These are not my EduBlog Awards nominations.
Let’s get one thing completely straight: these are not my nominations for the EduBlog awards. In fact, all I can do is tell you which blogs I like and why. I’m using this as an excuse to give a big shout out to people who write well about our profession. If your blog isn’t mentioned here, it’s because I’m an idiot. Leave a little comment below and I’ll fit you in somewhere!
Dale Coulter’s ‘Languagemoments: Reflections on language and teaching’ is fantastic. I only stumbled upon this blog fairly recently and I’m hooked. I find that Dale more often then not is writing about something that has been going through my mind and is able to articulate these thoughts much better than I could ever do. Sharon Turner’s ‘Sharonzspace: A place to share ideas and to create’ is also a great read as she covers topics you didn’t even know existed. Brad Patterson’s ‘A journee in language’ is a clear indication of the man’s passion for the job and is thus a joy to read. The same goes for Mike Harrison’s ‘Experiences, teaching ideas and lesson plans from an ESOL teacher’ which is always full of good ideas and a great deal of reflection on his classroom practices. Last but most, Tyson Seburn’s ‘4C’ is bloody brilliant: a big apology here for not reciprocating in the comments department as much as I should!
For sheer volume of fabulous content, Larry Ferlazzo’s ‘Websites of the Day… For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL’ cannot be beaten. Karenne Sylvester took a break from ‘Kalinago English’ and now that she’s returned, at a more civilized pace of posting, I really need to visit more often and comment. People’s champion Alex Case also deserves a mention for keeping ‘TEFLTastic’ going without any slowdown or letup.
When it comes to tech, I’m a recent convert to the excellent ‘TeflTecher: Tasks, Videos and Opinions for Tefl Teachers’ by Ian James . There are plenty of other great ed tech blogs out there, ‘Free Tech For Teachers’ by Richard Byrne is another site that explains the how and why of using tech really well, as does Nik Peachey’s ‘QuickShout: Educational Technology and ELT’. If you want to make a quick name for yourself in the world of ELT blogging, start a blog that’s just a great big list of tech tools. Such blogs might be good for exploring new tools, but I’ve singled out the three above because they do a bit more than that. I’m also excited about Joe Pereira’s brand new blog ‘IF only: Interactive Fiction and teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL/TESOL)’ as this was one of the things that most interested me this year. Gavin Dudeney isn’t posting to ‘That’SLife: Not worth the paper it’s not written on…’ as much as he used to, which is a shame because it’s still a good read. I’d also like to add a special mention for Basiba Svenca’s ‘B’s life with English: Teaching EFL with technologies‘.
My favourite Turkish blog is Dave Dodgson’s ‘Reflections of a Teacher and Learner: Tracking my experiences as an EFL Teacher and an MA student’ although this has been much easier since Nick Jaworski decided to allow his ‘Turklish TEFL: Down into the rabbit hole of ELT in Turkey (and now China)’ to follow him to another country. I’m also waiting for Mr. Mearns to allow me to mention his new venture here. Here are some other Turkey blogs I enjoy:
Jason Renshaw keeps churning out great posts at a frightening rate.
Scott Thornbury has maintained his commitment to a post a week but, unlike the rest of the ELT community, I want more. Why does he limit himself to a word count when we all want to him to let loose on subjects, free from the publisher’s shackles? Also, not every post has to show how brilliant dogme is, even if it is a great idea.
It would be remiss of me not to mention Nicky Hockly’s ‘e-moderation station: Tools, tips, techniques and tweets for online moderators…’.