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CALL research conference on task design: Tarragona, July 15

XVIIth International CALL Research Conference
Task Design and CALL
6-8 July 2015, Tarragona, Spain

In recent CALL articles, conference presentations and project proposals, we notice a renewed interest in activities, and less emphasis on technology or theoretical pedagogy. These activities, elective or compulsory, can be subdivided into three partly overlapping categories: (a) focus-on-form tasks which can be defined as meaningful tasks in which the focus on particular forms is tightly embedded; (b) focus-on-meaning tasks which should lead to communication (CMC approach) or any kind of non-linguistic outcome (TBLT approach); and (c) form-focused exercises that focus on isolated forms, such as improved and enriched (drill-and-practice) exercises.

During this conference we will discuss the design process behind these tasks: How do we decide on task types? How do we shape them? How do we monitor and evaluate them?

Submitted presentations should tackle questions such as:

-       How do we design authentic, meaningful, useful and enjoyable tasks?
-       To what extent do tasks depend on context?
-       What can CALL learn from TBLT?
-       What can TBLT learn from CALL?
-       What are the affordances and limitations of technology?
-       How does technology impact on non-technological tasks?
-       What are the specific challenges for LMOOCs, OERs, Interactive Whiteboards, Student Response Systems, Synchronous Collaborative Writing Tools, Serious Games… ?
-       How do our tasks fit in with Complex Dynamic Systems Theory, Socioconstructivist environments, Flipped Classroom approaches …?
-       What is the role of corrective feedback?
-       What are the consequences for Learner Analytics?
-       Which tasks for which skills?
-       Which tasks are most appropriate for intercultural competence?


Call for Proposals
This is a preliminary announcement. The first call for proposals will be sent out mid November. The abstract should contain:

-       10 lines on the context of your research: situate your contribution;
-       30-40 lines where you  focus on the conference theme and try to tackle one of the questions mentioned above.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: January 31st 2015
Notification of acceptance: March 1st 2015


Venue
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Tarragona, Spain
(1 hour from Barcelona)

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Report from the 2014 EuroCALL conference, the University of Groningen, Netherlands | The FLTmag

Report from the 2014 EuroCALL conference, the University of Groningen, Netherlands | The FLTmag | TELT | Scoop.it

The annual EuroCALL conference was held at one of the oldest and largest universities in The Netherlands, the University of Groningen (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), which is celebrating its 400th year in 2014. The main Academy building, built in 1909 in the style of the Northern Dutch Renaissance, made an impressive venue with its stained glass windows and modern additions. The conference began on Wednesday, August 20th with workshops on using Machinima videos for teaching and learning, agile user-centered design for CALL, the SpeakApps system for enhancing oral skills online, and mobile devices used in the classroom. After the interesting workshops, attendees were greeted by Professor Elmer Sterken, Rector of University of Groningen.

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Report on this year's EuroCALL conference

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European Language Teachers’ beliefs on Intercultural Communicative Competence

European Language Teachers’ beliefs on Intercultural Communicative Competence | TELT | Scoop.it
Paper presented by Martine Derivry & Kristi Jauregi at the AILA World Congress 2014, held in Brisbane, 10-15 August 2014.AbstractBased on a project financed by the European Commission called TI...
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Interesting project on virtual exchanges at school (rather than university) level

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Tweets from Eurocall 2014 Groningen

Virtual record of virtual strands related to Eurocall conference on teaching and learning languages with technology in Groningen, the Netherlands, in August 2014.
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A flavour of who was talking about what this year.

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Autonomy in Language Learning: Mynard & Ludwig

Autonomy in Language Learning: Mynard & Ludwig | TELT | Scoop.it
Edited by Jo Mynard and Christian Ludwig with a foreword by Anna Uhl Chamot, this book explores tools, tasks and environments which support the development of learner autonomy in different learning spaces and cultural contexts. The 13 chapters in this e-book are divided into five parts: self-access, self-directed learning, technology tools, logbooks/plans, and inside/outside the classroom.
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Eight dollars for this ebook on learner autonomy - table of contents but no list of contributors ...

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The Quran-Coaching is the best platform for the quran learning by taking online quran classes.
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Electronic Journal of Foreign Language Teaching

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New issue on technology-enhanced language teaching and learning, National University of Singapore.

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Tools, tasks, testing ...

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The FLT mag

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A magazine on technology integration in the world language classroom" - occasional blog posts, articles, interviews, tech reviews etc., from U of Colorado Boulder - Dave Malinowski 

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Lots of interesting pieces, including report from recent CALICO conference

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ICT for Language Learning: Florence, Sept 14

ICT for Language Learning: Florence, Sept 14 | TELT | Scoop.it

Call for abstracts - deadline mid July for mid November conference in Florence.

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Nice friendly conference, mix of teachers, researchers and publishers in CALL

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"The 7th edition of the International Conference ICT for Language Learning, Florence, Italy, 13 - 14 November 2014."

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EUROCALL Review: new issue out

EUROCALL Review: new issue out | TELT | Scoop.it
Article: Developing students' listening metacognitive strategies using online videotext self-dictation-generation learning activity. Ching Chang, Chih-Kai Chang.
Article: Integrating Multimedia ICT Software in Language Curriculum: Students’ Perception, Use, and Effectiveness. Nikolai Penner and Elzbieta Grodek.
Article: Curating and nudging in virtual CLIL environments. Helle Lykke Nielsen.
Article: Impact of iPod Touch-Supported Repeated Reading on the English Oral Reading Fluency of L2 students with Specific Learning Difficulties. Salomi Papadima-Sophocleous and Marina Charalambous.
Article: Expert views on how language education may develop in the next 20 years and what CALL could contribute. Ton Koenraad.
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A developmental framework for teacher adoption of interactive technologies in the language classroom

A developmental framework for teacher adoption of interactive technologies in the language classroom | TELT | Scoop.it
A developmental framework for teacher adoption of interactive technologies in the language classroom from Shona Whyte ... a collaborative action research project in French schools Keynote: PL-CALL,...
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At PL-CALL in Warsaw

http://pl-call.pl/2014-conference-en/

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Communication plénière lors du colloque PL-CALL - association ALAO en Pologne : analyse du processus d'adoption du TBI dans les classes d'anglais au primaire et au secondaire en France.  Livre à suivre ...

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Learner-centred EFL with young German learners | VISIR

Learner-centred EFL with young German learners | VISIR | TELT | Scoop.it

Students explore and evaluate independently the improvement of their own learning via the use of digital media in concrete learning settings. This project is realised within the framework of “Karlsruhe – Stadt der jungen Forscher” (Karlsruhe – City of young researchers) an initiative of the Körber-Stiftung, Deutsche Telekom and Robert Bosch Stiftung.


At the beginning of the project the students identified problems regarding their learning processes and developed ideas how those problems could be solved through the use of digital media. 3 concrete scenarios were developed for testing.

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Multiple Sites for Language Learning : Educating the New Generation of CALL Practitioners

Multiple Sites for Language Learning : Educating the New Generation of CALL Practitioners | TELT | Scoop.it

EuroCALL Teacher Education SIG Workshop 

 

Appel à propositions :

Date de notification aux auteurs : 11 avril 2014

Date du colloque : 22-23 mai 2014

 

 

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Come to Nice for a EuroCALL workshop on research in teacher education for languages with technology.

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Analysing conversational engagement in online discussion tasks: Breffni O'Rourke

A discourse analytic framework for conversational engagement in online discussion tasks
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I heard this presentation at EuroCALL in the Netherlands this summer.  Very interesting work on the characterisation of online interactions in discourse analytic terms.  One practical goal is a framework that allows teachers and researchers to distinguish successful from less successful online interaction, which at present we feel intuitively but struggle to demonstrate.

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Critical semiotic awareness in CALL teacher education : Nicolas Guichon

Critical semiotic awareness in CALL teacher education : Nicolas Guichon | TELT | Scoop.it

Semio-pedagogical competence as a key competence needed by language teachers to effectively work in the digitally enhanced language classroom.

 

EuroCALL Teacher Education SIG Workshop Nice, 22-23 May, 2014

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A step beyond techno-pedagogical competences - awareness of semiotic aspects of CMC and CALL teaching

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Teacher Education SIG symposium

Off toThe theme and abstracts for the 4 papers in our CALL teacher education symposium on designing courses for tomorrow's teaching contexts. EuroCALL conference, T…

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Off to Groningen next week to talk about CALL teacher education with likeminded colleagues

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Teacher education and ICT integration: reassuring lies versus inconvenient truths: Jozef Colpaert

Teacher education and ICT integration: reassuring lies versus inconvenient truths: Jozef Colpaert | TELT | Scoop.it
EuroCALL special interest group on Teacher Education: 2-day workshop in Nice, 22-3 May 2014
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Great talk by Jozef Colpaert on an educational engineering approach to technology integration and some implications for teacher education and research.  Keynote at the Teacher Ed SIG workshop in Nice last May.  You can watch the whole talk plus questions on the French university channel Canal U.

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Antwerp Call - University of Antwerp

Antwerp Call - University of Antwerp | TELT | Scoop.it
Research Challenges in CALL
7-9 July 2014

The editor, associate editors and editorial board of the CALL Journal  (Taylor & Francis) extend a cordial invitation to attend our Antwerp CALL 2014, the XVIth International CALL Research Conference.

Programme Committee: 
Jozef Colpaert, editor of Computer Assisted Language Learning (Taylor & Francis);
Phil Hubbard, Mike Levy and Glenn Stockwell, associate editors

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Plenaries by Bryan Smith and Piet Desmet.

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Teaching with Technologies | Taylor & Francis Online

Teaching with Technologies | Taylor & Francis Online | TELT | Scoop.it

Read the latest research on Teaching with Technologies with this themed online collection. Articles cover a breadth of research, including technological change, virtual communication and e-learning. These articles are freely available to read online until 31 December 2014.

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One paper on language teaching: Golonka et al, CALL, 2014

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Technologies for foreign language learning: a review: Golonka et al., 2014

Technologies for foreign language learning: a review: Golonka et al., 2014 | TELT | Scoop.it

(2014). Technologies for foreign language learning: a review of technology types and their effectiveness. Computer Assisted Language Learning: Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 70-105. doi: 10.1080/09588221.2012.700315

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Library study of CALL research with some harsh conclusions:

 

"most CALL studies seem to focus on either describing the affordances offered by particular types of technology or measuring their effects on students’ affective reactions,
such as increased motivation or increased enjoyment of learning activities. Although describing technology’s uses and students’ enjoyment when using it are admirable and useful goals, it remains unclear to what extent the activities supported by the technology or the potential increased motivation attributed to
them actually increase students’ learning. One might make the argument that, for example, increased motivation and increased options for self-selecting study activities will lead to deeper engagement with language, more time on task, and,
thus, increased proficiency. However, for most technologies, actual increases in learning or proficiency have yet to be demonstrated" p. 92


"the next phase of CALL research should focus on how to optimize L2 learning in two distinct but related areas. The first area involves affordances that technologies offer by applying fundamental principles of learning from SLA and cognitive psychology (for example, optimal retrieval intervals). The second should
investigate the specific characteristics of technologies that may have differential effects on long-term storage in memory" p. 93

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LangOER

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Teaching and learning less commonly taught languages with open educational resources

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Gosia Kurek and Anna Skowron talking about open educational resources in language teaching and learning at PL-CALL

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PL-CALL: Warsaw 4-5 June 2014

PL-CALL: Warsaw 4-5 June 2014 | TELT | Scoop.it

University of Social Sciences in Warsaw, School of English, is happy to invite you to the second PL-CALL conference to be held on 5-6 June 2014 in Warsaw, Poland.

CALL FOR PAPERS

With warm memories (yours too, we hope), about our last year’s event, we would like to announce the next PL-CALL conference. Its main themeis Building Bridges Between School and Academia.

As a result, we welcome all papers in the areas of:

Individual differences and CALL
Social media and networking; telecollaboration; building and sustaining online LL communities
Project work in CALL
Teachers and learners of the new millennium
New techniques – new contexts – new methodologies?
Mobile learning
Virtual learning environments (VLEs)
Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC)
Personal learning environments (PLEs)
Virtual worlds in language education
E-course design; e-material writing
Corpora in language learning
Task design
Good practices in CALL

venturing to establish, investigate and evaluate the connection between CALL theory and practice. For a balanced insight of this kind, we would be happy to have papers read by both researchers and ongoing teachers.

With this call – as an additional incentive – we are happy to announce that five excellent CALL figures have agreed to give plenary lectures at our conference. They are (alphabetically):

• Euline Cutrim-Schmid
• Elżbieta Gajek
• Lechosław Hojnacki
• Jarosław Krajka
• Shona Whyte

We are also planning a series of practical TASK-DESIGN workshops facilitated by renowned CALL practitioners.

Registration online: http://pl-call.pl/2014-registration-and-payment-en

Payment details: http://pl-call.pl/2014-payment-en

Important dates:
• 28 Feb 2014 – registration and abstract submission (flexible)
• 15 March 2014 – paper acceptance notification
• 30 April 2014 – Second Circular / early-bird payment deadline
• 31 May 2014 – registration and regular payment deadline
• 5-6 June 2014 – PL-CALL Conference
• 15 Oct 2014 – article submission deadline
• 2015 – monograph publication*
*The book will be published by Peter Lang, Frankfurt

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Vocational English mobile learning route | VISIR

Vocational English mobile learning route | VISIR | TELT | Scoop.it

Wanna have a a conversation in English  while you walk?  The project is all about learning English outside the classroom by walking through a mobile learning route packed with  qr-code.


Qr-codes are linked to YouTube-videos, where a native English speaker asks different questions. Students read the qr-codes with the qr-reader app on their mobile device. Then they watch the videos and answer the questions by making a video, recording audio clip, making a comic strip and/or writing the answer on the notebook on their device. 

 

Students can send their products to their own blog and/or they can be watched together in the classroom.

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