Would you like to write a guest post for Teaching Village?
I’m always happy to hear from EFL (or ESL) teachers who would like to guest blog for Teaching Village. I’m open to publishing posts on nearly any topic in ELT, so if you have a passion you’d like to share please contact me with your idea. I also welcome posts for any of the following categories:
Stories from the Front Lines of EFL
What’s your EFL personal teaching story? Where and how you teach? Who are your students? Why did you become a teacher? What does EFL look like in your country? The more stories we collect, the more complete our understanding becomes about the ELT profession around the world. You can read other posts in this series here.
Stuff All EFL Teachers Should Know
What do you think all EFL teachers should know? This can be big stuff, like a teaching methodology or technique, or small stuff, like a sure-fire lesson, a classroom management tip, an online resource–anything you feel will help EFL teachers be better language teachers. You can read other posts in this category here.
Lessons Learned from Students
Often, the most powerful lessons we learn as teachers are the lessons we learn from students. What have you learned from your students? Please tell us so we can learn, too! You can read other posts in this category here.
Technology for Teaching and Learning
Do you use technology tools in your lessons? Which tools do you use and how do you incorporate them? Any tips for other teachers who want to start with technology? Have you used social networks like Facebook and Twitter for professional development? Have you attended online workshops or conferences? Using technology for teaching and professional development is new to many of us–please share your experiences! You can read other posts in this category here.
High Tech Ideas for Low Tech Classrooms
How can we take high tech tools and make them work in low tech classrooms? How can teachers, perhaps with a computer and Internet at home, take advantage of the tools that are available online? Please share ideas, explaining how teachers can use a web-based tool to enhance learning in a low tech classroom. You can read other posts in this category here.
Teachers recognize the value of games and activities in EFL–as effective substitutes for drills, as authentic tasks for children, for the joy they bring into class, and as a simple way to introduce culture to students. Do you have a favorite activity to share with other teachers? Have you adapted a traditional game (from your own country or another) to use as a language practice activity? Do you plan parties for your students? Please share! You can read other posts in this category here.
Personal Learning Network
Teachers around the world are beginning to use social networks like Twitter and Facebook to connect with other teachers around the world to share resources, learn from each other, and collaborate on projects. These loosely organized groups are often called Personal Learning Networks (PLN). Have you created a PLN? How has it benefited you as a teacher? Have you collaborated with other teachers online? Please share you PLN journey. You can read other posts in this category here.
Teaching and Learning in Second Life
Second Life is a virtual world. Among the many residents in this word are teachers and students, both exploring the potential of the 3D Web for distance learning and professional development. Have you attended a conference or workshop in Second Life? Do you teach, or learn there? Tell us about your adventures and experiences. You can read other posts in this category here.
A few general guidelines, to keep your writing in line with the “flavor” of Teaching Village:
1. Please avoid technical language. Acronyms and educational jargon are not universally understood.
2. Please try to keep your post at 1000 words or less.
3. You are welcome to include links to your school website, or your own website, but please avoid using your post to directly advertise a for-profit product.
4. Please include a little information and a picture of yourself to be included in a short “bio” at the end of your post. Feel free to include a link to your own blog or Twitter page, if you have one.
5. If appropriate, I would love for you to include photos of your classroom or students. However, please be careful of their safety and privacy (i.e., no last names).
If you are nervous about publishing in English, please let me know. I’ll be happy to help edit your post before publishing it