Remote Learning Strategies with the Side by Side eText

The Side by Side eText offers a remote learning solution for instructional programs delivering online courses. Each copy of the Side by Side Extra Student Books provides a free access code to its eText version via the Pearson English Portal. The eText includes: a digital version of every page with instant-access point-of-use audio; easy-to-use tools for navigation, highlighting, and posting notes; and a FunZone featuring entertaining activities for independent learning. Instructors can use the eText as the core presentation tool for synchronous online class meetings through screensharing, and they can create classes and post assignments and notes to students using the eText Instructor Version. Students will need their own access to the eText in order to participate in asynchronous and independent learning using a computer or tablet device.

The Side by Side eText provides flexible options for remote learning:

  • Synchronous instruction is easy, interactive, and fun using a conferencing platform such as Zoom or Google Meet. Instructors can use screensharing to display the lesson page on students’ devices. Breakout rooms enable the highly interactive pair practice that is the hallmark of the Side by Side guided conversation methodology.
  • Asynchronous learning is an important component of the remote learning experience as students preview on their own activities and content to prepare for a synchronous class, and then do follow-up activities to reinforce and expand upon the online lesson. The eText Instructor Version enables teachers to create classes and post assignments, notes, and links for web resources directly to their students’ eTexts, without the need for an LMS such as Canvas or Blackboard.
  • Independent learning is promoted through the easy-to-access embedded audio, course features such as the Side by Side Gazette, and the unique FunZone digital amusement park that offers informal, self-directed, and flexible learning through motivating instant-feedback activities, games, and videos. Activity Workbooks with answer keys provide additional self-study resources.

The Side by Side eText Viewer Window

The Side by Side eText is easy to navigate via the Table of Contents and page navigation tools. Learners can adjust screen content and size by selecting Page View (1 or 2 pages), Zoom (to enlarge or reduce pages), and Fit to Page or Width. Tools for Highlights, Notes, and Bookmarks allow learners to customize their eTexts and receive assignments and messages from the teacher.

Side by Side eText Audio Program

The complete Audio Program for the course is available in the eText. It provides all conversation, listening, pronunciation, reading, and Gazette practice. The complete program can be accessed in two ways:

  • On eText pages, click or tap the arrow symbol image for instant-access audio.
    In Vocabulary Preview lessons, you can also click or tap any picture to practice one word at a time.
    (On iPad devices, students can use the Download Manager to download each unit’s pages and audio files to the device and use offline.)
  • Using a computer, you can select “Audio Downloads” in the eText Table of Contents to access complete MP3 audio files for each unit and save them for use on a computer or audio player.

Side by Side eText and FunZone Navigation/Control Symbols

Easy-to-use controls provide access and simple navigation for the eText’s Vocabulary FlashCard practice, audio program, FunZone activities, and video player.

Key Conferencing Platform Modes for Remote Learning with the Side by Side eText

Share Screen
Gallery View
Breakout Room
Share Screen

Use a conferencing platform’s screensharing option to display the digital student book pages for all your students. Screensharing is an excellent mode for instructional steps that depend on students viewing content in the text. (If students have the printed books, they can also follow along during the lesson.)

You can play audio directly from the eText page by clicking the arrow icons. (Using the Zoom platform, after clicking the “Share”-button, be sure to select Share computer sound so that students can hear the audio.)

Use the eText’s Hand tool and enlargement tool to focus on the important portion of the page for a particular activity, such as a dialog, illustration, paragraph of a reading, or exercise. (This is especially helpful to students who access online sessions on a smartphone or small tablet device.)

Gallery View

Use the Gallery View mode for instructional steps in the Side by Side methodology that are most beneficial when students’ books are closed, such as initial listening and speaking practice with model conversations, student presentations of dialogs, and group discussions. Using this mode helps build a sense of community in the online classroom.

Breakout Room

The Breakout Room mode in the Zoom platform is the ideal environment for pair practice that is at the core of the Side by Side guided conversation methodology. You can pre-assign particular students to work together in pairs (or larger groups), or you can have the platform assign students to breakout rooms automatically. Before the session, make sure to enable breakout rooms in the platform’s Account Settings (Meetings tab).

(Instructors using Google Classroom can create classes for students to have discussions and collaborate on tasks and projects. Google Classroom, WhatsApp, or a private Facebook group can serve as an “office hours” chat room for students to communicate with instructors to ask questions and seek assistance.)

Getting Started – Instructors: Onboarding and Creating Courses

Registering and Accessing the eText

  1. Register for the Pearson English Portal by filling out the registration form at english.com/activate. (If you are already registered, sign in using your Pearson Username and Password.)
  2. Add the Side by Side Extra eText product to your dashboard. Make sure you obtain an instructor access code for the eText Instructor Version from your Pearson ELT sales specialist*. (Do not use a student access code from a student book). Your instructor access code will give you access to all levels of Side by Side and enable you to use the Instructor Version functions to create courses and communicate with students through the Notes tool. The instructor access is valid for three years from date of registration.

    * The eText access codes in the book are for students. Pearson hands over instructor access codes upon adoption of the textbook. Contact us at elt.jp@pearson.com for more information.

  3. You are now ready to launch the Side by Side eText from the Pearson English Portal. On the portal’s Products menu, click on the box labeled eText 1.0 Digital Books. This will take you to the eText Bookshelf. Click on the small cover image of the eText to open it.

Creating Courses

  1. With your eText Instructor Version open, select Settings at the top of the screen above the Toolbar.
  2. In the My Courses window, select Create New Course .
  3. Fill out the fields with your Course Information.
    1. Create a Course Title and (optional) Section Name .
    2. Set the Student Access Properties . Select Yes to make the course available to students. Select Yes (recommended) to Require a Course Password; then create a password.
    3. Set the Public Access Properties . Select No to keep the course access exclusive for the class. Select Yes if you wish to share your eText customizations, notes, and highlights with other instructors.
  4. Click the Create Course button. You will then see a Course Creation Complete screen. It will confirm your course information and assign an eText Course ID. Share with students the Course ID and the password you created so that they can join the course.
  5. Option: If you wish to import notes and highlights from an earlier course you had created, select Import Customizations Now .

* The Class Roster is created automatically as students join the course. After each student joins, the roster will populate with the student’s name and email address.

Getting Started – Students: Onboarding and Joining a Course

Registering and Accessing the eText

* Teachers can use their eText Instructor Version as an online presentation tool for synchronous instruction through screensharing on a conferencing platform. Students will need their own unique eText access codes in order to participate in asynchronous and independent learning using computers or tablet devices. Each copy of the printed Student Book includes a free student access code. To get information about the Side by Side Extra Student Book, click here.

  1. Students register for the Pearson English Portal by filling out the registration form at english.com/activate.
  2. Students use their student access code to add the Side by Side eText product to their dashboards. The student access is valid for 24 months from date of registration.
  3. Students are now ready to launch the Side by Side eText from the Pearson English Portal. On the portal’s Products menu, they should click on the box labeled eText 1.0 Digital Books. This will take them to their eText Bookshelf, where they can click on the small cover image of the eText to open it. They can use the eText immediately in self-study mode. To join a course, see below.

Joining the Course

  1. With the eText open, the student selects Settings at the top of the screen above the Toolbar.
  2. In the My Courses window, the student selects Join Another Course.
  3. The student enters the Course ID provided by the instructor.
  4. On the next screen, the student clicks Join to select the correct course.
  5. The student enters the Course Password provided by the instructor.
  6. The student will then see a Course Joining Complete screen, which will confirm the course details. The instructor’s Class Roster will automatically populate with the student’s name and email address.

Documenting Remote Learner Participation

If you are using an LMS or web application such as Canvas, Blackboard, or Google Classroom, you can use the platform to document student participation and save student work.

As an alternative built-in solution, the Side by Side eText Notes feature enables students to type answers and messages into Notes and then send them to the instructor’s email address or smartphone using the Notes Manager. To do this, the student creates a Note, saves it, opens the Notes Manager, enters the eText page on which the Note appears, selects Print, saves it as a PDF, and then sends it to the instructor as an email or text message. (Another easy option is for students to copy their Notes and paste them directly into an email or text message.)

Students’ Notes can include answers to Check-Up Tests, written work such as Journal responses, and periodic messages that document hours of participation in remote learning. Since Notes are saved in the eText (unless the student deletes them), they can serve as a digital portfolio of coursework. (By selecting Student Notes in the Notes Manager, students can save and send their cumulative work for whatever page ranges they select, including the entire course.)

As a low-tech solution, programs can distribute to students copies of the Side by Side Remote Learner Participation forms. A form for each unit lists all eText activities. Students indicate the amount of time spent on each activity and any supplemental workbook practice. They can then simply take a photo of the completed form and send it to the instructor in an email or text message. (The forms are available as a free downloadable resource for Side by Side Extra here.)

Sharing Best Practices

Instructors are invited to send video excerpts of online class sessions that they would be willing to share for a compilation of best practices using Side by Side in remote learning. Examples of student interaction using a blend of screensharing, Gallery View, and Breakout Rooms in Zoom are especially welcome. You can make video recordings of online sessions using the platform’s recording feature. (Zoom Pro account users should store the recordings on the platform’s server rather than using up their computer memory. The platform provides a link for accessing each saved recording.) If you have your students’ and instructional program’s permission to share video of your online sessions, please send to: bill.bliss@languageandcommunication.org

Strategies for Using the Side by Side eText in Remote Learning Situations

Here are some suggestions for using the Side by Side eText in a blend of remote learning modes of instruction—synchronous online sessions, and asynchronous and independent learning for preparation prior to these sessions, and for follow-up after.

* For remote learning situations in which synchronous sessions are not possible or many students are unable to attend at designated times, instructors can use a conferencing platform’s recording feature to produce lesson sessions that can be posted for students to view flexibly as their schedules permit.

Asynchronous/Independent Lesson Preparation Synchronous Lesson Asynchronous/Independent Follow-Up
Vocabulary Preview
  • Students can click on each illustration (or tap on a tablet device) to hear and practice saying one word at a time.
  • Students can click or tap image to hear and practice the entire vocabulary list.
  • Students can click or tap image to practice with flashcards containing illustrations, words, and audio.
  • Share your screen. Show the illustrations. Have students identify words they know.
  • Present the vocabulary. Click on each illustration to play the audio and have students repeat the words chorally.
  • Click image to have students listen to and practice the entire vocabulary list. (You can show only the illustrations, only the word list, or both.)
  • Click image to have students practice with the flashcards. You can show the picture, have students say the word, play the audio, have students say the word, flip the card to show the written word, play the audio again, and have students say the word. (At the bottom of the flashcard screen, click Flip All to show written words and Shuffle to change the sequence.)
  • For additional practice, show only the illustrations section of the page. Say words and have students tell the numbers. Then say numbers and have students say the words.
  • The FunZone’s Picture Booth section offers more practice with the vocabulary FlashCards.
  • Also in that section, students can do the Pictures & Words activity for vocabulary review.
Model Conversations
  • Students can click or tap image and listen to the conversation one or more times.
For more practice, students can use the pop-up audio player in the following ways:
  • Repetition practice:
    • Play each line one at a time, pause, and practice saying the line.
  • Conversation practice as Speaker B:
    • Play line A.
    • Pause and say line B.
    • Then play line B and the next line A.
    • Continue with the other lines in the conversation.
  • Conversation practice as Speaker A:
    • Say line A.
    • Then play Line A and Line B.
    • Pause and say the next line A.
    • Continue with the other lines in the conversation.
  • Share your screen. Show only the model illustration. Set the scene by asking students who and what they see in the illustration and what they think is happening.
  • Switch to Gallery View. Click image to have students listen to the model conversation one or more times.
  • Full-Class Repetition: Play each line separately and have all students repeat in unison.
  • Share your screen again. Show the model illustration and the conversation. Ask students if there are any questions, and check understanding of new vocabulary. For the next three steps, encourage students to look away from the screen and say the lines rather than read them. (Students can refer to the screen when necessary.)
  • Group Choral Repetition:
    • Divide students into two groups—Group 1 and Group 2.
    • Play line A and have Group 1 repeat.
    • Play line B and have Group 2 repeat.
    • Continue with all the lines of the model.
  • Choral Conversation:
    • Have both groups practice the dialog twice, without first hearing the lines. First, Group 1 is Speaker A and Group 2 is Speaker B; then reverse.
  • Call on a few pairs of students to present the dialog. If you feel that additional practice is necessary before going on to the exercises, you can do more Choral Conversation practice.
Guided Conversation Exercises
  • Students can click or tap image next to each numbered exercise to practice each conversation.
  • The audio invites students to be either Speaker A or Speaker B. During the pause, students say the line of the conversation and then listen to that line. (The pause is already in the audio. Students can also use the pop-up audio player to control the audio.)
  • Students can practice each conversation as many times as they wish.
  • If the page includes a final open- ended (blank box) exercise, students can think about a new conversation to share in the next class. (Students should feel free to use a dictionary to look up new words to include in the conversations.)
In the exercises that follow the model, students use the illustrations and word cues to create conversations based on the structure of the model.
  • Share your screen.
  • Point to Exercise 1 and introduce any new vocabulary.
  • Have two students present the dialog.
  • Do Choral Repetition and Choral Conversation practice.
  • Do Exercise 2 the same way.
For the remaining exercises, you can do either Full-Class Practice or Pair Practice. Full-Class Practice:
  • Continue to share your screen.
  • Call on a pair of students do each exercise. Introduce new vocabulary one exercise at a time.
  • For more practice, have other pairs do each exercise, or do Choral Repetition or Choral Conversation.
For Pair Practice:
  • Continue to share your screen.
  • Introduce new vocabulary for the remaining exercises.
  • Then put pairs of students in Breakout Rooms.
  • Have the pairs practice the remaining conversations. (Visit the Breakout Rooms to see if students need any help.)
  • Switch back to Gallery View.
  • Have pairs present their conversations to the full class.
In many lessons, the final exercise is open-ended. (This is indicated by a blank box.) Students create conversations based on the structure of the model, but with vocabulary that they select themselves.
  • Put pairs of students in Breakout Rooms.
  • Have the pairs create new conversations.
  • Switch back to Gallery View.
  • Have pairs present their conversations to the full class.
  • Students can practice the exercises again using the same steps suggested for Lesson Preparation.
  • Have students create new open- ended (blank box) conversations with any vocabulary they wish. They can write them out and send them to you. (Encourage students to use a dictionary to look up new words they would like to include in their conversations.)
  • Assign students the corresponding exercises in Activity Workbook.
Readings / Short Structured Stories
  • Before they read the story, students should look at the title and illustrations and predict what the story is about. This will help them prepare for previewing the story during the class session.
  • Students should read the story silently or while playing the audio.
  • Share your screen. Show the story title and/or the illustrations.
  • Preview the story by having students talk about the story title and/or the illustrations.
  • You may choose to introduce new vocabulary beforehand or have students encounter the new vocabulary in context while reading. (Note: New vocabulary is listed in the Teacher’s Guide for each reading.)
  • Have students read silently or follow along silently as you play the audio.
  • Ask students if they have any questions and check understanding of new vocabulary.
  • Reading Check-Up activities:
    • Put pairs of students in Breakout Rooms. Have them take turns answer the questions about the reading. For activities with Q & A exercises, have pairs create dialogs based on the story.
    • Switch back to Gallery View and have students share their answers and the dialogs they have created.
  • Have students do the Reading Check-Up exercises and send you their answers.
  • Students can practice reading the story aloud.
Listening Exercises
  • Have students play the audio and do the listening exercises.
  • Share your screen. Play the audio and have students answer the questions.
  • Students can do the exercises again and send you their answers.
Pronunciation Exercises
  • LISTEN. THEN SAY IT. Have students play the audio of the first set of sentences a few times, listen carefully, and practice saying the sentences.
  • SAY IT. THEN LISTEN. Have students play the audio of the second set of sentences and practice saying each sentence during the pause.
Share your screen.
  • LISTEN. THEN SAY IT. Play the audio of the first set of sentences a few times, and have students listen carefully and repeat.
  • SAY IT. THEN LISTEN. Have students say each sentence and then listen as you play the audio.
    • Students can practice the Pronunciation Exercises again using the same steps suggested for Lesson Preparation.
    How to Say It!
    • Have students listen to the conversation a few times.
    For more practice, students can use the pop-up audio player in the following ways:
    • Play each line one at a time, pause, and practice saying the line.
    • Repetition practice:
      Practice again playing the role of Speaker A.
    • Conversation practice:
      Practice playing the role of Speaker B in the dialog. Then practice again playing the role of Speaker A.
      (See Model Conversations practice above for the procedure.)
    • Share your screen. Set the scene by asking students who and what they see in the illustration and what they think is happening.
    • Click image to have students listen to the conversation one or more times.
    • Full-Class Repetition: Play each line separately and have all students repeat in unison.
    • Group Choral Repetition:
    • Switch to Gallery View. Have pairs of students present the dialog.
    • Put pairs of students in Breakout Rooms to practice new conversations based on the model. (Visit the Breakout Rooms to see if students need any help.)
    • Switch back to Gallery View.
    • Have pairs present their conversations to the full class.
    Divide students into two groups—Group 1 and Group 2. Play line A and have Group 1 repeat. Play line B and have Group 2 repeat. Continue with all the lines of the conversation.
    • Students can practice the conversation again using the same steps suggested for Lesson Preparation.
    How About You?
    • Have students think about how they will answer the question during the online class.
    • Share your screen to show the activity.
    • Have students share their answers in Breakout Room pairs or small groups, or as a class in Gallery View.
    • Students can write their answers and send them to you.
    On Your Own
    • Have students brainstorm ideas for the activity and prepare to present them in the online class. (Encourage students to use a dictionary to look up new words to include in the activity.) They

    can write down their ideas or do that later as a follow-up.

    • Share your screen and introduce the activity.
    • Have students share what they have prepared either in Breakout Room pairs or as a class in Gallery View.
    • Have students write out the activity (or revise their earlier version) and send it to you.
    In Your Own Words
    • Students can brainstorm ideas for their writing. (They should use a dictionary for new words they wish to use.) Optional: They

    can write a first draft to prepare for the online class.

    • Share your screen and introduce the activity.
    • Have students share their ideas or read aloud their first drafts in Breakout Room pairs or as a class in Gallery View.
    • Have students write out the activity (or revise their earlier first drafts) and send it to you.
    Role Plays
    • Students can brainstorm ideas for their role plays.
    • Share your screen and present the activity.
    • In Breakout Room pairs, and have them create and practice their role plays.
    • In Gallery View, have students present their role plays to the class.
    • Students can write out the role plays they created and send them to you.
    Interactions
    • Share your screen and introduce the activity.
    • In Breakout Rooms, have pairs of students create and practice conversations based on the skeletal models.
    • In Gallery View, have students present their conversations.
    • Students can write out the conversations they created and send them to you.
    Interview
    • Share your screen and introduce the activity.
    • In Breakout Rooms, have pairs or small groups of students interview each other.
    • In Gallery View, have students report back to the class what they learned in their interviews.
    Side by Side Journal
    • Students can write a first draft of their response to the Journal questions. (They should use a dictionary for any new words they would like to use.)
    (The Journal is a place for students to communicate their thoughts and feelings as they proceed through the course.)
    • Share your screen to show the Journal activity.
    • Have students share the first drafts of their responses by reading aloud in Breakout Room pairs or small groups, or in Gallery View with the class.
    • Have students revise their first drafts and send them to you. Or, if students have not yet written their responses, they should write and send them now.
    Grammar Focus
    • Students can review the grammar charts and complete the grammar exercises.
    • Share your screen, and review the grammar charts.
    • Have students do the grammar exercises together as a class, or in Breakout Room pairs or small groups.
    • If students have not yet completed answering the grammar exercises, they should finish now and send them to you.
    • The FunZone’s Grammar Test and ToonTown animation offer additional grammar practice.
    Gazette
    (If the Gazette sections are used only for independent practice, students can follow the procedures in this column and the third column.)
    Feature Article
    • Read the article while listening to the audio.
    • Read the article again–with or without the audio.
    Build Your Vocabulary
    • Play the audio and repeat after each line.
    Listening
    • Play the audio one or more times and do the activity.
    Around the World
    • Play the audio while looking at the photographs and captions.
    • Think about how to answer the question.
    Feature Article
    • Share your screen. Preview the article by having students talk about the title and/or the accompanying visuals.
    • You can introduce new vocabulary beforehand or have students encounter the new vocabulary in context while reading. (New vocabulary is listed in the Teacher’s Guide.)
    • Have students read silently or follow along with the audio.
    • Ask students if they have any questions and check understanding of new vocabulary.
    Build Your Vocabulary
    • Share your screen. Have students look at the illustrations and identify words they already know.
    • Play the audio and have students repeat each line.
    Listening
    • Share your screen. Play the audio and have students do the activity.
    Around the World
    • Share your screen. Play the audio as students look at the photographs and captions.
    • In Breakout Room pairs or small groups, or in Gallery View as a class, have students talk about the photographs and answer the questions.
    Activity Workbook

    • Have students do the activities that accompany the Gazette pages.
    Listening
    • Have students answer the questions and send their answers to you.
    Global Exchange
    • Have students write responses to the message and send them to you.
    What Are They Saying?
    • Have students write a conversation based on the cartoon and send it to you.
    Fact File
    • Read the information and prepare to answer questions about it.
    Global Exchange
    • Read the message while listening to the audio.
    What Are They Saying?
    • Think about the situation in the cartoon. Imagine what the people are saying.
    LEVELS 3 & 4:
    Interview
    • Play the audio and read silently or follow along silently.
    We’ve Got Mail!
    • Play the audio and read silently or follow along silently.
    Fun with Idioms
    • Look at the illustrations
    • Play the audio one or more times.
    • Match the expressions with their meanings.
    Fact File
    • Share your screen. Have students read the information and discuss it.
    Global Exchange
    • Share your screen. Have students read silently or follow along silently as you play the audio.
    What Are They Saying?
    • Share your screen. Have students talk about the situation in the cartoon.
    • Put students in Breakout Rooms and have them create role plays based on the scene.
    • In Gallery View, have students present their role plays to the class.
    LEVELS 3 & 4:
    Interview
    • Share your screen. Have students read silently or follow along as you play the audio.
    We’ve Got Mail!
    • Share your screen. Have students read silently or follow along silently as you play the audio.
    Fun with Idioms
    • Share your screen. Have students look at the illustrations as you play the audio.
    • Have students match the expressions with their meanings.
    Fun Zone
    • The FunZone is accessed on the final eText lesson page of each unit. Use screensharing to initially familiarize students with the digital games and other activities. Although these activities are designed for independent practice, they can also serve as an enjoyable way to begin or end an online class session.
    • Students can visit the FunZone for independent practice with the digital games, skill tests, grammar animations, and other activities.

    Additional Resources

    • Side by Side Extra eText
      Remote Learner Participation Forms. Click here
    • Zoom
      Click here
    • Google Meet
      Click here
    • Online Teaching and Learning: Frequently Asked Questions
      Click here
    • Teaching Remotely with Low-Tech Students
      Click here
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