My class has recently begun to explore the possibility of using online resources to improve their English and to make contacts with other (English) Language learners.
Below I've listed their names and the addresses of their blogs. Blogging is new for them (and for their teacher to some extent!) but already we're having fun and developing confidence.
Samantha www.samsamnz.blogspot.com (not yet functional)
Mami www.mamitwins.blogspot.com(Mami is my Japanese wife, and she is doing a PhD)(Rekha http://rekhaenglishclass.blogspot.com/) no longer in class
(Bee http://pcfromnz.blogspot.com/) no longer in class
Bee (your 'Bee', not ours) made a comment on this blog recently, and that led me to dekita.org. From what I've seen, that website would appear to be the ideal forum for us to participate in. This afternoon, then, in my own time, after having had my regular 10-kilometre run, I am trying to set that up.
There are 15 students in my class, from a variety of backgrounds (Cambodia, China, Bulgaria, India, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, Afghanistan) and ages (20 to 60). We live in Dunedin, New Zealand. My students are all/mostly permanent residents, and their level of English ranges from lower to upper intermediate.
Our course runs the full academic year, but students may enrol on a semester or even term by term basis. Some are full time (9-12) + (1-3) from Monday to Friday, and some are part-time (mornings only, Mon-Thurs).
Our school has a wonderful atmosphere with a community feel to it, but we are soon about to move and merge with the 'main campus' at Otago Polytechnic. Everyone is a little nervous about that. In addition, the organisation of our school is also being looked at with a view to making it more "financially viable".
Today George asked me what the term 'positive mental approach' meant. His neighbour had told him that he - George - had it. I told him that it was that quality which all of us will need to cultivate!