flipped class - have students teach students.
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  • Lectures 20
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 10/2014 English

Course Description

Classroom teachers! Have you heard about flipping your classroom but are not sure what it means, what the benefits are and how you can do it?

What does this course do? - This 1 hour online video teacher-training course shows classroom teachers how to turn your classes back to front so that more learning takes place both outside and inside the classroom.

What will you get? - In the course you'll get access to 17 video lectures that explain what flipping is and how it benefits students' learning. You'll learn how to front-load your classes using free technology, AND how to deliver new learning content to students if you don't have access to the internet.

Even better, you'll learn how to analyze hands-on, interactive language learning activities so that students learn more, faster. And most importantly, you'll learn techniques that completely flip the classroom! Learn how to show students how to make, implement and assess their own language learning activities. No more teacher-fronted, passive learning. Say hello to motivated students taking responsibility for their own learning. Welcome to the flipped classroom!

"Expert guidance how how to flip your class." - Michael Lim

"A pleasure to listen to." - Angelika Davey

Why take this course with me? - I'm an experienced English teacher and teacher-trainer. I've been using these techniques in my classes in Japan, America and Italy since the mid-1990's. I know they work! I want to share these ideas with you so that your students can learn more in your classes, faster.

What are the requirements?

  • Students should have native or near-native English ability. Having said that, there is a downloadable PDF transcript for each lecture and lectures are supported by captions and call-outs.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Prepare new learning content for front-loading
  • Analyze language learning activities to see if they are SMART+
  • Show EFL and ESL students how to prepare and use their own activities in class
  • Set up an efficient flipped classroom

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is aimed at ESL, EFL and other language teachers who preferably have one year chalkboard experience - but of course everyone is welcome! It is also aimed at non-native teachers of English in EFL classrooms.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
Hi! Before we start on this course I'd just like to find out a little bit about you e.g. what kinds of classes you teach and what do you already know about flipping your classroom. Please take this short survey to help me improve this course. Thanks!

Welcome to the course! This introduction gives you a quick working definition of, and justification for flipping your class.


Find out why you should take this course with me! Spoiler alert - it is about the benefits to the students.


What are the aims? What are we going to cover in this course? Who is this course aimed at?

Section 2: What is flipping your ESL class and why do it?

What does F-L-I-P stand for? And what does flipping your class mean for language teachers?


The evidence is anecdotal, but there are some great benefits to flipping your class - and they all lead to students learning more, faster.

Section 3: How to front-load your lessons

Flipping your classroom is a two-step process. This section looks at how to front-load with technology and gives some ideas on what to do if you and your students don't have access to the internet.


There is a lot of free technology that is suitable for front-loading your flipped classes. This lecture lists some of the more common software and techniques.


Not all of us have access to technology or even the skills or desire to use it. It is still possible to create flipped classes with front-loaded content without technology. This lecture gives a couple of pointers of what to do without it.


A quick summary of the main ideas in this section.

Section 4: How to make hands-on learner-centered activities

A flipped language classroom usually relies on hands-on, interactive, fluency-oriented activities. This section analyzes the criteria or aspects we should be aware of when we make language learning activities for our students, and then shows you how you can get your students to make their own activities.


Co-opting some ideas from business goal-setting we're going to find out if our activities are SMART+.


This lecture focuses on different techniques for going beyond the conventional flipped classroom for both language teachers AND other subject teachers. The main point is that once your students know how to use the SMART+ criteria they can make their own activities and a world of learning opens up.


A brief summary of the main ideas in this section.

Section 5: A small list of potential problems and how to avoid or solve them

There are a few possible 'issues' that we need to prepare for when we begin to flip our classes. What are they and how can we avoid or resolve them?


A quick summary of the main ideas in this section.

Section 6: Tips for setting up your flipped class

What are some golden tips to remember when we start to flip our classes?

This is a quick survey to find out what you think about this course. Please let me know how it can be improved! Thanks!
Section 7: Course conclusion

Well done! You made it! I hope this course will be useful and that you will try out these techniques in your own classes.

Please let me know how it can be improved.

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Instructor Biography

Giles Parker, English teacher and teacher trainer

Hi! My name's Giles Parker. By way of a brief resume, I'm a dynamic EFL and ESL classroom teacher, a CELTA-qualified teacher-trainer, and an academic manager - which is like herding cats. I have 28 years teaching, training and managing experience in the UK, Asia, the USA, and now Italy, where I am based. I have published and presented research on ways teachers can improve ESL/EFL learning in a variety of forums. I developed an innovative teacher-training program for a large-scale client in the fast-food industry in the USA and led a development team to create revolutionary entrance exams at a major Japanese university during the 1990's. I was also repeatedly invited as a teacher-trainer for large-scale regional faculty development in Japan. I managed the expansion of a major (and to my mind still the best) online EFL teacher-training program in USA and guided the growth of CELTA training program there. I also managed and trained the great staff for a leading community college ESL lab - more cats!

In the EFL/ESL world it is important to have a couple of specialisms and I guess mine are focused on developing learner autonomy and learner-centered active learning strategies. I especially love the day-to-day teaching of academic composition and academic presentation for EFL and ESL students who usually have such low expectations at first but who are blown away when their writing dramatically improves, as it usually does. Another passion I have is for training and mentoring new EFL and ESL teachers. It is great to watch new teachers create better and better lessons for their students. Lastly, I really like representing the needs of ESL students to the wider community - there is a lot of misunderstanding out there. I hope this gives you a bit an insight into my background. Please let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to working with you in my courses.



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