This last component of the model emphasizes on how teachers should demonstrate to students that we care about if they accomplish their learning goals. Caring does not mean that we as teachers are going to be friends with our students. However, it is necessary to build good rapport and be accessible and friendly.  The focus to design through caring is that students can believe that the instructor cares about their learning and who they are as individuals.

Dr. Jones describes in his book 4 strategies that teachers must taken into account to foster caring. These ones are:

  • Be approachable and relatable to students.
  • Ensure students feel respected by you and the other students, both online and face to face.
  • Show students that you care about whether they achieve the course objectives.
  • Consider accommodating students when they experience extraordinary events, such as illness or a death in the family.

The following PDF files provide a compilation of activities that ESL teachers may include when designing and are related to the four aforementioned strategies.