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Continue your learning during the COVID-19 crisis

We are currently all experiencing challenging and unprecedented times. As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, like many community projects and businesses, all Fáilte Isteach classes are suspended across Ireland.

In an effort to support participants that are now unable to attend classes, this space will be used to showcase ideas and resources to encourage continued learning. New suggestions for learning at home will be added every Thursday morning. 

Now, more than ever, forming real connections between new and long-standing members of Irish communities is vital. Please share these resources far and wide with anyone you feel may find them useful.

In times of school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic, delivering lessons remotely has become a priority - and challenge - for thousands of teachers worldwide.  

In order to support our ELT community, at Macmillan Education we are making our digital components and resources available for free for both Teachers and Learners for as long as the schools remain closed. 

Visit the Macmillan English Distance Teaching & Learning Hub

Register for the Skills to Succeed Academy using the learner access code 01TAGE

The Skills to Succeed platform is a great resource and can be used in online classes in a number of ways including:

Distance learning:

Share resources with learners for them to use in their own time.

Virtual classroom:

Academy videos are great to use as conversation starters during virtual group sessions & follow-on exercises carried out as a group on the call afterwards.  

Blended:

Learners can be encouraged to watch the videos in their own time and the virtual sessions then used for discussion and follow-on exercises.

See the type of content available of the Skills to Succeed Platform by downloading a sample Activity Pack: What Makes You Tick [pdf, 600kb]

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May

Topic: Tired eyes

April

Topic A healthier planet

March

Topic: Coronavirus vaccine

Topic: New ways of business

How to use broadcast lists

With the broadcast list feature, you can send a message to several of your contacts at once. Broadcast lists are saved lists of message recipients that you can repeatedly send broadcast messages to without having to select them each time.

Broadcasts can be useful if you don't all recipients to see replies or be part of an active, busy group. With broadcast only you will receive replies. 

In short, broadcast lists are a one-to-many communication. If you want your recipients to participate in a group conversation, you should create a group chat instead.

Create a broadcast list

  • Go to WhatsApp > More options   > New broadcast
  • Search for or select the contacts you want to add
  • Tap the check mark

This will create a new broadcast list. When you send a message to the broadcast list, it’ll be sent to all recipients in the list who have your number saved in their phones’ address book. Recipients will receive the message as a normal message. When they reply, it’ll appear as a normal message in your CHATS screen. Their reply will not be sent to other recipients in the broadcast list.

Note: Only contacts who have added you to their phone's address book will receive your broadcast message. If your contact is not receiving your broadcast messages, check to make sure they’ve added you to their address book.

FAQ for editing and deleting Broadcast lists

All about me

Ask participants a question about themselves through WhatsApp (once a week or ahead of your class time if you are meeting online) and ask them to prepare an answer for the following week.

For example:

  • What was your favourite toy as a child? Describe it to me.

One line a day:

Encourage participants to write (by text) or record (by voice memo) a 'one line a day' diary-style entry in your Whatsapp conversational group. 

For example, each tutor could send an entry to get the group started:

  • April 1 2020: Today I baked scones and went for a short walk.
  • April 2 2020: Today I made a shopping list to plan for the week ahead.

A new word a week:

One new word accompanied by its definition and practical use added to the participant WhatsApp Group by a volunteer or coordinator each week.

Example: 

appointment

an arrangement to meet someone at a particular time and place

I have an appointment with the doctor

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