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March 11, 2011

Need Something? Got Something? Swap It!

There's a lot about teaching and learning that changes, but there is one thing that never seems to change. As long as I've been a teacher, I've also been on a....

...tight budget.

There always seems to be books, videos, games or recordings that I need. And there also seems to be a closet or shelf full of resources I no longer use - but might be of use to someone else.

Here's a solution for you if you are in a similar situation - Swap.com (http://www.swap.com/).

As an individual, you can post items you are willing to trade and you can make a list of things you want or need. I have been a part of Swap.com for about a year and have had about 60 successful trades.

These are three way trades. In other words, the item you send does not come from the person you receive an exchange item from. Be sure to read the item description closely. A feedback system is in place so you can read previous reviews of the traders.

It is always amazing to me how much stuff is out there, if you have resources that you are not using, get them out there and Swap it!

Most of the time it works very well - some times even wonderful.

To register as an individual, start here to take a quick tour and sign up - http://www.swap.com/home/?tour=0.

For individuals, there is a fee of twenty-five cents (U.S.) for each average trade. High value trades are fifty-cents (U.S.). Postage must also be paid.

If you are part of a school, you can request donations. These would be direct gifts, not trades. I have sent a few things out as gifts to schools. To register your school, click here - http://swap4schools.swap.com/search/.

Send us any links or other resources that you think any teachers, students or even just regular people might find interesting or useful. Let us all know about words that make you crazy, aspects of language and expression you find challenging, and be sure to let us know what it is about English and language learning that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.


About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, USA and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA, USA). Morf is currently a radio host (http://www.tacoma.fm/) a newspaper columnist and a teacher of English at the college level.

Posted by mmorf at March 11, 2011 11:08 AM


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