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CALL and Teacher Education ISs






Blogs and other social tools facilitate multimedia Web publishing, encourage networking and give language learners the opportunity to go beyond the closed and controlled learning environments of the conventional ELT classroom. As learners participate in the network at large, they enjoy the pedagogical benefits afforded by social media. By sharing their writing and other artifacts, they improve their language skills in personally relevant communicative exchanges and acquire self-directed learning strategies.




Social Media in ELT offers practical guidance on using a set of freely available services and software applications. It also aims to develop a critically reflected understanding of these technologies, focusing on their use and implications in language teaching.There will be weekly readings and questions for discussion and reflection.


Target Audience


There will be a pre-session survey before you enroll so as to help you and us determine your level and needs.


This advanced EVO 08 session will run from January 14th to February 24th 2008. It is aimed at teachers who have already experimented with blogs, wikis and other webpublishing tools either on their own or with classes and would like to review and extend their technical and pedagogical knowledge to help learners create meaninful content, interact with the web at large and create networks according to their own interests.


Weekly Content


Week 1 : January 14th-January 20th

Getting acquainted

Socialize on the Dekita Social Forum, open accounts and configure the different social tools we will be using, discuss difficulties encountered, sum up main ideas conference with guest speakers, reflect on questions posed in your personal blogs.

Guests: Konrad Glogowski and Christopher Sessums


Week 2: January 21st - January 27th


Read suggested articles and papers, aggregate other participants, comment on blogs and/or bring discussions to your blog, link back to sources, find and/or produce material to publish on social platforms and discuss how to introduce/use them.



Week 3: January 28th - February 3rd


Join interest groups in various platforms through tagging. Take or find some photos you could work on. Practice using different mashups. Continue discussion with others on your blogs.



Week 4: February 4th - February 10th


Using wikis for:

  • class content management and collaborative projects;
  • presentations;
  • planning of education projects linked with the development of free content;
  • development of free content on Wikieducator for e-learning.

Guest: Wayne Macintosh



Week 5: February 11th - February 17th

Playing and knowledge building

Educators can use games in the classroom to convey facts and generate new creative insights in an exciting and playful atmosphere of cooperation and competition. During the next two weeks, we will brainstorm, connect, network, play, create narratives, stories on VoiceThread/Community Walk to build open resources for learners or for professional development.

Guest: Charles Cameron


Week 6: February 18th - February 24rd

Wrapping Up

During the last week, we will bring together the collective knowledge of participants of this session, sum up the main threads and discussions and reflect on the impact of social media in ELT.

Guest: Charles Cameron



Moderators and Co-moderators


Barbara Dieu

Blog: Wide Open Spaces

Bee presently teaches EFL to secondary school students preparing for the French baccalaureat at the Franco-Brazilian school in Sao Paulo. She has been involved in ELT for more than 30 years and has been participating in international collaborative projects and presentations online since 1997. She co-moderated both the EVO 2005 Blogging and the 2007 Open Webpublishing sessions. She is the Braz-Tesol EduTech SIG coordinator and an active member of a number of national and international communities of practice like the Webheads in Action, TALO (Teach and Learn Online), FLNW (Future of Learning in a Networked World) and Vivencia Pedagogica.


Patricia Glogowski

Blog: Monitor Hypothesis

ESL (English as a Second Language) Instructor at York University English Language Institute, Toronto, Canada. Blogger, researcher (Second Language Acquisition, CALL(Computer-Assisted Language Learning), CMC(Computer-Mediated Communication), e-learning, digital literacies, bilingualism/multilingualism), teacher trainer, presenter, volunteer, traveller, photographer, and most recently Twitter. Interested in creating dynamic, full of fun learning environments and helping students become motivated and life-long language learners. A Webhead since 2007. Moderator of the 2007 EVO Open Webpublishing.


Jennifer Verschoor

Blog: My Integrating Technology Journey

ESL (English as a Second Language) Teacher, University Professor and Licenciate in Supervision and Educational Management. Coordinator of New Technologies for the Teaching of English at the Armenian School in Buenos Aires.Classroom Blog Open Classroom Founder of Yahoo Group Professional Development for Teachers


Illya Arnet-Clark

Blog: Illya's Blogfolio

Illya is a blogger, webcaster and an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher and teacher trainer in the pedagogical college of Lucerne, Switzerland. She is originally from the United States and is co-author of a coursebook series for children, Young World (Klett and Balmer AG). She is also the Learning Technologies SIG coordinator of ETAS (English Teachers Association Switzerland) and is dedicated to sharing her knowledge and experiences with others.


Nancy McKeand

Blog: Random Thoughts

Nancy currently teaches ESL to adult immigrants in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has taught all ages and proficiency levels in numerous countries around the world. She has been blogging since EVO 2005.


Rudolf Ammann

Rudolf is a media designer and researcher of Swiss origin currently based in London. He makes sure all the little pixels know what their place is.


Tools to be used


  • Session Website on Drupal platform: Social Media in ELT
  • Forums, synchronous and asynchronous chats and voice tools, blogs, aggregators, wiki, examples social networking sites and mashups, add-ons.



Join this session


To join this group:


From January 1 to 14:


  1. Go to: http://dekita.org/smielt
  2. Follow the instructions


Note: When you register for the group, you will have to be approved by the moderator. In order to reduce the possibility of "unwanted" members (such as spammers), please be sure to explain who you are and why you want to enroll in the session. This message will only be seen by the session moderator


TESOL Electronic Village Online (EVO)

A Project of TESOL's CALL Interest Section


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