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Call for Participation for TESOL's


Electronic Village Online (EVO)  2010





A Project of TESOL's CALL Interest Section



2010  Sessions


January 11 - February 21, 2010


Registration Jan 4-10







The Electronic Village Online Sessions



For six weeks, participants in EVO can engage with ESOL experts in collaborative, online discussion sessions or in 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 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.


During December, you will have time to explore the session syllabi. In January, you can join a session and work begins. These sessions require several hours/day of time on line, so do not sign up for more than two sessions. In February, at the end of your sessions, you will be asked to participate in an evaluation, so that we can make EVO better. (See the Timeline below.)

EVO is not a part of TESOL's Online Teaching Certificate Program

Contact TESOL for further information about the OTCP and other educational programs at edprograms@tesol.org





Archives of live Webcasts from Boston


Archived recordings of the CALL-IS live Webcasts from the

TESOL Convention in Boston are linked from:




Sessions 2010



  • 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 4, 2010



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



Sessions  Moderators  Brief Description 


Adaptive Technology


Sponsored by CALL IS



Eve Ribeiro


This is a discussion-based session that will allow teachers to share how they use technology to adapt instruction to help struggling students with major and minor disabilities. It will familiarize teachers with user-friendly, easily available resources.


Becoming a Webhead 



Sponsored by CALL IS

Dafne Gonzalez

Teresa Almeida dÉca 
Maru del Campo
Jose A. Da Silva
Helen Davies
Anisoara Pop
Fernanda Rodrígues
Mbarek Akaddar
Sharon Betts
Isabel Texeira
Hala Fawzi

Evelyn Izquierdo
Larissa Olesova


Webheads in Action is a nine-year-old community of practice of language teachers worldwide, coordinated by Vance Stevens. In the Becoming a Webhead workshop, which is an introduction to Webheads in Action, we explore Web communication tools and share the best ways of using them in our teaching practices, engage with students in virtual classes, collaborate on projects, and participate in conferences as audience and presenters. This collaboration takes place online, as we are all geographically apart. Would you like to join us?  


Bringing Language Alive through Process Drama 



Sponsored by Speech, Pronunciation, and Listening IS and the TESOL Drama Forum

Shin-Mei Kao

Gary Carkin

Susan Hillyard

Leslie Sapp

Jessica Davis

Fernanda Molla

George Plautz

Holly Dilatush

Process drama is a powerful language-learning tool because it involves all of the learners interactively all of the class time. Used for decades as a framework for reading, writing, and social studies classes in mainstream UK, Australian, and Canadian classrooms, process drama is now being utilized in second language classrooms worldwide because it provides stimuli for ongoing speaking, listening, reading, writing, and critical thinking opportunities while working within a dramatic context that evokes the use of intuition, imagination, and feeling. But what is it exactly? And how do we implement it? 


In this six-week online workshop, we will examine what it is, how it works, and how to apply it in relation to language acquisition in a step-by-step manner.  


Digital Materials Preparation Techniques



Sponsored by Video and Digital Media IS

John Allan
Jim Edgar
Stephen Roney

These sessions will introduce instructors to simple tools and techniques used by their educational technology savvy peers to produce professional, functional and recyclable resources for teaching.  All of the sessions have been used extensively in classes across the globe. Participants will be given the opportunity to share their experience with these tools. This collaboration takes place online.  Would you like to join us?






Sponsored by Video and Digital Media IS

Carla Arena

Dennis Oliver

Alice Barr

Ana Maria Menezes

Cheryl Oakes

Daniela Munca

Jane Petring

Mary Hillis

Nina Liuylkun

Susan Burg

Kathy Epps

Sasa Sirk

Erika Cruvinel


How can adding images to your in-class and online activities raise student interest? How can you help learners develop 21st century multiliteracy skills through active learning? 


In this six-week online workshop offered through the Electronic Village Online, participants will be introduced to various online image manipulation tools and will learn how to effectively incorporate these resources into their teaching practices. They will explore how images can be used in educational settings for photo sharing, storytelling, slideshows and comics creation, as well as understand how Creative Commons licensing can be beneficial for classroom use.  By the end of the workshop, participants will have the chance to develop a plan to begin incorporating digital production into their lesson plans.



Sponsored by English as a Foreign Language IS and

Elementary Education IS


Joanna Rodiki Petrides 

Hana Prashker

Sandra Rogers

This session focuses on the use of the Internet in the young EFL learners' classroom: examples of activities, tips on selecting online activities, problem handling.  

Multiliteracies for Social Networking and Collaborative Learning Environments



Sponsored by CALL IS

Vance Stevens 

Jennifer Verschoor

Nina Liakos

Dennis Oliver


A multiliterate teacher understands the many ways that technology interacts and intertwines with academic and interpersonal life, and actively learns how to gain control over those aspects impacting teaching, social, and professional development. 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.  


EVO Video 2010  

My Video Classroom 2.0


Sponsored by Video and Digital Media IS


Ryan Detwiler

Michael Marzio

Branka Marceta 

Jennifer Lebedev

Cora Chen

Are you looking for resources that will save your prep time, enhance your lessons, and expand teaching and learning beyond the classroom walls? Learn about these online treasure troves of multi-media content created for EFL/ESL teachers by fellow educators who share a passion for teaching, language learning, and video.  

Online Games for ESL/EFL



Sponsored by CALL IS

Andy Blanco

Sherri Wright


This session is a chance to delve into the world of games and the engagement that well-designed examples can bring.  You'll first begin by considering games as a subset of technological tools available to educators, and then move on to focus on the distinct characteristics that make gaming a unique medium which affords particular advantages for language learning.


There will a scheduled periods to play new multiplayer games online with your fellow learners.  Additionally, there will be opportunities to collectively think about integrating games with other forms of instruction.  Both synchronous (game play, chat sessions) and asynchronous (reading reviews and discussion) will span time and distance during the course of this session. 


Smart Teaching with Interactive Whiteboards




Sponsored by CALL IS



Anna Koorey

Susan Burg

In this workshop we’ll explore the world of Interactive Whiteboards: the pedagogy, the tools and resources supplied by the vendors, as well as the vast array of ready-made materials available online. We’ll be creating and sharing simple activities along the way, culminating with bigger pair/group projects.

We will use the Yahoo Group for introductions, tutorials and eventual doubts, this wiki for the session timeline, activities and group work, our virtual office at TappedIn for weekly chats. We will also be having synchronous presentations with guest speakers.


Teaching Languages in a Virtual World




Sponsored by CALL IS

Dennis Newson

Graham Stanley

Maria Pinto

Nahir Aparicio

Nergiz Kern

Włodzimierz Sobkowiak 


In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in the use of virtual worlds for language teaching and for education in general. This session will take a broad look at the current situation by investigating how organisations and individuals have leveraged this platform for language teaching and learning. Participants are invited to learn more by becoming involved in field trips, talks and discussions. We will also be looking at a selection of different educational tools that can be used to help the teacher and learners. You will be encouraged to try your hand at teaching language in one of these environments.


Virtual Language Travel




Sponsored by English as a Foreign Language IS


Holly Longstroth

Jan Holland

Heike Philp


‘Real’ language travel is a tour package that comprises classroom lessons in a local school with field trips to sightseeing places in the surrounding area. Often or not it also includes homestay with a family. What a fun way to learn a language. This kind of language learning is immersive, sociable, interesting and exciting and often a great experience at the beginning of a deeper involvement with the language. If you can afford it!


In this EVO session we are seeking to replicate the concept of language travel to be conducted entirely with online resources, virtual classroom teaching, and a total immersive virtual environment, such as Second Life. We will learn hands-on how to use virtual classroom technology for teaching the language and how to explore virtual worlds for practising the language. 










EVO Team (see our team here)



 Aiden Yeh


Birmingham University, UK





JoAnn Miller


Free Lance Consultant, Mexico City




Dafne González

 (Past coordinator)

Universidad Simon Bolivar Caracas, Venezuela




Elizabeth Hanson-Smith

(Past coordinator)

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



Moira Hunter


Paris, France





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



Vance Stevens

(TESOL PDC liaison)

Petroleum Institute

 Abu Dhabi, UAE

vancestev-at- gmail.com



Susan Marandi

Al-Zahra University

Teheran, Iran



Jane Petring
Collège Édouard-Montpetit

Longueuil, Quebec






Rubena St. Louis

Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela




Laine Marshall

Long Island University

New York, USA











TESOL Convention


For information about the TESOL 2010 Convention Reimagining TESOL, March 24 - 27, 2009, visit the TESOL site  and click on >Convention



Other TESOL PD Programs



TESOL offers academies and seminars in many countries around the world, as well as a wholly online Certificate. 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 2010 Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. The intended audience for this project includes both TESOL 2010 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.




Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, an international education association



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