Building Web-based Language Teaching Portal

Since Covid-19 attacked the world, online teaching gains its popularity. One of the most preferred delivery methods nowadays are Zoom Meeting, Cisco Webex, and Google Meet. Unfortunately, none thinks about the powerfulness of website. In fact, website can also be effective - at least for material delivery system.

Advantages of Using Website

Web has some advantages that online meeting softwares and/or applications do not provide. Here they are:

#1 Static but Flexible - FLexible but Static

Once you create a webpage containing content/material for your students, then the webpage you create must still be there until you make any change on the webpage - edit/modify it or delete it . It means that the content/material is readable 24/7. Website also allows you to modify your content whenever you want - as you need it. Its flexibility does not need you to explain the same things to your students over and over like what you should do in online classroom.

If virtual face to face meeting is needed, website can be a great medium for you to write instructions before you begin your virtual face to face meeting with your students. You may give your students instruction as well as material to be discussed on the website. It can be great idea to ensure that your students virtually come into your class with sufficient prior knowledge.

#2 Support ‘Learn - Relearn’ Cycle

As the content/material you create is available 24/7, therefore your students can practice ‘learn and relearn’ which is a learning method suggested by experts.

Web Generator / Blogging Engine

Here are some web generator (or blogging engine) that you can use.

#1 Wordpress

Wordpress is now still on its popularity. Over years, webmasters trust Wordpress as their blogging engine. However, Wordpress can also be effective in teaching. The flexibility that Wordpress offers makes it superior than other blogging engine. Regarding its use in teaching language, Wordpress has proven its superiority as powerful blogging engine as many language teachers as well as language teaching institutions use Wordpress to deliver their contents on the web. It can be said that Wordpress is still dominating this domain. Some famous and well-known language teaching portal powered by Wordpress are “All Ears English” and “Teacher Luke”. Both teach English to non-native English speakers.

#2 Blogger

Blogger is also popular because it offers free hosting and domain. Thing you need to make your language teaching portal on-air is only Google Mail. The processes are simply sing-up with Google Mail, create the name and domain, and you are good to go. Only that simple. However, Blogger will force you to use its service with some limitations. It makes it less popular than Wordpress. As what Google Search tells, language courses that using Blogger are abundant. Englinesian which offers the teaching of Bahasa Indonesia is one of them.

#3 Moodle

Moodle is open-source CMS which has been used for years by many institutions all over the world. Historically, Moodle was deliberately made for and to meet educational purposes. That is why Moodle is preferred by many universities around the world. However, to use Moodle based on your teaching purposes, you would need the help of administrator unless you have time to learn it self-taught.

#4 Other Open-Source CMSs

There are myriad open-source content management system (CMS) or learning management system (LMS) on the internet. You can search for the best by typing some keywords that meet your criteria on Google. If you need something lightweight and simple, try a look at Pico CMS (picocms.org), Grav CMS (getgrav.org), and the most popular Joomla (joomla.org) which has been used by many institutions around the world.