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Call for Participation  


Electronic Village Online (EVO) 2020 






About EVO


For five weeks in January and February, TESOL experts and participants from around the world engage in collaborative online discussions or hands-on virtual workshops of professional and scholarly benefit. These sessions bring together participants for a longer period of time than is permitted by land-based professional development conventions and allow a fuller development of ideas than is otherwise possible.


Sessions are free and open to anyone around the globe. It is not necessary to be a TESOL or IATEFL member nor to attend the TESOL

Convention in order to participate. All you need is access to the Internet.


We invite you to choose a session from this year's offerings listed below. Please inform your colleagues about this unparalleled professional development opportunity!


Click on the link for the session you want to attend, scroll down to the bottom of the page and find the joining instructions for each session there.  





EVO Communities




The Electronic Village Online Hashtag is:  #evosessions    

Click on the title of a session below to view the complete session description. You will find instructions on how to join the session on that page.








Recording of Kickoff for EVO20






----> Due to the time involved, we very strongly recommend that you sign up for no more than two sessions.



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Session description

Session Moderators

2020 EVO Minecraft MOOC


This session invites interested teachers to join us in playing Minecraft. Through meaningful play, we will learn all we can about playing Minecraft alone and together. We will learn and understand through play how Minecraft can be used effectively in language learning. We'll learn by doing and from one another. 


Stevens, Vance

Abdelmoneim, Maha

AKA Olivetree

Bard, Rose

Carroll, Don

Chien, Jane

Dodgson, David

Harrison, Kim 

Kuhn, Jeff

Patrascu, Mircea

Philp, Heike

Schwartz, Aaron

Smolčec, Marijana

Smolčec, Filip

Stevens, Bobbi

CEFR VS Assessment

CEFR has settled rules for determining students' language levels. Yet what is the relation between it and assessment? What are the newclarifications/descriptors added through the recently published CEFR revisions? Can these really promote teachers' assessment of their students' classwork and their lesson plans as well? Is there a place for technology also? Let's look it up!!


Maha Hassan 

Aya El Wakil 

Classroom-based research for Professional Development

This hands-on EVO project aims at empowering teachers to conduct teacher research to solve real site-based problems in their classrooms. 

Being guided by our team of experienced moderators, participants will have the possibility of implementing their research projects in their classrooms as well as of sharing them in the EVO online community. 


Lidia Casalini

Mariana Serra 

Rubén Mazzei

MPilar Martinez

Ana Otero


Babita Sharma Chapagain 

English for the Workplace



This is a session for teachers of Business English or those with an interest in teaching Business English in the future.


We are going to look at the special groups who make up Business classes, some of the tools of the trade, and ways to build programmes to suit the students.

We will investigate the differences between classes and 1-2-1 students, pre-service University groups and those already in the workplace, and f-2-f classes and those delivered online. 

A group of international business teachers is available to share their expertise and help suggest ways to start or improve your own business teaching. By the end participants should be able to design material to suit their circumstances and future-proof their lessons.

Sue Annan

Shweta Paropkari 

Katrin Lichterfeld

Kirsten Waechter

Marcela Harrisberger

Ekaterina Krasikova

Andzrej Stesik 

Marina Bocharova

Adi Rajan

Virginia Lopez Grisolla 

Escape the Classroom! 


An escape room is an adventure game set within a confined space in which players solve puzzles to unlock the door. Originally a videogame, you can now find non-virtual versions in cities all over the world. Players are given a set time limit during which they unveil a story and attempt to get out of the room. In order to do so, the players have to solve a variety of puzzles, riddles and other challenges in order to find keys and combinations to open locks. Escape Rooms can be exciting, intense and a lot of fun. Teamwork and communication is key, which means they are ideal for language learning and teaching too. During this EVO session we would like to explore different aspects of escape rooms (both live and digital), looking how you can use these for language learning and teaching. Participants are invited to join in to get tips and tricks on how to turn their classrooms into escape rooms.l versions in cities all over the world. 

Stanley, Graham

Worgan, Michelle 

Scorus, Madalina

Syurmen, Meriyem



This five-week online workshop is designed for both those new to flipped learning and those who are already flipping their classes. The goal of flipped learning is to reach every student every day in a meaningful way. In flipped learning, the group learning space is revitalized and turned into a fertile environment for students to engage actively and creatively with learning. Thus, participants in the session will gain further insight into the concepts and processes of flipped learning in order to transform their pedagogical practice and will also learn about tools to enhance direct instruction and individual learning. Of course, whenever possible, the workshop employs a flipped approach!

Magoto, Jeff

Rodriguez Buitrago, Carolina

Ramírez, Martha

Díaz, Juliana

Salazar, Diana K

Garibotto, Gabriela

Kenteris, Mike

Getting Online as a Teacherpreneur


If you want to be an independent online teacher and set up your own website or platform, this session is where you need to be.


This session is about  technical knowledge for novice to intermediate level users. Starting with understanding the working of internet, programming requirements for getting online with a focus on learning programming for the internet.


Harshita Kapoor

Dr. Nellie Deutsch 

Grammar for TESOL 



Grammar for TESOL aims to provide some general theoretical and practical knowledge of grammar as well as some suggested tasks for beginner and experienced TESOL teachers to apply their understanding of that knowledge as they prepare for more interactive grammar lessons.


Naglaa Salem

Dr. Nellie Deutsch



Designed by a seasoned team of  long standing EVO moderators and participants, ICT4ELT (Information and Communication Technology for English Language Teachers) is a session for teachers who want to explore how computers and computer technology could be useful in their teaching but do not know where to start.

If you want to liven up your classroom with technology, come and join us!


Ayat Tawel

Svetlana Obenausova

Marijana Smolcec

Jose Antonio da Silva

Efrossini Zoniou

Sanja Bozinovic

Immersive Language Teaching and Learning


To learn a language live online is the best and sometimes cheapest way of practicing it in real-time with other people. Virtual worlds and video games offer opportunities to meet speakers of other languages and native speakers alike but there are many 3D spaces out there and sometimes it is difficult to decide which one to join.  


We want to introduce our participants to a variety of virtual worlds and look forward to inviting guest speakers who are familiar with some of the seldom used ones. For all live sessions we offer Zoom videoconferencing access where language educators can watch others sharing their screens. Participants are also encouraged to join this virtual environment and instructions on how to do so are provided.

Dr. Randall Sadler 

Heike Philp

Dennis Newson

Alicja Bomirska

Helena Galani

Annalisa Di Pierro 



Moodle for Teachers EVO20 (M4TEVO20) session will take place on the latest Moodle. Participants will learn how to teach online using resources, activities, and blocks available in a Moodle course as students and practice as teachers and managers of a course. They will learn to create video tutorials using Screencast-o-matic to showcase and document their learning. In weeks 4 and 5, participants will work collaboratively to design and develop their own Moodle courses.   


Weekly digital badges and a final certificate will be available for participants who complete the tasks.  

Dr. Nellie Deutsch


Mentoring teacher-research


Teacher-research can be a powerful process, having a profound impact on teachers and learners. There are now quite a few resources on classroom-based research which are easily available to English language teachers. However, there is a lack of guidance on how to support teacher research, particularly as a mentor.


Accordingly, this session aims to create a community of teacher-research mentors, providing an opportunity to share insights and provide specific guidance to enable mentors and prospective mentors to play what can be a pivotal role in supporting teacher-research.

Dr. Richard Smith 

Dr Seden Eraldemir Tuyan 



CLIL – Content and Language Integrated Learning - is a "dual focus" methodology, fostering the development of language competences and the delivery of subject content at the same time. It refers to the learning of a curricular subject in a foreign language, with great advantages in terms of students' learning outcomes and cognitive processes. CLIL is spreading more and more, as an integrated part of school curricula in many countries. In order to implement this innovative approach, the role of teacher training is essential. This EVO session is aimed at spreading CLIL methodology, combining teaching strategies and technical tools and eliciting reflections and discussions among teachers from all over the world. It is important to share good practices from the different countries and learn from other colleagues through synchronous and asynchronous web meetings.  

Daniela Cuccurullo

Dr. Letizia Cinganotto 



Teaching EFL to Young Learners sessions is a hands-on session for teachers of English to Young Learners and Teens from around the world. The session will focus on activities that engage young learners. Teachers will use VoiceThread for student speaking, story reading, board games, limited resource classroom activities, Padlet for collaborative reflections, and Screencast-o-martic for video tutorials.   


TEFL2YL is designed for teachers, parents, caregivers, and everyone involved in teaching young learners and teens irrespective of context or degree of experience. 


Weekly digital badges and a final certificate will be available for participants who complete the tasks.  

Dr. Nellie Deutsch

Judy Wong

Nives Torresi 

Sheryl McCoy


Tools for Student Collaboration


Learning is fun when it is social. In this session, participants will learn how to engage students in collaborative learning in and out of the classroom using their computers and/or smart phones. The focus will be on tools that enhance student collaboration.  


Weekly digital badges and a final certificate will be available for participants who complete the tasks.  

Dr. Nellie Deutsch

Rosmery Ribera 





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EVO is NOT part of the TESOL Certificate: Developing an Online Teaching Program. 

 For information about this Certificate program, please contact TESOL at 

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