The aim was to create a freely available social network for ELT professionals offering mutual support and opportunities for Continuous Professional Development.
Now, every Wednesday at 12pm or 21.00pm GMT, 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 TO TAKE PART
To join in you just have to follow the hashtag #ELTChat. You'll see the conversation and anything you tag with #ELTChat will be part of it
If you already use a Twitter app like Hootsuite or Tweetdeck, you can follow #ELTChat in there.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
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.
We then share it online and people can go to the post and suggest topics in the comments.
On Sunday evening, the moderators turn that into an online poll and everyone can vote on the website until Wednesday morning. The top two become this weeks #ELTChat.
WHERE ELSE ARE WE?
#ELTchat followers are great at connecting through Social Networks! They meet on Twitter throughout the week but we also maintain a Facebook group, it's another great place to share links and continue the conversation outside Twitter.