Sunday, September 04, 2005

Mambo is now called Joomla!

Mambo is a popular CMS (content management system - you can create complex, professional-looking websites with it even if you have no programming knowledge), used by many, thought to be one of the best of its kind. Here's the exact copy of the announcement of their name change, directly from their website,

"Mambo has changed it's name to Joomla! today. After the develpers of the award wining content management system Mambo has left the rights holder of Mambo, the australian company Miro, they established a new website and will release the first version of Joomla!, which will be version 1.0.0, soon."

Well, what can I say? They are programmers, not grammarians... The first person to find all the mistakes in their announcement gets ...(I should think of a prize here). Mambo (sorry, Joomla! - how did they come up with this name??) is still a very good piece of open source software and I'll keep using it.

Visit their new website at

Friday, September 02, 2005

Call for Proposals for the Electronic Village Online 2006

Call for Proposals for the Electronic Village Online 2006

The CALL Interest Section of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL) offers language teachers world-wide the opportunity to participate in the Electronic Village Online (EVO), a professional development project and virtual extension of the TESOL 2006 Convention in Tampa Bay, Florida, USA. The free 6-week sessions allow participants to engage in online discussion and/or short hands-on workshops on topics of professional interest in the field of ESL/EFL. TESOL member groups, in particular, are invited to sponsor sessions related to convention presentations.

If you would like to moderate an EVO session, please indicate your interest to the EVO Coordinating Team (addresses below), with a copy to your potential sponsoring member group. Include the following information in your Proposal:

1. The title of your online session

2. A brief description of the content (an abstract)

3. The target audience and potential member group sponsor

4. A week-by-week outline of the proposed activities during the 6-week period (Your timeline should include a week for introductions and familiarization with the interface and a closing week for evaluations, completion of projects, and accompanying discussions.)

5. The communication media expected to be used (discussion postings only, chat, Website, relevant links, etc.)

6. An indication of your willingness to complete Moderator training and a commitment to holding the session in the timeframe indicated

7. A brief biographical statement (50 words) and a link to your Website (if available)

Deadline: September 15, 2005.

Training session: October 10-November 14, 2005 (5 weeks)

EVO Session registration: January 1-16, 2006

EVO Sessions: January 16-February 26, 2006

For further details about EVO (including links to last year's
sessions), see:

The EVO sessions are free and voluntary. They are not a part of TESOL's Principles and Practices of Online Teaching Certificate Program. For information about this program, please contact TESOL at or visit their Website at and click on Online Education in the Professional Development tab.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

'Flatmates': Online Soap Opera for English Language Learners

BBC World Service has launched its first online soap opera designed for English language learners. The Flatmates features a diverse young adult cast who share a flat and their everyday lives with one another. Visitors can listen to the episode online as many times as they would like and can interact with BBC on what they would like to see next as well as what vocabulary or grammer aspects they would like to learn. Quizzes are available to test new knowledge. The Flatmates provides an opportunity for English language learners to learn English as it is lived and spoken, rather than a more traditional approach.

Listen to The Flatmates at: