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Continuous development with webinars

Posted by Illya on 2 December 2011

books in a stack (a stack of books)

As teachers we often find ourselves working alone, too tired to even look at the pile of literature stacking up next to our bed.
Keeping on top of the newest development in teaching and keeping a fresh outlook of how to teach requires time and work we often just don’t have.

One way to get around this is to spend time listening to webinars. A webinar is a ‘seminar’ given over the ‘web’- hence the word webinar.

These webinars are being offered more and more often and they are a cheap (free) and interesting way to gain input to keep your teaching lively.   Unfortunately, they are often at times when you may be teaching. However, even this is no problem since they are generally saved for future listening.

Here are a couple of links to webinars for English teachers:

Macmillan has organized some great speakers for their webinars: Macmillan Webinars

The Learning Technologies SIG over at IATEFL has also begun with Nicky Hockly organizing some excellent topics: LTSIG webinars  (you will need to be an IATEFL member and sign in to listen)

The British Council has also just recently started offering webinars: BBC teacher development

And finally, one more I found through Google: webinars teaching english:

Embassy of the USA in Lima! worth looking into:

So, a final question to ETAS members:

Would you be interested in ETAS offering Webinars? If yes, what topics would interest you? Please leave your answers by using the comments function.

PS: The newest addition to the list of webinars comes from Oxford University Press!  First webinar coming 12. and 14. December, and of course with recordings: OUP webinars

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EVO sessions – online workshops for Language teacher development

Posted by Illya on 3 January 2010

If you happen to have a bit of flexible time on your hands the for the next two months, then there is another excellent chance to expand your skills and knowledge as a teacher. The EVO sessions, which have been going on for quite some time, are offering 6-week workshops on-line, and all you have to do is sign up here.

The EVO sessions are run by highly motivated and experienced teachers expressly for language teachers from all over the world and are a great opportunity for those interested in using technologies but without experience, and for those looking for new ways to apply their knowledge and experience.  For beginners a great session is Becoming a Webhead.

Other sessions deal with online games, images for teaching and learning, videos, and internet for kids, etc.

But not everything revolves around technologies, although all the sessions use yahoogroups and other internet tools. You can also join the very active Drama session or find out how to travel the world with your students from the computer.

It begins 11th January and registration is from 4th Jan-10th Jan, so do sign up immediately if you are interested.

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Follow-up of ETAS SIG day Reading into writing workshop

Posted by Illya on 13 September 2009

FIrst of all, a big thanks to Fiona Joseph, who gave us an excellent workshop.

It was the second of two to be given through Skype and with a pre-recorded presentation.

You can find the pre-recorded part below, but you will need Flash installed to ensure it works properly. There are also all the links mentioned during the workshop.

Flo-joe for ETAS

One of the links that we looked at is LibraryThing but there is another social network for books at Shelfari.

We discused how to include literature in the classroom and agreed to share any experiences, problems and ideas as comments to this post. I am looking forward to your input!

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Follow-up of ETAS SIG day Skype workshop

Posted by Illya on 13 September 2009

ETAS’ very first on-line presenter gave an excellent workshop on skype. Technology went well with everything except the couple of computers that were down. Thank you, Peter Travis!

As ETAS is concerned about the environment and wants to save trees, there were no handouts. However, the presentation (not including live talks) and all the links which were mentioned are included in the website below.

Splendid speaking for ETAS

You will need Flash for the presentation to work, but all the other links should by fine.

We would love to hear from you about your experiences with teaching and learning with Skype, so please do leave a comment here if you have had any- good or bad.

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Cardiff IATEFL conference on-line

Posted by Illya on 14 January 2009

LAst year the yearly IATFL conference in Exeter was accompanied by on-line coverage including videos and podcasts (see the according blogposts here). This year the conference will be in Cardiff and the organizers are roaring and ready to go on-line again.

IF you are interested in being part of the fun, read the invitation below and leave a comment. I’ll respond and give you the necessary information:

Have you considered holding a TA Event making use of video sessions and
material from the 2009 Cardiff IATEFL Conference?

We would like to encourage TAs to organise such events so that teacher
associations and their members can take full advantage of the Cardiff Online

As with the 2007 Aberdeen Online project and this year’s Exeter Online
project, we will be providing *free* online coverage of the Cardiff IATEFL

Our web coverage will include over 20 sessions which will be webcast from

We would like to see TAs invite their members to workshops and events which
would feature videos and discussions from the Cardiff IATEFL Conference.

By the way, as of writing, the EVO sessions (see last post) just begun and it is only 3 days away from the ETAS AGM!

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Brush up on technology in the New Year

Posted by Illya on 19 December 2008

I’d like to invite you, dear reader, to an excellent opportunity to expand your technology skills and get new ideas for teaching using technology and blended teaching.

Every year a group of educators called the Webheads offer a number of courses free of charge online between mid-January and mid-February. These experienced people are devoted to passing on their knowledge and helping others come to grips with new technology. It is here that I too have learned so much and made so many contacts around the world.

Have a look around, and I hope to see you there in the new year!

Don’t worry, there is something for everyone and even true beginners in this area. AND you get a chance to meet some of the most wonderful people (next to the ETAS gang, of course :-))

And here is the official invitation:

The CALL Interest Section of the international TESOL
professional association is pleased to offer the
opportunity to participate in the Electronic Village
Online (EVO) 2009 sessions. This is a professional
development project and virtual extension of the TESOL
2009 Convention in Denver, CO . The intended audience
for this project includes both TESOL 2009 participants
and those who can participate only virtually.

You do not need to be a TESOL member to participate in
a free, six-week, wholly online session of the EVO,
Jan 12 -Feb 22, 2009. Please visit our Announcement
Web page to select one among the various offerings.

Yours in TESOL,

The EVO coordination team

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EDTAGS – social tagging for educational purposes

Posted by Illya on 14 July 2008

This is the website mentioned in the NECC 08 presentation (see last post) from Tuesday at 11am called Academic Social Tagging to Aid Learning and Assessment.

I strongly recommend listening to the presentation, especially if social tagging is a new idea to you. However, be aware that the sound sometimes goes.

Just to give you a summary, the idea is to bring together websites that are relevant in the educational area, including ESL/EFL. It is a place for you as a teacher to find resources, but also to add resources that you find so others can alos profit from them.

Social tagging also leaves the idea of folders with fixed names, becoming more flexible and more dynamic, i.e. you choose the key words that you find relevant. You can choose as many as you think apply so others may find the relevancy as well. They, in turn, may choose to use the same tags, but can choose other instead or in addition to make the tags more meaningful to themselves.

You will find this idea of social tagging in the delicious and blinklist, which are both under ‘Bookmarks’ on the left side bar, and also in diigo, from which I am posting this entry.

The difference to those mentioned above is simply that this site was made by educators explicitly for educators, so it is more limited in this way- not as expansive, at the same time perhaps making it more accessible to some teachers, librarians, etc.

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Easy summer listening

Posted by Illya on 12 July 2008

If you are reading this around the time it’s been posted, then you are probaly home for at least part of the summer holiday with a bit of time on your hands next to cleaning up the office (which is what I’m busy doing)

So, I’d like to invite you to the NECC 2008 Webcasts (National Educational Computing Conference)

There are some very interesting and thought-provoking webcasts (audio and video broadcasting) about learning and pedagogics in today’s digital world.

You will need to sign up, but it is a short process of about 2 seconds and  the only result being that you can watch and listen to the webcasts.

Feel free to leave a comment about any which really struck a note in you.

And happy summer!

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Exeter follow-up 2

Posted by Illya on 22 April 2008

Join Exeter on-line homepage to watch and listen to 15 different workshops and numerous interviews, inlcuding one from a dear friend, who says why SIGs are so important in IATEFL. You could certainly say the same applies for ETAS!

Here are a few more I hope you will enjoy.

Marion WIlliams, President of the IATEFL, introduces people responsible for bringing EXETER to you on-line. A big applause!!!

Gavin Dudeney and Julian Wing talk about the future of EXETER ONLINE . We really appreciate your work guys!

Here’s a truly international interview for you. I really enjoy the enthusiasm of this multicultural group. In these interviews with Hornby scholars you will get an idea of some of the workshops which took place and the research they are involved in.

And here is one about gender issues by Silvija and Jaroslaw.

Of course, there are many more, and I hope you will have a look at them. I’ll add another post with more links in the meanwhile.

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Exeter online follow-up

Posted by Illya on 17 April 2008

You can now find several workshops and interviews from Exeter on-line, so grab your i-pod, mp3-player or take some time in front of the computer and give it a listen!

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