Internet Fair Classics 2006

Thursday and Friday, March 16-17, 2:00-3:30  p.m.
Electronic Village
Convention Center, Tampa, Florida

Organizers: Chris Sauer & Christine Bauer-Ramazani
Link to Web Casts

Thursday,  March 16



Title / URL

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Leslie Opp-Beckman

Thailand-University of Oregon Videoconferencing Series for English Language Teachers
Session was webcast: by; archive available at


Timothy Healy

Teaching ESL writing through website publishing


Thomas Leverett

This is your program: This is your program on weblogs


Claire Bradin Siskin 

Demonstration of iChat
iChat is  software for text-, audio- and video conferencing.  The software is free with all recent Macintoshes.



Ashley Hastings

Brenda Murphy


Using Blackboard forums in TESOL teacher education
This presentation demonstrates how students in the Shenandoah University distance TESOL teacher education program use Blackboard discussion forums for a variety of interactions, including: (1) responding to specific questions related to a lecture; (2) raising their own questions and issues related to a lecture; (3) posting and responding to essays on current issues in TESOL; (4) reporting on assigned observations of classrooms; (5) scheduling presentations on campus; (6) coordinating work on projects.



Chris Jones

 “What’s Up?” an ESL Magazine Online
(Session was webcast by; archive available at
"What's Up?" is an ESL magazine online, and it publishes writing of ESL students at Arizona Western College. It is an ongoing project where any ESL student may have one of his/her writings from an ESL class published online. It encourages students to write and to recognize the value of their writing. The session will show the magazine and provide a handout about the format for making such a magazine.


Andy Bowman

eDictionary helps students learn vocabulary while they browse the Internet. This downloadable plug-in features thousands of entries either defined in simple English or displayed in thumbnail-sized pictures."


Bartoshesky, Abigail

American Culture Club
In this session, participants will explore the American Culture Clubhouse, a non-commercial website designed to help learners acquire insight into US language and culture.  The clubhouse is constructed of theme-based rooms that contain annotated links to authentic popular culture websites. The presenter will navigate the site and provide content and instructional ideas for teaching aspects of contemporary American culture.   This site will be most useful for teachers of high school, college and adult ELLs.


Lyra Riabov

Teacher-Created Website and the Web-based Blackboard as  Tools of Instruction in ESL / CALL Classes
This demonstration explores the structure of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) course and ESL/Culture Websites which are designed and used by Professor Lyra Riabov as a tool of instruction in Southern New Hampshire University, the Institute for Language Education Master of Science in Teaching English as a Foreign Language  and for the Intensive English program. The attendees will also explore Professor Lyra Riabov Web-based Blackboard course content, features, and student activities, which enhance the learning process in these courses.



Friday, March 17





Randall Davis


Breaking the Sound Barrier on the Web
(Session was webcast by; archive available at
This presentation will focus on helping teachers learn how to author multimedia for the Internet, from selecting hardware and software to preparing their recording "studios" to get the best sound.

12:00-12:30 Interview with Randall Davis
(Session was webcast by; archive available at


Kerry Purmensky

Creating Group Reflection using the WWW:  Weblogs and Discussion Boards for Creating Communities


Paula Emmert

Task-based WebQuests in ESOL curriculum
WebQuests are web-based, inquiry-oriented activities that can be utilized to support the instructional process.  The presenter demonstrates how WebQuests developed in 1995, can be utilized in ESL environments.  Definition, parts and underpinnings of WebQuest strategies, and tools for classroom integration will be emphasized during this Electronic Village presentation.


Abigail Bartoshesky

Using a Course Management System to teach an ESL Methods Course Online
This session illustrates the valuable, online component of an ESL/Bilingual Education Teacher Education course Second Language and Literacy Acquisition.  The course materials, assignments and an intra-course communication system are housed on an electronic classroom organizer called Blackboard.  The presenter will demonstrate how a web-based course management system (such as Blackboard) provides instructors, students and guest participants with a number of tools for collaborating, sharing information and documents, keeping up-to-date records and much more.

  1. Click the button marked Log On to Blackboard

  2. User ID is: smu-guest

  3. Your password is: smu-guest


Marian Thacher

OTAN for Teachers - Adult ESOL Web Resources


Phil Hubbard

An Invitation to CALL: Foundations of Computer Assisted Language Learning
This site was originally developed to accompany a CALL "mini-course" offered as a 1-unit elective supplement to an ESL methodology class, with the aim of providing a broad but relatively shallow survey of the field. Although still used in that capacity, it has been redesigned as a resource for independent study and CALL teacher educators.

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Thomas Robb

The Famous Personages Project
(Session was webcast by; archive available at
This project features short sketches in English of over 500 famous people in modern Japan.  The project was started about 10 years ago and has recently been converted to a Wiki to allow anyone to update the biographies.  Information will be supplied on how you can contribute, or start one for another country.


3:30-4:00 Interview with Tom Robb
(Session was webcast by; archive available at


Michael Feldman

Lessons Learned - Four Levels of Using Blogs in ESL


Karen Woodman

Me and MAAL: 10 tips for developing successful online grad courses
Particpants will learn tips for successful online course and program development, including design, planning and implementation issues.


Jim Bame


The demonstrator will show various uses of Nicenet and show participants  a) how to set up a course site for themselves and b)  various courses and activities the demonstrator has done over the last 6 years using Nicenet.  An extensive handout with other Internet sites describing using Nicenet will be available.

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