Teaching Online

Tools and techniques, options and opportunities

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Key features

Teaching Online was shortlisted for the 2010 Ben Warren IH Trust Prize and nominated for the 2011 ELTons UK Award for Innovation.

Teaching Online is available as both paperback and e-book. The e-book is available in the Kindle store where you can download the free Kindle reading app for every major smartphone, tablet, and computer.

Teaching Online is essential reading for any teacher interested in online teaching and course delivery. It deals comprehensively with both the tools and the techniques necessary for online language instruction. It is a clear, accessible and reassuringly practical book in which the authors share their wealth of experience in teaching both fully online and blended courses.


Teaching Online contains three distinctive parts A, B and C which focus in turn on theory, practice and development:


  • Getting started and building your own online course
  • The essentials of successful teaching, from course sites to course behaviour
  • A comprehensive list of tools to teach online, from blogs to word clouds


  • A bank of practical activities that cover the four skills, language work and evaluation
  • Special sections for activities to begin and finish an online course
  • Comments on how to make your online teaching more effective



  • Avenues and references for online teacher development
  • Web 2.0 tools that connect with a worldwide community of teachers
  • The concept of the PLN (personal learning network) for teachers



This book is highly invaluable for any teacher or school that is considering offering an online element to complement a face-to-face course. It is well written and the resources available for readers are incredibly beneficial for planned online lessons.

Martin Sketchley

http://eltexperiences.blogspot.com/2010/10/wednesday-book-review-teaching-online.html, October 2010 PDF

...in a nutshell, Teaching Online is a beautifully well written and presented work, and deserves a place on any online (or potential online) teacher's bookshelf.

Jason Renshaw

http://jasonrenshaw.typepad.com/jason_renshaws_web_log, November 2010 PDF

...user-friendly and packed with accessible teaching ideas from approachable experts.

Pete Sharma

EL Gazette, Book of the month, January 2011 PDF

This resource book would not be out of place on the shelf of any English language teaching professional.

Peter Fullager

English Teaching Professional , March 2011 PDF

...Teaching Online is an excellent introduction to its topic area. It is very well designed and edited, and is a powerful addition to the ever-improving ‘Teacher Development Series’ from DELTA publishing.

Philip Kerr

IH Journal Issue 30, Spring 2011 PDF

Teaching Online is ideal for all teachers who are already involved with online courses, or those interested in developing courses online regardless of experience.

Julian L'Enfant

IATEFL Voices 221, July/August 2011 PDF

Overall, this book has something for everyone, whether we are fresh recruits to the e-learning world or old hands. I would recommend this book unreservedly because it is clearly presented, practical and easy to follow. 

Dr Miranda Hamilton

TESOL Spain Newsletter Vol 35/1, 2011 PDF

Teaching Online is just what it says on the tin: ‘practical, accessible and reassuring’, both in the content and the organisation. Users will appreciate the positive tone and the straightforward clarification of technical terms, as well as the suggestions salted throughout.

Clare McGrath

English Australia Journal Volume 27 No 1, 2011 PDF

A general overview to online learning is provided in Online Teaching by Hockly & Clandfield, another very practical book from Delta Publishing, which brings together a wide variety of resources, ideas & activities to get you involved.

Alistair Dickinson

http://www.developingteachers.com/books/review_to.htm, February 2012 PDF

'is a resource that all language teachers invovled now or in the future with online language teaching should have in their professional library. It is a good complement to the more theory and research-driven books, and lives up to the promise of being a great resource to get teachers started in this area.'

Phil Chappell

ETAS Journal 30/3, Summer 2013 PDF

'For anyone who is new to online teaching, this book is essential both as a pedagogical and a practical guide. The issues and factors to be considered when implementing an online course are discussed in an easily accessible manner. Moreover, the wealth of resources and ideas presented is comprehensive, meaning even experienced online practitioners will benefit from reading it. With internet-based delivery playing an increasing role in language learning and education in general, Teaching Online is a must for teachers looking to get started in or already involved in this rapidly-expanding field.'

David Dodgson

Journal of Second Language Teaching and Research, Volume One, Issue One, 2011 PDF

Component ISBNs

Book 978-1-905085-35-4

37 responses to Teaching Online

  1. Just a quick word to say THANK YOU to Delta Publishing for going ahead with another innovative title (ahem yes, I realise I am one of the authors of said title so of course I think it’s innovative :-) !). For those of you visiting the Delta site please stay tuned here and on the web in general for more information about Nicky’s and my book. It’s the first of its kind in English Language Teaching and we’re going to make some noise about it!

  2. Hi Lindsay and DELTA…. It is really exciting to learn of this upcoming title as there is certainly nothing like it available at the moment. Without a doubt, with you and Nicky as authors, it will also be an insightful and very useful resource for any ELT professionals involved in teaching online or thinking about making the move from the physical classroom to the cyber classroom. I can’t wait to see it.

  3. Nicky Hockly says:

    Hello everybody! As Lindsay says, we are both delighted about the imminent publication of Teaching Online, the first of its kind in the ELT world :-) We tried to write the kind of book we would have found useful ourselves when we first started teaching online (in my case back in 1997), Back then, as no,there was nothing like it available for language teachers. We really hope the book will be useful for both current and aspiring online teachers.

    By the way, we will soon be adding some PDFs of sample activities from the book to this site. And I will be hosting the Delta Development Blog in September and October (the link to the blog is over on the left). In the meantime, you can always check out my blog Emoderation Station (www.emoderationskills.com), which has lots of tips and techniques for online teachers.

    • Edith says:

      NIcky, I am wondering about your book. You say you are teaching Engish online, I have not seen the book..yet. Is that teaching ESL via grammar or ESL via Social English (conversation Engish)? I teach Social Engish, and woud love to learn how to teach this online. Thank you

      • Nicky Hockly says:

        Hi Edith, thank for dropping in to this blog.our book provides ideas and activities for teaching English across all the four skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening), as well as online activities for teaching grammar and vocabulary. The focus is very much on communication in English, so all of the activities involve communication and interaction between the online participants, and between participants and tutor.

        Hope this helps!

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  6. […] Nicky Hockly To celebrate the launch of our new book, Teaching Online, my co-author Lindsay Clandfield and I have a couple of goodies up our (virtual) […]

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  8. Pete Sharma says:

    Congrats to both. Cannot wait to read & review it.

  9. Bindyuu says:

    Congratulations to you both…
    I’m planning to buy the book, was unable to locate any link to purchase online on this page.
    How can I buy the book?
    Best wishes!!!

    • Helen Beesley says:

      Great you’d like to buy it, please click on the “How to Order” tab to see booksellers stocking our titles throughout the world. If you would like to buy online then it is available on Amazon.
      Happy reading! Do let us know any feedback you have!
      Helen Beesley, Delta Publishing

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  12. Claire Pye says:

    Hi guys, enjoy the launch! Hope it becomes required reading for our digital age.

  13. Penny says:

    After the great webinar-book-launch I rushed to bookdepository to get my copy (free shipping to Australia!).

    Loving it – have tried out some of the activities and they’ve all worked very well. I’m also finding myself planning and thinking about my teaching in a different way since applying some of the techniques/suggestions. Success!

  14. […] to get you started. Clearly, the first and most important resource you need is Lindsay and my book, Teaching Online, which is written to help and support language teachers who would like to offer some or all of […]

  15. […] by Helen Beesley Teaching Online by Nicky Hockly Hockly with Lindsay Clandfield has been shortlisted for the 2011 ELTons UK Award for Innovation! The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 23 February 2011. For more details about the ELTons click here and to read more about Teaching Online click here. […]

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  17. […] Helen Beesley Teaching Online by Nicky Hockly and Lindsay Clandfield is EL Gazette’s Book of the month. Described as […]

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  19. […] Helen Beesley The Teaching Online team attended the ELTons 2011 Award Ceremony on 23rd February in London in the hope of winning […]

  20. […] celebrate the launch of our new book, Teaching Online (from Delta Publishing), Lindsay Clandfield and I decided to write a guest post on each other’s […]

  21. Peter Fullagar says:

    I have to say that this was indeed a joy to read and review for English Teaching Professional – and yes, I have used some of the ideas in it already!

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