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International Writing Exchange





The International Writing Exchange is  a collaborative writing project for EFL teachers and their students. The goal of IWE is for students to learn about other cultures and improve their writing. Teachers from around the globe plan the online course and invite their students. One of the aims of this EVO session is to create personal learning networks among teachers for the creation of different IWEs to serve a variety of ages and levels of groups through the teachers’ participation.


Target audience:

EFL teachers who teach or would like to teach English for academic or special purposes around the world and are interested in learning how to form writing communities. Teachers, who take the session, do not need to currently be giving a class.


Learning Environments:




Session objectives:

By the end of the session, participants will have:


  • discussed diversity and culture in the EFL class

  • planned, implemented and evaluated writing activities using rubrics

  • created a unit for an IWE class on Moodle

  • used technology tools to showcase their unit

  • reflected on the session activities and IWE 



Syllabus and Weekly outline


Week 1  (Jan 12 - 18, 2015) Introducing yourself, establishing bonds, socializing, and making the world a smaller place

               Activity 1: Introducing yourself with an online tool

               Activity 2: Giving feedback and learning about other participants

               Activity 3: Discussion activity on a forum

               Activity 4: Reflection activity

Week 2  (Jan 19 - 25, 2015) Online writing spaces, topics and activities, cultural considerations in writing

    Activity 1: Create an online space for sharing

    Activity 2: Discuss possible and viable topics for an IWE

    Activity 3: Model an IWE writing activity: writing an essay and posting it

    Activity 4: Discussion and reflection: The cultural considerations of writing in a foreign language

Week 3    (Jan 26 - February 1, 2015) Giving feedback in an online context

                Activity 1: Using online writing tools for feedback

    Activity 2: Rubrics for writing assessment and online revision tools

                Activity 3: Plagiarism checkers and downloadable tools

                Activity 4: Reflection and discussion about writing assessment

Week 4     (Feb 2 - 8, 2015) Plan a Unit, Create Videos Resources and Activities

                Activity 1: Participants will create a recording or a video sharing the components of the IWE

                 that they would use in participating, engaging students, planning, assessing in the IWE.

Week 5     (Feb 9 -15, 2015): Showcasing and Reflecting.

                Participants will share their units and reflect on the process of creating a unit for the IWE 

                and the EVO15 session while creating participative spaces for further interaction with their 



Learning Environments



Other technology tools:

  • Screencast-o-matic for for audio and video recording

  • Movenote for audio on PowerPoint/PDF/Word documents

  • Plotagon for mini-tutorials/introduction, activities

  • Presente Me

  • SlideSpeech 





Nellie Deutsch



Nellie is an EFL teacher at a community college and teacher trainer at a teachers' college. She also teaches leadership fully online in a graduate program at Atlantic University. She taught English in high school for over 30 years. In addition to my paid jobs, she mentors educators around via online courses on how to integrate technology into face-to-face, blended, and fully online courses. She organizes MOOCs, online conferences (Connecting Online and Moodle MOOTs), and other online events such as Fall and Spring Blog Festivals. She has been integrating technology into EFL classes since the early 90s. She is passionate about using technologies such Movenote, Slidespeech, Screencast-o-matic, and google drive to promote teaching as a way to learn. She uses Moodle for online and blended learning. She has been the admin of Moodle site since 2003. She’s been providing free online Moodle for Teachers (M4T) training courses since 2009.



Ribera, Rosmery



I live in Santa Cruz Bolivia in South America. I have been teaching English as a second language for about 5 years now. I enjoy teaching because I learn a lot in the process. I teach teens and adults, from true beginners to advanced levels. I am a grammar enthusiast. I believe in learning as a way of living and teaching as a way of giving back to our community. 


I agree. 

Ellen Graber





I teach EFL and Writing in EFL; prepare TKT and TOEFL candidates; elaborate material for CADI self-access center (SAC) at Universidad Michoacana San Nicolas de Hidalgo; and run my own SAC for TOEFL Coaching. With a Master’s in CIED and EFL/ESL from UOP online, my passion is facilitating learning.

I agree

Ludmila Smirnova, PhD






 I was born and got my education in Russia. I was trained as an English teacher and I served as Dean of the School of Foreign Languages at Volgograd State Pedagogical University, Russia in the late 90s. I moved to the U.S. in 2000 and taught Russian at Ramapo College in NJ till the summer of 2001. I was hired as professor of education by Mount Saint Mary College where I still work at the Education program. Together with Nellie we have been training teachers of English on how to use technology in the English language classroom. 


I agree 


María J. García San Martín


My name is María J. García San Martín and I am an ESL Teacher, currently working as a Technical and Pedagogical Advisor at the National Institute for Educational Technologies and Teacher Training (INTEF) in the Spanish Ministry of Education. I also teach a Master’s Degree at University Rey Juan Carlos (URJC) in Madrid on CLIL and Web Resources
I like writing on my Stop and Learn English blog when I have time.Find it all at http://about.me/mjgsm (in Spanish)

Twitter: @mjgsm

I agree 



How to join this session


To join this group:


From January 5 to 11:


  1. Go to: http://moodle4teachers.org/course/view.php?id=60                                                                          
  2. Create a new account.
  3. Confirm the account in your email.
  4. Enrol  



The action starts on January 12, 2015!




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