Engaging ELL Learners in Hyflex Classes

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Roberta Freitas  

The hyflex (hybrid and flexible) approach allows some students to attend class in-person and others to attend virtually at the same time. When it comes to English language learning, interaction is crucial. Explore strategies for how to reach higher student engagement.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Reimagining learning
Subject area: ESL, World languages
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

COVID 19 brought us many obstacles to overcome. One of them was the post-pandemics situation, where there is no right answer, no certain plan or path to follow, and where we have to cater to all students' needs - be they in class or at home. The HyFlex approach allows us to teach students both home and in-person at the same time with no harm to learning and no extra work for the teacher. A wide-angle camera and microphones in the classroom, and a virtual meeting platform allow students at home to follow and interact with the teacher and other students at school. Lessons are planned so that all students can learn, interact and reach the same goal - wherever they are.
This session aims to provide ELL teachers with strategies to implement or improve HyFlex classroom instruction. Participants will learn how to keep students engaged and interacting in HyFlex classes and also how to better plan classes so they do not have extra work.


First, we'll do a brief introduction of the HyFlex Approach (5mins). Then we will go through the main concerns related to the approach when it comes to ELL (5mins). We will then go through our strategic plan in order to successfully implement the approach in ELL classes (10mins). Participants will have the opportunity to check some of our real lesson plans (which are called learning paths) and share their thoughts and ideas.

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