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The Electronic Village Online 


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 or 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.  And please inform your colleagues about this unparalleled professional development opportunity!


The EVO 2017 Coordination Team



Sessions 2017


 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.

                    REGISTRATION IS FROM JANUARY 1 TO JANUARY 8, 2017.

  • The sessions begin on January 8th but are held asynchronously; that is, you can log in, begin reading, and join the email discussion of the materials. However, most sessions have some synchronous activities where you gather for a live meeting on your topic of study.  See your session's syllabus of weekly activities for details.
  • Please join us here for the EVO2017 kickoff webcast on SaturdayJanuary 7, 2017 at 14:00/2:00 p.m. GMT (your local time here!)


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



  Click on the title of the session to find out more. Session Moderators


Classroom-Based Research for Professional Development


This EVO project provides a hands-on introduction to inquiry-based teacher development, especially (though not exclusively) for teachers working in difficult circumstances (large classes, low-resource classrooms, etc.). The project takes participants through different stages of teacher-research, engaging them in practical activities which will gradually build their confidence in this area.






Richard Smith; Paula Rebolledo; Amol Padwad; Kenan Dikilitas

Asli Saglam; Jo Gakonga;

Babita Sharma; Michelle Evans; Sadeqa Ghazal; Mark Wyatt







Design Thinking



Taking Design Thinking to School together. The purpose of Design Thinking session is to extend participants' knowledge of the role of design thinking in K12 classroom. We will share ideas and develop strategies for implementing Design Thinking in our classroom. Bring ideas to life. 

Margaryta Kalyuzhna; Ludmyla Boyko; Anna Garkusha; Irina KovalchukElena Vasilchenko





Developing Intercultural Competence Through the Use of Online Resources


This session is intended to encourage EFL teachers to introduce the foreign culture into the Classroom in order to develop the intercultural competence in their teaching practices by using online resources.  Over five weeks, moderators will present theory and provoke practice through the adaptation of resources according the teaching contexts.


Sponsor: VenTESOL

Daniel Castillo; Evelyn Urbina; Freddy Vanegas




DIY Online Assessment



With the quick development of technology in education there has come a fervent need for applying different assessment techniques regularly whether formative or summative ones. Yet what kind of assessment should we use? Thus I would to help the attendees to work with me online through their mobiles or ipads to share in applying different apps to see how easy it is to use them and apply them at their schools. 





Maha Hassan; Aya ElWakeel ; Nellie Deutsch









EVO Minecraft MOOC 2017



This session will invite interested teachers to join us in playing Minecraft, learning all we can about playing alone and together, and how Minecraft is being used effectively in language learning. We'll learn by doing and from one another. We'll continue where we left off last year while welcoming and assisting newcomers. 




Rose Bard; Linda Gielen; Glen Irvin; Anna Jędryczko; Jeff Kuhn; Robert Ogorek; Mircea Patrascu; Aaron Schwartz; Marijana Smolcec; Filip Smolcec; Vance Stevens












This EVO session focuses on applying games in virtual teaching – using ideas from f2f (face to face) and transferring them to virtual language learning.We aim to create new games in virtual worlds using the affordances these immersive environments have to offer and are making machinima (videos) to demonstrate how the games work.


We learn to build, texture and script our games for fun in language learning. 


Sponsor: TESOL CALL-IS, TESOL Greece


Randall Sadler; Heike Philp; Christel Schneider; Dennis Newson; Edith Paillat; Shelwyn Corrigan; Ann Nowak; Helena Galani; Jens Kjaer Olsen; Dr. Doris Molero; Helen Myers, Hazel Workman; Nuno Lanca; Nick Zwart; Panagiotis Mourtzis; Kip Boahn







Experiential Learning



This session promotes experiential learning in EFL teacher education as a way to strengthen the link between theory and practice in EFL teachers’ pedagogical practice. Participants reflect on their own teaching and implement active learning strategies such as Loop Input in the teacher training courses they teach.


Sponsors: TESOL TEIS; Norwegian National Academic Council for English Studies


Anna Krulatz; Georgios Neokleous








Flipped Learning


This five-week online workshop is designed for both those new to flipped learning and those who are already flipping their classes. In flipped learning, content delivery takes place outside of class freeing the instructor to focus class on interactive, collaborative projects and activities for maximum language acquisition in a meaningful context. Participants will practice with various video creation tools, gain skills in curating already existing media, and will learn how to effectively incorporate these resources into their teaching practices. Of course, whenever possible, the workshop employs a flipped approach! 



John Graney; Jeff Magoto; Kevin Coleman; Khalid Fethi; Martha Ramirez; Carolina R. Buitrago 








Designed by a seasoned team of EVO long standing 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; Jose Antonio da Silva; Svetlana Obenausova; Sanja Bozinovic; Elizabeth Anne; Marcia Lima; Maria Bossa; Sneza Filipovic








(M4TEVO17) session will take place on the latest Moodle 3.1. Participants will learn about resources, activities, and blocks available in a Moodle course as students and practice with the role of a teacher and manager. In weeks 4 and 5, they will work collaboratively to design and develop their own Moodle course. Participants will learn to create video tutorials using screencast-o-matic, Knovio, Present me, and SlideSpeech.  




Nellie Deutsch; Tom Hodgers; Ekaterina Krasikova








Non-native English Speakers in TESOL


In this discussion-based session, participants will explore conceptualizations of and approaches to teachers' lived experiences negotiating identity and fluid privilege-marginalization in the discursive field of English language education. The session will then attend to implications for theory, inquiry, policy, hiring, and practice.




Bedrettin Yazan; Nathanael RudolphAiden Yeh; Geeta AnejaMichael Karas; Kara MacDonald




QR Codes in Action



QR Codes are everywhere and they are all in “action” but have you thought about using them with your students?As teachers we need to start to think outside the box and start using them in our classes in new and creative ways. Therefore,we will be looking at different methods to create and use them in class in a fun way. This session hopefully will inspire everyone about these magical codes and add another string to your professional bow. So join us to combine ease, speed and creativity to enrich your lessons.







Sibel Taskin Simsek; Adam Simpson; Nezaket Köymen Özgirin; Nellie Deutsch 









Teaching Listening: principles, techniques and technologies


A lot of teachers find that listening is a tricky skill to teach. This session is your golden opportunity to 'hack' this skill. 

During this session you will design, try out and discuss a range of listening activities informed by research and expand your knowledge of online resources and tech tools for teaching listening.  


Sponsors: IATEFL Learner Autonomy SIGIATEFL Learning Technologies SIG


Olya Sergeeva; Elena Wilkinson;
Lizzie Pinard; Jennie Wright; Richard Cauldwell; Sheila Thorn; Richard Chinn; Marina Kladova






Teaching Pronunciation Differently


All teachers have tried to teach pronunciation using 'listen and repeat', and most of us have found the results unsatisfactory. But there is a different way, and it works very well. The 'Articulatory Approach' teaches students what to do with their mouths to sound right. Join us in TPD 2017 to explore how to teach pronunciation this way. 




Piers Messum; Carrie Terry; Roslyn Young 








CLIL – Content and Language Integrated Learning - is a "dual focus" methodology, fostering the development of language competencies 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.We share good practices from the different countries and learn from other colleagues through synchronous and asynchronous meetings. Webinars with national and international CLIL experts will be a highlight of this session.


Sponsors: TESOL Secondary Schools IS; ITT Giordani Striano (Naples)


Letizia Cinganotto; Daniela Cuccurullo 










Teaching EFL to Young Learners sessions will examine teaching English to Young Learners and Teens from around the world using using storytelling, board games, action songs, and limited resource classroom activities. 





Nellie Deutsch; Charles Goodger; Julie Pratten Kacmaz;   Susan Brodar;  Nives Torresi








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