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Every Wednesday at 19:00 p.m. GMT, a great number of ELT teachers from all over the world log into their Twitter account and for one hour they hold an online discussion (chat) on a topic they have selected.
#ELTchat is a hashtag which appears on all tweets in this online conversation, it’s searchable and anyone who ‘searches’ for it and uses it can converse with any other Twitter user following the same hashtag. It’s followed by hundreds of ELT teachers every week.
This short presentation will look at how hashtagged discussions such as #ELTchat can
- create a feeling of community online amongst ELT professionals
- disseminate information, publications and research which would otherwise remain obscure to the average teacher
- engage and inspire teachers by sharing materials and links
- encourage teachers to keep abreast of new publications and new technologies
- help teachers maintain their interest in their profession
- provide support and create important relationships and connections
The result of this is an expanded and strong Personal Learning Network (PLN) which can help teachers personally and professionally and keep them motivated and connected by maintaining their relationship with an ever expanding PLN through other Social Networks such as
• Linked In
It can develop dialogues and disseminate blog posts and materials shared – thus becoming a tool tools for Continuous Professional Development which is free, autonomous, and self-directed.