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Yahoo groups

Posted by Illya on 1 April 2007

Blogs aren’t the only way to share on the internet. There are a number of other ways as well. One very effective way is through chat or discussion groups. Yahoo has become a very popular means of bringing people together to discuss topics, and many of you readers may already be acquianted with them. Here I will deal with three of them.

Swissenglish themeSwissenglish‘ is a very important one for those English teachers based in Switzerland. It is a moderated site, which means that the contributions have to be approved by the moderator (Graham Tritt) before they are printed. This group covers quite a bit of ground. It is often used for language questions, such as how to correct the German use of ‘nature’ in English. It is NOT intended as a springboard for people new to Switzerland looking for jobs, but sometimes jobs are published. Advice can be asked related to teaching, technology and jobs as well, although it really is for practicing teachers. This is definitely a great compliment to being a member of the ETAS 🙂 and you will find the link to the yahoo group in the left column.

A further very useful group, and one that is certainly less known in Switzerland is ‘Learning with Computers‘. This group is directed at EFL teachers from all over the world who are interested in exploring the possible uses of technology in their teaching. There is an extensive amount of information flow in this group since the moderator, Gladys Baya, adds tasks for those in the group to do while reflecting on the technology could be used for teaching purposes. There is also a blog and wiki and a huge collection of links.

The last yahoo group I’d like to present for now is one ‘Professional Development for Teachers‘. This one is fairly new and the moderator, Jennifer Vershoor (nearly Swiss, btw!) has opened it in order to promote learning by sharing what courses and conferences are going on in the world, both face 2 face and, more importantly, on-line. This is a must if you are interested in keeping up to date in developments in teaching.

There are, of course, many more that I haven’t listed here. I am also aware that my choice of groups is purely personal, but if you know of other groups and think they belong on my short list here, please mention them in a comment and I’ll look into them and add them to the blogroll (the list on the side that shows links to other places).


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