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TESOL Prof Dev Opportunities

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Independent Online Learning Opportunities

Presented by: Sandra Annette Rogers



1. TESOL's Principles & Practices of Online Teaching (PPOT) Certificate


Have you ever thought about telecommuting for work or teaching online?  I just completed a certificate to teach online through my profession.  This yearlong course hosted by TESOL is conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire via online instruction.  What better way to learn to teach online than taking an online course!  It isn’t a very costly program.  I was able to learn enough from this course to feel comfortable in taking on a new job teaching online in 2010.


This course served me well, as I’m excelling at my new job!  According to the Chronicle of Higher Learning, trends show that online classes at universities are on the rise.   This certification is for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); however, it's open to anyone from any field.  I was able to design my Web site and learn about blogging and twittering from this certificate course.  PPOT courses encourage social networking and highlight the free online tools that could be used for educational purposes. 


Here's my coursework for this certificate: Foundation course (history of online teaching, methodology and research findings), Creating and Using Multimedia Online, Teaching Reading and Writing Online, Teaching Listening Online, eCommerce for Teachers and Administrators, and a Completion course (final projects, debriefings, and summation).  I'm very proud of my certificate!


Check out this TESOL site to see a complete listing of the courses available:

Principles and Practices of Online Teaching Certificate Program


2. TESOL's CALL-IS Electronic Village Online (EVO)


The Computer-assisted Language Learning-Interest Section (CALL-IS) of TESOL actually created the aforementioned PPOT Certificate program.  In fact, many of the instructors for the courses are members of the CALL-IS For example, some of my instructors included Dr. Sandy Wagner, Steven Sharp, and Dr. Vance Stevens. EVO takes place annually during the first part of the year and is not a certificate course; it provides various sessions free of charge.


EVO's mission statement: The EVO is a creation of TESOL's CALL Interest Section. In this age of electronic communication, it seems a natural way to bring the issues of our profession to the international stage. Our goal is to allow learning anywhere, anytime, with as little expense as possible. Thus EVO moderators and trainers are all volunteers, and participants need only provide their own Internet access to take part in activities. Contribution as a Moderator is a significant act of volunteerism, and forms an important service to our profession.


Here's a list of EVO sessions that already took place in 2011: http://evosessions.pbworks.com/w/page/33481412/Call_for_Participation2011.  I was a mentor for the Personal Learning Environments (PLE) & Personal Learning Networks (PLN) session.  To get involved next year, look for announcements for the call to participate in December for 2012.  These announcements are generally shared on the TESOL listserves, so make sure you join the one connected to your interest section.


I co-moderated an EVO 2010 session for elementary teachers: http://internet4younglearners.pbworks.com/w/page/1992157/FrontPage.   Even though the session has ended, you can still view the content covered.  Generally, the sessions are collaborative and conclude with a final project.  For ours, we had teachers post their lesson plans that incorporated technology.  Furthermore, we collaborated on a list of our favorite English language learning Web sites for children.  Here's a copy of our handout.


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