The Electronic Village Online (EVO) is a creation of the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) computer-assisted language-learning (CALL) Interest Section. In this age of electronic communication, it seems a natural way to bring the issues of our profession to the international stage. Our goal is to allow learning anywhere, anytime, with as little expense as possible. Thus, EVO moderators and mentors are all volunteers, and participants need only provide their own Internet access to take part in activities. Contribution as a moderator is a significant act of volunteerism and forms an important service to our profession.
I co-moderated an EVO 2010 session for elementary teachers titled Internet4YoungLearners. Even though the session has ended, you can still view the content. Generally, the sessions are participatory and conclude with a final project. For ours, we had teachers post their lesson plans that incorporated technology. Furthermore, we collaborated on a list of our favorite English language learning websites for children. Here’s a copy of our handout. To see what types of sessions were offered in the past, please go to http://evosessions.pbworks.com/EVO-Previous-Sessions.
In 2011-2012, I enjoyed being a part of EVO as a mentor and co-coordinator. If you’d like to get involved, look for the call to participate in December. These are generally shared on the TESOL listserv, so make sure you join the one connected to your interest section. If you’re interested in moderating a session online, then contact a member of the CALL-IS so you can submit a proposal in September. The coordination team and mentors will provide moderator training free-of-charge when your session is accepted.
Here are the 2020 EVO sessions to choose from. To learn more, read my previous blog posts about the EVO: