Language Learning & Technology
Vol. 8, No. 3, September 2004, pp. 15-20
NEWS FROM SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS
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Apprentissage des Langues et Systèmes d'Information et de Communication (ALSIC)
Australian Technology Enhanced Language Learning Consortium (ATELL)
Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, University of Minnesota (CARLA)
Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC (CAL)
Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO)
European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning (EUROCALL)
International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT)
The University of Hawai`i National Foreign Language Resource Center engages in research and materials development projects and conducts Summer Institutes for language professionals among its many activities.
Cultural Diversity and Language Education Conference (September 17-19, 2004)
This conference, co-sponsored and organized by the NFLRC and the UH Center for Second Language Research, will focus on theories, policies, and practices associated with cultural and language diversity in educational contexts and will provide a forum for examining a broad range of issues concerned with the potential and challenges of education that builds on diversity. The primary strands for exploring diversity in language education at the conference are
- Foreign/Heritage Language Education
- Bilingual/Immersion Education
- English Language Education
- Language Education Planning and Policy
- Literacy Education
Conference highlights will include keynote speeches (Sonia Nieto, Glynda Hull, and more),colloquia and paper presentations, and hands-on workshops, plus a variety of planned social events (including a fabulous ticketed reception at the Waikiki Aquarium).
Filmed on location in East Java, Indonesia, the Mari Belajar Sopan Santun Bahasa Indonesia set consists of two videotapes, a manual, and extended notes on the individual video scenarios. The videos present interactions among Indonesian native speakers and language learners as they engage in tasks and activities of everyday life. The videos model for foreign language learners how to speak politely in Indonesian by drawing their attention to the ways language is used and the ways it varies according to the social context in which the interaction occurs. The manual includes the pedadogical background of this project, sample lessons, learning focus, suggested activities, and bibliographies on Indonesian pragmatics and on the teaching of pragmatics in foreign language classrooms. A docuent contatining extended notes on the videotaped scenarios is available at no charge online.
CLEAR's mission is to promote the teaching and learning of foreign languages in the United States. To meet its goals, projects focus on materials development, professional development training, and foreign language research.
CLEAR exhibits at local and national conferences year-round. We hope to see you at ACTFL, CALICO, MFLA, Central States, and other conferences. In May 2005, CLEAR will be hosting the CALICO conference here on the Michigan State University campus. Watch our Web site for details!
MATERIALS DEVELOPMENTComing Soon!
- Introductory Business German (CD-ROM)
- French Pronunciation and Phonetics (CD-ROM)
- Hindi Small Group Instruction Guide (guide)
- The Internet Sourcebook for Business Japanese (Web links)
- Pronunciación y Fonética (CD-ROM)
- African Languages Small Group Instruction Guide (guide and video)
- Thai Small Group Instruction Guide(guide)
- Foreign Languages: Doors to Opportunity (video and discussion guide)
- Task-based Communicative Grammar Activities for Japanese and Thai (workbook)
- Test Development (workbook and video)
CLEAR News is a biyearly publication covering FL teaching techniques, research, and materials. Contact the CLEAR office to join the mailing list, or check it out on the Web at http://clear.msu.edu/newsletter/. We welcome your submissions!
Each summer, CLEAR offers professional development workshops for foreign language teachers on the campus of Michigan State University. For more information, go to http://clear.msu.edu/training/. Watch the Web site for updates about next summer's offerings!
CLEAR offers foreign language teachers at K-13+ institutions around the country the opportunity to host a CLEAR workshop. These 1-3 day workshops are led by CLEAR's professional development staff members. For more information, visit http://clear.msu.edu/training/onsite/about.html.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE RESEARCH
- Feedback to Learners: The Case of Heritage Language Learners
For more information about CLEAR, contact
Australian Technology Enhanced Language Learning Consortium (ATELL)
ATELL is pleased to announce the availability of the CALL Catalogue: http://www.callcatalogue.com.au/
The CALL Catalogue has been designed as a resource for researchers, designers, and teachers interested in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). It is essentially a searchable bibliographic database. It consists of a large set of abstracted articles on CALL and an index of specially designed keywords. The CALL Catalogue is an ongoing research venture that began with the construction of a large corpus of CALL publications for 1999. As such the CALL Catalogue (1999) included all the chapters in four books (Cameron, 1999a, 1999b; Debski & Levy, 1999; Egbert & Hanson-Smith, 1999) and all the articles in four major CALL journals: Computer Assisted Language Learning, CALICO, ReCALL, and the online journal, Language Learning and Technology. This amounted to 177 journal articles and book chapters for the year. Each item was then abstracted and indexed to form the original CALL Catalogue (1999). So far the CALL Catalogue has been completed for 1999 and 2000.
The CALL Catalogue is an ongoing project and we are keen to have your contributions (see Abstracting & Indexing Guidelines on the Web site). Our immediate goal is to add abstracted and indexed articles on CALL for 2001, and then, subsequently, to work forward to the year prior to the current year of publication. The CALL Catalogue directly relates to published works by Levy (2000, 2002) where more detail about the overarching framework and methods of production are given.
The CALL Catalogue is the first resource to be made available by ATELL, the Australasian Technology Enhanced Language Learning network. ATELL is an informal grouping of CALL researchers and practitioners in Australia and New Zealand. More resources for researchers and practitioners are to follow.
Cameron, K. C. (Ed.). (1999a). CALL: Media, design and applications. Lisse, The Netherlands: Swets & Zeitlinger.
Cameron, K. C. (Ed.). (1999b). CALL and the learning community. Exeter, England: Elm Bank Publications.
Debski, R., & Levy, M. (Eds.). WORLDCALL: Global perspectives on computer-assisted language learning. Lisse, The Netherlands: Swets & Zeitlinger.
Egbert, J., & Hanson-Smith, E. (Eds.). (1999). CALL environments: Research, practice and critical issues.Alexandria, VA: TESOL Inc.
Levy, M. (2000). Scope, goals and methods in CALL research: Questions of coherence and autonomy. ReCALL, 12(2), 170-195.
Levy, M. (2002). CALL by design: Products, processes and methods. ReCALL, 14(1), 129-142.
ALSIC (Language Learning and Information and Communication Systems, http://alsic.org/) is an electronic journal in French for researchers and practitioners in fields related to applied linguistics, didactics, psycholinguistics, educational sciences, computational linguistics, and computer science. The journal gives priority to papers from the French-speaking community and/or in French, but it also regularly invites papers in other languages so as to strengthen scientific and technical exchanges between linguistic communities that too often remain separate. The editorial board of ALSIC invites you to contact them for any prospective contributions at the following electronic address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CARLA is one of several National Language Resource Centers whose role is to improve the nation's capacity to teach and learn foreign languages effectively. Launched in 1993 with funding from the national Title VI Language Resource Center program of the U.S. Department of Education, CARLA's mission is to study multilingualism and multiculturalism, develop knowledge of second language acquisition, and advance the quality of second language teaching, learning, and assessment by conducting research and action projects sharing research-based and other forms of knowledge across disciplines and education systems extending, exchanging, and applying this knowledge in the wider society.
CARLA's research and action initiatives include a focus on the articulation of language instruction, content-based language teaching through technology, culture and language studies, less commonly taught languages, language immersion education, second language assessment, second language learning strategies, research on pragmatics and speech acts, support for study abroad, and technology and second language learning.
To share its latest research and program opportunities with language teachers around the country, CARLA offers the following resources: an internationally acclaimed summer institute program for teachers; a database which lists where less commonly taught languages are taught throughout the country; listservs for teachers of less commonly taught languages and immersion educators; a working paper series; conferences and workshops; and a battery of instruments in French, German, and Spanish for assessing learners' proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening at two levels on the ACTFL scale. Check out these and other CARLA resources on the CARLA Web site at http://www.carla.umn.edu.
The Center for Applied Linguistics is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes and improves the teaching and learning of languages, identifies and solves problems related to language and culture, and serves as a resource for information about language and culture. CAL carries out a wide range of activities in the fields of English as a second language, foreign languages, cultural education, and linguistics. These activities include research, teacher education, information dissemination, instructional design, conference planning, technical assistance, program evaluation, and policy analysis. Publications include books on language education, online databases of language programs and assessments, curricula, research reports, teacher training materials, and print and online newsletters.
Major CAL projects include the following:
- CAL collaborates with other language education organizations on the following projects:
- News from the CAL
With the closure of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics (ERIC/CLL), CAL remains committed to providing quality language education materials. To see our on-line resource collection, visit www.cal.org/resources.
CAL has compiled digests from the former ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics and briefs from the Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence (CREDE) and is making them available for easy reference and use in workshops and trainings. Digests are succinct one-page (double-sided) compilations of practical research and information on topics of interest to language professionals (e.g., teaching, learning, testing, research, professional development). CALdigests are available in four series: The Complete Collection, English Language Learners, Professional Development for Language Learners, and Foreign Language Education. Visit the CALstore for more information.News from the National Center for ESL Literacy Education
- Another new Brief, Second Language Acquisition in Adults: From Research to Practicediscusses what the research says about learner motivation, interaction, and vocabulary development and how it applies to adults learning English.
- Two new online resource collections are available. First, Second Language Acquisition provides background information about Second Language Acquisition (SLA) -- the study of how people learn to communicate in a language other than their native language. The collection highlights NCLE and ERIC resources as well as pertinent organizations, periodicals, and policy issues. Of particular interest is the annotated bibliography of SLA research on learner motivation, interaction, and vocabulary development.
The second collection combines the advice of experienced teachers with information about online and print resources. What Beginning Teachers and Tutors of Adult English Language Learners Need to Know provides a useful overview for those new to adult English as a second language (ESL) teaching. The collection features comments from a focus group of experienced teachers held at the Arlington Education and Employment Program (REEP) in Arlington, Virginia, a short list of useful books for teachers as well as an annotated short list of curricula.
The current edition of NCLE's newsletter, NCLEnotes, features an article about NCLE’s work with Senior Service America (SSA) to develop a guidebook for practitioners and programs working with linguistically and culturally diverse seniors. Other NCLEnotes features include resource updates, descriptions of new NCLE publications, and the The Book Shelf where Miriam Burt reviews Paper Fish by Tina De Rosa.
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.
EUROCALL is an association of language teaching professionals from Europe and worldwide aiming to
- Promote the use of foreign languages within Europe
- Provide a European focus for all aspects of the use of technology for language learning
- Enhance the quality, dissemination, and efficiency of CALL materialsEUROCALL's journal, ReCALL, published by Cambridge University Press, is one of the leading academic journals covering research into computer-assisted and technology-enhanced language learning. The association organises special interest meetings and annual conferences, and works towards the exploitation of electronic communications systems for language learning. For those involved in education and training, EUROCALL provides information and advice on all aspects of the use of technology for language learning.
For full details, contact us at http://www.eurocall-languages.org/
International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT)
Established in 1965, IALLT (formerly IALL) is a professional organization whose members provide leadership in the development, integration, evaluation, and management of instructional technology for the teaching and learning of language, literature, and culture. Its strong sense of community promotes the sharing of expertise in a variety of educational contexts. Members include directors and staff of language labs, resource or media centers, language teachers at all levels, developers and vendors of hardware and software, grant project developers, and others. IALLT offers biennial conferences, regional groups and meetings, the LLTI listserv (Language Learning Technology International), and key publications such as the IALLT Journal, the IALLT Language Center Design Kit, and the IALLT Lab Management Manual. It also offers guidance on defining career goals and expectations through the new "IALLT Statement of Professional Responsibilities" (see under "About IALLT" > "Important Documents" on the Web site). For information, visit the IALLT Web site at www.iallt.org.