Being asked to teach an ESL course online is a daunting task for many instructors. The challenges for individual attention in teaching ESL classes in the traditional setting are compounded when the process is transferred to the virtual arena. How will students receive the necessary individual attention they require when there isn't a physical place where students and instructors regularly meet?
In reality, the online format may be a superior medium in which to address the needs of ESL students because all ESL students need to read and write in English as much as possible to develop proficiency. Because of the nature of online coursework, students are required to do much more reading and writing than in the traditional classroom. Also, instructors can utilize chat rooms to create more intimate settings where students can receive focused and individualized instruction.