Since many of you use e-lesson plans on a daily basis, we have decided to make them more functional and their look more appealing. Based on the feedback we have received from the ESL Brains community in the last two years, we have redesigned e-lesson plans to make them clearer and more user-friendly. The brand new e-lesson plans have been tried out by about 30 beta testers. We really appreciate your input!
Without further ado, let us introduce the new e-lesson plan design! ???
The texts on slides are centered to make the layout cleaner and unambiguous. The font visibility is enhanced, which makes it easier for students to scan or read texts more quickly. As one of the teachers who used the new layout pointed out, the white space on the left can be used to add some on-screen annotations during the lesson.
Wherever there was a box with words or phrases to choose from, there are now several boxes. The box used in a gap disappears from the set so that students can see which options are still left unused. This arrangement clears up any confusion while the task is being checked and makes the process quicker.
The correct answers are now highlighted with a more prominent colour. Thanks to the new font, the highlighted text is still very easy to read, which eliminates any doubts about the answers. The change has been introduced as some teachers thought the yellow highlight was not clear enough. Notice that if a word or a phrase needs to be chosen in a sentence, the correct answers are highlighted, but the incorrect ones are also crossed out. This helps the process of checking to run more smoothly.
Video comprehension questions
The answers to video questions are shown next to the questions rather than under them. It makes the transition between the slide with the video and the one with the answers more user-friendly (as the position of the questions doesn’t change), and it helps students quickly find the answers.
Matching tasks are now more colourful! It has been pointed out to us that the lines blend together in some slides, so we’ve decided to fix that by adding all ESL Brains brand colours to the mix. The dots on the line ends help students see the answers better, too.
Want to test the new layout yourself?
Go to Save the ocean, save yourself to see the first brand new e-lesson plan! Apart from that one, we’ve replaced about 15 e-lesson plans today so you can check out, for example:
- Lying in your garbage
- I’m afraid that’s outside the scope of this meeting
- When I want to feel comfortable, I wear…
All newly published ESL Brains e-lesson plans have the brand new look from now on. We will be also gradually upgrading the older e-lessons to the new standard. It might take some time, so don’t be alarmed if you keep seeing old e-lesson plans with the old design. They will all have the awesome new look at one point!