LLU Live #12: The rise and impact of the MFL Twitterati!

Happy New Year!

We will start out 2014 with LLU Live #12, this week led by Joe Dale of the UK!  Just to refresh your memory, the Live sessions happen at 4 p.m. EST (that’s 21:00 hours GMT).  Want to join in?  Please follow these steps!

Here is a description from Joe about LLU Live #12:

In LLU Live #12, we will be talking about the rise of the Modern Foreign Language Twitterati, a group of language teachers, consultants and organisations in the UK who like to share ideas and collaborate on a range of different projects through Twitter, videoconferencing, blogs and face to face meet-ups highlighting the power of a personal learning network for improving teachers’ professional development and classroom practice.

Do you use Twitter for collaboration and professional development? If so, how?  Please come and share your ideas during LLU #12!

Joe Dale is an independent languages consultant from the UK who works with a range of organisations such as Network for Languages, ALL , The British Council, the BBC, Skype, Microsoft and The Guardian. He is host of the TES (Times Educational Supplement) Modern Foreign Language forum, former SSAT Languages Lead Practitioner, a regular conference speaker and recognised expert on technology and language learning. He has spoken at conferences and run training courses in Europe, North America, the Far East and Australia. He was a member of the Ministerial Steering Group on languages for the current UK government and was short-listed for a NAACE Impact Award in 2013 too. Joe was recently described in a Guardian article as an ‘MFL guru’ and ‘the man behind the #mfltwitterati.’


Here is a link to an article Joe wrote on the subject.


Joe was key in updating the ICT (Information Communication Technologies) elements of the QCDA (Qualifications, Curriculum and Development Agency) SoW (Scheme of Work) for KS2 (division of education for 7-11 year olds – upper primary) Primary French; he also designed games for Heinemann’s ‘Expo’. Joe has featured in several Education Guardian articles and has himself both written for and been quoted by the TES. Joe has also written for the TES  ICT blog and produced video tutorials for the CILT 14-19 website. Joe recently starred on a Teachers TV programme and has spoken about the Rose Review proposals on BBC Radio 4. His blog www.joedale.typepad.com has been nominated for four Edublog Awards.


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