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Digital material preparation techniques and resources for TESOL professionals


Hands-on workshop - techniques and resources to create educational media.







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?




Participants will:

  • use various tools for creating ESL/EFL learning materials,
  • interact through e-mail, text chat, forums and wikis
  • contribute to wikis, and post works related to their own contexts
  • reflect on ways of applying those tools to their teaching
  • participate in a weekly text chats held to discuss content and pre-defined topics



Target audience 


Any TESOL educator interested in creating or optimizing media for their instructional purposes.  Particularly teachers who have small budgets, since many of these resources are free. 

ESL/EFL teachers interested in using communication tools in their teaching, be it exclusively online or blended into face-to-face teaching.

LEVEL: Must have basic computer skills in MSWord and surfing the Internet.

Requirements: Having an e-mail account, familiarity with word processors and Internet access. Having a headset or computer speakers is required. 



Interest Section Sponsors


Video and Digital Media IS and CALL IS


Weekly content


Week 1

Getting to know one another. Introduction.

Participants will meet moderators and each other, complete an exploratory survey, and discuss needs and expectations, and their own materials development requirements. The concept of planning a mixed media production with examples is introduced.


Week 2

Text-based materials production

The facilitator will present on the distinct parts manipulating text from the dummy text holders to acquiring copyright free materials from the Gutenburg project.  Installing ornate font from resources such as dafont.com is also detailed in this session.    


Week 3

The World Wide Web as a material developer’s aide

The World Wide Web as a material developer’s aide is the focus of this session. The facilitator will offer a survey with sample activities using seven – or more - on line tools, such as SpellingCity, VocabGrabber and Quia. Participants will be encouraged to offer additional resources.


Week 4

Screen Capturing  & Video file conversion

The facilitator demonstrates the amazing world of screen capturing using  A free online tool - Zamzar.  The will demonstrate the techniques he uses in his online classes and face-to-face classes.  He offers the participants the ability to produce static and animated screen captures that can be used in other vessels such as PowerPoint, Web sites, Flash animations and video.  Video file cnversion from Internet sources is also covered in this session.  The online tool Zamzar is used to convert media.


Week 5

Producing professional audio for ESL materials production

The facilitator will explain how teachers can create professional audio for listening activities, assessments or for student projects with a basic open source audio editor – Myna by Aviary.  High quality audio increases the validity of tests as well as increases the potential for recycling of the sound files. Participants will be guided through an editing experience in real time as well as learn tricks of experienced audio engineers.  Features such as multi-tracking, noise removal, normalizing and exporting will be included in this gathering.  


Week 6

Wrap-up discussion





John Allan has been involved in educational technology and TESOL for the past twenty years.  He has spent most of the past decade in the Middle East taking a bath in the unlimited amounts of technology offered in the Gulf region. (www.edtechisus.com)


Stephen Roney, a professional editor and ESL teacher, has been writing and presenting on the attributes of using the Internet as a bountiful toolkit where materials design is possible for English for Specific Purposes clients. His practical and professional experience in this area is invaluable.  


James Edgar has been building a learning objects repository for LINC Canada.  His expertise spans from Drupal to Moodle to CALL applications. (www.edgarplace.com)



Communication tools to be used


Communications media used:  Zamzar, Project Gutenburg, Wikipedia, Picnik, dafont, LexTutor, Lorem Ipsum, Google Translate, ScreenToaster, ESLVideo, Spelling City, StudyStack, Forvo and Writeboard.  These items may be altered as the new Web 2.0 offerings may introduce better and more refined resources.  



How to sign onto the Moodle course


1.     Surf to http://www.edtechisus.com/moodle/

2.     Click on Digital material preparation for TESOL

3.     Click on Create new account

4.     Fill in the form

5.     Click Create my new account

6.     Read the next screen

8.     Click continue

9.     Open your email account

10. Click on the confirmation link

11. Type in the enrollment key = evomat

12. Click >Enroll me in this course

7.     You are now enrolled in the course!


Join this session



To join this group:


From January 4 to 10:


  1. Go to: http://www.edtechisus.com/moodle/course/view.php?id=3



  2. Click on the blue button:  (This is just an image). The real button is on the Yahoo Group. If you don´t have a Yahoo ID, you will be prompted to create one (it is free).


  3. 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


Back to Call for Participation

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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