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Teaching Online with ESL Library (Webinars)

March 23, 2020

We will be regularly hosting free webinars to help you teach online.

Hello, Teachers. Hello, Admins.

We know that for so many of you, your schools have suddenly closed. Many of you are now moving your programs online. For those who are only familiar with our printable content and have not used our digital tools before, we are holding a series of free webinars to help you get started.

If you did not hear our previous announcement, we have temporarily upgraded all our Standard plan users to have full access to the digital tools from the Plus plan. This means you can now broadcast interactive tasks on screen-sharing platforms such as Google Hangouts, and you can assign digital homework tasks to all of your students as well.

We want to help you make the best of these tools.

How to Register

Visit our registration page here. Select a date and time, and then enter your email address to reserve a spot. We are accepting 100 attendees per session.

What to Do If All the Sessions Are Full

If all the sessions are full or you are not able to attend the times that we have posted, you will be able to watch a recording of the sessions on our blog. You can also reach out to us to request a private webinar. We are able to do private webinars (for free) provided there are more than 10 teachers in attendance and a convenient time can be agreed upon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question that didn't get answered at the webinar? Please check our FAQs about Teaching with ESL Library's Digital Tools. You can also browse our Help section.

Thinking of Leaving a Comment?

This post about ESL Library Webinars has a record number of comments and questions about our digital tools! If you already left a comment or question, you may need to Load Replies for several pages to see a reply from an ESL Library staff member. We recommend searching for detailed answers to your questions in our Frequently Asked Questions post. If you can't find the answer, you can also look in our Help section. Please contact our customer care team for more help. 

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Comments (193)

Lyle R.(Teacher)

Thank you for all you're doing as we deal with this crisis. I am still learning the ropes but you're helping my learners keep practicing their English.

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Great to hear, Lyle! Be sure to visit the Digital Tools area of our Help Docs area for tutorials: https://help.esllibrary.com/

Star H.(Teacher)

How do I give students feedback?

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Tara Benwell(Author)

We are currently working on a feedback feature for our open-ended question task type. It should be ready very soon! After that we'll work on adding a feedback feature for some of the other task types. Until this is ready, you would need to text or email your students with any feedback you have, though they will see their own results on their Student Dashboard.

Lisa F.(Teacher)

I have been an ESL teacher since the 1980's and learned about your website when I started teaching at REEP (Arlington Education and Employment Program). Your website is by far one of the best I have ever used. I love the topics you choose and the detail you give to your lesson plans. I also love that you make your website very personal and that we know who the authors are! Thank you so much for allowing us to use your more advanced package rather than the standard one during this stressful time. How generous and kind of you. I have a question about commenting on students' work when they do a writing or take one of the quizzes? Is there anything through your website? Thank you.

Tara Benwell(Author)

You can now give student feedback on the open-ended question task type: https://esllibrary.com/blog/open-ended-questions More feedback tools are coming soon!

Tara Benwell(Author)

You can now give student feedback on the open-ended question task type: https://esllibrary.com/blog/open-ended-questions More feedback tools are coming soon!

Ismail M.(Member)

I want to join esl library

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Tara Benwell(Author)

It looks like you are already a member! To access all of the content, you'll just need to choose a subscription package.

Mary Helen Estrada(Guest)

I teach adult ESL PreLit and I’m not tech savvy.
Where do I begin? I’d like to send my students some
Thing to keep them interested in the basic lessons we had covered earlier in class ie family, time, filling out a form, dates in letters and numbers etc.

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Hi Mary. To start, you need to create a class and get your students set up. Here is a video demo on How to Create Classes and Invite Students: https://help.esllibrary.com/article/191-video-how-to-create-classes-and-invite-students

After that, you'll need to find content to send your students. Look for the digital icon. Here is a Help Doc on how to assign digital tasks: https://help.esllibrary.com/article/122-how-to-assign-digital-homework.

We hope this helps you get started! Best of luck!

Haw Il R.(Member)

i am going to lean english

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Great! We're happy your teacher is using ESL Library!

Memon Nuzat(Guest)

Hello ESL library i am going to learn English

Lori S.(Teacher)

I have already registered and watched the video. Why is it not giving me the digital access icon only the printable?

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Some of our materials are only available as PDFs. We have 800+ lessons on our digital platform, and we add more each day.

Milka S.(Teacher)

Dear ESL Library and ESL Library Users,

I've been wondering if it is possible to comment on Learners' work directly here. It seems that as of now that feature is unavailable, but I might be mistaken.

Thank you for your answers,
Milka Stupar

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Tara Benwell(Author)

We are currently working on a feedback feature for our open-ended question task type. It should be ready very soon! After that we'll work on adding a feedback feature for some of the other task types.

Vasilika Culaku(Guest)

Hi I teach ESL and I like to be able to know more information in ESL Library , such as price , and webinars. Thank you

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Althea V.(Teacher)

Thank you for upgrading the standard to full digital use. I have a week to learn how to do this so I can add it to my digital lesson plans required by my school. I appreciate this site for my beginning ESL students.

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Thanks, Althea! Best of luck. Let us know if you have any questions!

Maggie B.(Teacher)

Hi there, I notice that I show double versions of my students. So it appears in one version that he/she's done a task but in the other version (same name, same username) hasn't completed anything. It makes for double everything on the screen. Any way to handle this? Do you know what it is happening? I'm new to this. Thanks so much.
Maggie

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Hello! So that happens when you invite a student and your student requests to join a class and you both accept each other. We are working on adding validation so you can't do that anymore. For now our devs are going to go into your account and clean it up. Sorry about that!

Melany M.(Teacher)

I need help setting up class and emailing student

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Valerie S.(Teacher)

Thank you

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Thanks for watching!

Tara Benwell(Author)

Thanks for your encouragement! Best of luck!

Sonia Lowe(Guest)

Thank you so much.

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Thanks for attending!

Esl P.(Teacher)

ESL Library, you ROCK! Thanks for this resource at a truly desperate time.

Question: Any possibility of creating a how-to video for students logging on for the first time? Advanced students will have no problem, but beginning/intermediate students with limited tech skills may find it tricky. Just a thought. Thanks again!

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Hello! Thank you! We now have an FAQ for students and are planning on doing some videos and webinars too. Stay tuned! https://esllibrary.com/blog/student-faq

Kelli Q.(Teacher)

Are you planning to have more sessions this week?

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Tara B(ESL Library Staff)

Yes, if you missed last week's webinars, you can sign up for the next one here: https://app.livestorm.co/esllibrary-com

Jyotsna J.(Teacher)

Hi there, I am an ESL teacher and really having fun working on the online set that is available, but like Maggie B. I am also noticing that there are double versions of the students and also the work that they are doing.
Also is there a way of letting them know that the assignments have been looked at..
Thanks for all the work that you are doing.

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Hello! So that happens when you invite a student and your student requests to join a class and you both accept each other. We are working on adding validation so you can't do that anymore. For now our devs are going to go into your account and clean it up. Sorry about that!

Anderson Valley A.(Teacher)

This is amazing. THANK YOU!

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Tara B(ESL Library Staff)

Thanks for your enthusiasm! Best of luck!

Nour N.(Teacher)

Thank you for upgrading the basic package. Is there a way to send my students the lesson as pdf or something?

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Tara B(ESL Library Staff)

Hello! As a subscriber you are permitted to download the student PDF and email it to your students. We recommend using the digital versions where they exist as this is a better experience. However, not all of our lessons have a digital version yet so sometimes you will need to screenshare the PDF or email it (if you want them to have a copy). Thanks!

Daltro D.(Teacher)

I just love this website! Thanks guys for doing such a great job!

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Tara B(ESL Library Staff)

Thanks for your support and encouragement, Daltro!

Jonathan R.(Teacher)

Hey guys, I can't seem to be able to register to attend the webinars.
Is it too late to do so?

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Tara B(ESL Library Staff)

You can register for the next webinar here: https://app.livestorm.co/esllibrary-com

Tammy W.(Author)

Hi Jonathan, next week's webinars have just been posted. See you there!

Jan B.(Teacher)

As a teacher, I’m considering using your online teaching options. What personal information to you collect from my students? How do you use this information. Do you dialogue with my students? Do you advertise your or 3rd party products with my students? Do you share their personal information with others? If you have answers to my questions in a digital form, pls give me a link for it. If not, I would like some assurance that you will not use or share this information for anything outside of the students learning English.

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John Wolverton(Guest)

Thank you for making your digital tools available during this time.

I have wondered how to keep my students motivated and learning English.

Having looked at other online tools, price, help, and ease of use, they did not answer my need as a private ESL teacher, who had successfully used ESL Library for several years.

I’m excited to be provided with the tools and opportunity to learn how I can continue to teach my adult students.

Thank you.

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Tanya Trusler(Author)

We are very happy to hear this, John! Please let us know if you have any requests or concerns about our digital tools. We hope you and your students will enjoy learning with us this way!

Tina K.(Member)

How I can watch lessons on teaching Grammar?

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Tanya Trusler(Author)

Hi Tina, we are currently developing a series of grammar videos for our site. In the meantime, you'll find teaching tips on many grammar targets in the Grammar & Usage section of our blog: https://esllibrary.com/blog/categories/grammar-usage

You can also use the search (magnifying glass icon) on the top right corner of this page to search for a specific grammar target to see if we have a blog post about it. Hope that helps!

Pamela B.(Teacher)

I appreciate you providing help to move out of the classroom and onto the screen. We don't have time to adapt, we just have to get on with it. Thanks

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Tanya Trusler(Author)

Thank you for watching and commenting, Pamela! Best of luck to you and your students.

Jonathan B.(Teacher)

Please accept a heartfelt thank you from Sydney Australia.

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Tammy W.(Author)

Received and appreciated. Thank you so much for your support.

Mirian Ramos(Guest)

I accidentally registered as a teacher, but I need to change my registration to student. How can I do this?

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Enas A.(Teacher)

Hello 👋

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Tammy W.(Author)

Hi there! Thanks for checking out our blog :)

Luhuan J.(Member)

I'd like to be able to know more information in the ESL library, can learn English her. Thank you

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Tara B(ESL Library Staff)

Hello. You will need a teacher to invite you as a student. Then you can start doing ESL Library lessons.
Good luck with your English!

Blerina R.(Teacher)

I've a question please. I've been one of your members for quite sometimes and printed tones of materials for my students, back when we used to teach in a classroom.
The problem im having with ESL library right now is that,when i email my students one of your lesson plans, they aren't able to edit it. I need them to edit it so they can fill in the answers. I need to let you know that some of my students don't have a computer,nor an Ipad.
Google classroom is nice and helpful but some of them don't really know how to use this new technology.
This distance learning has become a real challenge for all of us.

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Tara B(ESL Library Staff)

Hello, Blerina. This is a real challenge. Do your students have mobile phones? All of our digital tasks can be done on a mobile phone. Not all of our printables have been digitized yet, but we have 800+ lessons that are ready to use on mobile. I recommend coming to our next webinar to learn more about our digital tasks. (The PDFs are not editable for copyright reasons.)

Tara B(ESL Library Staff)

Hi Mirian. We've switched your account to a student account.

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Mark H.(Teacher)

Thanks so much for providing all this great e-content and ways of organizing it! Can you please post a link for viewing past webinars? I haven't been able to find any on your blog.

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Hello! An on-demand version of the webinar will be posted early next week. We are also doing the webinar a few more times this week, including this evening at 10pm CST if you want to register: https://app.livestorm.co/esllibrary-com

Wayne Nickoli(Guest)

Does ESL Library sync well with Google Classroom?

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Tara Benwell(Author)

We are working towards a plan for integrating with learning platforms like Google Classroom, but we are not set up for this quite yet. What you can do is post a link to esllibrary.com/students on any platform you're using and then notify students that they have ESL Library homework to complete. After logging in, your students will see their homework on their ESL Library Student Dashboard.

Laura Rattray(Guest)

I've signed up for tonight's webinar but twice now I have not received my access link. I've checked trash too.

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Tammy W.(Author)

Hi Laura,

It seems like some email accounts have been blocking the webinar emails from going through.

Go ahead and register for an upcoming webinar and then send us a quick email to hello@esllibrary.com to ask for your access code. We can get that out to you if you email us at least a few hours before the webinar you register for.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Penne A.(Teacher)

Hi

Can you display time zone for webinars. I’m in Queensland Australia

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Tammy W.(Author)

Hi Penne,

Our upcoming webinars and on-demand webinars are posted here: https://app.livestorm.co/esllibrary-com

If you see a webinar you'd like to attend, click on the drop-down menu and it will show the timezone (in your local timezone) of the event.

Note: Our on-demand webinars can be viewed at any time at your own convenience.

Theresa R.(Teacher)

Hi, my students cannot see my assignments. After they have joined the class, do they need the passcode again? How do I find that if I need it again?

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Hi. No they do not need the passcode again. They need to go to esllibrary.com/students and log in (yellow box). Then they enter the username and password they chose when they signed up with the code. This will take them to their Student Dashboard where they will see homework. They will always log in this way. There is an FAQ for students if you want to see the screenshots: https://esllibrary.com/blog/student-faq

John K.(Teacher)

Ran my first online class at UMD for my advanced adult ESL students using ESL Library and Zoom. Went off without a hitch. Thank you for making digital format lessons available! (Wait, why is my avatar a dog?)

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Tara Benwell(Author)

That's fantastic news, John! We're so happy to hear this. You can change your avatar in your profile settings. Click on your name in the top right corner when you are logged in, and go to Edit Profile. Choose your adorable animal avatar of choice!

Stephanie P.(Teacher)

How do I edit assignments or dates due of tasks I assigned?

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Hi Stephanie! Go to the lesson you assigned (e.g., search "Distracted Driving"and click on the lesson. Choose the Digital tab. Click on the Assign Tasks button. Edit the due date. Let us know if you have any problems.

Raul M.(Teacher)

thank you for helping us (English teachers) out during this covid crisis, becoming an esllibrary member has been one of my best decisions i have made this year, with the online teaching i can keep in touch with my students and keep them practicing and motivated, i also use WhatsApp for the video calls so i can explain the grammar in detail. once again thank you so much.

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Hi, Raul. We're so happy to hear this! Thanks for taking the time to write in and let us know how you're continuing to teach during this difficult time.

Catherine C.(Teacher)

I started a class and invited all my students, but now I can't see how to get in to any controls of my class to see if any have done the assignment yet. How can I access my class?

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Excellent! Now go to the top navigation and click on My Classes. Choose your class. If there are results to see, you can click on them. Also, from My Classes you should see Pending Invitations. You can resend the invitation that your student was unable to use. Tell your student to check his/her spam folder if it's not there. Also, if your student sees a purple screen that says the invitation doesn't exist, they may have already signed up. Some students try to sign up again the second time they come to the site instead of logging in.

Here is an FAQ for your students: https://esllibrary.com/blog/student-faq

Here is an FAQ for you:
https://esllibrary.com/blog/faq-teachers

Catherine C.(Teacher)

Also, one of my students texted me that she tried to accept the invitation but she couldn't. Said it told her that it didn't exist. How can I send her a new invitation or help her get into the class in some other way? Thanks.

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Hi Catherine.

I replied in your previous comment. If you are still struggling, please give us a call or send us an email on Monday morning using the contact form.

Thanks! ~ Tara

Tsering M.(Teacher)

How to delete unopened or old assignments

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Tsering M.(Teacher)

I have created my class and invited my students to sign up. However, they are not doing the tasks. How can I encourage students to complete the tasks?

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Hello, Tsering. You can go to the lesson (e.g., search for Distracted Driving) and click on Assign Tasks. Then cancel the assignment you want to cancel. To encourage your students to complete the tasks you would need to send a group email or use another messaging platform. ESL Library doesn't currently offer a messaging service with students. We do have this in the plans! A lot of teachers use Google Classroom. They put a note on Google Classroom that says something like this: "Remember to log in to your ESL Library account to do your homework: esllibrary.com/students. Your next lesson is due April 10."

Kathryn W.(Teacher)

Can I add my para educator to my account?

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Olga Hernandez(Guest)

Clint has been granted trial access to ESL Library and I know access will be expiring soon. Can we still continue to use ESL Library during this COVID 19 time and finalize the quote?

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Tara Benwell(Author)

I'll ask Amanda to contact you. Thanks!

Anoosh Azadiyan(Guest)

I have 3 different level ESL classes and wonder how I am going to connect with them.
Will appreciate your help.

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Hi, Anoosh. You will set up 3 classes and assign them different materials. Here's a Help Doc on How to Create Classes: https://help.esllibrary.com/article/115-how-to-create-classes-on-esl-library-digital

Heather P.(Teacher)

I love my job and I love it even more because of ESL Library!

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Tanya Trusler(Author)

We're so happy to hear that, Heather!

Vimala J.(Teacher)

I invited my students to my class and gave them a task. some of them were able to access it the first time.
They didn't finish their task and tried to go back but they couldn't open again. So do they need some sort of a code / password to access their tasks more than once? I need help If they have to create a password, when do they do it.

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Hi Vimala. For most tasks they should be able to Try Again from their dashboard. For the Open-Ended Question type, they can't access the task again unless you reassign it. They will need to wait for your feedback and then they can view it. Ask them to log in at esllibrary.com/students to see their dashboard to start a task or try a task again.

Gouri P.(Teacher)

I started my very first digital class today. It's awesome. My students are thrilled. Thank you very much.

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Tara Benwell(Author)

That's fantastic, Gouri! Best of luck with your online teaching.

Pantea M.(Teacher)

Hi how can I find my practices?

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Hello, Pantea. It looks like you signed up as a teacher. Are you a student?

Gordana K.(Teacher)

How can I cancel my registration? I cannot attend the webinar.

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Tara Benwell(Author)

I will let our host Tammy know. Thanks!

Viviana S.(Member)

Your practices are spectacular. Thanks !!!

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Lynda Chaney(Guest)

Our district is using Google Classroom for distance learning. Is there any way I can assign content directly to my google classroom account so that it automatically goes to students?

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Hi Lynda. Here is an answer from our FAQ: https://esllibrary.com/blog/faq-teachers
We are currently researching integration with platforms such as Google Classroom. At this time, we recommend adding the link to esllibrary.com/students on Google Classroom and letting students know (via Google Classroom or any messaging service you use with them) that you've added a new ESL Library assignment. Students will log in and see their homework on their own individual Student Dashboard.
We'll be working on integration tools this summer if not before. Thanks!

Meredith P.(Teacher)

Just wanted to share a big thank-you to you all at ESL Library who's working to support teachers during this time of flux!

I piloted the digital lessons with my classes earlier this school year, and I'm so glad. It's nice to see that some really helpful improvements in functionality are being made to the digital tools.

But again and most of all, thank you* for your generous support of teachers everywhere by offering the Plus accounts to all for now. Thank you!

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Thanks for your kind feedback, Meredith! We've come a long way since September. Here are our most recent updates in case you missed this post: https://esllibrary.com/blog/feature-updates-2020

Anacristina P.(Teacher)

Thank you for all of the support ESL Library team.

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Masoumeh A.(Member)

I’m happy

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Joko Sugianto(Guest)

It ok very helpful

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Malvinder C.(Teacher)

A big Thank You to you for doing all this to help us instructors of ESL to cope with this stressful time of transitioning to online teaching.

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Mohamed Mohamed(Guest)

Thanks

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Mozhgan A.(Student)

I hope you are in great health .
I am interested to atten in your class.
Best regards
Mozhgan

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Vanessa B.(Teacher)

Is there an option to have students do a quiz or flashcards from your site from within Zoom as the live class is going on?

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Hi Vanessa! You would need to assign your class the task and then each student would need to log in and do it on their own devices. Depending how big your class is, it can work well (with a large class it may be too tricky to manage and you're probably better to stick with facilitating the task on your shared screen and asking for answers).

Tara Benwell(Author)

You can now use our Flashcard Player during your Zoom class: https://esllibrary.com/blog/flashcard-player

Rina L.(Member)

Hi How do I apply for admission to ESL online course? How to get the password given by the teacher?because I have to work and don’t have time to go to school ,I want to study online every night.

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Hi Rina. At this time, you need a teacher to invite you to ESL Library. Then your teacher can assign the tasks.

Fadi K.(Teacher)

How can I get access to the previous webinars?

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Everyone who attends a webinar is emailed a copy of a similar session to the one they attended. For those who miss a webinar, they can either register for an upcoming webinar or view one of our on-demand webinars. The on-demand webinars are pre-recorded and can be viewed at your own convenience.

Here is the link to register for upcoming and on-demand webinars: https://app.livestorm.co/esllibrary-com

Mariam Alhassan(Guest)

I love my school

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Tanya Trusler(Author)

That's great to hear, Mariam. Have fun learning English online!

Parvin Z.(Teacher)

How do I remove the accounts that one student has created by mistake?

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Tanya Trusler(Author)

Hi Parvin, our customer relationship director, Ginny, will be in touch via email soon with the solution for you!

Elizabeth M.(Teacher)

How do extend "due dates" on assignments?

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Hi Elizabeth. You can click on the due date in the Results table on an task you've assigned and it will take you to the Assign Tasks calendar. There you can edit the due date.

Judy H.(Teacher)

Hi
I am having the same issue as Maggie B above. I have several students listed twice.
I have used the printable version for a while now but decided to try the online because we can’t meet together. I’m eagerly awaiting the comment area too.
Thank you for your help

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Hi Maggie and June,
You can delete duplicate students by going to My Classes and finding the students that you need to delete. We're currently working on a new sign-up method that should prevent a lot of duplicate accounts. Until then, please remind your existing students to "log in" rather than "sign up" after they create an account: https://esllibrary.com/blog/students-sign-up-log-in

Felix C.(Teacher)

Do-I-have-to-pay-to-join-and-have-access-to-ESLLibrary?

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Hi Felix. Yes, ESL Library is a paid subscription service for teachers. Here is the pricing information: https://esllibrary.com/pricing
Let us know if you have any questions. Thanks!

Angela D.(Teacher)

I have been a member of your site for many years and love using its materials to supplement my ELLS.
Since we are now teaching remotely, I would love to implement these digital tools for my students. My school district has placed many restrictions on apps that can be loaded and websites that can be visited on to student ipads. Is there a way to download the digital lessons and assign them without student passwords?

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Tara B(ESL Library Staff)

Hi Angela. Right now, you can do the tasks together in a class by broadcasting the tasks for your students using a shared screen. If you want the students to work individually, they need accounts (they don't need email). Without a student account, there would be no way for a teacher to see results of the students or to save the results. For now we are focused on building tools where teachers can monitor how students are doing. We are considering a practice mode that would allow for this, though. Thanks for your request!

marija martinovic(Guest)

Hi,
How can I filter the lessons by CLB competencies?
Thanks for your help in advance.

Marija

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Tanya Trusler(Author)

Hi Marija,

The CLB competency filter is only available in some sections (e.g., Everyday Dialogues, Functional English, Writing in English, Living in English, Pre-Employment in Canada). In those sections on the main section page, click on the Select Sort Method dropdown, and choose CLB Competency. Hope that helps!

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Vinod T.(Member)

Hi Team ESL library.
I wish to convey our heartfelt Thanks to you all for all the great work in helping Teachers with On Line solutions. We are a group of Four K12 schools. In India.

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Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

Thanks so much for the sweet words, Vinod. We're working hard every day to try to make the site better for all our teachers around the world. So glad it's beneficial to you!

Malcolm F.(Teacher)

Thank for the amazing platform.
It would be enormously beneficial for us if the students could get email notifications of homework sent by the teachers.
Again thank you.

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Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

Thanks for being a subscriber and for your feedback, Malcolm! As it turns out, we are working on a notification system just as you suggest. Stay tuned for its release! If you're eager to see what other feature updates we've made recently, you can keep an eye on our Feature Releases blog post, which we update anytime there's a new and exciting update: https://esllibrary.com/blog/feature-updates-2020

Kathleen E.(Member)

Hello, I'm thinking of joining ESL in order to teach my granddaughter English. We communicate through FaceTime. Can we interact and do the lessons together on the Net? Can we both listen to an audio exercice together for example.?
Thanks for your help.

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Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

Hi Kathleen! You can use ESL Library with any platform with a "screen-sharing" function (which would allow your granddaughter to see what's on your screen). I'm not a Facetime expert, but I believe it does have a screen-sharing function, so that should work just fine for you guys.

I would strongly recommend registering for our "Teach Online with ESL Library" on-demand webinar (see original blog post for link to registration page). The webinar is about an hour long, but you can watch it at your convenience with a favorite beverage in hand. It will really give you a great sense of what you can do -- you can some examples of types of activities on the site. We have lots of one-on-one tutors who use our site with great success, so I imagine it would work wonderfully with your granddaughter as well!

Also, if you do decide to dive in and try a subscription -- you can always email us if it's not working out for you. We can help answer questions or figure out a good solution.

Happy family bonding to you!

Pratima S.(Teacher)

How do I register for webinar ?

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Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

Hi Pratima, you can register for our upcoming live and on-demand webinars here: https://app.livestorm.co/esllibrary-com

The live webinars have a live chat area and Questions tab, so you can communicate with ESL Library staff or other teachers around the world. The on-demand webinars contain similar content (just without the live chat/Q&A).

For our live webinars, use the drop-down menu to choose the best date/time for you (please note timezones). If your desired webinar is full, keep checking back. We usually schedule new webinars at the end of the week :)

Mohamed A.(Teacher)

I am enchanted to inform you that the students who are studying English through ESL while at home have now qualified to Intermediate xlass.
Thanks to ESL

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Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

Awww, thanks. We think our content is pretty great -- but it works best with great teachers :) Congratulations to you and your students on the accomplishment! I wish them well in Intermediate class.

Salma Mohammed(Guest)

We are happy to register l am going to learn English .

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Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

Hi Salma,

Does your English teacher use ESL Library? Your teacher can give you homework on ESL Library.

Have fun learning English!

Karen L.(Teacher)

Do you have a free 30 day trial and if so, is the trial also upgraded so I can test the digital option. Thanks.

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    Tammy W.(Author)

    Hi Karen,

    We do not offer free trials to individual instructors, however, due to the COVID crisis, we are offering discounted and donated subscriptions to programs and schools on a case-by-case basis.

    You can have your program/school administrator reach out to us at hello@esllibrary.com and we'll be happy to find a solution for you.

    The other option, if you teach individually, is you can always pay for a month to try out the site and if it doesn't work for you, you can email us and we will happily refund. All Standard Plans are currently being upgraded to Plus Plans through at least June 30th, due to COVID, so if you register for the Standard, you will have access to try out the full extent of our digital tools.

    I hope that helps!

    Mary L.(Member)

    I want to join the class. what should I do?

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    Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

    Hi Mary,

    To join one of our upcoming live webinars, you can register here: https://app.livestorm.co/esllibrary-com

    You can use the drop-down menu to select the best day/time for you. If none of the times work with your schedule, you can register for one of our on-demand webinars (same link as above).

    I hope that helps!

    Veronica W.(Teacher)

    How do I remove homework that I previously assigned to students?

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    Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

    Hi Veronica,

    You can go to the main drop-down menu "Class Prep" --> "Results". Click on the Lesson you assigned so you can see all tasks that were assigned. Click on the due date for the task. It will take you to the page where you can change the due date or (to the right of the due date area) click the "Cancel Assignment" X. Click "Save"!

    **Please note that if you Cancel an Assignment, the task will no longer be assigned to students and all student Results for that task will disappear.

    Rakesh Kaul(Guest)

    Hi , can I register with you for my child as a part of home learning?
    Cheers
    Rakesh

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    Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

    Hi Rakesh,

    ESL Library is developed with ESL teachers in mind, but we have many tutors who use the site. I think it would be accessible for a parent to use with a child as part of home learning -- although I would recommend exploring our How-To Videos first (https://help.esllibrary.com/collection/1-how-to-videos) to get a sense of how you can use the site!

    If you want to assign digital homework and keep track of your student's results, then you might consider our Plus Plan. But if you are planning to do the work together, or just let your child use your "teacher" account to do tasks (without needing to record your child's results), then you are probably just fine with our Standard plan. You can read more about the two plans here on our Pricing page: https://esllibrary.com/pricing

    Happy learning!

    Maria M.(Teacher)

    Is there a way to remove a previously assigned task for a class?

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    Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

    Hi Maria,

    Yes, absolutely! You can go to the main drop-down menu "Class Prep" --> "Results". Click on the Lesson you assigned so you can see all digital tasks that were assigned. Click on the due date for the task. It will take you to the page where you can change the due date or (to the right of the due date area) click the "Cancel Assignment" X. Click "Save"!

    **Please note that if you Cancel an Assignment, the task will no longer be assigned to students and all student Results for that task will disappear.

    Mrinal D.(Teacher)

    Can I delete a lesson that I host for students? I'll appreciate a prompt response.

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    Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

    Hi Mrinal,

    ESL Library does not have a platform to "host" lessons. We provide ready-made lesson plans and activities/resources that you can use with your students. If you use a platform like Zoom/Google Meet (with a screen-sharing feature), then you can also host an online class with your students and use ESL Library materials to teach.

    If you'd like to learn more about teaching online with ESL Library, I recommend joining one of our upcoming live or on-demand webinars. The live webinars have an active chat/questions area, as well as a live Q&A session at the end. The on-demand webinars can be watched any time at your convenience (without the live chat/Q&A).

    You can register for our webinars here: https://app.livestorm.co/esllibrary-com

    If I missed the mark answering your question, please use the "Contact Us" link at the very bottom of this site to send us an email or give us a call. We'll be happy to help!

    Seunggu L.(Student)

    I am not enter to ESL because I don't know about class code. what shall I do?
    I want to study to ESL . I have been studied for adult ESL.
    My school is Adult ESL at [removed by editor].
    Study Day & Study Time is Monday and wednesday from pm 07:30 to pm 09:30. My teacher name is [removed].

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    Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

    Hi Seunggu,

    Good job making a student account!

    If you have a class code from your teacher, then go to www.esllibrary.com/students Log in to your account. Then, click on your name in the top right corner. Click on "Join a Class". You can add your class code there.

    If you don't have a class code, then you need to ask your teacher for it. When you have the class code, go to www.esllibrary.com/students log into your account, and then you can click on your name, click "Join Class" and enter the class code.

    If you need more help, you can watch this video: https://esllibrary.com/blog/students-join-with-class-code

    Good luck!

    Ralph Harper(Guest)

    Do you think there may be a case for moving from the dominant portrait document format to a landscape world? That way the print format handouts would become immediately usable as screen shares without the need to scroll. Just a thought!

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    Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

    Hi there Ralph,

    Hmmmm, an interesting suggestion! I'm not sure if our publishing team has discussed that one or not, but I'll pass along the idea.

    I do know that we've been trying to shift all of our lessons over to digital format as quickly as possible, so that screen-sharing each task can be done in a more interactive and engaging way as digital tasks, but of course if students have a physical handout in class and an instructor wants to share a similar-appearing PDF, that doesn't address the issue.

    I'm wondering how a shift to landscape might affect the size of text and activities (since portrait mode tends to fill the screen of the device it's on). At this point, I'm just idly wondering.

    Let me pass this thought on to our developers and head of publishing -- and thanks for sharing your idea!

    Julia R.(Teacher)

    I love this site - there is such a variety of materials! Thank you so very much. You have helped many teachers & students!!

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    Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

    Awww, thank you for the kind words!

    Nasreen Soofi(Guest)

    Good morning ALL,
    Since your May 13,14, 15 webinar sessions are showing as full, I was wondering if you are planning to have another round of sessions?
    Thank you

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    Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

    Hi Nasreen!

    We have added additional spaces to our upcoming sessions and have also added some new sessions. Please use the link you have (if it's for a private event) or click this link to register for our general webinars: https://app.livestorm.co/esllibrary-com

    And thank you for your interest and persistence!

    Jo S(Guest)

    Hi, new here and new to online delivery; missed the March webinar...is there another one coming up?

    My question concerns logistics of delivering lessons synchronously: 1. are lessons delivered within the platform here on esllibrary/com or do teachers use Skype/zoom etc? 2. If delivery is done via skype/zoom, how is simultaneous viewing/listening achieved; is there a share screen option, or otherwise, or are ss encouraged to prepare in advance as in a flipped classroom model?

    Thanks in advance,

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    Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

    Hi Jo,

    Yes, you can register for our upcoming live and on-demand webinars here: https://app.livestorm.co/esllibrary-com

    1. For a synchronous lesson, you will need a third-party platform like Zoom/Skype etc. to use in conjunction with ESL Library.

    2. This is the primary focus of the webinar, so check it out.

    But here's how you do it: While in Zoom (or whichever platform), you will want to click the screen-share button inside Zoom. Then, just navigate to esllibrary.com and log into your teacher account and go to a lesson you like. Click over to the Digital tab and click on a task type. You will need to elicit responses from students and click the buttons for them. (There are other ways to do activities with your students which are covered in the webinar, as well.)

    You can either do activities together as a class using screen-share (in the more traditional method) or assign digital tasks/reading/listening to your students in advance, then review tasks via screen-share during a live class (in the flipped classroom model). So many options -- it just depends on your teaching needs and students' needs :)

    M. Claudia D.(Member)

    I'm learning English and I will be wondering y you can help me thank you.

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    Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

    Hi M. Claudia,

    You can email hello@esllibrary.com Please tell us how we can help you :)

    Lulu S.(Teacher)

    How do I create flash cards?

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    Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

    Hi Lulu,

    We have a short How-To Video in our Help section: https://help.esllibrary.com/article/194-video-flashcard-player-demo

    Take a peek and you'll become a master at the flashcards!

    Naomi K.(Teacher)

    Thank you so much for moving to digital, it's been fantastic during this time of transitioning to virtual classes. I'm looking forward to having all activities available in this format.

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    Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

    We are so, so glad to hear that this has been working well for you. Have fun with your online teaching!

    Shewli H.(Teacher)

    It was nice webinar, learnt some strategies from you . Thanks!

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    Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

    I'm blushing, Shewli! Thank you for the sweet words. Best of luck to you and your students as the online teaching adventure continues!

    William B.(Teacher)

    I was wondering how you would recommend using this on Zoom?

    Do I screenshare everything? Or is it better if I ask them to log in and complete the tasks?

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    Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

    Hi William,

    I'd recommend joining one of our upcoming live or on-demand webinars, Teach Online with ESL Library. We cover this topic in the webinar in detail. You can register here: https://app.livestorm.co/esllibrary-com

    But as a short answer, I would probably use a combination of the two. I would assign homework for students to do within their own accounts, and then do a live lesson with screensharing via Zoom. During the live screenshare, we could review homework tasks or do additional, related tasks together.

    If you'd like more details, be sure to check out the webinar :)

    Hablemos F.(Teacher)

    I am sharing with the PRO version of Zoom, and the ESL Library Plus Plan and they work seamlessly together. I usually download the Teachers Version, and the student's version after assigning the lesson to the class. I then scroll down to the picture cards and flip the lesson so the students are able to see the picture cards correctly. This allows me to set the context of the lesson and at the same time elicit the target language. Should the digital version not include the picture cards to the lexical items I tend to write them down and look for them on ESL Library myself. They have almost everything you could think of in a picture card. And if for some reason I am not able to find what I am looking for I search for a similar image and just edit the text on the flashcard to match my target language. After eliciting the target language from the teacher's version I then share my screen to show the students the (Student Version) of the task I want them to work on. I model the first two tasks with the students so they have a clear idea of what is expected from them. The communicative tasks from ESL Library work perfectly in breakout rooms. You just have to make sure you set the tasks just right and that you give clear ICQ's. Since all of the tasks are scaffolded one with the other it allows students to understand even more. I would like to add that all of my students are EFL learners and not ESL learners. Nevertheless, as an educator, I adapt my lessons to my student's needs. ESL Library in my opinion is the best thing that has happened to the ELT community thus far.

    Karen A.(Teacher)

    I was wondering what happens to the digital files I have saved. Will I still have access to them after June 30? My students want to review the lessons over the summer months will they be able to do this or will I have to save the lessons as printable lessons.
    Thanks Karen

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    Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

    Hi Karen,

    I wanted to start off by letting you know that if you're a current subscriber as of June 30th, you will likely receive an extended upgrade until the end of summer.
    Ben, our CEO, is discussing the specifics of that with our developers right now and should be making an announcement here on the blog within the next week or so. I just wanted to let you know that, while I don't have the answers for you right now, I spoke with Ben about your question this morning and he said he'll be posting something about it shortly.

    I can say that teachers and students will have access to their results (to see how they did on digital tasks) and, as a general reminder, our Read & Listen tasks will remain available to all subscribers so that students can get indepedent reading and listening practice "outside" of class.

    I know that doesn't answer all of your questions, but keep your eyes peeled for Ben's upcoming announcement with more details.

    rouzbeh bavarsad(Guest)

    I am an international worker in Canada. I'm looking for a intermediate English course. I would like to know if you have any online classes and how i can enroll.
    Regards,
    Rouzbeh

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    Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

    Hello Rouzbeh,

    ESL Library does not provide English classes. Sorry!

    You can search online for an ESL school near you -- many colleges and private schools are offering online ESL classes now. You might try searching "online ESL class + [your city name]" or just "online ESL class".

    Good luck!

    Marly S.(Teacher)

    Hello dear you ! I've been working as a self - employed teacher for quite a while , but at the moment I'm going through such a tough time as I lost my students and I have to start from scratch. To be sincere, I do not know how to adapt my lessons online and also, I do not have a proper material . Is there anything you could recommend to help me overcome my struggles ? I think I would be able to teach any level online ! . Many Thanks
    Look forward to hearing from you

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    Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

    Hi Marly,

    I'm sorry to hear about your current struggles. There are lots of options for adapting your lessons online. I would start by finding a live screen-sharing platform, such as Zoom or Google Meet (two very popular options). Remember that you can scan (or even just take photos with your phone) of your favorite printed lesson plans and then have a digital copy of them. You can then use the platform like Zoom, Google Meet, etc. to share and discuss those lessons live with your students.

    If you don't have the option to teach "live" with your students, consider an asynchronous platform (like Google Classroom) that you can use with your students. Or even emailing back and forth with them is an option.

    Of course, if you're using ESL Library, then we have lots of options for you. I would strongly recommend attending one of our "Teach Online with ESL Library" webinars. They are about an hour long, and we cover how to teach with live screensharing platforms or asynchronously using ESL Library.

    You can absolutely teach any level online and although there's a learning curve for students and teachers, it's worth learning!

    You can register for our upcoming live and on-demand webinars here: https://app.livestorm.co/esllibrary-com

    Live webinars have an active chat area where you can ask questions of other teachers around the world and a questions area where you can ask the ESL Library team questions. We also have a live Q&A at the end. On-demand webinars can be viewed at any time, but do not have the live chat/questions/Q&A.

    I hope this helps. And happy teaching to you!

    Silvia Bravo(Guest)

    Las clases son en español.? Me gustaría saber sobre las plataforma .Gracias por su respuesta de antemano. No soy maestra.

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    Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

    Hola Silvia,

    Lo siento por mi español...no he lo usado por mucho tiempo 😬

    Nuestra plataforma ayuda a los maestros a enseñar inglés y es completamente en inglés. Para usar ESL Library como un estudiante, es necesario que un maestro le invite a su clase con un "class code".

    ¡Buena suerte con sus estudios!

    Jen A.(Teacher)

    Hi, I have a teacher account. When I use the digital version of a lesson plan and do an acitivty with a student, we check the answers together by clicking on 'finish'. It then says, 'Well done, Jen!' This is not directed at the student and implies that I have a student account when I am actually using the programme to teach others. I think this should be rectified.

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    Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

    That's a great point, Jen. Let me pass along this suggestion to our development team and see if they can update the text in a way that makes more sense for teachers!

    Thanks for taking the time to point it out :)

    Hablemos F.(Teacher)

    ESL Library is the best thing that has happened to me during lesson planning. I am so grateful. I am able to clarify meaning through the vast number of pictures cards you have available. And your blog is amazing. I honestly have transitioned all of my students to ESL Library and they love it. They are truly satisfied with this transition and they just can't stop talking about it. You guys ROCK!

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    Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

    We are so happy to hear this!! I'm going to share this post with the team to brighten their day :)

    Hablemos F.(Teacher)

    Dear ESL Family,

    I was wondering if will I still have access to my classroom and the digital version after June 30? I currently have the ESL Library Plus Plan.

    Best regards,

    Mr. D
    Hablemos Fluido

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    Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

    Hola Mr. D!

    Yes, you will still have access to your classroom and the digital version after June 30. In fact, if you have a Standard plan by June 30, you will have your Plus plan access continued until at least the end of August.

    You can read more about our extended COVID support here: https://esllibrary.com/blog/covid-extension

    Happy teaching :)

    Christine L.(Teacher)

    How do I broadcast a digital lesson (share my screen) to more than one student at a time using ZOOM? Christine Livingstone

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    Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

    Hi Christine,

    I would recommend registering for our On-Demand Webinar, "Teaching Online with ESL Library". At about 6 minutes in, I show exactly how you can use Zoom to broadcast digital lessons. You can register here and view at your convenience: https://app.livestorm.co/esllibrary-com

    However, the basic idea is that you'll want to open Zoom (with all of your students also in your Zoom meeting). Click on the "Share Screen" button in Zoom and choose to share your entire screen.

    At that point, your students will be able to see anything that is on your computer screen. Go to esllibrary.com and log in to your teacher account. Go to the lesson you want to broadcast with your students. Click over the "Digital" side of the lesson and click into a digital activity. Your students will be able to see what you do on screen and you will need to elicit responses from your students and, typically, do the clicking of correct answers yourself.

    The on-demand webinar I referred to above goes into much more detail about how you can run these online classes with broadcasting.

    Happy teaching!

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