Very cool! A chance to discover new blogs

It’s time once again for Lexiophile’s annual Top 100 Language Lovers competition. This year, they’ve changed things around a bit, so they’re ranking language-related Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, as well as language learning and professional blogs.

If you are new to online professional development, or looking to expand your network, this is one of the best opportunities around to discover new blogs. The blogs on this list are there because they’ve been nominated by readers, which means that they come with recommendations. Last year, I found blogs that I’d never heard of before, but now love. Cyberspace is a big place, and there are always gems waiting to be discovered. Regardless of how you feel about rankings and competitions, I encourage you to go window shopping for new blogs to read!

If you receive Teaching Village updates through an rss feeder or by email, you may not have noticed the two award badges in the right sidebar. One is for being the 3rd ranked language teaching blog last year in Lexiophiles’ annual competition. (The other is for being’s Site of the Year last year.)

Teaching Village has been nominated again this year as one of the top 100 language learning blogs. Like everyone else on the list, I’m thrilled to have received a nominated, and am fully aware that any recognition this blog gets is a reflection of the fabulous teacher community we have in our guest authors, commenting readers, and silent supporters. Thank you for your continued support.


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I’m doubly thrilled to see so many of Teaching Village’s guest authors nominated for the writing they do on their own excellent blogs. They include:

Eva Büyüksimkesyan for A Journey in TEFL. Eva’s guest post, Being an EFL Teacher, is a lighthearted look at all the unpaid perks we get for doing something we love.

Janet Bianchini, for Janet’s Abruzzo Edublog. Janet’s guest post, Do it Your Way, is an inspiring message of staying true to our teaching instincts in the face of changing trends.

Anne Hodgson, for The Island Weekly. Her guest post, A Socializing Game: Driver’s Seat, introduces a speaking game that will get your more advanced learners taking a more proactive role in conversation.

Shelly Sanchez Terrell, for Teacher Reboot Camp. Shelly has written two guest posts for Teaching Village, both with the mix of practical help and technology savvy she is known for. Her first post, EFL Teacher’s Kit for Surviving Kids, provides exactly what the title promises, and her second, Digital Digits: Creative Ideas for Finger Plays, demonstrates a really simple way to update a young learner staple with a technology twist.

Graham Stanley, for blog-efl. Graham’s guest post, One Week in My Second Life, gives us a peek at real teaching in a virtual world. The post was actually written by Graham’s Second Life alter ego, Baldric Commons, but Baldric never minds sharing credit.

There are also a number of nominated blogs written by teachers I like and respect, and hope to persuade to add to Teaching Village’s collected wisdom as guest authors in the future. :-)

A CLiL to Climb by Chiew Pang

Burcu Akyol’s Blog by Burcu Akyol

English Spark by Neal Chambers

Free English Lessons Online by Sue Lyon-Jones

Ken Wilson’s Blog by Ken Wilson

OUP ELT Global Blog by Oxford University Press. The phenomenal webmaster here is Alex Williams. Alex’s work also earned OUP a nomination for top Facebook language page for Oxford University Press – ELT.

Sean Banville’s Blog by Sean Banville

TEFL Matters by Marisa Constantidides

TEFLTastic by Alex Case

Teacher Training Unplugged by Anthony Gaughan

The Lives of Teachers by Darren Elliott

Websites of the Day by Larry Ferlazzo

If you aren’t following these blogs already, you should be.

Over on Twitter, Brad Patterson and OUPELGlobal (Alex Williams and Verri Toste) also received nominations in the top language twitterers category.

You can get competition updates on Twitter, as well, by following @babla or the #tll11 hashtag.

After you’ve browsed through the language learning blogs (and language professional blogs, Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts) listed on the Lexiophiles site, and found some new gems of your own, please show some love to one of the nominees in each of the four categories. Everyone likes to feel appreicated :-)

Vote here: Language Lovers 2011


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11 Responses

  1. Hi Barb,

    Many thanks for the kind mentions for OUP ELT, and an extra special thanks for being so complimentary of me and my work.

    Thanks also for reminding me of some great blogs that I’d forgotten about – I will definitely be subscribing to them and adding them to OUP ELT’s blogroll.

    Good luck in the learning blogs category!


    • Barbara says:

      I’m glad you found some more gems for your blogroll! That really is one of the best things about this competition. I’ve already found a few new ones I’ll be subscribing to, also :-)

      Keep up the great work!

  2. Lulu says:

    Wow, I didn`t know you had a blog. I have used Let`s Go textbooks with students privately on and off for 4 years or so- one of the best (if not the best!) texts I have used with kids.

    Hope you go well in the competition. Will come back tomorrow to check out some new blogs.

    • Barbara says:

      I’m glad you found me!

      Thanks for your kind words about Let’s Go. You made my day! I’ll pass your compliment on to my co-authors, and make their day, too :-)

      I look forward to seeing you around Teaching Village. We have a pretty great group of teachers here, and are always happy to add another. The more the merrier!

  3. You’re a great sharer, Barbara, and I want to thank you for including me in the list of future villagers :-)

    It will be a pleasure and an honour for me to write for your blog!


  4. acLiLtocLiMB says:

    Isn’t it wonderful to see us all there? I’ve posted a sticker on my to do list on Linoit to remind me that I need to search for inspiration and come up with a post for you in the near future!
    Good luck, Barb! I’m sure you’ll do well again this year.

    • Barbara says:

      You know, Chiew, seeing us all here does make me feel like a winner. I didn’t know any of you until I started blogging and using Twitter. Now I can’t imagine not having access to the information from teachers online each day. And here, I limited myself to blogs that were in the Lexiophiles shortlist. There are even more that weren’t on the list, but should have been!

      I’m so happy that you’ll write a post for Teaching Village! Thanks :-)

      And good luck to us all!

  5. Very cool indeed. I love many of those blogs and now have a few more to add to the fun. Almost overwhelming to be in such a large candy store, isn’t it !

    Thanks for the mention here as well, Barb. Love the way your post is so PLN-centric.

    Enjoy your “freeday” Cheers, b

  6. Hi Barbara

    Thank you so much for including me in your post. It feels great to be here again. I’ll be posting about the nominations later today.

    I’ll be busy reading through the lists over the next few days and look forward to discovering new blogs.

    Best of luck for your nomination :) Your blog is very inspiring and I’m always learning so much from it.