the second newsletter.
First of all let me wish everyone
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Secondly, a big thank you to all of you for your
support on this site. There are now 84 of you who have given me direct
feedback on the site and Version 2 (by next March hopefully) aims to incorporate
all of your suggestions. It will include pages on Testing, Course &
Syllabus Design, Materials Production & Research.
Until then the present version will be continually updated. At the time
of writing there are now over 65 pages and touching a hundred links to
some of the most useful websites out there. Thanks to all of you for your
links and reviews. A special thanks goes to Mary-Lynn Hughes for all her
suggestions for the lexis page which has seen
some excellent additions. Check it out.
I am also working on the database behind the website, so that Version
2 will include entry forms for us to start on the Contacts Page. This
will hopefully allow the site to become a catalyst for you all to link
up on areas of interest and thereby create a collaborative network which
I believe is one of the most powerful features of this web medium.
My PhD has been narrowed down to researching the support such a site gives
to those of you studying for the Aston
MSc in TESOL/TESP, but please do not let this stop anyone else giving
me your feedback.
I have recently been involved in two conferences with online features.
First, the ELToc conference which
was, unfortunately, technologically disappointing though fascinating
in its content. It was technologically disappointing because the powerpoint
slide shows were massive and could not be easily downloaded and there
are as yet no papers from the conference available. Nevertheless, you
can go into the site and listen to the talks given - well worth it. If
you have a problem contact
me and I'll see if I can help.The second conference was the MLI Teacher-to-Teacher
conference here in Abu Dhabi which had an excellent plenary session given
by Deborah Healy via video-web link.
Publisher links will be going up onto the site over the next couple of
months, so that you should be able to order directly on the web any book
that is referenced on these pages. Here's hoping.
The New Year promises lots to look forwad to with several excellent conferences
on the horizon. Check out their sites and see if you can't get to at least
one of them. Bilkent 2002 should be as good as the last six conferences
that the University has hosted and the list of speakers is very interesting.
has a total of nine invited speakers and presentations by teachers from
over twenty-five countries. The day after that closes in Abu Dhabi, the
IATEFL conference opens in York. And finally the TESOL2002
convention follows on from the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in
Check out Danyal Freeman's AstonTaiwanCentre
page - it has a lot of relevant links for any of you doing the Aston Masters.
And thanks for your feedback on this site Danyal.
Let me just finish by taking you through the main changes to the site
in case you haven't been in for the last month or so. The main addition
has been to the Study Page. The first unit of
every module on the Aston MS in TESOL/TESP is on
that page. I must thank all of those at the Aston LSU for their support
and permission to put up these pages - especially as no other institute
The Practical pages have seen ten
new links added on the lesson plans
and links pages. Check them out - there are some excellent teaching sites
The Learning Pages have also seen
a dozen new links added with a good number of them on the Technology page.
Since this site was launched there has been a boom in the availability
of online journals and the Technology Page
links into three of the most fascinating additions that I have found.
The Language Pages have also expanded with
new papers and links added to the Grammar, Lexis
and Skills pages. The best in online dictionaries
can now be found on the Lexis Page along with
a paper I wrote a couple of years back reviewing
four dictionaries and how they differ in their compilation.
So that's it for now. Have a great festive season and I'm looking forward
to hearing from you soon.