#ELT Chat

How many of us wish we had colleagues to sit with on a regular basis to brainstorm ideas for improving our teaching, our classrooms, our programs, our in-services, our teaching techniques our up-to-date uses of technology, and most of all our students’ learning?  Well, actually we do, and in the comfort of our own homes!

#ELT Chat fills just that bill, and it takes place weekly via Twitter.   For us in mid-western United States, the chat is held Wednesdays at 6:00 AM CST or Wednesdays at 3:00 PM CST.  However, for those of you outside that time zone, the organizers of this event have provided links to “Find your own local time for each chat here for 12:00 London time and here for 21:00 London time.” If neither of the two times works out for you, there aretranscripts of the conversations available for you to peruse at your convenience.

By participating in this “chat”, we have the opportunity to network with active, creative, collaborative, innovative ELT/ESL/EFL/ESOL/TESL/TEFL etc. professionals from around the world.  Take a look, see what’s there, and put the next #ELT Chat on your calendar!   You can’t go wrong by connecting with this group!

3 Responses

  1. Thanks for spreading the good news about #ELTchat, Rita!

    The summaries we have collected already make a great resource for teachers, but as you know it’s the buzz of the #ELTchat itself which recharges teachers and keeps them going for the rest of the week!

    Marisa

  2. It would definitely help though if you did actually have a staffroom where this communication went on freely… I do worry that we are moving into a virtual world at a quick rate, but, I have never been in a staffroom where ideas were as freely shared as on Twitter… so, long live the tweets!

    • Agreed, Tim. We’ve tried to incorporate more “sharing” time in our faculty meetings by not using meeting time for “announcements” but rather for faculty interaction. We are also trying to have a Faculty Feature in our meetings to “show and tell” new and exciting ideas or lessons. Since many of our teachers are not on Twitter, we’ve also started a faculty blog for sharing pertinent info and eliciting comments. That’s worked for those teachers comfortable “reading” online, but only a few have actually contributed to it. But, as with our students, we try to find a variety of ways to make the connections in order to reach everyone. Twitter definitely keeps me afloat!

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