This will be a very subjective and incomplete list of the blog posts I found the best (whatever that means) in 2009. I had no criteria or concept; the list is simply based on my impressions. Please feel free to add your favourite posts in the comments section.
So, these are the posts that I particularly enjoyed in 2009, in no particular order:
Burcu Akyol: My (Professional) New Year’s Resolutions
A truly inspiring list – could apply to all teachers.
Jeremy Harmer: Trouble in twitterland, bullets in the blogosphere
A thoughtful and thought-provoking piece on a recent debate sparked by Gavin Dudeney here on egos and much more.
Gavin Dudeney: The Luddite Codex
An excellent rebuttal to those opposing the use of technology in ELT – brilliantly argued.
Scott Thornbury: D is for Drills
Scott’s first post on his new blog, and what a way to start! Also, make sure you read the comments too – they’re as valuable as the original piece itself, as is often the case with great posts.
Tamás Lőrincz’s guest post on Ken Wilson’s blog: A tribute to the real unsung heroes
I can only repeat what I read in the comments: a touching post.
Lindsay Clandfield: Six activities with camcorders
Original, useful, practical, inspiring.
Tamás Lőrincz: What’s your story? The start of a love affair
TamÃ¡s keeps on coming up with touching posts.
Gavin Dudeney’s guest post on Lindsay Clandfield’s blog: Six attitudes to technology
Once again, Gavin takes a critical look at some false assumptions on the use of ICT in ELT. And once again, read the comments by all means – isn’t it interesting that the first negative comment accuses him of making up strawmen? The exact same argument was used against my similar post by a different colleague.
Ken Wilson: “Who CARES what English people have for breakfast?” – My contribution to the culture debate
The title says it all – thoughts on teaching culture; again, read the comments section as well.
OK, this list will have to end here, I’m afraid. It took me well over a day to write this short post because I kept on reading instead of writing (not a bad thing, actually). When I began, I had a vague idea of which posts I wanted to include, but of course I re-read many more, followed links… you know how it goes. So the list remains incomplete and unfair, as there are no posts included from Vicki Hollett, Sara J. Hannam, Stephen Downes, Graham Stanley, Nik Peachey… and many more.
Please help remedy this situation and post a link to your favourite ELT blog posts of 2009 in the comments.