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EFL Blogging School for Moldovan Teachers in the Regions

December, 1 2014

Twenty-five English teachers from around Moldova are participating in a new pilot project: using blogs to engage with their students online and increase their interest in learning English.


In September, American Councils Moldova launched a new educational project to equip English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers with the skills to use blogs to enhance their English language teaching experience. This project is the first of its kind in Moldova - very few language teachers around the country use blogs. Even fewer teachers have created a blog or used one as a teaching tool.

Participants from over 15 districts around the country are learning remotely, through Google Hangout sessions about how to engage students online and increase their interest in studying English using online tools. By the end of the project, the teachers will have learned how to create an entire class or school-wide blog: posting and editing entries, inviting team contributions for the blog, and commenting on other blogs are just a few of the assigned tasks for the participants.
In addition, participants have started to learn about comment management, template personalization and enhancing their blog using other online educational tools. So far, teachers have experimented with online tools , such as Voki, a website that lets users create customized speaking avatars for learning vocabulary and pronunciation online; Animoto, a cloud-based site to create videos from pictures and slideshows; and Pow Toon, which creates video presentations for online classes. These are just a sample of the many internet-based tools the Moldovan teachers are using to engage with their students.
Fulbright alumni, Peace Corps volunteers, and other native English speakers in Moldova are collaborating with the Moldovan English teachers and acting as mentors for the project. Last month, the two sides met in several video conferences to discuss the project and what they had learned so far.

The blogging project will culminate with a national conference in Chisinau, Moldova in February 2015. More than 150 EFL teachers and students are expected to attend the event. American Councils Moldova EFL Blogging School project participants will share their experiences and lead short workshops on the best web 2.0 tools for online language teaching and learning.

American Councils Moldova invites you to learn more about the EFL Blogging School and the course content at: http://eflbloggingmoldova.weebly.com/assignments

 

This project was funded by a grant from the United States Department of State. The opinions, findings and conclusions stated herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of State.

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