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Online tools for EFL/ESL Civic Engagement Youth Projects:


a professional development opportunity for ESL/EFL instructors who wish to incorporate civics content into their classrooms








American Councils Moldova has become an expert in implementing online civic engagement collaborative projects involving young adults from Eurasia: FLEX (Future Leaders Exchange http://americancouncils.md/flex)  and English Access Micro scholarship (http://americancouncils.md/access) are two examples of our most notorious projects. The session aims to share from our international experience in integrating technology in EFL and combining it successfully with community development projects involving youth. It will assist participants in learning a series of online tools which can bring a civic engagement or community development element in the EFL/ESL classroom. If you would like your students to learn English using fun online tools and become responsible citizens, then this is a session to join! Each practical session will be built around one or several case studies - we believe learning by example is the best way.



Target Audience


ESL/EFL teachers interested in using fun online tools to promote civic engagement and community development projects for youth of all ages. 


Interest Section Sponsors

TESOL: Computer-Assisted Language Learning IS, Secondary Schools IS







In the course of the 5 weeks, participants will learn collaboratively and hands on to:

- use various fun synchronous and asynchronous web tools for learning and teaching EFL/ESL through project based/content based instruction, while involving students in various community development projects

- work in teams with international partners and learn how to bring the civic engagement element in their teaching practice (through online content based instruction) by examining case studies provided by American Councils (mainly FLEX http://www.americancouncils.md/flex and Access Programs http://www.americancouncils.md/access) and iEARN (International Education and Resource Network).


Weekly Outline


Week 1 (Jan 13 - 19, 2014)

Introducing ourselves and getting acquainted with "online civic engagement project"concept


During this first week, participants will:


  •  become familiar with the group tools and forums (Google+ and Wikispaces)
  • introduce themselves and begin to establish connections with each other
  • describe their teaching profile, learners, and their IT skills
  • attend a live online session with moderators  


Guest presenter: David Jesse, American Councils Moldova Country Director, Fulbright, former Peace Corps volunteer, 

Co-founder: DEka Int'l, netForza, Explore Moldova!, Outdoor Leadership Center


Week 2  (Jan 20 - 26, 2014)

Introduction to the "online civic engagement youth project" concept


During the second week, participants will:


  • discuss the ”civic engagement” concept
  • explore students made projects as part of the World Bank Essay Competiton 
  • learn about how to use various online tools to create civic engagement projects (Animoto, Voicethread, Photo Story for Windows 3)
  • choose an online tool from the list provided and create a short project, then post it online in the Google+ online community
  • evaluate other participants projects and provide feedback
  • attend a live online session with moderators


Week 3    (Jan 27 - Feb 2, 2014)

Developing an ESL/EFL civic engagement project lesson plan


During the third week, participants will:

  • explore several student projects within the Access Microscholarship Project administered by American Councils


a) "Buy, Use, Recycle It!" Project http://www.americancouncils.md/access/news/861

b) ”Horse Alert” http://www.americancouncils.md/access/sprojects

c) ”Rocking chair” http://www.slideshare.net/oli4ka/rocking-chair-access-grant-project-from-ungheni

d) ”Access Youth in Action” http://americancouncils.md/access/news/741/


  • learn how to use online tools to organize, convert, edit and prezent information online: Prezi, Creaza, ZohoShow, Yamyar, Text to Speech Translator, TargetMap, Mixbook
  • develop a Civic Engagement Project, following a project template suggested by the moderators
  • create an online story book, using www.kerpoof.com platform 


Week 4     (Feb 3 - Feb 9, 2014) 

Effectively using Facebook for ESL/EFL civic engagement youth project 


By the end of the 4th week, participants will:

- join our project Facebook group for online discussion- learn about new ways to integrate Facebook in civic engagement projects- explore civic engagement projects implemented by English Teaching Resource Center- experiment with online brainstorming tools- generate a word cloud to address a civic issue using http://www.tagxedo.com/- post pictures or posters addressing a civic issue 


Week 5  (Feb 10 -16, 2014) 

Graduating as an "online tools for ESL/EFL civic engagement youth projects" expert - creating a Webquest 


During this week, participants will:


  • collect various resources, links, and materials related to civic engagement youth projects
  • elaborate a Webquest which integrates several online tools and aims to encourage student civic participation
  • share and discuss your own ideas for integrating online civic engagement projects in class
  • reflect on the tools you have experimented with and come up with ideas how these can be applied in your teaching practices
  • revisit the online tool list
  • comment on each other’s posts / projects / lesson plans ideas
  • complete an online evaluation about your experience

Join this session

Sign up for the session starts on January 6th, 2014







Dr Daniela Munca-Aftenev, American Councils Moldova Executive Director ( danielamunca@gmail.com) http://www.americancouncils.md/


iEARN Master Teacher

MA in Web 2.0 tools in ESL, University of Mississippi, US

PhD in English Literature

Blog http://dvmuncaasem.blogspot.com/

Wiki http://dvmuncaesl.wikifoundry.com/

Digital CV  http://danielamuncaaftenev.weebly.com/)


Olga Morozan, PhD


International Relationships and Technology Transfer Service, Institute of Educational Sciences, Moldova  www.ise.md

Access Microscholarship Program Coordinator

American Councils Moldova http://www.americancouncils.md/access 


Marina Chirnitcaia, MA in American Studies, Moldova State University


Online TESOL/TEFL Certification Courses, USA

Scientific research at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland

Teacher Development Summer School, Ivano-Frankovsk, Ukraine, 

International Teacher Development IATEFL Conferences, Ukraine


Pomazanovschi Irina


English Teaching Resource Center Directorhttp://www.etrc.md/ 

Blogs: http://ottamay.blogspot.com/ 






Larisa Guzun, TESOL Member, University Lecturer, "Ion Creangă" University, Chișinău Moldova: http://www.upsc.md/v3/index.php 

Courses tought:  



Online tools used in this session:


1. Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116170367462263544753 

2. Wikispaces https://onlinetoolscivicengagement.wikispaces.com/Online+tools+for+EFL+ESL+Civic+Engagement+Youth+Projects  

3. All session toolshttps://onlinetoolscivicengagement.wikispaces.com/Tutorials 


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


Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Language, an international education association



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