It's been decided to create another chatroom for ELL.
A place for advanced learners, non-native speakers (along with native speakers and teachers who want to help these people) who are on their own quest of mastering their English.
What does that mean?
We want to help users who want tips (or discussion) on how to improve their learning skills. This room will be devoted on focusing about the process of learning, rather than usage.
Basically, any questions a learner has which seek discussion are off-topic on ELL - And they should remain as such. We can guide them to that chatroom where (hopefully) productive discussion and/or guidance will be pulled off.
Is anyone going to be there? Can I trust them?
Yes, and yes. At least one of the regulars in the ELL's chat will be there. About the regulars of the ELL's chat, Three of the regulars are native speakers. One is a teacher, and the second is a linguist. The third is StoneyB, and I think that should suffice. Other regulars are
advanced self-reliant learners in English with almost no errors in fluent speaking chatting. Heck, I have the most rudimentary level of knowledge!
What should I ask there?
If someone goes there and says Please correct my sentence, I think I will point them to the main room.
But if someone comes here and says I want to improve my English, I think I will point them to the new room. - Damkerng
Um, will this be better than having the discussions in one room?
The ELL's main chat is about talking about "English, linguistics, or anything you want!" Sometimes, it gets just too busy in there. And, some discussions require concentration to be productive. In ELL's chat's rush hour (i.e. when more than 3 users are talking and some people just kick in the conversation) getting to concentrate is very hard, if not impossible. The main owner's (Dam) two cents on this are:
I don't know if it will really be better. Only time will tell. However, I think it's often enough that people come here to get a short-term answer. (Basically, how can I write this? Is this correct? Please correct me. Please help me, what is the word or phrase for such and such.) But we've also seen that some users on ELL are trying to strive on their own toward more longer goals. (Basically, how can I improve my skill? What should I read? What should I listen to?) - Damkerng
And now, what are your two cents on this?