This year, starting in October, I want to do something I've long wished - hold weekly or even twice weekly webinars for teachers. Free. Bringing teachers together to help each other.
I have a lot of expertise to share and want to use this format to do so. But most importantly, want to get other teachers sharing their experiences and expertise and creating something valuable for TESOL and education in general.
I'm just setting up a schedule, setting up the state of the art video conferencing room. At this early point, I'd like to know the topics teachers want to learn about and hear experts discuss. I'll be recording each program and we'll develop a strong library. Get details of sessions HERE.
1. Can you add a topic that would be of interest to you?
2. Can you suggest a person who we should interview or you'd like to hear from? Would you be willing to attend and share something you do/believe? The focus will be on practical things to help hard working teachers. I'll be reaching out to many people I've have in my own PLN.
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I hope our members will support this very helpful way to bring us all together.
thanks for this new opportunity! This year I'm teaching EFL in a class of students who can use a tablet each (Android). I'd like to know more from other colleagues who already have some experience and, in particular, can share free apps for English learning.
I'm preparing the DELTA and we have been studying discourse analysis quite a bit. I'm finding it interesting, but don't know how to make its underlying principles come alive in my classroom. There seems to be so much more material about topics, vocabulary, grammar...this especially interests me as far as conversation analysis and how to get students to push to a more natural speaking style.
I hope I've made myself clear! It's all a little vague even to me...
I'll add to the list. I'll be as interested as you about this. I will also be able to share the free app we have for vocab. at EnglishCentral (the speaking one costs). However, I'll try and invite someone quite knowledgeable in this area for a webinar on this topic. Part of my role after getting this rolling will be scheduling and finding presenters and taking the spotlight off myself. About apps - I know Nik Peachey has a great post about this and I'll post a link soon. Also, see our stories page. They'd play well on android tablets.
yep, know exactly what you are feeling Betty. A lot of courses do well on the theory but not so well at relating it to the practical aspects of the classroom and best practices. The webinars will keep the focus on practical classroom ideas/application. A topic on discussions, communication would fit in under "discourse analysis". Also, a CELTA / DELTA webinar would be insightful to many teachers and I'll add that to my planning list .....
Thanks, Jennifer! Do you also have some apps or websites to suggest which can help students make progress in general English?
Just an update. Waiting on adobe to set up our video conferencing suite and then we are off to the races. I'm busy setting up in interviews. I'm calling in all my debts.
If anyone wants to be interviewed, please let me know!
The first webinar will be a discussion on Native speaking teachers vs non-native speaking teachers.
I'll be holding the first webinar Oct 4th - 9 am EST. Using Video In The Classroom
Find details on the Eventbrite page
Great idea David,
Something I struggle with is lesson flow and linking of lesson sections. That would be great help.
That's a problem everyone has, I'm sure. It's not an easy one - depends on your own teaching style but also the class itself, their own personality. Of course we then have to consider the content/materials.
Pacing generally is something almost all teachers struggle with. I think a lot comes from stuffing too much into a lesson. I refrain from saying "over planning" because I don't think we can ever plan too much.
But this will go on our list. I'll be designing a schedule over the next few weeks. But will get started with a webinar about using video - Details of webinars on our eventbrite page.