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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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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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Online webinars

Posted by Illya on 27 April 2009

As you can see on the left Macmillan is offering free webinars.

Here is the blurb for the coming webinar:

When:     Wednesday 13th May, 2009

Time:       11am GMT  (1pm in Switzerland)

Duration: 45 minutes

Speaker: Lindsay Clandfield (Biography)

“The power of lists”

From grocery lists to to-do lists, top ten lists to worst ever lists, lists are everywhere. What is it about lists that draws our attention? In this webinar I will look at the power of lists. We will explore some popular lists in the language teaching profession and I will share with you six ideas on using lists with your students.

Further topics and days are:

10th June – 7 things beginning with M  with Scott Thornbury

8th July – A dictionary at your fingertips  with Gwyneth Fox
If you are interested, you can sign up here or on the left.

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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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SIG day 2008 with Graham Stanley

Posted by Illya on 4 December 2008

Graham Stanley came to give a talk full of exclamation points – Connect! Communicate! Collaborate! – on social networking.  There he presented many ways to connect, including using Facebook to collaborate with other teachers and give additional on-line support to learners, Second Life, where he has an island for young EFL learners, and lots of other fun ideas to enhance our on-line and off-line presence.

Graham was so kind as to open Social Learning Spaces for all to see. Please have a look around and maybe try out something new. I can only recommend connecting!
Here’s a peek into social networking.

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SIG day 2008 with Eric Baber

Posted by Illya on 4 December 2008

sig-day-2008-017At the Sig day in Baden Eric Baber introduced how to use HotPotatoes and Quia to make online tasks for your learners. These are both on-line products that you need to pay for, but you can try them out free of cost. The possibilitites they allow are well worth the money.  Eric has produced a worksheet informing you of how to sign up for Quia and a further online tool called English360 (see below).

Whereas quia and Hotpotatoes are for activities for online use, English360 is very interesting for those teachers who work independantly and would like to offer on-line courses. It gives you a platform for doing this and instead of you paying the fee, it is your students who must pay the fee to access the site.

Another interesting feature of English360 is that, in order to promote sharing, for any materials that you open up for others, you get a small return for each time another teacher does use them.

ETAS SIG day 2008 Quia and English360

I hope to add audio to this shortly.

Please come back soon for more from the SIG day.

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blog recommendations

Posted by Illya on 30 March 2008

Here are two blogs which I can recommend you to follow regularly.

The first is 

Nik  has a blog which is regularly updated and chock full of sites and internet freeware useful for teachers. It’s very simple to find past posts of interest because he has tagged them with key words for easy access. For example, if you click on the link to videos, you will find 15 entries. You will find one particularly intersting one under ‘Creating multi-media stories‘. Here he describes Photo story 3, gives a few possiblities of how it could be used, and then gives his opinion about what he likes and the problems.

The second one is from Larry Ferlazzo: 

He also has a compilation of useful sites for the teacher, and has even taken the effort to make several ‘best of’ lists. If you go to the best-of series, you’ll find such topics as music sites for English learning, k-12 sites, and many other.

If you want to follow these blogs and be regularly updated without having to go to the site each time to see what’s new, which is certainly a good idea, then go to blogging 101 and find out more about RSS. These function a bit like e-mails, letting you know whenever there is an update in the blogs you have chosen to follow.

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New Years Goodies

Posted by Illya on 1 January 2008

First, a heart-felt Happy New Years to all the readers!

This year is starting out with a number of great opportunities.

First, there is the ETAS AGM on the 12th and 13th of January in Lugano. There is an excellent selection of workshops for those of you who have registered.

I will also be there giving a workshop. It will be an absolute premier with a special guest, Dennis Newson, co-hosting from northern Germany by way of webcam on the personal and professional benefits of using technology. And, of course, many more!

Immediately after, on the 14th of January, the EVO sessions that I wrote about on December 5th, begins and you can sign up for it now.

The then there’s the SIG day, this time later in the year than it has been in recent years. This time it’s on September 20 in Baden.

This is just a taste of what’s going on in 2008.

Have a great year!!!

Your learning technologies SIG coordinator

Illya Arnet-Clark

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