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39th Annual TESOL Convention


1. Participants REGISTER for Electronic
  Village Online (EVO) 2005 Sessions: 
    Monday, January 3 -
January 16, 2005 [2 weeks]

     Monday,  January 17 -
February 27, 2005 [6 weeks]

3. TESOL Convention 2005, San Antonio, TX: Wednesday, March 30 - Saturday, April 3, 2005; possible meetings of EVO session leaders and participants. An Internet Fair session will be held at the CALL IS Electronic Village, TBA.


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Elizabeth Hanson-Smith, Computers for Education/Command Performance Language Institute, Sacramento, CA
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Vance Stevens, Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE
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Dafne González, Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela
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Chris Jones, Arizona Western College, Yuma, AZ
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María Jordano de la Torre, University of Castilla la Mancha, Toledo, Spain
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Aiden Yeh, Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages, Taiwan
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    The CALL Interest Section of the international TESOL association offers ISs and Caucuses the opportunity to participate in the Electronic Village Online (EVO), a professional development project and virtual extension of the TESOL 2005 Convention in San Antonio, Texas. The intended audience for this project includes both TESOL 2005 participants and those who can participate only virtually. You do not need to be a TESOL member to participate in theSign up for this session Electronic Village Online.

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    For six weeks, participants and ESOL experts can engage in collaborative, online discussion sessions 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 the four-day convention and will allow a fuller development of ideas than is otherwise possible. The sessions are free and open to all interested parties. You do not need to be a TESOL member to participate.

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We recommend that you take no more than 2 sessions.

Using Weblogs in ESL/EFL Classes:
New Developments, Uses, and Challenges 

This Session is sponsored by the Teacher Education IS of TESOL


Barbara Dieu, Brazil
Aaron P. Campbell, Japan
Graham Stanley, Spain

Target Audience

ESL/EFL teachers, with some experience in using Internet tools in teaching (familiarity with word processors and the basics of Internet navigation), who would like to use blogs with their classes or for reflective practice.

Content Description
A weblog or blog is a an online journal that can be easily and instantly updated. This online session will begin with a short review of the EVO 2004 session on blogs in ESL/EFL - in which participants explored possible uses and learned how to create their own blogs - and proceed to examine a broader scope of the various blogging tools and how they could be put to use with ESL/EFL learners.   Participants will start their own blogs and become familiar with the possibilities that RSS, aggregation software, and various other internet applications have to offer.  Finally, participants will take a look at existing weblogging projects in language teaching and explore ways of cultivating and maintaining interest in a weblog community.  

Weekly chats with guest speakers will be held to discuss different aspects of blogging and offer participants a wider range of options and perspectives. Participants will also have the opportunity to experience different synchronous and asynchronous media.

Week by Week Outline

Week I - Introductions, survey, getting acquainted with blogs

Participants will meet moderators and participants; complete an exploratory survey to pool experience, needs and expectations; and set guidelines and readings for course.  A webquest activity will allow participants to become acquainted with the EVO 2004 session on the use of blogs in ESL/EFL, at the end of which participants will open their own blog accounts.
Confirmed guest speaker: Anne Davis 

Week II - Contrast and compare various asynchronous tools, different weblog categories and uses

Participants will discuss webquest results, view different blog tools (free and open source); compare and contrast them to forums, webpages, and wikis; and examine various uses and categories (personal blogs, class blogs, open, closed). 

Confirmed guest speakers: James Farmer, Dana Watson,
W. Jason Reagin, Yu Hua Chen (Stella)

Week III - Personalisation and RSS

Participants will configure and personalize their blogs, while learning about how RSS and aggregation works.  Participants will make sure there is an RSS feed link on their weblogs and will begin using aggregators to subscribe to relevant links.  Various aggregation software (like Bloglines and Sage), web-based search and tracking services (like Feedster and Technorati), and other useful tools (like Furl, Haloscan, etc.) will be introduced.
Confirmed guest speakers: Will Richardson, Mary Harrsch

Week IV - Images and Sounds: Latest Trends

In this section, participants will discover ways to enrich their blogging activities by incorporating images and sound.  Audblogs, Photoblogs, and  Moblogs will be discussed, along with the various software applications that support working with images and sound.
Confirmed guest speakers: Teresa Almeida Eça, Vance Stevens, Jason Ward

Week V - Weblogging Projects

Participants will explore ways of using technology in the classroom by examining and discussing several projects currently underway and speak with the teachers and students involved.   Some of the topics to be covered include collaborative projects, blogging communities (like Livejournal), and the use of E-portfolios.

Confirmed guest speakers : Anne Davis , Janet Lindsay, 
Aaron Campbell, Barbara Dieu 

Week VI - Building  a community of practice

Finally, participants will explore how to cultivate and maintain a thriving weblog-based learning community.  Edu-blogs are those that engage people and make them want to come back again and again, not only to read posts, but also to participate. What can we do to encourage this participation and convert our blogs into lively online communities?

Confirmed guest speakers: Gavin Dudeney and Nicky Hockly 

Communication Media
- Collective and personal blogs, wiki, and Yahoo Group
- Synchronous chats with experts (Alado, Tapped In, Learning Times)

Twice a finalist for the Global Schoolnet Online Shared Learning Award, and a Webhead, Barbara (Bee) Dieu teaches at the Lycée Pasteur, a
Franco-Brazilian secondary school in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Aaron Campbell teaches EFL at Ryukoku University in Seta, Japan and is the academic coordinator of Friends World Program's East Asia Center in Kyoto.

Graham Stanley teaches EFL at the British Council and ESP at Turismo
Sant Ignasi ESADE, Universitat de Ramon Llull, Barcelona.

To join this group, beginning January 3, 2005, go to:

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If further information is needed, contact one of the moderators:

Barbara Dieu  beeonline at
Aaron P. Campbell  edp03apc at
Graham Stanley blogefl at
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