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Tips and Tricks for Online Teachers 2009









This workshop aims to provide online and blended-class teachers with tools and ideas for their classes.




To famliarize teachers with some of the advantages of online teaching.


Target audience


Teachers with an interest in  the new environments for learning offered by the Internet, particularly voice conferencing.


Interest Section




Weekly content


Week 1

Getting to know one another. Introductions.


Participants will meet moderators and each other, complete an exploratory survey, and discuss needs and expectations, and their own online teaching ideas.

Introduction of some Web 2.0 tools for participants to explore.



Week 2


David Winet: Using 3D Spaces for Native-Speaker Contact: Educational tours in Second Life



Week 3


Guest Speaker Jaffar Kianpour: Mobile blended learning



Week 4


Guest Speaker Vanessa Vaile: Providing online tools for student writing feedback



Week 5


Guest Speaker Debby Feir: Teaching encapsulated, multi-level classes online



Week 6:


1. A pot-pourri of Web 2.0 tools for teachers  

2. Wrap-up discussion.

Final conclusions about best practices, tricks and tips in the process of planning and creating effective ESL/EFL teaching and learning online environment. Suggestions for further study and practice.








David Winet got started teaching English when he was 15 in Switzerland and a neighbor hired him to teach her reluctant son. Complete disaster! However, since then he has learned a few tricks and has taught ESL in France and California for many years. He got interested in email back in the early 90s and realized it might be a good way to teach English. Starting in 1993 with a former student who had returned to Germany from the U.S.,Dave began teaching "English by Email", possibly the first Internet-based ESL class. When graphical browsers came into being, Dave created StudyCom English for Internet (http://www.study.com), a free online school and research project where real teachers could connect with real students to study and use English, which continues to this day to provide students with free online ESL lessons with live teachers.



Guest Speakers:

Debby Feir (dbfeir at yahoo.com)

Jaffar Kianpour (jkengt at yahoo.com)

Vanessa Vaile (vcrary at yahoo.com)








Communication tools to be used:


TESOL2009 Google Group: http://groups.google.com/group/tipstricks2009

Alado: http://www.alado.net

Chatterbox: http://www.howudodat.com

LiveConferencePro: http://www.liveconferencepro.com

VoiceThread: http://voicethread.com/share/42094


Other tools will be introduced by the Guest Speakers


Join this session



To join this group:


From January 1 to 12:


  1. Go to:  http://groups.google.com/group/tipstricks2009
  2. Click on "Join this group" (link in the sidebar).
  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 fill out your profile.


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













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