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What is EVO

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The Electronic Village Online         

A Project of TESOL's CALL Interest Section




What is the EVO?


     EVO is a set of online discussions and workshops that takes place every year from mid-January to mid-February. Sessions include a range from simple discussions to virtual hands-on workshops. They can serve as a run-up or preview to the TESOL Convention, or a discussion of an issue in the field of teaching language, or experiments with and pedagogy of new technology tools.


     An online session is the perfect venue to pre-discuss papers from Academic Sessions or Intersessions, or to carry on a discussion of topics important to your member group. EVO provides an invaluable service to teachers all over the globe, for it brings together also those who cannot travel. We usually have over a thousand participants, both members and non-members of TESOL. Most sessions also offer live chats (text and audio/video), including Webcasts from the Convention, and all participants are welcome to any of these live events.


     EVO is a long-standing project of TESOL's CALL-IS, and we have joined forces in our coordination and moderation teams with IATEFL and national Teaching Associations to offer sessions that relate to IATEFL's special interest groups (SIGs) and the IATEFL conventions and webinars. 


EVO across the years:


Liakos N., et al (2016) All Aboard for the Electronic Village ... Online CALL-IS Newsletter, March 2016 


Yeh, A., Rogers, S.,  Philp, H., Chattopadhyay, K., Arena, C., & Stevens, S. (2011). The Electronic Village Online provides free professional development annuallyTESOL-Italy Newsletter, June-July 2011: 9.


Hanson-Smith, E. & Bauer-Ramazani, C. (2004). Professional development: The Electronic Village Online of the TESOL CALL Interest SectionTESL-EJ, 8(2).


An Invitation to Join EVO 2012:

Arena, C. (2012). http://www.teachingvillage.org/2012/01/02/come-join-the-electronic-village-online-by-carla-arena/. Blog Post at Teaching Village.



For those wishing to offer an EVO session


     An EVO session needs a moderator (co-moderators are preferred) and sponsorship from a TESOL Interest Section, Forum, E-Group, Affiliate, or other TESOL entity; or from an IATEFL SIG. Sponsors provide a ready-made audience of their members, and will help advertise your session on their e-list and/or webpage. No monetary support is involved. Usually, your home IS or SIG is a good sponsor, and we hope to involve all of TESOL's and IATEFL's member entities. (We will help you find a sponsor appropriate to your content if you need help.) At least one moderator must be a TESOL member or IATEFL.

The moderator(s) will spend 4 weeks in October-November learning how to

  • run the session interface
  • maintain a healthy and productive discussion or workshop
  • create an explanatory session syllabus
  • foster an online learning community using Web 2.0 tools


In other words, those who offer sessions will receive training in how to be effective online moderators.


Successful completion of the training is of great personal benefit to the moderators and can lead to other opportunities in online teaching.


Click here to see examples of the online sessions from earlier EVO sessions.


To contact the Coordinating Team, write to any of us:

EVO Team - http://evosessions.org/ 


Time Frame:


  • Call for Moderators -  July-August
  • Deadline for proposals - September
  • Call for Participants  - December
  • EVO Sessions - January-February
  • TESOL Convention - March


Please urge your colleagues to join this ongoing project!






  The Electronic Village Online is a project of TESOL's CALL Interest Section
(Rev. Jan 2012, E. Hanson-Smith/Carla Arena, minor update Dec 2019, Vance Stevens)






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