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7 day Twitter diet

April 5, 2012 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

(by Barbara Bujtás)

Twitter has proven to be a fast news channel of the IATEFL Glasgow conference. Tweeters recommended and back-channeled sessions,  there were actual discussions on sessions, and in many cases participants tweeted links of video sessions. As a participant, one doesn’t necessarily have to tweet, they can just follow the tweeters who are often referred as ‘Personal Learning Network’ (PLN).

This week has been quite efficient in terms of Twitter use for professional development. There are a number of new users who decided to join the tweeting community after seeing the advantages. IATEFL Hungary’s Glasgow Online After party session turned into an offline PLN where members actually helped each other understand the whole business the best possible way. Online PLNs are really growing like grass after the rain, no wonder, it’s spring huh!

So for all the new twitter fans, please take this freshly made spring recipe collection ;)

7 day Twitter diet

Spring is here, and 80 % of people think it’s high time to lose weight, 10 % go on a cleaning diet. There is another 10 % hmmm.. They ….

Well, if you are just about to start a spring diet of some kind, why don’t you try IATEFL Hungary 7 day Twitter diet?

There are basically two components. One is of course exercise, the other one is food.

Daily exercise:
Get a mobile device (your mobile phone, iPod, iPad, mp3 player, your kid’s mobile device or any of your students’ gadget confiscated for inappropriate use during lessons). Choose one that can play music and you will also need earphones. Any music will do, there might be a radio in your phone, just perfect. Put on comfy shoes and clothes, insert the earphones in your ears and switch on the music. Spend 10 minutes walking to the rhythm of music, whatever it is.

Done? Great! Feeling fine?

Substitute one meal a day with 10 minutes of using Twitter according to the programme below. Don’t overdo it! It might cause serious health hazard!!! (those who don’t want to lose weight may consume a 100 g bar chocolate or a four cheese pizza meanwhile)

Day 1:
Register on twitter. Once registered, close the window. Now open a window, type twitter.com, sign in. Type “iateflhugo” in the search box on the top right. When you’ve found this user, click on “follow”.
Congratulations! You have just completed the first day.


Day 2 (follow day)
Go to twitter.com. Sign in. Click on user iateflhugo. Click on ‘Follows’. Follow all the people iateflhugo follows. Now choose three of them, read their profile information and follow 10 people they follow each. There might be cross sections, never mind.
Day 2 done.


Day 3 (hunt day)
Sign in to Twitter. Wow! Look at your wall! Now you are hunting for links. Links are strange animals, study them carefully.
Find five links, click on them. This is how you shoot them, that is. Each link is more or less a surprise. Open them. Aren’t they great?


Day 4 (sniff day)
Now you are to sniff around and find more people to follow. There are many ways to find people, now try these two:
Twitter automatically offers you people to follow based on your previous follows. You can read their bio, you can see what they post and you can follow them. At this point your task is to follow as many people as possible. (in 10 minutes, of course. As it is he fourth day, if you really want to spend more time there, stay for an extra 5 minutes, NO MORE! It’s addictive!


Day 5
Follow 10 more people! Quick!
Now look at your wall and hunt 5 links.
Follow 10 more people again.


Day 6
Write your profile and try and upload a picture that will represent you.
Hunt for 3 links.



Day 7
You may have followers, right?
It’s time to give them something:)
Hunt for 5 links again and choose the one you like the best. Go back to the tweet where you found it. Find the Retweet sign, it means that you share this tweet with your followers, thus making them happy:)



You have completed the mission! Probably you have lost half a kilo, relieved a lot of stress by walking to the rhythm of music and learned the basics of using Twitter as an online PLN tool.

You can unfollow anyone any time, no worries! You can as well commit Twittercide (=kill your twitter profile by deleting it) it happened to Gavin Dudeney’s profile, from whom I first heard of.

With your questions do not hesitate to contact me:
[email protected]

(The images are available for free from this site.)

We are in the news :)

April 4, 2012 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

Metropol, the Hungarian daily newpaper publsihed a short article on our Glasgow Online event!

They described the Glasgow conference and how IATEFL Hungary and the British Council helped teachers in Hungary to follow the conference online. You can read the article in Hungarian here:

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Looking back

April 4, 2012 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

2 years – 2 IATEFL conferences. From Brighton to Glasgow. A journey from a two-hour workshop in 2011 to a week-long event in 2012. This blog post is about our series of events in Budapest during the 46th IATEFL conference in Glasgow: Glasgow Online – professional Development at Your Fingertips.

Great things emerge when the British Council in Budapest and IATEFL-Hungary combine their forces. It all started in 2011 when we organised our first event to help teachers in Hungary use the Brighton Online website. It was a two-hour workshop, where Mark Andrews, Anna Csíky and Tamás Lőrincz showed us how the website works and how we can benefit from watching the conference online.

This year we upgraded the event and organised a week long event consisting of two face-to-face events. During the Pre-workshop (19 March) Anna Csíky showed us the Glasgow Online website and encouraged us to immediately start searching for workshops, talks we were interested in. Later Barbara Bujtás told us why she was so enthusiastic about using social media including ELT blogs, Facebook and Twitter for teacher development (see Barbi’s Prezi here). Finally, Nóra Tartsay, Zita Gergely and Mary Sousa showed us the amazing world of tablets and iPads in teacher education. Participants could try these gadgets and sites during the event and could ask any questions. All of the participants were then ready to follow the Glasgow conference online during the week!

After an inpiring 5 days of online participation, at the After Party (24 March) we shared what we’ve learnt and experienced, talked about success stories and frustrations, and created a virtual bridge between Budapest and Glasgow while having fun in the Scottish way (participants were welcomed by our amazing MC, Hamish Buchan in a kilt, and they could try Scottish shortbread and IrnBru).

In small groups we reflected on the previous week and what we got out of following the Glasgow conference online. Barbara Bujtás and Nóra Tartsay discussed how Twitter and Facebook helped them learn about the events, tap into sessions from the comfort of their homes, and extend their already huge PLNs (Personal Learning Networks) further . Anna Csíky invited the group to reflect on some of the conference highlights that were featured on the Glasgow Online website. Zsuzsa Lindner shared her experiences with the audience on what it felt like to follow the Glasgow events from Hungary for the first time ever.

The participants were greeted directly from Glasgow in the break by two IATEFL-Hungary delegates present at the conference, Edit Kozma and Norbert Gálik, via a video message.

Video message from Glasgow

After the group discussions Ferenc Kelemen guided us to different parts of Scotland by using an interactive white board only and demonstrating a mix of creative classroom techniques and online resources on the theme of Scotland which can help teachers prepare and run lessons, collect and store information and have fun with their students in and out of the classroom.

Finally, Anna Csíky prepared a Fling the Teacher quiz for us and participants could win valuable prizes from IATEFL-Hungary and the British Coucil, who offered the main prize, which was a Flipcam. (Fling the teacher yourself by answering her questions here!)

Did you miss out on these events? Come to the events next year… :) Until then, you can view the photos of the After Party . Also, luckily, teachers can benefit from the invaluable resources of the Glasgow Online website for another 12 months; we recommend you to visit this great site. Moreover, we have collected all the useful sites that were mentioned at the After Party for all those who couldn’t make it this year.

Thank you British Council for being a great partner and thank you all for coming!

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WOW to our guest blogger, Simon Ingram-Hill!

March 23, 2012 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

(by Simon Ingram-Hill, the director of British Council Hungary)

My very first ELT blog and first involvement in Glasgow on-line. I started in a rather obvious place by watching  the British  Council’s Signature event on global Primary ELT issues. 3 days after the actual event,  in slow time,  with  interruptions,   chatting with colleagues about some of its findings, jotting down a couple of striking points, not bothering  at this stage but knowing that I  can always download the powerpoint  presentation as a resource for later use, having a quick look at some of the blog comments already up there,  and really feeling  that I was in charge of my learning  journey.

British Council Signature Event: Global Primary ELT Issues

Screenshot of British Council SIG event

Two related points stood out for me, perhaps because I am in Hungary amid current discussions around language policy.  One, the general policy trend over the last 10 years around the world  has been the lowering of the age at which foreign languages are introduced into the school curriculum. On the basis of  “the younger the better”. Later in the presentation we heard examples of  what  some research is telling  us which doesn’t support the “the younger  the better” assumption.  Studies show that with vocabulary acquisition, speech fluency and  writing performance, early starters do not perform better; meanwhile  older learners progress faster than  younger ones. There are other reasons and other research to show the benefits of early  language learning , but I did think this was interesting and I did press the pause button on some of my own assumptions.

And here was at least one benefit of Glasgow on-line.  You can  learn something in your own time which  is relevant  and up-to-date, and you then take it where you want to go.   I am going to  have another  look and see what else there is going on in Glasgow.   It doesn’t really even matter if it’s “live” either.

What’s on Twitter about Glasgow Online?

March 23, 2012 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

(by Nora Tartsay)

I have been following the 46th IATEFL Conference tweets in the past few days and these are three examples of what I learned:

  1. I got to know a couple of blogs, for example Adrien Underhill and Jim Scrivener’ new blog, Demand High ELT
  2. People from the audience have been writing reports on the talks and published their notes.
    Check out this excellent example, feels as if participated at Mike Harrison’s workshop on using sounds and images in the classroom. One task from the session was described by @Lauraahaha as: “Activity 6: stimulating.  We divide a piece of paper into 4 sections, labeling each one 1-4.  (Reference to Vicky Samuell’s Pecha Kucha on choice last night – students have some choice!)  As they listen to 4 short music clips, the students scribble down a little drawing it makes them think of.”. The same idea in a 140 character-limit tweet looks like this: “@jemjemgardner Divide paper in 4, T plays 4 sfx, sts draw/write what comes to mind, write story to link pics.”
    Another great report from @Lauraahaha on a session on using iPads in the classroom is here. It also suggests some free Apps you can use with students.
  3. I got to know some more ELT professionals who are great Twitter users as well, and will hopefully offer more reports on ELT events. I suggest you start following: @jimscriv, @kenwilsonlondon, @jemjemgardner, @cheimi10, @harrisonmike, @thronburyscott, @barbsaka, @sandymillin, @vickyloras

More to come as I read more tweets :)

IATEFL Hungary representative interviewed in Glasgow

March 23, 2012 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

Watch this video where our vice-president, Norbert Gálik is being interviewed by Andi White and boradcasted in Glasgow Online.
We are VERY proud :) Well done, Norbi!

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March 23, 2012 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

(by Barbara Bujtás)

Evelina Miščin’s college students are more willing to use Facebook than Moodle, which I understand. :D Evelina Miscin

Evelina is a teacher and coursebook writer interested in ESP – particularly in vocabulary teaching, she is doing her  PhD on verb collocations in medical English. She is based in Zagreb.

In Glasgow she gave a presentation on using Facebook in the classroom.

Find her presentation video to find out why she sees potential in it and how she uses the social media site with her students to do a range of things: exploiting a fake profile to practise describing a person, teaching writing, or finding about a person’s preferences.

You will aslo learn how Facebook can solve shool heating problems.

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Glasgow wonders

March 22, 2012 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

(pictures and text by Edit Kozma)


The House For an Art Lover

This is a small glass decoration on a door in The House For An Art Lover. A beautiful house designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret in 1901. Margaret might have influenced Gustave Klimt. The house was not built until 1996.

Glasgow University is more than 500 years old. To remember this they erected a gate where They put the names of the best-known Glasgow-related scientists like Hunter, Watt or Kelvin.
Glasgow University

Glasgow University

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Live from the conference – from Edit Kozma

March 21, 2012 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

After a smooth flight to Glasgow, the pre-conference events took place today. I went to the Associates’ day. I met wonderful people there. The whole day was easy-going. Meeting partner associations and sharing ideas. I have to keep a journal!


Glasgow, the conference centre

Mr Underhill delivered a philosophical speech on the concept of System thinking and New leadership and how these relate to school as an institution, and to teachers’ new roles. He finished his plenary with a funny ‘reflection blues’ that he had written himself! Let me share the chorus with you.
‘Reflect, reflect and don’t neglect to try out something different every day.’
Perfect start for a conference.tpr

Do you remember TPR from your methodology studies? Everybody has heard about it, but have you seen it or done it? Carol Nicoll (GB) and Patricia Rose (NL) work together and develop teaching materials by which students learn a language through songs, rhythm, movement and drama. The workshop was brilliant! Check out their website.

Tuesday’s social event was a Scottish Shindig, a kind of a reception in an exclusive place. We had haggis and wine in the company of dinosaurs! The venue was the Hunterian Museum, we were allowed to walk among the exhibits with our glasses in the hand. Meanwhile two bagpipers provided excellent atmosphere.

Today I listened to a talk on how to write an article into an English professional magazine. The editor of English Teaching professional gave practical ideas and revealed some backstage secrets of editing a monthly. Browse the features and subscribe  here.

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March 20, 2012 by · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

(by Barbara Bujtás)

The most controversial topics in the conversation classroom are the ones that are capable of moving your students out of their comfy “I-won’t-say-a-word-if-I’m-not-forced-to” state of mind.
Teen and adult learners tend to engage in heated conversations about racism, sexism, drugs. Publishers however avoid these topics out of fairly obvious reasons.

But … what if … Hmm …  Let’s see a lesson plan, right?  It’s partly built on a car ad that says “If it were a lady, it would get its bottom pinched.” Is it sexists? Would it heat up the atmosphere of a speaking activity?  Would it encourage critical thinking?  Would you give it a try?

Unfortunately no big publishing houses can afford to include these sort of  lesson plans in resource books.
By the way, fewer ELT methodology books are published and they are getting more expensive,  while the blog  sphere offers millions of brilliant ideas.

Books or blogs?

There’s a third option: The Round.  Lindsay Clanfield and Luke Meddings, presenters of IATEFL Glasgow 2012 on Tuesday have set up a project. A new form of publishing, a bridge between blogs and books. Their mission as they state their website:
to provide great material for educators (fairly priced and readily accessible)
to give a fair deal to authors (who sell and retain the copyright on their own work)
to be a learning environment (where we share expertise and ideas)

Their Tuesday session is about one of the products of the project: 52: a year of subversive activity for the ELT classroom. It is basically an ebook with 52 activity ideas. The above mentioned one with the slightly sexist car ad is one of them.

The website is well worth checking, an exciting innovation in our upside-down world.

Erm … one more thing. When did you last buy a resource book for €5,00? That’s the price of the book 52 by Lindsay Clanfield and Luke Meddings.

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