February 9, 2013

ELL Teachers Connect and Learn in Twitter Chats

From http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning-the-language/2013/01/ell_teachers_connect_and_learn.html

ELL Teachers Connect and Learn in Twitter Chats
By Lesli A. Maxwell
January 28, 2013

Every Monday night on Twitter, teachers who work with English-language learners connect with one another to engage in hour-long discussions and debates that unfold in 140-character tweets.

At 9 p.m. Eastern time, #ELLCHAT, co-hosted by two education consultants who specialize in working with ELL teachers, kicks off with the topic du jour.

Those topics range from the practical: How to select a complex text for beginning English-learners, for example, to policy: Ways to advocates for ELLs on local, state, and national issues in 2013.

The weekly chats might draw in dozens of tweeting participants, while countless others "lurk" by reading and retweeting. But over the course of the week, using the #ELLCHAT hashtag, many hundreds of questions, answers, resources, and other tidbits are swapped and shared, say Judie Haynes (@judiehaynes), a co-host who helped start the chat, and Karen Nemeth (@KarenNamethEdM), also a co-host.

Read the full article at http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning-the-language/2013/01/ell_teachers_connect_and_learn.html

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