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Foreign Languages

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The Foley Center

Students,

Teach English to immigrants and refugees from all over the world as a volunteer for the Foley Center: Turkey, Mexico, Central America, Asia, and many others. No foreign language needed. One of the most important services you can offer. Read students' experiences in the Spring Hill College (SHC) PAX Peace and Justice Magazine: http://pax.shc.edu/

Classes meet on the Spring Hill campus Mondays and Thursdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Contact the Director of the Foley Center, Erik Goldschmidt, at egoldschmidt@shc.edu or 251-380-3499.

EFL Teaching Resources

1. Bridge TEFL Videos Teach English

A teacher training site with videos on how to work in a classroom. You have to register to log in but can view three videos without registering. Check out: “Breaking Bad Teaching Habits.” 

2. Teacher Training Presentations – School of TEFL

These free videos generally show teachers at work in the classroom, leading games and activities, teaching vocabulary and grammar, assessing speech, co-teaching, etc. These would be very useful for the teacher-in-training or for the old dog who would like to see some new tricks.  

3. From Good to Outstanding | Teachers TV

These wonderful videos take you from initial lessons to interviews with teachers and students for advice by the expert, and a view of how those lessons are put to use in the classroom. Amazingly good teacher training in 26 videos. 

4. TeacherTube Professional Development Videos

Like most items at TeacherTube, these videos are uneven in content and production values but contain several real gems. You have to register/sign in.
 

5. BBC audio programs

For teachers – Radio programmes: Innovations in Teaching

6. Arts Impact Teacher Training Video

“See the Arts Impact program in action as teachers participate in the summer institute and teach the arts in their classrooms. Hear comments from participating teachers and artist mentors.” This is a very nice teacher training video if you are using drama and/or art in the classroom. Great ideas.

7. YouTube – Shaping the Way We Teach English: Introduction

This is a teacher training series funded by the U.S. government titled, “Shaping the Way We Teach English, Successful Practices Around the World.” These introductory materials are designed for EFL educators. Professionally produced with excellent ideas that can be applied in many circumstances. 

8. Diigo CALL-IS Virtual Software List on the TESOL Computer-assisted Language Learning (CALL) Community:

 This list contains tons of resources on various teaching topics!   

9. TESOL's EVO: Free CALL-related professional development training for teachers is offered annually online. Visit Sandra Rogers' blog page about the Electronic Village Online (EVO).

Free ESL Teacher Professional Development

(This is a repost of the EVO2015 Call for Participation from Nina Liakos.)

Dear EFL/ESL Educator,

Since 2001, the Electronic Village Online, a project of TESOL’s CALL Interest Section, has been offering free online professional development sessions to language teachers world-wide. It is my pleasure to announce the Call for Participation for the Electronic Village Online (EVO) 2015. This year, we are offering 13 fabulous five-week sessions on a variety of topics, including teaching pronunciation, using Moodle, creating electronic textbooks, flipped learning, making Machinima in Second Life, using Minecraft to teach English, and more.

For a complete listing and abstracts, visit the Call for Participation at http://evosessions.pbworks.com. To enroll in a session, follow the instructions on the session page.  Please note that registration for the sessions will take place from January 5 – January 11, 2015. The sessions begin on January 12 and continue until February 15. To register for a session, follow the instructions on that session’s page (Session pages are linked to the CfP.).

EVO sessions are free (you usually need only a computer with Internet access and a desire to learn) and open to all, whether or not you are a TESOL member. They carry no academic credit, and participants may choose the level of involvement that works for them.  Mark your calendars now for EVO registration, January 5 – 11. And get ready for an unforgettable experience!

Please share this invitation with your colleagues and e-lists, and thank you for helping us to spread the word!

Nina Liakos, EVO Lead Coordinator

On behalf of the EVO Coordination Team

Note: Read more about EVO from my previous blog posts on  Teacherrrogers. This training occurs every year in January. Also, some of  the wikis and other Web 2.0 learning sites stay up all year, so you can read what occurred in the workshops.