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The Teaching Staff
About the Teachers

The team of Dover teachers have years of teaching experience and knowledge. They have created the elearning website to make your language acquisition as interesting and entertaining as possible and to help you through the learning process. One of our primary aims is to immerse you in English, in the actual way that it is really used in the UK and hopefully to guide you into an appreciation of the culture and language.

Teachers will be there every step of the way. When you complete and submit any speaking or writing assignment within the system, all your work will be carefully evaluated for correctness. Your assignments will be marked as quickly as possible and promptly returned to you through the system. You can view or listen to the teacher’s comments as many times as you wish.

As well as correcting any errors, teachers give regular feedback to students. As a student, teachers will advise you on how to improve your speaking and writing skills. Teachers are there to encourage you with language acquisition and with learning to be bold in your assignment efforts. Mistakes are good because they actually facilitate better language use more productively than staying in your language comfort-zone.

If you stop work for any reason and your account becomes inactive, a teacher will send you a personalized message of encouragement that hopefully will replenish your energy and will for learning English. It is very easy in modern life to become distracted from your best intentions, but we genuinely want you to improve your confidence with English and our teachers will endeavour to help with your consistency, which is essential for language success.

We look forward to working together with you.


Teachers in the Elearning System

Dover Elearning is a true online community occupied by students and teachers. Students stay busy doing their assignments, taking tests, asking questions, and adding content to the system. Student activities like these require that teachers are available to grade/score assignments and tests, answer questions, and approve student content. The ratio of teachers to students is changed constantly to meet the level of demand. If the work begins to back up, then more teachers are brought in to help out with the work. We estimate that the ratio is about 1:40.



In the elearning world, we classify communication into two categories: asynchronous and synchronous. Asynchronous communication involves two parties communicating without any real-time connection. An example of this back and forth type of communication is email. A typical email communication involves one person writing and then later another person replying. Successful communication is possible, but there is nothing “instant” or “real-time” about the exchange of information. Synchronous communication happens in real-time and includes methods like telephone calls, face to face meetings, etc... In Dover Elearning, most of the communication is asynchronous, but students may occasionally chat (synchronous communication) with teachers especially if they have some problem that is not effectively solved by sending a messages back and forth. In the future, more synchronous communication options will be available for students and teachers. Dover Elearning plans for the school to implement collaborative workspaces, voice over IP, and video chat in the next major release of the software.