Thursday, January 03, 2008

Free, 6-week online Web 2.0 and TEFL course

The CALL Interest Section of the international TESOL professional association is pleased to offer the opportunity to participate in the Electronic Village Online (EVO) 2008 season. This is a professional development project and virtual extension of the TESOL 2008 Convention in New York. The intended audience for this project includes both TESOL 2008 participants and those who can participate only virtually. You do not need to be a TESOL member to participate in a free , six-week , wholly online session of the EVO, Jan 14 - Feb 24, 2008. Please visit our Announcement Page to select one or two among the various offerings.

Feel free to distribute this annoucement.

Looking forward to having you in the EVO 2008 sessions,

Yours in TESOL,

Dafne Gonzalez

on behalf of the EVO coordination team

Note that the sessions begin on January 14, but you must register before hat date if you wish to participate.

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Thursday, January 04, 2007


TESOL 2007: "Spanning the Globe: Tides of Change"
March 21-24, 2007
Seattle, Washington, USA

***DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: January 31, 2007***

You are invited to submit a proposal for participation in one or more of these TESOL 2007 CALL Interest Section Special Events. You are welcome to submit proposals to more than one event, and it is possible to have more than one proposal accepted (depending on space availability and quality of the submission). Windows and Macintosh equipment will be available at no charge, along with CD ROM Drives, Internet connections, and (for the Showcase and EV Mini-Workshops) projection equipment. Plan to bring a minimum of 100 handouts per Fair/Showcase acceptance slot since these are very popular events!

Presenters have approximately 20-30 minutes to demonstrate their material on 1-2 computer(s) without projection equipment in a presentation format similar to a "poster session." Participants walk around the EV, dropping in and out of demonstrations, thus precluding highly structured presentations. A demonstration may be repeated a second time (an additional 20 to 30 minutes), if interest warrants and space allows.

One presenter introduces a topic to a small group of workshop participants. The workshop is "hands-on" in a computer lab setting. Each workshop - with instruction and "hands-on" practice - lasts 90 minutes.

One presenter at a time demonstrates her/his program. Seating is provided for the audience.

_____EV FAIRS_____
Coordinator: Paula Emmert Email:
WHAT IS IT? This year's EV Fairs combines two previous events: the Internet Fairs and Applications Fairs. In the new EV Fairs, teachers or teachers-developers share their use of computer-based resources. These resources can be software (PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Excel, Focus on Grammar, Word Attack, Skype, etc.) or websites (presenter-made or public like, Yahoo! Groups, an online concordancer, etc.). Demonstrations may highlight student projects, activities or curriculum created for students or educators. Examples:
-Email projects
-Lesson plan archives for teachers
-Vocabulary worksheets using an online thesaurus
-Skimming/scanning activities using a local newspaper webpage
-Research/writing exercises for investigating Internet hoaxes
-Vocabulary flashcards using iFlash on an iPod
-A descriptive writing activity combined with HyperStudio illustrations

Please submit your proposal(s) for the EV Fair online at

Coordinator: Sophie Ioannou-Georgiou Email:
WHAT IS IT? The EV Mini-workshops are intended to be limited seating events for hands-on workshops where participants gain experience in adaptation of standard software for CALL purposes. Participants have the opportunity to create a product or gain depth in use of software.
-Using iMovie
-Working with audio and/or video
-Setting up a Moodle
-Creating podcasts
-Using Hot Potatoes to create online quizzes
-Improving PowerPoint skills
-Designing webquests

Please submit your proposal(s) for the EV Mini-workshops online at

Coordinator: Sookhee Kim Plotkin Email:
WHAT IS IT? The Developers' Showcase is one of several ways in which the CALL-IS disseminates information about computers and computer-assisted instruction to the ESL/EFL professional community. The Showcase provides an opportunity for the designers of ESL/EFL software to display their work, and for potential users, software developers, and marketers to examine and react to it. We especially welcome projects produced by teachers for their own students or projects produced under development grants.

This Showcase includes materials in the following two categories:
1. disk-based software, including floppy-disk, hard disk, and CD-ROMs.
2. web-based software, including both programs that can be accessed directly from the web and those that can be downloaded.

The Showcase is not a commercial venue. Only work that is not yet on the market will be considered.
The following types of software are not acceptable for the Showcase:
* Software that is already contracted with a publisher
* Software that has been offered for sale independently, or which the presenter plans to sell independently, including by subscription or as shareware
* Software given away free to promote a commercial interest

Please submit your proposal(s) for the Developers' Showcase online at or contact Sookhee Kim Plotkin directly at

More information is available on the TESOL CALL-IS Website:

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