Welcome to #ELTChat
What is #ELTChat?
#ELTchat started in September 2010 when a group of #ELTchat
professionals began to use twitter to discuss topics of interest to English
Language Teachers. It began with the aim
of creating a freely available social network for ELT professionals offering
mutual support and opportunities for Continuous Professional Development.
Wednesday at 12pm and 21.00pm, ELT teachers from all over the world log into
their Twitter account and for one hour hold an online discussion on a topic
they have selected.
How does it work?
The conversations can be followed by following the #ELTchat
hashtag on twitter. Anyone who posts a comment, a link, a question, adds #ELTchat
somewhere in their message (status update or tweet). This way everyone who
follows this hashtag can see their tweets.
If you would like
to find out how to search and save the #ELTchat hashtag so you can see
everyone's tweets, please watch this short screencast.
How are #ELTChat topics chosen?
Every Saturday, one of the moderators will put up a blog post
on the #ELTchat
Blog asking teachers who
follow #ELTchat to propose some topics for the next chats.
link is posted on Twitter as well and re-tweeted by all the moderators several times
#ELTchat followers can go to that post and suggest topics in
the comments under the blog post.
On Sunday evening, the moderators review the topics and
create an online poll. #ELTchat followers are then invited to vote on the
topics until Wednesday morning. Once the poll closes the top two topics
become the subjects of the discussions.
What if you cannot follow #ELTChat?
After each chat, a transcript is posted on the
and moderators put out a request to the #ELTchat participants-fellow Twitterers
asking for volunteer to write a summary of the chat.
Once the summary
has been published on the volunteer's blog, it is also reposted on
the #ELTchat blog and linked to the
summaries index page on the blog.
How else can you connect with the #ELTChat community of teachers?
#ELTchat followers are great at
connecting through Social Networks! They meet on Twitter throughout the week
but we also maintain a
group with more than 550 members. Join this group as well to share links
and continue the conversations started on Twitter!
Every month, we also publish a podcast,
featuring an interview with one of our followers, interviews with well-known
ELT authors and a quick summary of the past month's #ELTchats!! Click on the
page to listen to some of the past podcasts!