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Creating e-Learning for English Second-Language Learners

This article has been contributed by FUEL, a member of ADESSA.

At FUEL, we specialise in creating engaging e-Learning lessons for English second-language learners. Most of our learners speak English as their second language. This means that we have to be especially sensitive to their ability to understand the language. This includes every element of the e-Learning experience, from the writing of the narrative all the way through to the user interface design. In this article, we are going to share some of our most valued guidelines for creating awesome e-Learning lessons for our English second-language learners

Use the simplest language possible

Language use not only includes the words you use but also how you structure your sentences. We follow a basic rule: if you can think of a shorter word or sentence than what is being used – use it. If there is a simpler way of saying something, then say it that way.

If we’re using more technical terminology or jargon in your lesson, we use a specific example to illustrate exactly what you mean. Sometimes, we use a glossary section where we define these terms and explain what they are used for.

Make navigation easy

There is nothing more frustrating than not knowing where to tap or click or how to continue with a lesson. For this reason, the navigation and user interface need to be as simple as it is instructive. Don’t leave anything up to chance. If there is the slightest chance of confusion, fix it.

Here, we think about what we want the learner to do at every step of the journey. When describing an action, we use a verb that the learner will relate to. For example, if we need our learners to select something to enter an answer, we make the wording for the relevant field something along the lines of: ‘Enter answer’. On top of this, we give the button a distinct colour that just screams action, like green or red.

Don’t introduce any elements that are distracting – ever. Here, we believe that our only goal is to help our learner understand something. If there is anything that distracts the learner’s attention from what matters – remove it.

Don’t only tell the learner – show them

We don’t expect our learners to rely on textual or verbal explanations only. We believe that the best way to explain how to do something is to show it. That’s why we love using video, and lots of simple images and easy-to-understand animations, for our learners.

Video can bridge gaps in language and ensure that if the learner doesn’t understand the wording, they can fall back onto the visuals. It’s simple, if you’re discussing an object, show it. If you’re trying to explain a difficult process, use flow charts and infographics to represent it visually.

These are just some of the guidelines that we use every day to ensure that any lessons we create are well positioned to ensure our learners keep learning. The bottom line is that for any e-Learning solution to be successful, it has to be based on knowing our learners. That’s why we strongly believe that every lesson begins with the question: ‘Who is my learner?’

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Be Prepared for the Next Level of Lockdown with FUEL

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With the proposed phase-in of companies based on risk level, FUEL can help you to prepare your staff for the ‘new normal’. Need assistance with hygiene safety training? No problem! FUEL’s Aranzi Learning Management System (LMS) powers training for today’s innovative organisation. With the capacity to scale to hundreds of users no matter their location, straight forward reporting functionality, and an easy-to-use, customisable interface, Aranzi offers a streamlined solution to your training needs.

Our 16-part COVID-19 curriculum, covers everything learners need to know about COVID-19, from what it is, how it is spread, how to protect yourself and your family, to who in our population is at higher risk of severe infection. We look at how learners can boost their immune systems and which items in their houses are most likely to harvest the virus that could infect them. Helping employees to understand COVID-19 will ensure they can do their part to help prevent the spread of the disease through our country. Controlling the spread is vital to helping our economy and population survive this pandemic.

FUEL COVID-19 Curriculum

Module 1: Introduction to COVID-19

Module 2: What is COVID-19

Module 3: Can COVID-19 Be Transmitted Through Food

Module 4: How Long Can COVID-19 Live on Surfaces

Module 5: Strengthen Your Immune System Naturally

Module 6:  Protect Your Family Against COVID-19

Module 7: Pregnancy and Breastfeeding With COVID-19

Module 8: Children and COVID-19

Module 9: Talking to Your Children About COVID-19

Module 10: Protecting Your Children from COVID-19

Module 11: Protecting Your Home

Module 12: The Dirtiest Items in Your Home

Module 13: COVID-19 Symptoms

Module 14: When Should You Be Tested?

Module 15: Are You at Risk for Severe Infection?

Module 16: What to Do if You Get COVID-19