Monday, February 13, 2017

February #ELLEdTech Twitter Chat: Listening

"If you make listening and observation your occupation
you will gain much more than you can by talk."
-- Robert Baden-Powell

The next #ELLEdTech Twitter chat will be on Sunday, February 19th. Laurah and I will be talking about Tools for Teaching Listening.  Listening and speaking are often taught together and when that happens, listening often gets short shrift.  It's not enough to just have ELLs hear what's being said -- they need to actively listen to the material.  I hope our chat will give you some new ideas for teaching the skill of listening to your students.
Join the February #ELLEdTech Twitter chat to discuss Tools for Teaching Listening | The ESL Connection
Join us Sunday, February 19th!
Schedule and Questions
7:00 = Introductions: Tell us your name, location, level and subject taught #ELLEdTech
7:05 = Q1: What tools do you recommend for teaching listening to ELLs? #ELLEdTech
7:13 = Q2: How are these tools useful for developing ELLs' listening skills? #ELLEdTech
7:21 = Q3: What are the pros or benefits to using these tools? #ELLEdTech
7:29 = Q4: Are there any cons or drawbacks teachers should be aware of with these tools? #ELLEdTech
7:37 = Q5: What advice do you have for teachers who are beginning to use technology with listening instruction? #ELLEdTech

Directions for Joining the Chat
1. Log into Twitter on Sunday; the chat runs from 7:00 - 7:45pm Eastern.

2. Search for tweets with the hashtag #ELLEdTech in the search bar.  Make sure to click “All tweets.”

3. The first five minutes will be spent introducing ourselves.

4. Starting at 7:05 @ESOL_Odyssey or @The_ESL_Nexus will post questions every 8 minutes using Q1, Q2, Q3, etc. to identify the questions and the hashtag #ELLEdTech.

5.  Answer the questions by prefacing them with A1, A2, A3, etc. and use the hashtag #ELLEdTech.

6.  Follow any teachers who respond and are also using #ELLEdTech.

7.  Like (click the heart icon) and post responses to other teachers' tweets.

You can schedule your answers to the questions in advance by using an online scheduler such as TweetDeck or HootSuite (and remember to use A1, A2, etc. and #ELLEdTech).  Links are encouraged, but use tinyurl, bitly, goo.gl or ow.ly to shorten your link so it can be included in your tweet.  Just click one of those links, paste the longer link in the app's box to shorten it for Twitter, then paste the shortened link into your tweet. If you have relevant images, we encourage you to post them, too.



Is this your first Twitter chat?  Here are our rules:

1. Please stay on topic.

2. Please do not post about paid products unless explicitly asked. 

3. If you arrive after the chat has started, please try to read the previous tweets before joining in.

4. Feel free to just read, like, and/or retweet if you prefer -- we know the first time can be a little overwhelming!

5. Always use the hashtag #ELLEdTech when tweeting.

6. Make sure your twitter feed is set to "public." (And do remember that Twitter is completely public; that means anyone--students, parents, administrators--may see what you tweet.) 



You are welcome to let any of your teacher friends who might be interested in joining us as well know about it. We look forward to chatting with you on Sunday evening!

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