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English Online Teacher Newsletter
December 2013


Dear EAL Professionals,



The holiday season is fast approaching, and we would like to offer Warm Seasons' Greetings and wish everyone a Safe and Happy end to 2013! We also would like to update everyone about our National Conference REALIZE in January 2014, which is also fast approaching.

Many of you are receiving this email because you have registered for English Online's National Online Conference REALIZE 2014. Thank you for your participation. As a reminder the conference will take place on Friday, January 24, 2014. Presentations will be throughout the day - information on how to join a session will be emailed to you approximately one week before the conference. Here are some other notes of interest:


  • Our Keynote speaker, Lionel Laroche, will be presenting the evening before on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 7:00pm CST. (Information on how to join will be available on our Conference Page in January 2014)
  • The conference program for the 24th will be available in early January and will be published on the conference website. Please pay attention to time zone listings, and adjust for your location.
  • There will be 30 minute online drop-in sessions for registered attendees that would like to familiarize themselves with the web-conferencing tool:
  • Each presentation will have an associated discussion forum in our Realize Conference Group in Tutela. The group will be created later this month.
  • If you have not done yet, please register for Tutela

Once again, thank you for registering. If you have any questions prior to your drop-in support session, please contact Natalia at any time. See you in January! 

Upcoming Events
  • CIDI Webinar
    • Ushering in a New Economy though Indigenous Inclusion. (December 12, 2:00pm EST) The webinar will help businesses prepare for diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Click here to learn more.
  • Tutela Webinar
    • Collaborating in the Creating of CLB Rubrics - Part 2. (December 16, 6:00pm CDT) Rita Zuba Prokopetz hosts an interactive and collaborative session for instructors who are creating their own rubrics for a variety of CLB 7 tasks. Click here to learn more.
  • GCLR Webinar
    • Making Sense of Making Sense. (January 12, 7:00pm EST) Dr. Ken and Yetta Goodman will address 3 questions: How do people make sense of text? How do people learn to read? and, What do teachers need to know about how reading works and how it is learned to be successful? Click here to learn more. 


Our archive of webinar recordings and related resources is constantly growing. Our latest webinar has now been posted in the archive - the November presentations showcased a few different ways that teachers are engaging students in blended and online environments.


Examples of Engagement


Voki - is a website for educators where students can create avatars and personas for engaging with language. It is fun for students and allows them to practice authentic language in different scenario.


Audio - Use audio files to create real-life scenarios, such as interviewing for a job. Students can answer and interact with these prompts, and practice for similar events in their own world. Vocaroo is a free online audio recorder.
Connect with Students - Get started with Twitter, learn the lingo, and learn how to use it in the classroom. Using technology like Twitter, Pinterest, voki, blogs and voicethread provides students with more options and more opportunity for communicating in target language.
Learn from Others - Twitter is useful for peer-to-peer professional development. Our presenters from November also offer this advice for planning engagement in language instruction. 

Happy Holidays!


English Online Team 



Have questions, suggestions or comments?  

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Conference Links
Here is a handy list of links to Realize! National Online Conference information:


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