Three Great Interview Series

I’m always impressed with the ways teachers exploit the power of social media to share and collaborate. These three series of interviews are great examples of very different but equally wonderful ways of sharing.

Darren Elliott began his video interviews in October of 2009. His approach was simple—Darren contacted speakers and asked if they’d be willing to be interviewed at an upcoming conference. Most said yes, and his archive of video interviews is a rich resource of ELT-related interviews (now also downloadable as podcasts). Social media is an equalizer, making it easy to contact people you may not otherwise have access to.

Click here to go to to the Lives of Teachers Video Interview Index.

Networks like Twitter and Facebook give us access to international news at a personal level. Larry Ferlazzo is connected to a LOT of teachers around the world, some of them teaching in places we see on the nightly news.  He started a series of interviews with teachers in hot spots around the world. I’ve really enjoyed reading about current events from a teacher’s perspective.

Click here to go to Larry Ferlazzo’s list of interviews with teachers in Hot Spots around the world.

Brad Patterson and several online friends met face to face at the recent IATEFL conference. After a bit of late night banter on Twitter, Brad issued a blog challenge for teachers to interview other teachers in their PLN (personal learning network). These interviews have been great fun to read, and are a way to make our networks feel truly personal. Although it started with teachers who met in Brighton, the challenge is open and ongoing. The interviews are spread over several different blogs, but I’m being lazy and using Brad’s blog as a launching point, since he has been kind enough to list all of the posts in one place.

After you’ve enjoyed reading these, think about who you might like to interview, and go ahead and ask! If you do interview another teacher, be sure to send Brad a link to it so he can add your interview to his list.

Click here to go to Brad’s blog, with its list of PLN interviews.

Have you found other interview series that show teachers making great use of their networks? How about other similar collaborative projects? Please share them in comments so we can all enjoy!

P.S. If you’re not sure what a personal learning network is, you might enjoy What is a PLN, anyway?


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6 Responses

  1. Brad Patterson says:

    Hi Barb

    Thanks for the tip on Darren and Larry’s series. I look forward to checking them. I’m glad you mentioned the blog challeng too because I’m sure it’ll get a few more folks on board, which means learning more about great educators out there !

    Cheers, brad

  2. Darren says:

    Thanks Barb! And who knows if my first two interviewees (you and Paul Nation) hadn’t been so charming, I might not have continued ; D
    One correction I should make is that everyone so far has said ‘yes’.

    This reminds me I need to get back on the horse and do a few more. I had been hoping to do a few in England this summer, but the conference I was scheduled to attend got cancelled. However, come the Autumn there are plenty more interesting people coming to Japan. Including a conference here in Nagoya I am working on at the moment. Check it out!

  3. Barbara says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Darren–happy to be your first :)

    I hope you will do more interviews. They’re a great resource for teachers.

    The conference looks great. The book does, too. I’ve just written a note to purchase it when it’s finally published!

  4. Ann Foreman says:

    HI Barbara,

    Posted a link to this on the TeachingEnglish facebook page if you’d like to check for comments.

    Please feel free to post there when you have anything you’d like to share.



  1. May 26, 2011

    […] Three Great Interview Series is a post from Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto, and shares three places where you can read or hear interviews with ESL/EFL teachers from around the world (including my “hot spot” series). […]

  2. May 26, 2011

    […] Three Great Interview Series is a post from Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto, and shares three places where you can read or hear interviews with ESL/EFL teachers from around the world (including my “hot spot” series). I’m adding it to The Best Ways ESL/EFL/ELL Teachers Can Develop Personal Learning Networks. […]