Cold War Warm-Ups Creating a Positive Online Environment


by Jennifer Cochran

As an
online ESL instructor living in the United States while teaching students in
China, one fundamental challenge is cultivating a warm and personalized
learning experience online. This is particularly a huge challenge when the
teacher and his/her students are citizens of countries that are disagreeing
with economic changes, such as President Trump’s tariffs on Chinese goods.

This was
made abundantly clear during a warm-up exercise with a Beijing middle school
age student. After our initial greeting and quick English vocabulary game, I
asked this student, “Would . . .

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