I love initiatives like this one, that give us a chance to introduce great people to other great people. “Vale a pena ficar do olho nesse blog” means “It’s worth keeping an eye on this blog”.
I’m honored to be have been tagged by five teachers I admire whose blogs I really enjoy: Janet Biachini in Italy, Sheetal Makhan in Korea , Marta Mrozik in Poland, Sue Lyon-Jones in the UK, and Anita Kwiatkowska in Turkey. Their lists contain some fabulous blogs, and are definitely worth taking a look at!
Being a bit late to this party, I have two challenges. One is to find blogs that haven’t already been included in the lists that tagged me (half of my initial list would have been used up on the five women in my opening paragraph!). The other is to limit my list to just ten blogs.
Here is my contribution–ten wonderful blogs that I haven’t seen mentioned on other lists. They are definitely worth looking at!
Hopefully, the bloggers I’ve tagged will continue the fun. Simply copy the picture, paste it in your own post and include a link back here . Then, add your recommendations for ten more blogs (with links to those blogs). I’ve been amazed at how many “new” blogs I’ve discovered via these recommendations, and I hope the project continues to grow!
Here are my 10 contributions to this initiative, with a brief explanation about why I think these blogs are worth visiting.
Esra Girgin Akiskali teaches young learners in Turkey. Her posts are both insightful and practical. I’m particularly enjoying her current series, An A-Z Experience List of a Teacher: Teaching Very Young Learners.
Conchi Martinez de Tejada is based in Spain. She writes Ken and Karen. In addition to interesting posts about teaching young learners, Conchi also has a growing collection of materials to use with you own children’s classes, wherever you teach.
Christina Markoulaki writes a blog for her students in Greece, but it’s great for teachers to follow, too. Christina’s recent post about Earth Day in her school is a great example of how to integrate meaningful content into children’s EFL classes.
Melania Paduraru inspires me in many ways. I’ve learned a lot from following her blog–about teaching, about the teaching experience in Romania, and about teachers in Romania. Melania is unflinchingly honest, whether it’s about the education system in her country or her own struggle with burnout.
The Teacher Talk blog on Azar Grammar has a great group of teachers blogging about grammar (of course) but much, much more. Ela Newman’s recent post about the role of L1 in an L2 class speaks as strongly to teachers in EFL classrooms as it does to those in an ESL setting.
I don’t know who Sputnik really is, or where he’s based (and for that matter, if he’s a he!) but his blog, The Tesla Coil, always stretches my brain. I first visited Tesla Coil after Sputnik left comments on mine, and I’m glad I did.
In her blog Learning to Speak ‘Merican, Vicki Hollett shares keen observations about language and culture. I had a chance to meet Vicky last year and visiting her blog is like enjoying coffee (or perhaps tea, in her case) and conversation with a friend.
Lexiophiles has “Love your words” as its tagline, and I do! They have great articles about learning language, but my favorite posts are their interviews with language learners. Lexiophiles also has a great collection of links to other language blogs. I’m thrilled that this year Teaching Village was nominated for their top 100 language blog competition (Thanks, Marisa!).
The ELT Global blog by Oxford University Press is a relatively new Publisher’s blog. At least, it’s new to me–I just discovered it while following the IATEFL conference. I like their 3-question interviews. I’m a sucker for interviews, anyway, and I love that these are all based on answers to the same three questions: What’s your favourite ELT book? What or who has had the biggest impact on ELT in the last 25 years? What do you wish you’d known when you started out in ELT?
Tara Benwell writes, and writes, and writes, and her Write at Home blog shares the process of trying to balance a writing career with having a life. I started writing professionally when my daughter was a newborn, and Tara’s posts bring back many memories! You might have bumped into Tara in cyberspace without knowing it (Like I said, she writes a lot). She does the Site of the Month awards for TEFL.net and is a major part of English Club (her monthly writing challenges are great!).
Ten came too soon! I look forward to discovering more blogs through the next round of recommendations!