I joined TESOL in 2003. I didn’t learn about the Electronic Village Online (EVO) until 2009. I’m truly sorry it took me that long to make this discovery, but thinking optimistically, I did make it and now I want to spread the word to others so that they can benefit professionally and personally as I have.
EVO is an ongoing project of TESOL’s CALL-IS (Computer Assisted Language Learning Interest Section). First off, educators in the field of ESL/EFL should know that TESOL membership isn’t required for participation in EVO. These academic sessions are free for all interested people (teachers still in training, maintream teachers working with ESL students, administrators, and more).
At the start of every year, EVO offers 5-week sessions that take the format of a workshop and/ or discussion. The length of the sessions contrasts with the shorter period of the annual TESOL convention. EVO participants have the opportunity to explore topics in depth and engage in lengthy discussions.
Last year I was fortunate to be a co-moderator for My Video Classroom 2.0. I enjoyed volunteering my time from November through March, and by doing so I gained a new network of professionals, experience with new tools (from wikis to video group conferencing sites), and plenty of ideas for the use of video in language instruction.
This year I won’t be a moderator, but I am toying with the idea of being a participant. My schedule is already quite full, but it’s hard to resist choosing from the amazing list of topics EVO is offering in 2011: Digital Storytelling, Second Life for Language Learning and Community Building, Re-Playing Process Drama, and more.
Registration is this week. Don’t miss out. See the list of EVO 2011 Sessions and register today! Sesions run from January 10 to February 13.