EFL Bridges Circa 2006

 

EFL Bridges is...
...a place for English language learners to meet
...a place for English teachers to meet

EFLBridges used live, interactive webasting and a variety of other collaborative tools to help EFL learners and educators connect, learn, & collaborate.

This was their website.
Content is from the site's 2005-2007 archived pages providing just a glimpse of what was offered to its visitors.

 

About EFL Bridges

Thu, 2006-05-25 07:48 — Graham
EFL Bridges is...
...a place for English language learners to meet
...a place for English teachers to meet

We currently have two EFL Bridges shows:

1) EFL Bridges - the World Conversation Club


Held once weekly, on Sundays from 07.00-09.00 GMT, the World Conversation Club is a webcast/Skypecast where English language learners and teachers can meet each other and engage in conversation. Sometimes we set specific topics, and other times we talk about whatever is on people's minds.

In particular, we hope to give the opportunity for English learners to practice speaking and listening skills through conversation with people from all over the world. It is also a way of increasing cultural awareness and making new friends in faraway places. And there is also nothing to stop you from contacting participants for your own conversations.

The conversations are recorded, edited, and made available on the EFL Bridges site for people to listen to later. It is hoped that by listening to a variety of different accents, students of English can become accustomed to the new variants of global English that are emerging.

We also believe you can learn a lot by listening to yourself speak a foreign language. Focus on what you say, the pronunciation, the vocabulary and expressions you use. Or listen carefully to what the others say, and try remembering useful phrases or words.

2) Language Teacher Talk

Language Teacher Talk is an occasional show for language teachers (not just English language teachers)to talk together. It is hoped that this format will be developed soon.

If you have an idea for EFL Bridges, please get in touch. You can start by registering at the site.

 

Thu, 2006-05-25—Graham
Introduction
EFLBridges is a part ofthe  Worldbridges Network,  which is a community of communities that use live, interactive webcasting and other new media technologies to help people connect, learn, & collaborate.   Worldbridges' core values include civility, mutual respect, open source collaboration, fair distribution of income, and a sense of world identity.

Mission

The central mission of EFLBridges is to provide a space for a collaborative learning community where all those interested in English as a Foreign Language come together to connect, learn, and collaborate . EFLBridges is a learner centered community that uses real time collaborative tools to help learners develop their English skills. We welcome genuine, civil exchanges of ideas, resources, and opinions.

Policies
Users are not permitted to post content that is spam-like, hateful, obscene, slanderous, violent, abusive, threatening, harassing, insulting to an individual or group, or that contain personal attacks, racial slurs, or personal information about others.  

Site Overview
EFLBridges includes the following sections:

  • Webcast Shows
  • Classifieds
  • Forums
  • Live Studio

 



EFL Bridges World Conversation Club

EFL Bridges World Conversation Club #43
Fri, 2007-03-23 11:08 — Graham
Start: 2007-03-25 07:00
End: 2007-03-25 09:00
Timezone: Etc/GMT

Join English language learners and teachers from around the world for another World Conversation Club this Sunday at 7.00 GMT

Join the Skypecast here - If you don't have Skype, dowload it for free here.

Skypecast details

 

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Next EFL Bridges Webcast
Sun, 2007-03-04 08:40 — Graham

I will be away travelling during the next few weekends, so the next EFL Bridges webcast won't be until mid-March. Sorry for the disruption, and watch this space for more details.

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World Conversation Club #42
Thu, 2007-02-15 08:37 — Graham
Start: 2007-01-25 00:00
Timezone: Etc/GMT

On Sunday 25th February, I was joined by Sam and Denny from Korea, and Tony and Marvin from China, for another World Conversation Club.

The discussion included the recent Spring festival celebration in China and Korea, Birth control in China, Living in the city vs rural life. You can download it here.

Skypecast details

 

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EFL World Bridges World Conversation Club #41
Wed, 2007-01-31 14:29 — Graham
Start: 2007-02-11 07:00
End: 2007-02-11 09:00
Timezone: Etc/GMT
Join English Language learners and teachers from around the world for another World Conversation Club. Today we will talk about whatever people want. Join the Skypecast here. Find out what time it is where you live

Skypecast details

 

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EFL Bridges World Conversation Club #40 (Reading)
Wed, 2007-01-31 14:14 — Graham
Start: 2007-02-04 07:00
End: 2007-02-04 09:00
Timezone: Etc/GMT
Please join us for another World Conversation Club, where English language learners and teachers meet to chat . Today's topic will be Reading (see the forum for discussion questions), but we'll be talking about anything and everything that you are interested in.

Skypecast details

 

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EFL Bridges World Conversation Club #39 (Computer Games)
Sat, 2007-01-27 20:05 — Graham
Start: 2007-01-28 00:00
Timezone: Etc/GMT
On Sunday 28th January, I was joined by Vlada fromn Serbia and Chen from China for another World Conversation Club. Among other things, we talked a­bout computer games, studying English online, and this site for language learning was mentioned: sharedtalk.com

Skypecast details

 

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The return of the World Conversation Club! #38 (Fashion)
Sat, 2007-01-20 08:46 — Graham
Start: 2007-01-21 00:00
Timezone: Etc/GMT
Happy New Year everyone! After a winter break, 'EFL Bridges' returned.

I started off 2007 with an intimate conversation with Wes from Canada about teaching English abroad. Download the audio here (right click and save). The music you here was Conversations by Saurab Bhargava

Skypecast details

 

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EFL Bridges - World Conversation Club Winter Break
Sun, 2006-12-03 08:20 — Graham
Hello everyone.

The EFL Bridges World Conversation Club will be taking a winter break from now until January 2007.

This will allow us to catch up with the podcasts, and reorganise everything to make things better for next year

Thankyou for joining us this year, and look forward to speaking to you in 2007!

Skypecast details

 

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EFL Bridges World Conversation Club #37
Sun, 2006-12-03 06:37 — Graham
Start: 2006-12-03 07:00
End: 2006-12-03 09:00
Timezone: Etc/GMT
Come and join English Language Learners and Teachers from around the world again in the World Conversation Club @7.00-9.00GMT

Skypecast details

What time is it where you live?

Skypecast details

 

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World Conversation Club #36
Sun, 2006-11-26 07:05 — Graham
Start: 2006-11-26 08:30
End: 2006-11-26 10:00
Timezone: Etc/GMT
Join language learners and teachers from around the world in conversation.

Today's topic is Music
Skypecast details

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BLOGS

Blogs
Me and my projects
Mon, 2007-06-18 03:26 — markpenny

Graham asked, some time ago, for a bit of a profile. Here it is.

I'm currently employed by the Taipei Language Institute, Kaohsiung Center as an English instructor, co-manager of the Foreign Language Department, and English language consultant for the Chinese Language Department. Basically, I teach English, hire and fire teachers, and answer English language email.

    markpenny's blog

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IELTS
Tue, 2006-10-31 10:40 — jomeshthomas

Reading
Speaking
Listening
Reading

These are the four Skills needed to be an Expert in any Language.

Let's Talk LIVE

JoM
IELTS Trainer
India

    jomeshthomas's blog

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EFL Bridges World Conversation Club #29 chatroom transcript
Sun, 2006-10-08 10:03 — Graham

Welcome
Graham has joined the chat.
scott has joined the chat.
[scott] hiya
[Graham] hi
steve has joined the chat.
[Graham] hi steve
[scott] Hi Steve
akira has joined the chat.
[Graham] Hi akira
[scott] there is Akira
[akira] hello
federkicco has joined the chat.
[federkicco] good morning everybody!
[scott] hi federicco
[steve] Hi Everybody!
[scott] do you have the microphone today
[akira] how are you doing, steve
[scott] ???
[scott] *choochoo*
[akira] :(
[steve] Thanks i am fine
[akira] :)
[federkicco] I have no mic on this pc.. I'm listening to your conversation! I hope to join your conversation team soon

    Graham's blog

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EFL Bridges World Conversation Club #28 chat transcript
Sun, 2006-10-01 09:51 — Graham

Welcome
Graham has joined the chat.
Robert has joined the chat.
scott has joined the chat.
Marian has joined the chat.
[scott] Here's the URL for the podcasting class at TUJ - http://btmm0371.blogspot.com/
[scott] links can be found to the student podcasts from there.
[scott] so far - they've only done self-intros - more to come..
Isaac has joined the chat.
Isaac has joined subroom: Room1
Isaac has left the chat.
[scott] step a little closer to the microphone Ratna, please
scott has left the chat.
Foobar has joined the chat.
[Foobar] hello. it seems that the "Listen Live" link isnt working...

    Graham's blog

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English proficiency in South Africa and productivity
Sun, 2006-09-24 04:30 — Unre Visagie

Learn English. Let us thrive and eliminate poverty and all the ills including crime, violance and terrorism.
Access to language is vital to access to competencies leading to access to work.
We will change access to work, productivity and the the growth rate in South Africa as more people get fluent and proficient in English.
We collaborate in programs pushing English proficiencies for free in the communities in peoples homes. That way we get a whole household at a time to learn English and other proficencies.
Look at www.ebio.co.za

    Unre Visagie's blog

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EFL Bridges World Conversation Club #24 chat room transcript
Thu, 2006-09-14 15:32 — Graham

[18:06:57] Graham Stanley:hi everyone
[18:07:33] jimmy :ha
[18:07:39] patrick :hey
[18:07:42] jimmy :hi everyone
[18:07:56] nicolyon2 :hi
[18:07:58] jimmy :sorry for the disrupting chat
[18:07:58] ?? :HI
[18:08:41] Graham Stanley :that's ok
[18:09:00] Graham Stanley :Do you like animals?
[18:09:01] jimmy dice:i can hear you miko
[18:09:21] ?? :yes
[18:09:45] jimmy :UME
[18:09:45] ?? :ume
[18:10:07] Graham Stanley :ume in English?
[18:10:12] jimmy dice:i think it has no meaning
[18:10:17] jimmy dice:as i can see in the dictionary
[18:10:27] ?? :???
[18:10:37] jimmy dice:i have an Japanese - english dictionary

    Graham's blog

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Fashion - not only clothes but also gadgets
Sun, 2006-08-13 09:50 — susnyrop

In todays skype cast, we had a conversation about fashion; I came in pretty late. During some speculations about young people being much aware of current fashion trends in clothing, and a world wide alikeness of clothes with some recent shopping experiences from different cities, I saw a parallel chat started in the text chat room, about some issues on the new playstation commercial (being accused of racism). And then, we tuned in on what's trendy and fashion in the gadget world, exemplified by the iPod hype, with Levi's jeans made for wearing your iPod, Nike running shoes with a training program for the iPod. We then turned the scope of our conversation from clothes to more generally speaking, electronic gadgets and the fascination of "wearables", containers, protections and extra add-ons for iPods & other mp3 player types, and the functionality issues (or lack of same).

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Greetings
Mon, 2006-07-24 08:31 — markpenny

Hi, folks. Just can't stop joining blog networks. Looking forward to exploring this site more.

    markpenny's blog

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Skypecast
Sun, 2006-07-09 20:11 — maxie

I created a little screencast today, for how to get into skypecast. Although it is in Russian, I am going to publish it here - perhaps it helps to spread the word also in the Russian speaking world!

My Russian slideshow about Skypecast

http://www.slidestory.com/lg_maxie

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tuesday
Tue, 2006-06-27 09:38 — lisa haug

just trying this out for the first time

 

 

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