Join the Conversation: Engage with Fellow Language Teachers Online

As we continue our "Poolside Proficiency" series, this blog post is all about fostering connections and community through social media.


As we continue our "Poolside Proficiency" series, this blog post is all about fostering connections and community through social media. Specifically, we're focusing on how you can actively participate in our Facebook groups like "On your Way(side) to Proficiency" for those using our textbook series and "Proficiency Talks Live" for anyone looking to talk about strategies and resources for teaching to proficiency. These groups are vibrant communities where world language teachers can exchange ideas, seek advice, and find inspiration.

Tips for Engaging in Facebook Groups: Facebook groups are a fantastic resource for teachers looking to share experiences, challenges, and successes. Here are four tips to help make the most of your participation in "On your Way(side) to Proficiency" and "Proficiency Talks Live":

Be Active in Discussions

Don’t just observe—participate! Comment on posts that interest you, answer questions if you have relevant experience, and don’t hesitate to post your own queries. Engaging actively helps you build connections and gain more visibility in the group.

Share Your Experiences and Resources

Whether it’s a successful lesson plan, a helpful article, or an inspiring teaching story, sharing your resources can spark meaningful conversations and provide immense value to fellow educators. This kind of sharing fosters a culture of generosity and collaboration.

Ask for Advice and Feedback

Facing a classroom challenge? Curious about integrating new technology? Use the group to ask for advice! Detailed questions tend to receive more targeted, useful responses. Remember, the collective expertise of your peers can be an invaluable resource.

Participate in Themed Threads or Events

Keep an eye out for any special events, themed discussion threads, or challenges hosted within the group. These can be great opportunities to learn in a structured way and engage with topics you might not have explored on your own.

Facebook groups are more than just platforms; they are communities eager to support and uplift each other. By following these tips, you can dive deeper into this community, enrich your teaching practice, and perhaps even develop lasting professional relationships. So log in, introduce yourself, and start engaging today. To mark off your square and receive a professional development hour, become an active participant using one of the strategies above in one of our Facebook groups or another World Language teacher community! Let's make these online spaces a hub of inspiration and professional growth! If you want more ideas for engaging with our online teacher communities, check out this Reading Room post by Alma Rivera.

And don’t forget to check out our other Poolside Proficiency recommendations and play our Poolside Proficiency bingo! Learn more HERE!