#ELTChat Needs Your Support

If you’re an English language teacher who uses twitter, you undoubtedly know and use the hashtag #ELTChat. This is one of the most popular hashtags in our industry. It was even nominated for an ELTon this year! If I ever have a question, concern, or request that I think teachers can help with, I always consult the #ELTChat community first. Responses come from ELT authors, administrators, bloggers, trainers, and most importantly teachers. I’ve participated in many #ELTChats, and have learned so much that has been valuable in my role as a writer at ESL-Library. When I miss a good chat I always catch up by reading the summary. I wore my #ELTChat T-shirt proudly at the TESOL conference in Philadelphia this year. It was delivered to the ESL-Library booth by an #ELTChat pal who picked it up for me at the IATEFL conference. (In twitter lingo this is what we call “Power of the PLN”.)

The #ELTChat team has worked effortlessly over the past few years to build up its wiki, website, and twitter community. Now they need our help! Please read the following post that was originally posted on Marisa Constantinides’ TEFL Matters blog. If you have a blog, Facebook page, or twitter account, please pass on this message.

The Loss of ELTChat.com – Plan B by Marisa Constantinides

For the last – well, almost two years now, since September 15 2010, #ELTchat has kept us on our toes and forged hundreds of professional and personal relationships amongst its followers who turn up on Twitter every Wednesday to talk about topics they have suggested and voted on – a community of peers which was created by a small group of colleagues – which grew and grew some more and became something that counts as an important part of our continuous professional development.

Like many great ideas, it didn’t hit just one person but several.

And that is how #ELTchat was created.

The website to keep up the communication of its members, a base and repository of our ideas was one of the first things we all thought of creating – the wiki came later.

Andy Chaplin was keen to join the moderation team and help with podcasts and technical stuff; he was quick to buy eltchat.com and announced the good news to us after the fact.

A few months later, right after TESOL France 2011,  he suddenly disappeared – some say for reasons of health.

We never found out for sure.

We never received a single word of response to our emails.

eltchat.com was and still is registered in his name.

And yesterday we lost it

On August 8 the domain expired and we have no way of taking over unless it goes up for sale again; it was very sad that Andy Chaplin did not find it appropriate to renew.

The news is really upsetting.

The work we have put in on this website cannot be told in a few simple words – but it has been a labour of love and we have got so much out of it that we have never regretted one single moment

We are pretty upset at the behaviour of this individual – disappointment is one big understatement.

But we trust that our community of #ELTchatters, our PLN for short, will again gather round the new domain which we have purchased – eltchat.org

It will take us a few days to put the website back on its feet

And all will be as it was before – all the posts in place all your thoughts and comments, all the polls and great summaries which got us on the shortlist of the ELTon Awards nominations

We will be back with a vengeance

We are not just a website – we did not get on the ELTon awards shortlist as just another website!!!

We are a great community of teachers and we have a Plan B!

See you all in September!!!

Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto Bruno Andrade Sue Annan Andrea Wade

Henrick Hoprea Mike Harrison Sue Lyon Jones Vicky Loras Lizzie Pinard

Tyson Sebunt Melania Paduraru Vicky Saumell David Dogson

Lesley Cioccarelli Cecilia Lemos Fiona Price Miguel Mendoza

Arjana Blazic Doug Peterson Chiew Pang Janet Bianchini Tamas Lorincz

Huge Thanks for all these reposts

Marisa Constantinides – Shaun Wilden

P.S. We would greatly appreciate it if any of you belonging to this great community of teachers,  teacher educators, bloggers, #ELTchat followers,  reposted this on your blog


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