NERALLT is a regional affiliate of IALLT, the International Association for Language Learning Technology. Our members are educators, administrators and technical support staff of spaces or initiatives in which technology enhances the teaching and learning of languages, literatures and cultures.

Although we serve the greater New England region, anyone is welcome to join this site and our organization.

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Thursday
Jul022015

July 2-10, 2015 Online Members’ Meeting

Note: NERALLT Members' Survey deadline extended to August 7, 2015!

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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!

Monday
Jan052015

Report from NERALLT 2014 Conference

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!

Tuesday
Jun102014

Special thanks to Kellie Campbell!

Kellie Campbell, who has been part of NERALLT since 2008, has decided to step down. She was the secretary from 2009–2011 and has been serving as Treasurer and interim Membership Coordinator since.

We are very grateful to Kellie for her service and many contributions to NERALLT, and we wish her all the best!

Tuesday
May132014

Congratulations to Luke McCarthy, new NERALLT Treasurer!

Congratulations to Luke McCarthy who has been elected for the position of Treasurer for NERALLT!

To learn more about Luke, please read below.


Luke McCarthy, ESL Lab Coordinator
Norwalk Community College

Biography:

Luke McCarthy has taught ESL/EFL and supported and administered language programs at private schools and colleges in Taiwan, Japan, and the U.S. for the past 13 years. Luke has been the ESL Lab Coordinator at Norwalk Community College since 2007, where he teaches the lab component of credit ESL classes and supports the ESL Division in numerous other areas. Luke previously worked as the ESL Coordinator for a private English school in Ann Arbor, Michigan and taught EFL in Taiwan and Japan. 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 lie in developing computer resources and applications used in language learning and teaching.

Why run for Treasurer:

I have been a member of NERALLT since about 2008. I have enjoyed learning about and sharing new technologies and meeting NERALLT's wonderful members and presenters. I would be honored to be the Treasurer so I can get to know NERALLT’s board members better and be more involved in the workings of the organization. Being the Treasurer will also allow me to be more familiar with new and current members. I believe I can make a positive contribution to the organization, and I look forward to meeting everyone at the next conference or sooner. Thank you.

 

Monday
May052014

NERALLT Webinar Series 2014: Teaching Students to Learn: Autonomy, Learner Training, and Self-Regulation

"Teaching Students to Learn: Autonomy, Learner Training, and Self-Regulation
Date: Wednesday, May 14th
Time: 4:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Presentation Format: Presentation: 30 min / Q and A: 15 min
Presenters: Anne Baker and Scott Sterling
Michigan State University
Description: 
Obtaining advanced proficiency requires students to go beyond normal classroom activities and engage with the language on their own. To assist language learners, we have created a suite of online free learner- centered materials that can be incorporated into the classroom or used independently. Materials include learner training on proficiency scale, the basics of L2 acquisition, and learning strategies, as well as an online application for speaking practice and training in self-assessment.
Presenters Biographical Notes:
Anne Baker is associate director of Michigan State University's  Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA), and Scott Sterling is a graduate assistant at CeLTA and a student in MSU's PhD program in Second Language Studies. 
Note: The NERALLT annual business meeting is taking place at 3pm on the same date: Wednesday, May 14th. You are invited to join us. NERALLT members are especially encouraged to attend.