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Hi all! We hope you’re all staying healthy, hygienic, and at least 1.5m away from one other.

With all the social distancing measures being put into place over the weekend, we’ve had to quickly make a drastic - but necessary - change to our classes: they’re now online! This means that every class is still running on their regular schedule, with their regular teachers and students, but everyone is at home and interacting with each other using Zoom. The past couple of days have been a massive learning curve for us, but it’s been great seeing the enthusiasm you all have to progress in your German learning journey even during these strange times.

How does it work? Well, all of our students and teachers have the Zoom client downloaded. This allows us to host video conferences. Within this conference, the teacher is able to talk clearly, ask students questions, show things from the book, as well as show things on the virtual whiteboard. This is all fairly standard practice, but the great thing about Zoom is that we don’t need to miss out on in-class partner activities - the teacher simply creates ‘breakout rooms’ (essentially a chatroom within a chatroom), in which partners or groups can work on activities in private. The teacher is also able to move from breakout room to breakout room, allowing them to listen to the activity, answer questions, make comments on sentence structure - just like in a regular class setting! Once they’ve finished their partner activity, they return to the main room to discuss everything together. So far we’ve had a great response to these classes, but we always welcome more feedback :)

It’s been a really fascinating period adjusting to this new process, and while we’re looking forward to getting back together in-person again soon in our beloved classrooms, it’s much more important during this time to flatten the curve and keep each other safe and healthy by staying apart. We’ll get through this and will be back together sooner than you think!

Here at Transmitter we’re still a community during these times of separation, and we really appreciate your continued support and co-operation.

Our heartfelt thanks,

Your Transmitter Team