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Internet for Beginners






















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.


The session will:

 --look into existing activities and sites on the Internet that can be used in class with little or no change

 --learn how to find information effectively (search engines)

 --learn the techniques needed to create original activities

 --share suggestions on incorporating the Internet into class activities

 --create original activities

 --and, finally, construct a basic personal website where assignments can be posted and activities presented.



  • To investigate the Internet as a source of classroom activities and resources
  • To use it effectively to find useful information effectively
  • To learn basic Web techniques that make using it more pleasant
  • To share ideas on how to use the Web in different classroom situations
  • To create some original activities for participants’ classes
  • To build a personal website using all the techniques learned in the session 



Target audience



This course is specifically intended for beginning Internet users of all levels of teaching. They should have basic computer skills: know how to turn the computer on and off, use the mouse, use a word processor, and have access to the Internet with Internet Explorer, Firefox or a similar web browser. Participants with more experience are invited to join the group as observers.



Interest Sections


EFL-IS and Adult Ed IS



Weekly Content


Week 1

Participants will

…practice using the class website (http://www.efltasks.net/room20/beginners.php)

…introduce themselves in the FORUM and comment on each other’s contributions.

…also be introduced to some existing Web resources and comment on their experiences in the FORUM.


Week 2

Participants will

…continue exploring existing Web resources and comment in the FORUM.

...be introduced to various different search engines and comment in the FORUM.

…learn how to use Google efficiently.



Week 3

Participants will

…explore web activities created by classroom teachers in Filamentality (http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/) and comment in the FORUM.

…explore the Filamentality template, make an original activity and share it with the group.

…learn link copying and formatting  techniques


Week 4

Participants will

…begin creating a personal website using Google Sites (http://sites.google.com)

…learn the techniques required to build the basic site


Week 5


Participants will

…continue developing their sites

…add pages and links

…share their sites with the group


Week 6

 Evaluation and wrap-up





JoAnn Miller has taught English in Mexico City for over thirty years. She has a BA from San Diego State University, an MA from the National University of Mexico and doctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin. She was at the Mexico City bi-national (US/Mexico) for 18 years as teacher and coordinator. She worked at the private Universidad del Valle de Mexico for 9 years and was Institutional Coordinator for 8 of those years. She was editor of the MEXTESOL Journal for 7 years and is still member of the Editorial Board. She was on the Board of Directors of TESOL, Inc. (2003-2006). She is currently working as a free lance consultant and materials developer. Her major interests are development of communicative materials, the use of online materials, assessment and online teacher training. She has collaborated with Macmillan by developing the exam disks for the series Style, Skyline, Skyhigh and Attitude, the Workbooks for Skyhigh and other supplementary materials.


Communication tools


Website/CMS - http://www.efltasks.net/room20/beginners.php  

Filamentality - http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/ 

Google Sites - http://sites.google.com



Join this session



To join this group:


From January 1 to 12:


  1. Go to:  http://www.efltasks.net/room20/beginners.php
  2. Click on "Sign up" - at the bottom of the information window
  3. Follow the instructions





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, Inc.





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