Personal Learning Networks (PLN) have received a lot of attention recently; however, PLNs are not a new concept as they have always existed. PLNs may include participation in multiple communities both online and offline. This presentation focuses on the role of PLNs in professional development for English language teaching. The different types of PLNs are discussed and their value for English language teachers are analysed. It also offers practical suggestions on how to build, strengthen, and personalize a PLN while focusing on specific Web 2.0 tools and social media which are widely used in PLNs.
Lecturer: Eleni Nikiforou (University of Cyprus)
Eleni Nikiforou (BA, MA, PhD candidate) is an English language instructor at the Language Centre, University of Cyprus. She teaches EAP and ESP courses to undergraduate students. She is also the Research Coordinator of the Language Centre since June 2018. Her research interests include Technology Enhanced Learning, Blended Learning, Teacher Training, and English for Specific Purposes.
Time and place: 9th May, 16:00-17:00, Komenského nám. 2, Room 213 (Language Centre)