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The aim was to create a freely available social network for ELT professionals offering mutual support and opportunities for Continuous Professional Development. Now, every Wednesday at 19:00pm GMT or 21.00pm GMT, ELT teachers from all over the world log into their Twitter account and for one hour hold an online discussion on a topic they have selected. To join in you just have to follow the hashtag #ELTChat. You'll see the conversation and anything you tag with #ELTChat will be part of it If you already use a Twitter app like Hootsuite or Tweetdeck, you can follow #ELTChat in there. Follow it here A how to guide for Twitter apps Every Saturday, one of the moderators will put up a blog post on the #ELTchat Blog asking teachers who follow #ELTchat to propose some topics for the next chats. We then share it online and people can go to the post and suggest topics in the comments.

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Downloadable lesson materials 36 Questions to fall in love Level B1 upwards Skills: speaking and listening Language: Question forms (including slightly more complex B1 forms) elt-resourceful-36-questions-to-fall-in-love What is a PLN, anyway? A good friend (and a great teacher) e-mailed me after my last post. “Great links,” she said. “But what’s a PLN?” A good reminder about why I try to avoid acronyms and jargon in my writing. PLN is an acronym for Personal Learning Network. A Quick Guide To Twitter Hashtags For Professional Development Building a presence on social media is a great way to build your PLN. Getting started with Twitter, finding interesting people to follow, and taking in all of the information is step one. Interacting is step 2. You get a hundred times more out of Twitter when you begin to interact with other users. Aside from replying to a Tweet and hoping to spark a conversation from that, how do you get users to interact with you?

Using Twitter for professional development – Lizzie Pinard Twitter! Image via google images search licensed for commercial use with modification Wikipedia defines Twitter as: Lesson Plans for ESL Kids Teachers For ESL Teens lessons, please visit our sister site ESL TeenStuff. We have a new site for teens teachers with lots of lessons, worksheets and supplementary materials! For more details and free samples, please click the button below: More details: SCILT > S1-S3 > Sample approaches > Transition from Primary to Secondary SCILT now has its own European Language Portfolio (ELP) for Scottish primary pupils and it has been registered with the Council of Europe. The ELP is managed and organised by learners themselves and can be used in the following ways: To encourage learners to reflect on and make decisions about their own learningTo facilitate evidence gathering and to inform profilesTo share information at times of transition and/or reportingTo support the 1+2 Approach by allowing learners to transfer their skills across additional languagesTo celebrate wider achievement and learning experiences that take place in and out of the classroomThe Scottish ELP reflects the standards and expectations of CfE, whilst simultaneously benchmarking learning against the Common European Framework. In this way, pupils can see that their language learning corresponds to that of their counterparts of the same age across Europe. My European Language Portfolio (Digital)

3 Tips For Creating Interactive Self-Paced Online Courses The learning experience for self-paced online courses has historically been fairly static. Trainees absorb information passively by watching videos, reading written passages, and clicking through Powerpoint slides. In this article, we discuss new technologies and methods for creating interactive self-paced online courses. European Language Portfolio (ELP) - Homepage Follow this link if you wish to know more about the concept and history of the ELP, download components, or create an ELP of your own. In this part of the website you will find: documents on the ELP's origin, guiding principles and history reports on the ELP project at European level reports on international seminars held under the aegis of the Council of Europe lists of ELPs accredited (2000-2010) and registered (2011-2014) by the Council of Europe a guide to compiling an ELP model templates and other resources that can be used when compiling an ELP some key publications on designing and using an ELP

Making Change Happen: A No-Fail Process to Make eLearning More Persuasive Persuasion is an art. Try too hard, and you might be branded as being aggressive. Be gentle, and your message will probably be brushed aside. At the end, the ultimate goal of persuasion is to get a person to change. Persuading someone to come round to your point of view is especially challenging in a virtual learning environment that lacks the intimacy of a face-to-face interaction. What is more, your learner has a choice to go or not go through your course.

5 great zero preparation lesson ideas When the pressure is on and there are only so many hours on the week, you need a repertoire of zero preparation go-to activities which promote input and/or practice. Here are five you might well find useful. 1. My weekend

Versions of my Online Portfolios by Dr. Helen C. Barrett (a work in process, begun in 2004, last updated June 30, 2013 - 41 tools to date) Introduction to this StudyI am an advocate of using common tools to build electronic portfolios. At certain points in the process, most electronic portfolio artifacts are created with common desktop tools. The challenge has been the authoring/organizing software.

Teaching English online: opportunities and pitfalls Ever thought about teaching English online? Sylvia Guinan Opens in a new tab or window., online English teacher and current winner of the British Council TeachingEnglish blog award, walks us through the opportunities and pitfalls. There are many different things to consider when it comes to online teaching.

25 awesome apps for teachers, recommended by teachers What are the best apps for teachers? We asked TED-Ed Innovative Educators and the TED-Ed community. Below, 25 awesome apps recommended for teachers, by teachers. For teaching students how to present, create and code TED-Ed More than 250,000 teachers use TED education tools to spark student curiosity and explore presentation literacy skills. “TED-Ed is an outstanding resource in my classroom,” says TED-Ed Innovative Educator Jennifer Hesseltine.