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Wednesday
May312017

NERALLT - Elections 2017

Slate of Candidates

President-Elect: Dr. Jean Janecki, Mount Holyoke College

Biography
Dr. Jean Janecki is the Language Resource Center Director at Mount Holyoke College. She completed her Ph.D. in Modern Spanish Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was an Assistant Professor of Spanish as well as part time LRC Director at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse before changing to her current role in 2014. Her research focuses on virtual platforms for language exchanges, as well as media based technology for enhancing writing projects in the foreign language classroom. Her latest article on the use of eportfolios in liberal arts colleges will be published in summer 2017. As part of her position at Mount Holyoke College, Dr. Janecki is library liaison to several language departments and has expanded her skills to include teaching courses on information literacy. She presents at regional, national, and international conferences on topics related to instructional technology, Modern Spanish literature, art, and film, as well as library instruction.

Statement:
Past Involvement with NERALLT:
Dr. Janecki presented at the 2014 and 2015 NERALLT conferences and hosted the 2016 conference at Mount Holyoke College. In 2014, her presentation was entitled How to “Zoom” in Foreign Language classes, and in 2015, Dr. Janecki  presented with Alex Waid on SAMR and BYOD pedagogies. She is currently membership Coordinator for NERALLT and looking forward to taking on a leadership role to continue working to advance the mission of the organization.

Co-Program Coordinator: Dr. Theresa Schenker, Yale University 

Biography:
Theresa Schenker is the Language Program Director and Senior Lector II of German at Yale University. Her primary research interests focus on computer-assisted language learning, especially telecollaboration, and the development of intercultural competence. Her secondary research interests include the effects of short-term study abroad on language skills and intercultural competence, as well as Afro-German culture. She has presented her research at multiple national and international conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals and books. At Yale, Theresa is in charge of the language program, study abroad, and graduate student teaching training. Theresa is editor of the journal Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German and book review editor for the journal CALICO.

 Statement:
Past Involvement with NERALLT: Dr. Schenker presented at the 2014, 2015, and 2016 NERALLT conferences. In 2016, she took on the role of program coordinator. This year, Dr. Schenker is interested in continuing in the position of program coordinator together with her colleague Mary Jo DiBiase-Lubrano, because she is passionate about language teaching with technology and would be excited to continue to help shape the organization and move it forward. She would be honored to have the opportunity to play a more active role in NERALLT through this work.

Co-Program Coordinator: Mary Jo DiBiase-Lubrano, Yale University

Biography:
Mary Jo DiBiase-Lubrano works at the Yale University Center for Language Study as Language Testing and Assessment Specialist.  She assists language faculty and departments with assessment matters and with research design using language tests. Prior to Yale, Mary Jo was a tenured instructor of English as a Foreign Language and English for Specific Purposes (Scientific, Medical and Legal English) at the University of Perugia (Italy) where she taught for over 23 years.  With a background in language testing in Applied Linguistics (Lancaster University, UK) and foreign languages and linguistics (University of Perugia), her research interests and publications focus on the validation of high stakes proficiency testing, testing advanced proficiency levels, testing languages for specific purposes, standard setting and assessment literacy.  She is a certified ACTFL trainer and tester (English and Italian), and a tester trainer and training materials author for the Bureau of International Language Coordination, NATO’s advisory body for language learning and testing matters.  She has served on the organizing committee of several international conferences and symposia as proposal reviewer and program coordinator. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences on language testing issues.

Statement:
I have served as member on numerous organizing committees of national and international conferences and symposia by reviewing proposals and working on program preparations for over 10 years. I believe I can contribute to NERALLT by successfully organizing annual meetings and serving as liaison with affiliate organizations in compliance with NERALLT protocol.

Note: Theresa Schenker and Mary Jo DiBiase-Lubrano are running as a team for the position of Program Coordinator and will share the duties of the position.

Treasurer: Luke McCarthy, Norwalk Community College

Biography:
Luke McCarthy has taught ESL/EFL and supported language programs at private schools and colleges for the past 16 years. Luke has been the ESL Lab Coordinator at Norwalk Community College since 2007, where he teaches the lab component of credit ESL courses and supports the ESL Division with database management and creating and finding technical solutions. Luke previously worked as the ESL Coordinator for a private English school in Michigan and taught EFL in Japan and Taiwan. Luke has an M.A. in TESOL from Southern Illinois University and a B.A. in ESL from the University of Hawaii. His professional interests are in developing materials, resources, and applications that benefit all language learners.

Statement:
I have been a member of NERALLT since 2008, and I have enjoyed meeting its talented and creative members and presenters and learning about new technologies and different approaches to learning spaces. I am currently the Treasurer and would be honored to continue in this role. I have learned a lot and have enjoyed working with the board and our wonderful NERALLT members. Thank you.

Secretary: Dr. Joseph Terantino, Brown University

Biography:
Joe Terantino is the Director of the Language Resource Center at Brown University. He received his Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition & Instructional Technology from the University of South Florida. At Brown, Joe teaches a new graduate seminar, “Technology-Enhanced Language Pedagogies”. He is a passionate user and researcher of instructional technology who enjoys the challenge of tinkering with new tools. In particular, he is interested in online teaching, social media and web 2.0 tools.

Statement:
As a newcomer to New England, I feel it is important to become as involved as possible in this regional organization to share experiences, collaborate and review each other’s work. Along this line, I have chosen to run for the secretary position to become more involved in NERALLT and to serve the group and its members as needed.

Note: Members will receive a message with a link to a voting form beginning of June. For questions, contact Audrey Sartiaux, sartiaua@union.edu

 

Monday
Sep052016

Conference Registration now available

We hope you can join us for the 2016 conference! Please register here.

Thursday
Aug252016

Conference Program Posted

The complete program for our fall meeting has been posted on the Conference page. Conference registration details are coming soon!

Wednesday
Jun152016

NERALLT CFP Extension

We have extended the CFP deadline until June 27th!
 
We would like to invite you to submit a proposal for the annual Fall Conference to be held at Mount Holyoke College Oct. 27 & 28th, 2016.
 
Under the conference tab above, you’ll find the Call for Papers, the link to submit proposals, and information about the key note speaker, Dr. Felix Kronenberg, President-Elect of IALLT. 
 
You can also find information about hotel accommodations, things to do in the area, directions, and more.

Please let us know if you have  questions.
 
Sincerely,
The NERALLT board

 

Tuesday
May312016

Announcing our new Program Coordinator

The voting period has ended and the NERALLT board is pleased to announce our new Program Coordinator:

 

DR. THERESA SCHENKER (Yale University)

Dr. Theresa Schenker is the Language Program Director and Senior Lector of German at Yale University. She completed her PhD in German Studies at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on computer-mediated communication, especially the effects of telecollaboration on language skills and intercultural competence. She has also done research on the impact of short-term study abroad on language and culture learning, language learning with mobile devices and social networks, and technology-enhanced language instruction. Dr. Schenker has published in national and international journals and has presented her research at numerous conferences. She recently won the German Embassy Teacher of Excellence Award for her innovative classroom practices and her incorporation of technology at all language levels. At Yale, Dr. Schenker teaches German at all levels, oversees the graduate student teaching training, directs the German language program, and leads workshops on technology-enhanced teaching to the community of language instructors.

Past Involvement with NERALLT:

 Dr. Schenker presented at the 2014 and 2015 NERALLT conferences and is planning on submitting a proposal for the 2016 conference. In 2014, her presentation was entitled Ten free tech tools for speaking practice and cultural exploration, and in 2015, Dr. Schenker presented on Using Ipads for Study Abroad.