The 15th Braz-TESOL International Conference is about to start and with it we expect a lot of #rovingBrELT.
What exactly is #rovingBrELT, however? Read on for the #rovingBrELT FAQ.
1. What is #rovingBrELT?
#RovingBrELT is the hashtag used by BrELT’s roving reporters to identify their posts mostly in our Facebook community, but also on Twitter or Instagram. BrELT roving reporting can be done from any conference or event that is relevant for English language teachers, usually live but also soon after the event.
2. What are the aims of #rovingBrELT?
Basically, roving BrELT uses the social media for our continuing professional development. Roving reporting…
- brings the event closer for those who couldn’t attend;
- makes it possible for those who are in the conference to know what is going on in the other rooms, when there are concurrent talks;
- publicizes the event, so people are interested in going in its following editions;
- helps amplify the reach of speakers’ message and give them a gauge of the impact of (sections of) their talk;
- provides a forum for discussion, as BrELTers – including the presenters themselves — can comment on the post;
- gives a feel of what topics are trending in our field.
3. What kind of posts can roving BrELTers publish?
BrELTers can publish anything and everything that they consider helpful to a teacher’s continuing professional development during an ELT event. It usually translates into a photo of a slide, a quote, and/or a paraphrase of what has been said in a talk or workshop. You could also post a short video if you have the presenter’s authorization to do so, or even interview the speaker.
Remember: a roving BrELT post always brings the hashtag #rovingBrELT, the hashtag of the event (e.g.: #btic for the Braz-TESOL international event), and the name of the speaker. Ideally it also contains the title or topic of the talk, as that helps contextualize the post.
4. Who can be a BrELT roving reporter?
Any BrELT member (a person who is part of the facebook.com/groups/brelt group) at any ELT or applied linguistics talk, including in online events.
5. How did this roving reporting idea start?
Priscila Mateini had seen roving reporting being done at the IATEFL conference in the UK and brought the idea to BrELT during the IATEFL in 2015. Since then, BrELTers have reported from several conferences.
6. Can I do roving reporting after the event?
Sure! If your cell phone died, you didn’t have internet connection, or if you want to write a more thought-out post, you can always do it after the event. Just don’t postpone it much, so you don’t forget what you meant to say. Also, you are more than welcome to publish a longer piece here on our blog, breltchat.wordpress.com. Talk to BrELT moderators if you are interested.
7. Any tips or words of caution for roving BrELTers?
- Make sure you’re posting at a public forum, ideally our community. Posts on your own Facebook timeline will be limited in reach to your friend list and don’t count as roving BrELT.
- Careful not to spam the community. You can post as often as you see fit, but please make sure your posts are relevant to teachers’ CPD.
- It’s virtually impossible to ask each and every speaker for authorization to do roving BrELT beforehand. However, if you notice the speaker is uncomfortable with your taking photos or using your cell phone during the talk, don’t insist. If possible, talk to the speaker afterwards and explain what you were doing and how that could help amplify the reach of their message.
- Video can be more invasive. Only film (parts of) the talk if you know the speaker and clear with him or her first. Needless to say, don’t be pushy.
- Always use the #rovingBrELT and the event tags, so the post can be easily retrieved. Also credit the speaker, of course, and preferably add the title of the talk or a little explanation about the topic to contextualize.
8. How can I follow the roving reporting?
The posts are available mainly in our community. You can follow as they come or search for #rovingBrELT in the community.