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Call for Participation for the TESOL

Electronic Village Online (EVO) 2009

A Project of TESOL's CALL Interest Section

2009  Sessions





January 12 - February 22, 2009

Registration Jan 1 - 12





The Electronic Village Online Sessions


For six weeks , participants can engage with ESOL experts in collaborative, online discussion sessions or hands-on virtual workshops of professional and scholarly benefit. These sessions will bring together participants for a longer period of time than is permitted by the four-day land-based TESOL convention and will allow a fuller development of ideas and themes of the convention or of professional interest in general.


The sessions are free and open to all interested parties.

You do not need to be a TESOL member to participate.


Sessions are organized by TESOL's CALL Interest Section and run wholly by volunteers who have donated their time to serve the profession.





Sessions 2009 


  • Click on the name of a session below to view the complete session description.


  • Join a session by following the link to the online platform at the bottom of each description.



Registration starts on January 1st


----> We strongly recommend that you sign up for no more than two sessions.






Moderator(s) Brief Description

Becoming a Webhead

Dafne Gonzalez

Teresa A. d'Eça

Monica Veado

Sasha Sirk

Maru del Campo

Kat Urbaniak

Sharon Betts

Jose A. Da Silva

Nelba Quintana

Jennifer Vershoor

Hala Fawzi

This is a hands-on workshop where participants explore Web 2.0 tools and share the best ways of using them in their teaching practices.

We are part of the Webheads in Action virtual Community of Practice. 

Sponsored by CALL Interest Section

Blog-based Lesson & e-Portfolios


Miguel Mendoza

Evelyn Izquierdo

Teadira  Pérez

This session provides basic notions like planning a lesson and put into practice what you might have learned about blogs to design a lesson supported with e-portfolios to collect students' activities for evaluation.

Sponsored by CALL Interest Section

Collaborative Writing


Kenan Barut

Sedat Akayoglu 

In this session, the most popular computer-mediated communication tools for collaborative writing, blogs and wikis, will be introduced and some activities with word processors will be carried out. Discussions and exchanging of points of view will be provided by WiZiQ sessions in this comprehensive workshop. 

Sponsored by Second Language Writing Interest Section


Conflict Resolutions for English
 Language Learners

Valerie S. Jakar
Alison Milofsky

This session is designed around a curriculum guide for teaching conflict resolution with English language learners. Participants will engage in conversations on prejudice awareness and reduction, communication, and conflict management and will discuss challenges and opportunities to bringing these conversations

into their classroom.

Sponsored by Teachers for Social Responsibility Forum, Non-Native English Speaking Teachers Interest Section, and English as a Foreign Language Interest Section

Designing Interactive Activities 

for the Young learner EFL Classroom


Joanna Rodikis

Rubena St. Louis

In this session participants will learn how to use Hot Potatoes to create activities for the young learner EFL classroom.

Sponsored by Elementary Education Interest Section and English as a Foreign Language Interest Section

Digifolios and Personal Learning Spaces

Building a Professional ID in the 21st century

Anne Fox

Cristina Costa

Doug Symington

Nellie Deutsch 

The workshop aims at providing awareness of the way the web can empower the individual not only to learn, but also to present what, how and with whom he/she learns. 

Sponsored by Video and Digital Media Interest Section and CALL Interest Section

Digital Storytelling in ELT Classrooms


Sedat Akayoglu

Beyza Yilmaz 

The aim of this session is to show how to use Windows Movie Maker software while creating and editing videos; and at the end of the session participants will have the chance

to create their own videos and publish them online. 

Sponsored by Video and Digital Media Interest Section and CALL Interest Section

Enhancing Lessons with Web 2.0


Robert Squires

Rita Zeinstejer

Nina Liakos

Maru Del Campo

Mary Di Monaco

Minhaaj Ur Rehman

Analia Dobboletta

Alicia Zuliani 

During the session, participants will create their own blogs and Web 2.0 instructional items, participate in asynchronous and live discussions, complete topic-specific readings, and develop a lesson plan applying web tools to a relevant teaching/learning context. 

Sponsored by English as a Foreign Language Interest Section

EVO Video 09

Planning Video Projects

Ryan Detwiler

Kristi Reyes

Cora Chen

Elizabeth Hanson-Smith 

This session will help teachers of EFL/ESL develop lesson plans for video projects to use with their students of various levels. 

Sponsored by Video and Digital Media Interest Section


Exploring Images in the 21st Century Classroom


Alice Barr

Ana Maria Menezes

Bob Sprankle

Carla Arena

Cheryl Oakes

Daniela Munca

Jane Petring

João Alves

Mary Hillis

Nina Lyulkun

Ronaldo Júnior

Susan Burg 

In this six-week online workshop, participants will be introduced to various online image manipulation tools and will learn how to effectively incorporate these resources into their teaching practices.

Sponsored by VDM-IS and CALL Interest Section

Internet for Beginners

JoAnn Miller 

This session is designed to help inexperienced Internet users learn how to develop and use the Web in their classes either as bridging activities (like homework, but beyond fill in the blank), as class projects or even in the computer lab as a class activity.

Sponsored by English as a Foreign Language Interest Section and Adult Education Interest Section



Laura Stoutenburg

Shefali Ray

Marina Gonzales

This six week syllabus is for those interested in mentoring new or struggling ESOL teachers. Basic mentoring skills will be explored and online resources will be identified.

Sponsored by Teachers for Social Responsibility Forum, Non-native English Speaking Teachers Interest Section, and English as a Foreign Language Interest Section


Multiliteracies for Social Networking and Collaborative Learning Environments

Vance Stevens

Nelba Quintana, Doris Molero, Jennifer Verschoor

Multiliterate individuals are aware of the pitfalls inherent in technology while striving for empowerment through effective strategies for first discerning and then taking advantage of those aspects of changing technologies most appropriate to their situations. These strategies include managing, processing, and interpreting a constant influx of information, filtering what is useful, and then enhancing the learning environment with the most appropriate applications. This course seeks to heighten awareness of these considerations, and to enable participants to explore ways of dealing with them in professional and interpersonal development as well as work with students.

Sponsored by CALL Interest Section

NNEST: Networking Solutions for Professional Development

Aiden Yeh

Ana Wu

This is a discussion-based session about the issues facing Nonnative English Speaking Teachers (NNESTs) in TESOL. Meet the experts and renowned researchers in the field. Learn and Share. Let this EVO experience inspire change in your teaching career and make a difference!

Sponsored by Non-native English Speaking Teachers Interest Section

 Teaching English through Drama: Dramatic Questions, Dramatic Answers


Gary Carkin,

Judy Trupin,

Nigel Caplan,

Sarah Dodson-Knight,

Susan Hillyard,

Fernanda Molla,

Yordana Hristozova,

George Plautz,

Julie O'Sullivan, and 

Shin-Mei Kao 

This session will focus on the questions raised by participants. Soliciting issues from members, the issues will be discussed in "threads." Participants may join as many discussion threads as they feel able to handle.  

Sponsored by the SPL-IS and the Drama E-Group

Tips and Tricks for Online Teachers 2009


Dave Winet

This workshop aims to provide online and blended-class teachers with tools and ideas for their classes. It will familiarize teachers with some of the advantages of online teaching.

Sponsored by CALL Interest Section

Virtual Worlds & Language Learning


Graham Stanley

Nergiz Kern

Nicholas Noakes

Dennis Newson 

This session will take a broad look at the current situation online by looking at organisations and individuals who are involved in language education in Second Life (http://www.secondlife.com) and other virtual worlds. 

Sponsored by CALL Interest Section

What's in the Library for ESL/EFL Students?

Lynn Zimmerman

Anna Koorey

The library is no longer limited to 4 walls. Whether your students need to find reading material for pleasure or for classes, or to conduct research, the library is the place to start. This session will introduce teachers to ways that they can use the library and its resources with their ESL/EFL students.

Sponsored by Secondary Education Interest Section and Adult Education Interest Section









EVO Team




Dafne González


Universidad Simon Bolivar Caracas, Venezuela




 Aiden Yeh

(CALL-IS liaison)

Wen Zao Ursuline College of Languages, Kaohsiung,Taiwan



Vance Stevens

(TESOL PDC liaison)

Petroleum Institute

 Abu Dhabi, UAE

vance_stevens-at- yahoo.com



Elizabeth Hanson-Smith

(Past coordinator)

California State University,Sacramento/Command Performance Language Institute, Sacramento, CA






Christine Bauer-Ramazani

(Co-founder and Past coordinator)

St. Michael's College, Cochester, Vermont, USA




Carla Arena

Casa Thomas Jefferson

Binational Center

Brasilia-DF, Brazil



Moira Hunter


Paris, France



Susan Marandi

Al-Zahra University

Teheran, Iran



Leticia Esteves

Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela




Rubena St. Louis

Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela



Laine Marshall

Long Island University

New York, USA





TESOL Convention


For information about the TESOL 2009 Convention Uncharted Mountains, Forging New Pathways , March 25 - 28, 2009, visit the TESOL site



Other TESOL PD Programs



To find out more about the TESOL's Principles and Practices of Online Teaching Certificate Program - OTCP - (the foundation course begins January 12), go to TESOL and click on >EDUCATION and then > ONLINE EDUCATION, or e-mail edprograms@tesol.org

(EVO is not a part of the OTCP)





The CALL Interest Section of the global TESOL professional association offers the opportunity to participate in the Electronic Village Online (EVO), a professional development project and virtual extension of the TESOL 2009 Convention in Denver, Colorado. 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 sessions of the Electronic Village Online



The Electronic Village Online is a project of TESOL's CALL Interest Section.


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