Language Teaching and the Internet
Week 1: Consuming Information
June 17: More about Email Part 1
- Professional development: Mailing lists & newsgroups
Why use mailing lists?
- Networking with other teachers: May lists have thousands
of members all over the world. What better place to share
trials and triumphs than among many colleagues?
- Finding new resources: When others find a new resource,
create new materials, or think of new ideas for student
projects, you can often hear about them on a list.
- FAQ's: Many mailing lists and newsgroups maintain
lists of FAQ's, or "Frequently Asked Questions." Many
of these become almost book-length resource guides on
the subject of the list.
- Practically speaking
- Assignment: Thought questions
- Choose a list and subscribe to it. Read the messages,
and notice how the discussion is constructed. Change some
of your list options (for example, set the list to "Digest"
mode) and get comfortable with the list's functions. How
do you think this is relevant to you and/or your students?
Do messages on the list give you any ideas on where else
- Search for a newsgroup that contains information that may
be relevant. Did you find any?
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