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Not my EduBlogs Awards nominees

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!

Some of my new favourites

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!

Perennial greats

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.

Tech

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‘.

Turkish delights

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:

A bit of everything

A Journey in TEFL

Asli Saglam’s blog

Burcu Akyol’s blog

Burcu’s Teaching and Learning Zone

Busem Doğan’s Blog

Engaging Teachers

Esra’s Englishous Blog

Işıl Boy’s blog

Istanbul’s stranger

Learning & Teaching w/Deniz

Meltem Bizim’s Blog

Merve Oflaz’s Blog

Neslihan Durmusoglu’s blog

Nesrin’s blog

Ozge Karaoglu’s Blog

Honourable mentions

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…’.

My Edublogs awards nominees

This is a post showcasing my edublog awards nominees.

Another year, another EduBlogs awards nomination post. Having said that, I’ve never actually written one of these before, so I should really have said that I’m very pleased to be doing this for the first time. Here then, I my nominations for 2010:

Best individual blog

TEFLTastic with Alex Case

Alex Case is the unstoppable force of TEFL blogging. Where others fear to tread, Alex rams home. What I love is that you never quite know what you’re going to get next, although you can rely on it being thought provoking and utterly compelling.

Best individual tweeter

@Larryferlazzo

The mighty, Cypher-like Larry Ferlazzo is the tweeter that all of us should follow. I’ve never taken the time to count how many tweets he delivers daily, but I bet it’s more than what we would consider healthy. The tweeter to follow!

Best new blog

Box of chocolates

This is not just because Cecilia Coelho is a super cool tweeter, and nor is it because she took up my twitter challenge… Ok, it is mainly because she is super cool and took up my twitter challenge. However, her blog is a constant joy to read and I want to do everything I can to encourage her to keep it up. Cecilia rocks.

Best resource sharing blog

Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

Larry again! Larry was recently a part of my ten tweeters you follow challenge for a very good reason, his tweets lead you to the unbelievably wide range of resources he shares via his blog.

Most influential blog post

A new English Raven challenge: Show us your blog’s hidden gems

Jason Renshaw blogs regularly and to fabulous effect. Whether you’re a newly qualified TEFLer or a crusty old pro like me, you’ll find a wealthy of ideas at Jason’s blog. The reason I chose this post was that it gave so many of us a bloody good excuse to promote those posts that we were very proud of writing but didn’t get the attention that we wanted.

Best teacher blog

Kalinago English

Karenne Sylvester keeps coming up with interesting stuff to blog about and I just don’t know where she gets the constant flow of inspiration from. Every few days a post appears that I feel is instantly applicable in some way to my teaching context. Given the hugely different contexts in which we teach, her broad appeal, not just to me but to a worldwide audience, is remarkable.

Lifetime achievement

Scott Thornbury

This was absolutely the easiest category for me to make a nomination for. Scott Thornbury doesn’t need to blog, he really doesn’t. Nevertheless, blog he does. What makes his contribution to the blogosphere so great is that he so actively engages with everyone who leaves a comment on his posts, thus generating a real community spirit and feeling of being valued for your contribution. This man is awesome.

Why don’t you nominate who you want to win an edublog award? Get a bit of a shift on, though, as you only have a couple of days left.

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