ESL Classroom 2.0 Review

by Katie on October 25, 2007

by Katie | October 25th, 2007  

I recently got a comment (about the most important quality in a teacher) from David, creater of ESL Classroom 2.0. I visited his site when he left the comment and liked what I saw…I’m a little embarrassed that it has taken me this long to get around to reviewing the site, but better late than never!

ESL Classroom 2.0 describes itself as an international community of English language teachers sharing…

There are active forums, with topics like instant lessons/lessons in a can; stories to inspire and teach (I like these and I also like that there is a promise to update every day or every other day); and conversation textbook recommendations. I suppose I’m on the verge of becoming an ESL café refugee, because I find myself once more noting the contrast between café forums and ESL Classroom 2.0 forums, where civility and constructive comments seem to be the norm.

ESL Classroom 2.0 also offers the possibility of joining various groups, many of which strike me as particularly salient to teachers in korea, such as EPIK, public school teachers, and teaching university level classes. The answer may be lurking on the site, but I have to admit I don’t really know what being in a group involves that makes it distinct from posting on forum – I suspect it may be something like automatic email notifications? Maybe this is something David will comment on!

The site also includes links to member blogs and podcasts, which could be an interesting opportunity to have your work more widely read. Last but not least there is a collection of pictures to which you can add your own or neat onese you find online, or use in class.

There are a number of ESL sites online, so to some extent it is just a matter of finding one that fits your personality and what you’re looking for – if you haven’t found one yet, have a look around ESL Classroom 2.0 to see if this is the one for you.

{ 4 comments }

Larry Ferlazzo October 25, 2007 at 1:02 pm
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Hi, Katie,

David has also put together a lot of great online ESL resources that are accessible through EFL Classroom 2.0. I’d encourage people to take a look through them, too.

Larry

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EFL Geek October 25, 2007 at 7:32 pm
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David is a great guy. I had the pleasure of meeting him last week. It looks like I’ll be helping him with the design of a new facet of his site come winter.

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Katie October 27, 2007 at 7:28 am
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Thanks for the additional comments – it’s not so common these days to get an in-person recommendation either, so that’s good to hear. EFLGeek, if you remember, leave a comment or let us know on your blog when we can see your work on the site!

I sent David an email and he provided even more info, so look for an update post soon.

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David October 27, 2007 at 9:05 am
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Katie,

Thanks again for the blog post about EFL Classroom 2.0. I’ve had TEFL logue RSSed from day 1 on our community!

Essentially it is teachers helping teachers. The rest is all extra. I also think that with the burgeoning Web 2.0 idea, teachers need a state of the art application. My site, I hope fulfills that.

Groups are meant to be for whatever purpose our members wish. I wanted them to grow organically and they will as needed. Users can start any group they wish and also even bring their own classroom onboard or special interest group / company. Linked to the content/services of EFL Classroom but still private.

I’m happy to be working with EFL Geek and wanted the new open source resource site to be done with someone that knows / understands the EFL field. The present site just grew from sharing a few files with friends to the monster it is….from small things grow trees and forests.

As Larry, I came into teaching for only one reason – to help as I can. I feel immensely proud to make a difference. Now back to the TESOL conference here in Korea!

Thanks,
David

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