Earlier this month, I awoke to a lovely message telling me that Teaching Village was the TEFL Site of the Month. While always thrilled to get an award of any kind, I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I wasn’t sure what this award was for (I’m still sort of new to this blogging business). So, I went over to TEFL.net and learned Teaching Village was being recognized for having developed “a rich community of English teachers from around the world.”
Since I’m extremely proud of the teachers who are part of this community, and since they’re the reason Teaching Village received this award, it seems only fair that I brag on them a bit
So far, 30 teachers representing 16 countries have contributed posts to this blog. They are very different teachers working in a variety of environments. Some are technowizards and some work in schools where a CD player is considered high tech. Most, but not all, are EFL teachers of young learners. For some, English is a first language; for others it’s a second or third language. What they have in common is a passion for their students, and for teaching, and for learning. They’re written about their own classes so we can better understand how EFL looks in different corners of the world. They’ve written about things they think other EFL teachers should know. They’ve written about the things their students have taught them. They’ve been generous with the knowledge they’ve learned through experience, and I’ve learned from each of them.
Thank you!Dayle Major (Korea) Steven Herder (Japan) Troy Nahumko (Spain) Shelly Sanchez Terrell (Germany) Rob Newberry (Thailand) Tomo Wakui (Japan) Conchi Martinez de Tejada (Spain) Jennifer Verschoor (Argentina) David Deubelbeiss (Korea) Catherine Cabiness (USA) Tatiana Sobral (Brazil) Tamas Lorincz (UAE/Hungary) Ric Murray (USA) Nick Jaworski (Turkey) Eva Büyüksimkeşyan (Turkey) Hobie Swan (USA) Vicky Loras (Switzerland) Janet Bianchini (Italy) Theron Muller (Japan) Lesley Ito (Japan) Arjana Blazic (Croatia) Christina Markoulaki (Greece) Özge Karaoğlu (Turkey) Anita Kwiatkowska (Poland/Turkey) Daniel Kirk (Japan) Mike Harrison (UK) Matt Richelson (Japan) Hadley Ferguson (USA) Esra Girgin Akiskali (Turkey) Marisa Pavan (Argentina)
The countries in parentheses refer to the countries the teachers live in or have written about, not necessarily the country on the cover of their passports. If you’ve missed some of their posts, I encourage you to explore the “Guest Bloggers” section in the sidebar. If you find a post that moves you or teaches you something new, please let the writer know in comments. Many of these teachers are beginning bloggers and for some this was their first foray into the blogosphere. They all enjoy hearing from other teachers!
If you’d like to read more about our TEFL Site award, and see which other blogs have been recognized, you can read more about it on TEFL.net.
If you’d like to become part of The Village, please consider writing a guest post. We’d love to learn from you, too!
Now, if I can just figure out how to insert the award logo into the sidebar…..