Category Archive: Professional development

Sep 19

SPREAD YOUR ENTHUSIASM – “The Success Story of Monica Harvey”

When I was invited to the Amazing Minds event organized by Pearson Longman, I didn’t know that I would meet forty amazing mind from thirty-eight different countries. I was fascinated by the richness of those five days in Cambridge. (I’d like to thank Nigar Kucuksonmez and Isil Berkan from Pearson Longman Turkey and Carol Higho, …

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Sep 02

Have a Great Academic Year!

I feel like September is the first month of the year. Schools are opening! It will be great to see happy faces and teach fresh minds. (By the way did you know that in Ethiopia, the first month of the year is September? They have their own calendar which is based on the Coptic calendar, and is …

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Feb 18


I know many teachers who do incredible things in their classrooms that I think needs to be shared with the other teachers both to celebrate their success and to serve as a source of inspiration and creativity. That is the reason I am starting “SPREAD YOUR ENTHUSIASM” series. This will be an ongoing series and open …

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Feb 15

IATEFL Turkey in the Making

It was last year when I felt the power of a leading international association. I had the opportunity to go to the 43rd IATEFL Conference in Cardiff and present there. I can describe this experience as inspiring, enriching and connecting. IATEFL, which stands for the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language …

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Jan 28

A New Series: My PLN says…

I am starting a new series called “My PLN says…” . The readers will find a selection of ideas and resources which are shared on Twitter, Facebook and other online networks and communities. I am planning to post my selections twice a month but sometimes it can be less or more frequent depending on my …

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Jan 10

10 Teaching Tools for the EFL Classroom

by Karen Schweitzer The web is an excellent place for educators to find free teaching tools for the EFL classroom. There are sites that provide interactive exercises, online communities, virtual robots, podcasts, and other materials designed to enhance classroom instruction. Here are ten fee sites for teachers and students to explore throughout the school year. …

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Jan 04

Opportunities For Becoming A Digitally Literate Teacher In 2010

“Schools and classrooms, both real and virtual, must have teachers who are equipped with technology resources and skills, and who can effectively teach the necessary subject matter content while incorporating technology concepts and skills. Although it is recognized that our global environment has radically changed, many schools remain largely unchanged from those of the 20th …

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Dec 01

40 Influential and Innovative Educators in ELT

who will help you see the power of PLN (PART II) Kyle B. Pace (USA): Kyle is one of the people in my list who is not an English teacher. He is a must-to-follow in my opinion. I don’t need to write about him in detail. Start following him and then you will realize what …

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Nov 28

40 Influential and Innovative Educators in ELT

who will help you see the power of PLN (PART I) I know what it feels like to be new to online social networking and the world of Web 2.0. You decide that it would be good to meet English teachers from other countries, learn about Web 2.0 and may even be thinking of starting …

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Nov 03

The Educator’s PLN: The personal learning network for educators

& Social Media Counter Finally I joined the Educator’s PLN created by Thomas Whitby. I’d like to thank to him for his time and effort. Please take a few minutes and sign up to become a part of this great group of people. There are already 845 members! I saw that social media counter on …

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