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Call for Participation in TESOL's


Electronic Village Online (EVO) 2013

A Project of TESOL's Computer-assisted Language Learning (CALL) Interest Section


2013  Sessions


January 14, 2013 - February 17, 2013


--> Registration is Jan 7-13, 2013 - Join a session!




--> EVO Launch Jan. 13th from 14:00-16:00 GMT


Information about the annual Kick-off Webcast for the 2013 EVO sessions will be announced here. 




The Electronic Village Online Sessions



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


Sessions are free and open to anyone around the globe. Bring your colleagues!



Sessions 2013


  • Click on the name of a session below to view the complete session description.


  • Join a session by following the link to the online platform at the bottom of each description. REGISTRATION FROM JAN 7TH TO JAN 13TH
  • The sessions begin on January 14th but are held asynchronously; that is, you can log in, begin reading, and join the email discussion of the materials. However, your moderators will provide 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.




----> We strongly recommend that you sign up for no more than two sessions.



Sessions  Moderators  Brief Description 

Becoming a Webhead 2013












Sponsored by TESOL CALL IS

Teresa Almeida d'Eça

Dafne Gonzalez

Fernanda Rodrígues
Larissa Olesova

Webheads in Action is a long-standing community of practice of language teachers worldwide, coordinated by Vance Stevens. In the Becoming a Webhead workshop, which is an introduction to Webheads in Action, we explore Web communication tools and share the best ways of using them in our teaching practices, engage with students in virtual classes, collaborate in projects, and participate in conferences as audience and presenters. This collaboration takes place online, as we are all geographically apart. Would you like to join us?


The Wonderful World of Teaching English Through Drama












Sponsored by the TESOL Drama E-group and the Speaking, Listening, and Pronunciation IS  


Gary Carkin

Nigel Caplan

Shin-Mei Kao

Susan Hillyard

Leslie Sapp

Fernanda Molla

Holly Dilatush

George Plautz

Jessica Davis



TESOL-Drama is a nine-year old worldwide community of language drama practitioners, coordinated by Gary Carkin and moderated by Shin-Mei Kao, Susan Hillyard, Leslie Sapp, Fernanda Molla, Jessica Davis, Nigel Caplan, Judy Trupin, Holly Dilatush, George Plautz and others.


In the annual TESOL-Drama Workshops we explore, via collaborative online interaction, effective approaches to learning language through drama, discussion of drama-related issues, and encouragement of the use of drama -- in its many forms -- to support language learning. 


Digital Storytelling for Young Learners












Sponsored by IATEFL Young Learners & Teens SIG, JALT Teaching Children SIG,


Shelly Terrell  
Özge Karaoglu
Esra Girgin 
Jennifer Verschoor

David Dodgson 
Michelle Worgan 

Eva Buyuksimkesyan

Marisa Constantinides 

Juan Uribe




How do we encourage young learners to use the English they learn in a meaningful context? Children can have access to various online creation and publication tools to share stories. Participants will explore various applications that motivate learners to share stories through comic creation tools, free Web 2.0 tools, mobile devices, and more.




Designed for Business














Sponsored by TESOL CALL-IS,



Claire Hart

Mercedes Viola

Kristen Acquaviva

Roy Bicknell

Jennifer Verschoor

Charles Rei

Nicolas Celedon

Justine Arena


Course design is crucial to a course´s success. Within the business English world, which will be the main focus of our attention, meeting learners´needs through effective course design is always desirable and often essential. We will explore different approaches to course design, offering ideas, strategies and tips for professionals. 



Neuroscience in Education- Braining Up Your English Lessons



Sponsored by Brazil TESOL,




Ana Maria Menezes

Carla Arena

Cheryl Oakes

Denise Felice

Jane Petring

Mary Hillis

Nina Lyulkun





Learning happens in our brains. It's a physical and biological process. Brain-based teaching and learning focus on how the brain learns best and how language teachers can learn to understand and use this knowledge to help students learn English effectively. Much is already known about brain functioning during learning processes to orient the practice of teaching. The brain and learning are the bridge that teachers can and must cross with knowledge that effectively connects them to learners. 


In this five-week online workshop offered through the Electronic Village Online, participants will explore how the brain works during the learning process and they will be introduced to helpful tips to enhance their teaching practice. By the end of the workshop, participants will have had an overview of how neuroscientific research findings can positively impact educators' pedagogical approach to spice up their lesson plans to promote students' creativity, engagement and learning. We promise it will be madly fun and informative! 

 Multiliteracies for Social Networking and Collaborative Learning Environments


Sponsored by TESOL CALL-IS



Vance Stevens

Ana Cristina Pratas

Claire Bradin Siskin

Tony Gurr




This session applies connectivist and multiliteracies approaches to exploring recent developments and issues in open learning, and how these might apply to more conventional settings.  The session is paced on Cormier’s 5 stages of MOOC participation: orient, declare, network, cluster, focus. Participants declare their personal goals for the course and trace their progress through eportfolios, either simple or elaborate. Any reasonable level of participation earns a badge in the course. 


Video Productions of Language Learning Conversations














Sponsored by TESOL VDMIS and


Dr. Randall Sadler

Carol Rainbow 

Heike Philp

Shelwyn Corrigan 

Barbara McQueen 

Jens Kjær Olsen


This is the second MachinEVO session we would like to offer on EduNation in Second Life. Last year's session was very successful with many educators participating and many machinimas having been produced. A machinima is a video recording of a 3D environment, and in our case we focused on recording language learning conversations. However, these kinds of recordings are technically very challenging, and last year, we were still very inexperienced. Yes, we learned a lot, thanks to our great experts' advice. This year, we hope to improve our technical skills and look forward to learning together. 




Sponsored by TESOL NNEST IS and

Social Responsibility IS  

Valerie Jakar

Laura Stoutenburg

Marina Gonzalez

Tamas Lorincz

Daniela Wagner-Loera



Mentor Interaction is intensifying the understanding of counseling, consulting, and peer dialogue from the previous EVO sessions. Teachers of ESL/EFL will receive a review on mentoring to build a solid base to build in-depth understanding of the key aspects of the mentoring relationship.The aim of this course is to help education professionals understand the characteristics and the importance of mentoring in becoming expert teachers. The readings, discussions, case studies and assignments will focus on practical aspects of creating and maintaining successful mentoring relationships.  

MOODLE for Teachers


Sponsored by TESOL CALL-IS

Nellie Deutsch

Ludmila Smirnova

Moodle for Teachers (M4T) 2013 EVO online workshop will take place on a Moodle website called Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL). The aim of the M4T workshop is to provide participants who have never used Moodle or who would like to enrich their previous Moodle experiences with the knowledge and skills to navigate a Moodle course, access resources, activities, and blocks from a student perspective and practice the same Moodle features in class practice sections as teachers. The participants will develop a lesson or course on Moodle. 


Podcasting for the ESL-EFL Classroom

Sponsored by the 









Evelyn Izquierdo

Miguel Mendoza

Miguel Pérez

Yuly Asención-Delaney




In recent years, podcasting has become one of the most powerful asynchronous Web 2.0 tools in our classrooms.  Its enormous educational potential allows teachers to use it as a simple resource to support activities within the classroom and to create audio recordings of happenings in their schools.  This workshop aims at providing basic proficiency related to the production and publishing of digital media files (podcasts) and the implementation of podcasting in the language classroom to enhance communication in speaking and listening skills.










Feel free to forward this Call for Participation to your e-lists and professional associations. The address is




Thank you for helping us spread the word






EVO Coordination Team 

(This link takes you to the 2017 EVO Coordinator descriptions)




EVO is NOT part of TESOL's Principles and Practices of Online Teaching Certificate Program.


 For information about this Certificate program, please contact TESOL at




or visit their Website at the  TESOL Homepage


and click on  >Online Education  in the  >Professional Development  tab.


The Electronic Village Online is a project of TESOL's CALL Interest Section 


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