December 11 #CdnELTchat: Mindfulness in #ELT

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We hear a lot about mindfulness these days, but what does it mean to be mindful? And how can mindfulness impact our lives and our work in ELT? This was the topic of our final #CdnELTchat of 2018.

Thanks as always to the enthusiastic participants who contributed their ideas and shared resources during this chat, and to those who liked, retweeted, and added to the conversation post-chat. Using a platform like Twitter for PD means that busy ELT professionals can choose to participate synchronously or asynchronously, or by reading the summary here on this blog.

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

Q1: What does it mean to be mindful in ELT?
Click HERE to read A1 tweets.

Q2: What are some ways for educators to be mindful in our busy ELT world?
Click HERE to read A2 tweets.

Q3: Do you bring mindfulness into the classroom? If so, how do you do this?
Click HERE to read A3 tweets.

Q4: How can mindfulness help teachers?
Click HERE to read A4 tweets.

Q5: How can being mindful help our students?
Click HERE to read A5 tweets.


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. Please use the #CdnELTchat hashtag between chats to share thoughts and links with others. If you have any have comments about #CdnELTchat , please send @StanzaSL, @EALStories, @Jennifermchow, or @LINCinstructor a tweet. Please join us for the next #CdnELTchat in the new year. Add your ideas anytime on our Padlet HERE.

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.

March 6 #LINCchat Summary: Preparing for Refugee Rights Day

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The March 6 #LINCchat topic was Preparing for Refugee Rights Day, which is held each year on April 4. Thanks to our moderators, Jennifer Chow (@jennifermchow) and Svetlana Lupasco (@StanzaSL), and all who participated in our March 6 chat, either live or afterwards: @ram_diane, @seburnt, @thespreadingoak, @gabyG_jolie, @EALStories, @DawnTorvik,, @ShawnaWiKo, and @vislief.

Extra thanks go to our special guests for today’s chat, Brenda Lohrenz (@brenda_lohrenz), Executive Director of  B.C. TEAL and Taslim Damji (@DamjiTaslim), Manager of MOSAIC Works. We are grateful for the resources and expertise that they have shared with us. Be sure to check out the excellent resources on the BC TEAL website: https://www.bcteal.org/about/initiatives/refugee-rights-day/

And finally, thanks 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: https://padlet.com/eslwithjen/yjif9otuauw6

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.

New to #LINCchat?

If you have never participated in #LINCchat before, go to www.lincchat.ca for more information. #LINCchats occur every other Tuesday, with the occasional Friday.  If you have any ideas for topics or have comments about #LINCchat, please send @StanzaSL or @EALstories a tweet or post a message on Tutela. Please join us for our next #LINCchaton Tuesday, March 20th at 6-7 p.m. PDT or 9-10 p.m. EDT. Please let others know about #LINCchat. 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.

February 20 #LINCchat Summary: Teaching Pronunciation

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Understanding pronunciation is essential for successful listening and speaking yet it’s sometimes neglected in our language classrooms. In our February 20 #LINCchat, we asked questions and shared resources and ideas for introducing pronunciation-focused activities in our classes.

Thanks to the educators who shared their thoughts during this #LINCchat and those who added their thoughts after the chat: @thespreadingoak, @LINCInstructor, @TanyacowieCowie, @ElleninSaigon@salaamay, @jennifermchow, @StanzaSL, @EALStories, and @ESLlibrary.

Thank-you also to moderators, Jennifer Chow (@jennifermchow) and Bonnie Jean Nicholas (@EALstories) for facilitating the discussion and keeping us on track.

Please find a summary of this chat below. To read it, hover over the Twitter bird next to the subtopics in the image below. The interactive image was made with Canva and ThingLink.

New to #LINCchat?

If you have never participated in #LINCchat before, go to www.lincchat.ca for more information. #LINCchats occur every other Tuesday, with the occasional Friday.  If you have any ideas for topics or have comments about #LINCchat, please send @StanzaSL or @EALstories a tweet or post a message on Tutela. Please join us for our next #LINCchat on Tuesday, March 6th at 6-7 p.m. PST or 9-10 p.m. EST. Please let others know about #LINCchat. 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.