Conference theme: "From Language Labs to Virtual Communities: The Redesign of Language Learning Spaces"
Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, Massachusetts
October 27-28, 2016
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Felix Kronenberg, Rhodes College
"Research questions: How will physical learning spaces look in an increasingly digital future? Can digital spaces be as immersive as physical ones, or even more so? How do modes of communication change because of these developments?"
For more information click on Felix's online portfolio: http://www.felixkronenberg.com
Submission deadline: June 10, 2016
For more information about the conference and call for proposals, check this PDF file.
Note: NERALLT Members' Survey deadline extended to August 7, 2015!
Dear Members and Friends of NERALLT:
It has been a tradition for us to meet in one way or another twice a year. For a long time we held one conference in the fall in the western reaches of our territory and another in spring--usually in the Boston area. Over the years, this became increasingly difficult to organize and expensive to fund. We decided to replace the spring meeting with a series of webinars and hold a members’ meeting online. The webinars were well received but attendees of the members’ meeting were mostly board members. To better connect with members, the current board is trying something new again: a week-long asynchronous “meeting” on our website with a link to a survey to gauge needs and satisfaction of our audience. We hope you take a few moments to enjoy the pictures from last year’s conference at the end!
Welcome to our first website members’ meeting and thank you in advance for reading the updates and especially for responding to our survey in a link below.
In case you missed the election results, here are the board members who took office June 15th:
- President: Janie L. Duncan, Landmark College
- President-elect and continuing as appointed Social Media Coordinator: Alexander Waid, United States Coast Guard Academy
- Secretary: Emilie Talpin, University of New Hampshire
- Treasurer: Luke McCarthy, Norwalk Community College
- Program Coordinator: Anna Iacovella, Yale University
- Appointed and continuing as Webmaster: Ruslan Suvorov, University of Hawaii
Thursday & Friday, October 22 & 23rd Fall Conference at University of New Hampshire, Durham
- Conference Theme: Transforming Language Learning
- Thursday afternoon: A UNH faculty panel on OER (Open Educational Resources), lightning round/discussions, wine & cheese & tour
- Friday: Keynote address, “Enhancing Teaching and Learning with Mobility”; a hands-on workshop; presentations; poster sessions including a networking table; and a tour of the language resource center
- Presenters are from Brown University, MIT, Mount Holyoke College,Yale University, Saint Anselm College, United States Coast Guard Academy, the University of New Hampshire and more.
New for Spring 2016!! A one-day “Unconference” proposed for the Boston Area: An unconference is one that enables participants to propose discussion topics (rather than presentations) on the issues that are important to their teaching practice and share ideas and strategies with other education professionals. The unconference format empowers participants to craft the program, provides opportunities for them to become session leaders, and invites all to share their expertise. Participants, rather than event organizers, determine the topics covered in session tracks” (http://www.unh.edu/fitsi/sessions/2014). During the NERALLT unconference, participants will be given some time before the opening address to propose a discussion topic and write it down on a post-it. Each topic will be collected by an unconference leader, who will be in charge of sorting out the topics and organizing the schedule for the unconference. The number of sessions and topics will depend on the number of participants.
Survey: Speak up! Let us know what we are doing well and what you would like us to explore. We are a non-profit, member-driven, volunteer organization and therefore rely on your participation and feedback. Please take a few minutes to do this. Responses will be visible to others and thus, we hope more interesting to all. We will also summarize results. The survey can be found here: http://goo.gl/forms/4t1fMmMeeF
Deadline for survey responses: August 7th, 2015.
Just for fun: Click here to see some pictures from our 2014 conference held at Brown University in beautiful Providence, RI: Restaurants, Sessions and Speakers; oh my!
Report from the New England Regional Association for Language Learning Technology 2014 Conference, Brown University, Providence, RI
By Anna Iacovella, Program Coordinator & Language Program Director, Italian Department, Yale University
NERALLT - the New England Regional Association for Language Learning Technology – 2014 Fall Conference has taken place at Brown University, Providence, RI, which has been organized by our very own Julie Lirot, NERALLT secretary. The Conference was a success! Both presenters and audience were engaged in many interactive reflections. The weather was not cooperative enough to enjoy the walking around campus. Nevertheless, the short walk to the digital library at the end of the Conference was worth the few drops of rain!
The theme for this year’s conference was: Technology for Language Education: Making Need-based and Pedagogy-driven Choices.
The first workshop on Thursday, October 23rd, was presented by Julie Lirot, which introduced the audience to the effective use of Adobe voice reader. The participants created short stories recording their voices: a great practice for speaking and pronunciation.
During the Lightning Round and Discussion there were great practical uses of technological tools demonstrated by Erin Larkin Associate Professor of Italian, Southern Connecticut State University with the use of Glogster for virtual poster and presentations. Mark Lewis, Director of the Geddes Language Center, Boston University explained the facilitated use of teaching with IPads supported by AirServer. Cindy Pulkkinen, Murkland Lecturer, University of New Hampshire showed her use of ZeeMap in her language classroom. Theresa Schenker, Language Program Director of German, Yale University in a true ‘lightning mode’ presented ten different tools she uses regularly in her students assignments. Tsan-Jui Cheng, Columbia University created an interactive discussion on the on line teaching programs and the use of technology to bolster the language teaching in the future.
Since the Conference had many presenters there were several concurrent sessions to follow into the following day, Friday, October 24th.
The NERALLT President, Janie Ducan presented Dick House who stimulated the vision of “tools” for several creative uses and purposes through an interesting evolution of technological supportive elements in time. Emilie Talpin, Lecturer in French, University of New Hampshire, Richard House, Director of the Language Resource Center, UNH & Claire Gaudissart, Lecturer in French, UNH presented the Efficient way to use technology and IPads when language teaching receives limited funding options. Rosamaría Leon, Senior Lector, Yale University, demonstrated the use of IPads for autonomy learning in summer programs abroad. Sabine Levet, Senior Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, offered her integrating of several tools for students in communication in a cross-cultural mode. Jean Janecki, Director, Language Resource Center, Mount Holyoke College, suggested the alternative conferencing tool: Zoom. This platform can facilitate instructors, who would like to interact more with their students.
In the afternoon, Elsa Amanatidou, Director, Center for Language Studies, Brown University & Giovanna Roz Gastaldi, Manager, Instructional Media and Production Department presented their collaborative project on synchronous ‘on line’ class through videoconferences. Some caveats were also discussed with all participants. Steve Welsh, Program Manager, Distance Learning, Columbia University, and Dave Malinowski, Language Technology & Research Specialist, Yale Center for Language Study, proposed a scaffolding practices to communicate effectively connecting classroom with the communities. Roberto Rey Agudo, Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, demonstrated an effective tool for literary text annotation for additional reflections on texts in and out of class. Jesse Gleason, Assistant professor TESOL/Spanish, Southern Connecticut State University reported on her project of language courses on line with several types of activities and use of technological tools such as Etherpad. Cher Lin, Chinese Professor, Quinnipiac University covered the topic of hybrid courses to enhance learning of Chinese language through the use of Weebly.
The NERALLT 2014 Fall Conference brought together very interesting presentations and ideas for language teaching with technology. The discussion will be kept open during the year through webinars and exchange of ideas from all NERALLT members. In the hope to see you again soon at NERALLT webinars and conference!