Remote teaching at Kickstart

Kickstart offers remote teaching now - but how does it work?

 

Courses of the upcoming term will go ahead as planned - but will be taught remotely

Check now our Virtual Open Days

For the upcoming term we are going to start our classes remotely. After a few weeks we will see what the recommendations say and reconsider. You, of course, under these circumstances can opt out at any time if you do not enjoy the course, get ill or are otherwise not able to follow the course and have the course fee reimbursed for the rest of your lessons. We are trying to be as flexible as possible to accommodate your changing situation in these trying times.

Why join an online language course?

  • Don't lose the momentum of your language learning
  • Maintain a routine in these unstable times
  • Just something to distract your mind
  • Make the most of your time
  • Doing something fun together!

How do we teach the online classes?

  • The system we are using is called Zoom.
  • It is a very easy to install and use app that works with computers, laptops, tablets and smart phones. All you need to join a class is to make a free account with your email address, download the app and make sure that you have an available microphone and video camera.
  • You will then receive an invite with a link and a meeting ID number that you can use to join the meeting that your teacher has set up. 

​What does a lesson look like?

Once the lesson has started, you will see your teacher and all your fellow students on your screen and you will be able to hear them as well. Your teacher will have access to a number of tools to make the lesson as interactive as possible: 

  • Share screen: the teacher can share his or her screen with a single click
  • Digital whiteboard: both the teacher and teh students can use to whiteboard to write and draw. The whiteboard content can also be saved and shared with the class.
  • Breakout rooms: for work in small groups there are breakout rooms that will enable you to do exercises with 2 people or small groups even in an online session. The teacher will be able to check in and give personal feedback in each room. 
  • Share documents: if there is a document that the teacher wants to share, it can be sent easily through Zoom
  • Chat: there is also a chat function that can come in very handy for communcation between teh teacher and the students

In addition to all this functionality the teacher will also make use of the tried and tested online learning platform KickstartNet which has all the learning materials, extra exercises, sound clips and videos. 

Watch a short video on our remote teaching here!

Additional ways to learn Dutch, English or Chinese at home:

  1. Private courses with Skype or Zoom (English, Dutch and Chinese)
  2. Private Dutch writing courses  (NT2 programme II, Business and Social
  3. Private English writing courses (Business and Academic)
  4. Online refresher courses Dutch (Basis and Intermediate) which can be given as a private course. Contact us for more information.

All in all, Zoom is the second best option to teach language courses - after in person classes, which we will restart as soon as possible based on government regulations.

Interested? Please contact us our visit us on one of our Virtual Open Days?

What do students say about our remote classes?

 

"For me it is really good, it is a form to connect us. It feels almost the same as having a class at Kickstart." Juan

"Connecting on the app was very easy. The only difference is that it is less natural to ask questions, you are not sure if everyone can hear you. The breakout rooms were easy and I think it is a good thing. It is quite difficult to speak with 8 or 9 people, so this is easier with 3." Stephanie

"Connecting with Zoom for the first time was good, it was great to have a system to connect with people. The breakout rooms are really great, it is good to have little space between us." Lia

 

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Our teacher Christine enjoying her first remote lesson
Conference cams arriving
Teachers learning how to work with Zoom

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