It appears that word is slowly getting out among Taiwanese about forumosa. For instance we get a fair few locals trying out their English skills here, and that presumably means that there are a lot more lurking in the wings. I know that education-related banners at forumosa are getting, in some cases, more click-throughs than banners targeted at forumosa’s target audience.
A little while ago there was some discussion about having a forum specifically for English-learners to ask questions in, although nothing came of it.
And now we’re testing various softwares for classified advertising. It seems like only a matter of time before the admins start actively promoting this in order to try and recoup our hosting costs. So we’ll get more TW visitors and the obvious thing to do is find ways for ‘freelance’ teachers etc. to hook up with students.
Then there’ll be even more language exchange ads, and perhaps we could find a place to put personals ads instead of using the ‘forumosa friends’ thing that so many people are complaining about. All that would be necessary would be a slight tweak of the advertising software.
So we’ve got people coming here to practise English, ask questions, meet new friends, hire teachers, pretty much everything. I know that there would be work involved, and I’m not volunteering to do it, but in principle how do people feel about the idea that forumosa should more actively help learners of English?
I’m thinking of useful Wiki entries, linked to from the main page, which then lead to online tests, Taiwan-specific study tips, any useful info you want to share with students, a discussion forum, teacher profiles…
Thoughts? Be a helpful soul towards language learners and have a link in your sig to your ‘hire me’ ad in the wiki, or your ‘shag me’ ad in the personals.