May 15 #CdnELTChat Summary: Learning Language Through Reading Fiction

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Nathan Hall (@nathanghall) tweeted that when he and Svetlana Lupasco (@StanzaSL) started #LINCchat in 2015, their goal was “to help connect and support LINC instructors from across Canada.” They did that and more. Over the years, #LINCchat has connected English Language instructors across Canada and beyond, so it was time to be more inclusive. 

On May 15th, #LINCchat became #CdnELTchat so that we could include everyone in the #CdnELT landscape. Thank-you to all those who participated in our first #CdnELTChat  about “Language learning through Reading Fiction”: @seburnt, @robshpprd, @AliceSKim, @Fain75, and @capontedehannaModerators, @EALStories and @jennifermchow kept the conversation moving.

Please find a summary of this chat below. To read it, hover over the Twitter bird under the questions in the image below. The interactive image was made with Canva and ThingLink, using images from Open Clipart.

To read all the tweets on this topic, follow the complete discussion HERE.  

New to #CdnELTchat?

If you have never participated in #CdnELTchat before, go to www.lincchat.ca for more information. #CdnELTchat is self-directed PD, so you determine the level of your involvement. #CdnELTchats usually occur every other Tuesday, with occasional exceptions. If you have any ideas for topics or have comments about #CdnELTchat, please send @StanzaSL or @EALstories a tweet. Feel free to use the #CdnELTchat hashtag between chats to share thoughts and links with others.

 

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Jennifer is passionate about learning how technology can empower her students. After experiencing how technology enabled her to stay connected as an educator, a parent and an active citizen, she is motivated to find the same opportunities for her students.  

Twitter: @jennifermchow

May 5 #LINCchat Summary: Why we all need a #PLN in #ELT

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On May 5, the members of the #LINCchat team gathered at @UBCVantage  on the beautiful @UBC Point Grey ‏campus, located on the traditional , ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. Jennifer Chow (@jennifermchow), Augusta Avram (@LINCInstructor), and Bonnie Nicholas (@EALStories) were there in person, while Svetlana Lupasco (@StanzaSL) skyped in from Toronto – you can see her on the laptop screen!

This chat on a special day and time was held as part of the #edtechjam at the @bcteal #BCTEAL18 conference. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to chat in person, participated in the online chat, lurked, replied, retweeted, liked, and followed up on the conversation. We had participants from several provinces in Canada, as well as the U.S. and even overseas, proving the power of Twitter to connect.

This was the final chat using the now-retired #LINCchat hashtag; we are now using #CdnELTchat.  This change was made because we wanted to make sure that people understand that we discuss topics that are relevant and interesting to everyone working in #CdnELT, not just people working in LINC.

As #LINCchat co-founder Nathan Hall (@nathanghall) said, “When @StanzaSL and I started #LINCchat back in September 2015, we had no idea what would happen with it. We just wanted to help connect and support LINC instructors from across Canada. Times change and I believe now is a good time to make the change to #cdnELTchat.”

zAB6NaOy_400x400Bonnie Nicholas (@EALstories) is an enthusiastic participant in the bi-monthly #LINCchat as well as a member of the #LINCchat team along with Svetlana Lupasco (@StanzaSL), Jennifer Chow (@jennifermchow), Augusta Avram (@LINCInstructor), and Nathan Hall (@nathanghall). Bonnie teaches LINC at NorQuest College in Edmonton.

April 17 #LINCchat Summary: Tools and Strategies for Teaching Listening Skills

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The April 17 #LINCchat was all about listening skills and strategies. #LINCchat is not just for #LINC instructors; we discuss topics of interest to everyone teaching and working in English Language Teaching (#ELT). Thanks to @BCTEAL for posting the summaries here on the BC TEAL blog. Svetlana Lupasco (@StanzaSL) for keeping the questions coming during the chat. And thanks to all the participants and people who followed the hashtag and added to the conversation during and after the chat. You can grow your Personal Learning Network (PLN) by following these educators on Twitter.

@ElliottJennieL, @vnino_ESL, @MitziTerzo, @DawnTorvik, @JoyOfESL, @ElleninSaigon, @thespreadingoak, @NancyVanDorp, @cintiabcosta, @HandsOnilm, @jennifermchow, @LINCInstructor, and @SeanBanville.

Remember that there are many ways to participate in a #LINCchat. You are welcome to lurk by following the hashtag if you’re not comfortable participating in an online chat. You can search for the #LINCchat hashtag anytime on Twitter and read all the tweets there. If you’ve never been part of a twitter chat before, you can read all about How to Join a Twitter Chat right here on the BC TEAL blog or by visiting www.lincchat.ca. You also follow the threads of the conversation in the summary below. To read the summary, hover over the Twitter bird under the questions in the image below. Bonnie Nicholas (@EALStories) created this interactive image using Canva and Thinglink.

The #LINCchat team will be at the BC TEAL Conference on May 5! If you’re at the conference, we’ll be talking about Building Communities of Connected Learners and Educators using Twitter during the #edtech jam on Saturday afternoon. We’ll also be holding a special Saturday #LINCchat on building your #PLN during our session. Please join us at 1:30 Pacific, 2:30 Mountain, 3:30 Central, 4:30 Eastern, 5:30 Atlantic.

zAB6NaOy_400x400Bonnie Nicholas (@EALstories) is an enthusiastic participant in the bi-monthly #LINCchat as well as a member of the #LINCchat team along with Svetlana Lupasco (@StanzaSL), Jennifer Chow (@jennifermchow), Augusta Avram (@LINCInstructor), and Nathan Hall (@nathanghall). Bonnie teaches LINC at NorQuest College in Edmonton.

April 3 #LINCchat Summary: Blended Learning

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The #LINCchat topic on April 3 was Blended Learning. We had a lively discussion; thanks to our moderators, Augusta Avram (@LINCInstructor) and Bonnie Nicholas (@EALStories), and all who participated in our April 3 chat, either live or afterwards: @DawnTorvik, @ElliottJennieL, @Judames, @vislief@ram_diane, @ambartosik, @nathanghall, @thespreadingoak, @StanzaSL, and @jennifermchow.

Thanks as well to all those who contributed questions to tonight’s #LINCchat by adding them to our Padlet wall. There were many good questions, so we’ve left them up for further personal reflection: april3.linchat.ca

Please find a summary of this chat below. To read it, hover over the Twitter bird under the questions in the image below. The interactive image was made with Canva and ThingLink, using images from Open Clipart.

New to #LINCchat?

If you have never participated in #LINCchat before, go to www.lincchat.ca for more information. #LINCchat is self-directed PD so you determine the level of your involvement. #LINCchats usually occur every other Tuesday, with occasional exceptions. If you have any ideas for topics or have comments about #LINCchat, please send @StanzaSL or @EALstories a tweet. Feel free to use the #LINCchat hashtag between chats to share thoughts and links with others.

zAB6NaOy_400x400Bonnie Nicholas (@EALstories) is an enthusiastic participant in the bi-monthly #LINCchat as well as a member of the #LINCchat team along with Svetlana Lupasco (@StanzaSL), Jennifer Chow (@jennifermchow), Augusta Avram (@LINCInstructor), and Nathan Hall (@nathanghall). Bonnie teaches LINC at NorQuest College in Edmonton.

BC TEAL Webinars “Microskills and Foundational Skills for Sociocultural Competency”

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Feeling awkward and different, or like a ‘fish out of water’, is often how people new to a culture describe interpersonal interactions. For success at school and work, and in life overall, it is necessary to interact effectively with others in order to maintain essential relationships. This ability is described as Sociocultural Competency.

In her presentation, Jane discussed and demonstrated nonverbal and verbal microskills and foundational skills essential for Sociocultural Competency. She also made suggestions for how to approach classroom ‘group work’ as a substitute for a workplace activity.

Jane Forward teaches communication courses at Vancouver Community College, currently in the health science programs and previously in business, hairstyling and automotive programs. She teachers sociocultural competency to new immigrants, established immigrants, and people raised in Vancouver. This competency allows them to join workplaces which in themselves are new cultures needing people with such expertise.

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How to join a Twitter chat

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If you have been following this blog, you have probably noticed a number of posts with #LINCchat in the title. These posts are summaries of a bi-weekly Twitter chat for LINC instructors. This is when people can come together for one hour on Twitter to discuss a particular topic and share ideas and resources. It is an excellent way to connect with others working in settlement language and get the support you need to grow as an instructor or administrator.

For some of you, Twitter chats sound interesting, but you are not sure where to begin. Here are some ways in which you can participate without having to leave your house.

Get a Twitter account

While you don’t need a Twitter account to read what has been shared, you won’t be able to participate without one. Twitter is free and you don’t need a smartphone to use it. You can use any computer with internet access.

Make sure your account is not set to Private

When you set your account to Private, only those to whom you give permission will be able to read your tweets. This is tough in a chat since anyone can join. If you tweet, even with the proper hashtag, some people will be left out of your conversation.

Don’t forget the hashtag

When the time comes to start the chat, all you need to do to join is to tweet using the hashtag. Take #LINCchat for example. When the time comes to join the chat, the moderators will share questions and comments using #LINCchat in their tweets. You can answer those questions or give your own comments by tweeting with #LINCchat in the tweet. Be aware, make sure to leave a space before the # in #LINCchat, but there shouldn’t be a space between # and LINCchat. You can put the hashtag anywhere in the tweet. Here is an example:

Follow the hashtag and join the conversation

This is where the conversation happens. To follow a hashtag means to search a hashtag while the chat is happening. There are a few ways to do that.

Mobile app: The Twitter mobile app is not that great for Twitter chats, but it can be used as long as you follow a few steps.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tweetdeck: Often overlooked, Tweetdeck is a great tool for twitter chats. Tweetdeck is owned and run by Twitter, so you don’t need to register for anything since you already have an account. Simply go to https://tweetdeck.twitter.com and sign in with your Twitter account. Once you are there, here is what you can do to make it easier to chat.

 

 

 

 

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Tips:

  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. That is one of the reasons we have moderators.
  • Feel free to “lurk” (in other words, watch without tweeting) for a while to get the hang of things.
  • Don’t be afraid to only tweet once in a while. You don’t have to comment on everything. We realize new people might find the chats overwhelming at first.
  • Moderators will post questions using the Q+number format (ex. Q1). To help others know what you are answering, try to use the A+number format in reply (ex. A1). Here is an example:

  • Follow others who participate in the chat. This is a great way to build you personal learning network (PLN) with like-minded people.
  • Have fun!

March 20 #LINCchat Summary: Effective Feedback Strategies

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The March 20th #LINCchat was on “Effective Feedback Strategies”.

Participants: @NathanielDStone, @JoyOfESL ‏, @vislief@MitziTerzo, @gabyG_jolie, @capontedehanna@VidyaXS, @valerievalera70, @DawnTorvik  LINCInstructor,  @EALStories, @StanzaSL , and @jennifermchow.

Please find a summary of this chat below. To read it, hover over the Twitter bird under the questions in the image below. The interactive image was made with Canva and ThingLink, using images from Open Clipart.

New to #LINCchat?

If you have never participated in #LINCchat before, go to www.lincchat.ca for more information. #LINCchat is self-directed PD so you determine the level of your involvement. #LINCchats usually occur every other Tuesday, with occasional exceptions. If you have any ideas for topics or have comments about #LINCchat, please send @StanzaSL or @EALstories a tweet. Feel free to use the #LINCchat hashtag between chats to share thoughts and links with others.

zAB6NaOy_400x400Bonnie Nicholas (@EALstories) is an enthusiastic participant in the bi-monthly #LINCchat as well as a member of the #LINCchat team along with Svetlana Lupasco (@StanzaSL), Jennifer Chow (@jennifermchow), Augusta Avram (@LINCInstructor), and Nathan Hall (@nathanghall). Bonnie teaches LINC at NorQuest College in Edmonton.