Language Learning & Technology
Vol. 1, No. 1, July 1997, pp. 17-18

 

NEWS FROM SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS

This page includes announcements from the organizations sponsoring LLT. More complete listings of announcements can be found from the Applied Linguistics Virtual Library, the Agora Language Marketplace, and the Centre for Language Teaching and Research's International Conference Schedule.

University of Hawai'i National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC)

Each year, the NFLRC offers intensive month-long summer institutes for foreign language professionals. The 1997 institute, Foreign Language Instruction via Distance Education, is taking place from July 7 - August 1. Information and applications for the 1998 NFLRC Summer Institute, which will focus on Technology-Based Materials for Immersion Instruction, will be available in Fall 1997.

Recent publications from the NFLRC include new technical reports on the topics of language learni ng strategies and measures of J[apanese]SL pragmatics. Also, Chinese Video Clips for Classroom Use (video) and the companion publication, Chinese Language Video Lessons for Classroom Use (text plus videos) are proving popular items. Check out the rest of our publications -- you'll find technical reports, research notes, language teaching materials (text, video, CD-ROM), and online articles.

Michigan State University Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR)

CLEAR sponsors summer institutes which provide foreign language educators opportunities to collaborate on projects such as materials development and incorporating technology into the classroom. Summer 1998 Institutes include: Content-Based Instruction Materials Development, Material/Technology Development for Less Commonly Taught Languages, and Technology & the Internet for FL teachers. Information and applications for these workshops will be available in Fall 1997.

Resources available from CLEAR Summer 1998 include: Pronunciación y Fonética, a series of CALL lessons designed to improve Spanish pronunciation; Chinese CALL materials for business language and language/culture; a tutor's manual for teaching African languages "on-demand"; an Interactive Video-Based Training Module on "In-House" Test Development; and tutorial software, targeting pragmatic knowledge of German.

Australian Technology Enhanced Language Learning Consortium (ATELL)

ATELL is sponsoring the Inaugural WorldCALL Conference: "CALL to Creativity," to be held at The University of Melbourne, Australia, from July 13-17, 1998. The objective of the conference is to promote and develop national and international networks for CALL research and practice. With more than 500 delegates expected and interest levels already high, WorldCALL will offer unprecedented access to innovators, educators, and entrepreneurs in the field.

Deadline for receipt of abstracts is October 15, 1997. Contact WorldCALL for further details, or by e-mail.

Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition,
Univ. of Minnesota (CARLA)

CARLA is the coordinating office for a number of grant-funded programs devoted to research and program development in the areas of second language teaching, learning and assessment. Currently our projects encompass computer adaptive testing, language and culture research, second language articulation, immersion education, and teacher training in technology.

CARLA also maintains a database listing 300 languages taught in North America, and sponsors listservs for teachers of less commonly taught languages. To share the latest research and program opportunities for foreign language and ESL teachers, CARLA sponsors annual summer institutes and publishes a series of working papers.

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Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO)

Since its inception in 1983, CALICO has served as an international forum for language teachers who want to develop and utilize the potential of advanced technology to support their teaching and research needs. Through its Annual Symposia, Special Interest Groups (SIGs), CALICO Journal, CALICO Monograph Series, CALICO Resource Guide, and numerous other publications, CALICO provides both leadership and perspective in the ever-changing field of computer-assisted instruction.

The strength of CALICO derives from the enthusiasm, creativity, and diversity of its members. It comprises language teachers and researchers from universities, military academies, community colleges, K-12 schools, government agencies, and commercial enterprises. To learn more about CALICO activities and how to participate in them, visit the CALICO homepage at http://www.calico.org.

European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning (EUROCALL)

EUROCALL is an association of language teaching professionals from Europe and worldwide aiming to:

For those involved in education and training, EUROCALL provides information and advice on all aspects of the use of technology for language learning. We also:

Full full details, contact EUROCALL at http://www.hull.ac.uk/cti/euro call.htm.

International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALL)

Estab lished in 1965, IALL is an organization of professionals in a variety of fields who are committed to supporting and extending language learning, teaching, and research through the use of technology. Its members include directors and staff of language labs, resource or media centers and grant projects, language teachers at all levels, developers and venders of hardware and software, and interested others.

IALL will be holding the first FLEAT meeting in North America, FLEAT III, together with the Language Laboratory Association of Japan, from August 12-16, 1997, at the University of Victoria, British Columbia.

In addition, IALL offers a software database, LLTI listserve (Language Learning and Technology International), and publications such as IALL Journal, IALL Lab Design Kit, and IALL Lab Management Manual. Contact Tom Browne for IALL publications, or Ed Dente for membership information.

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