By Gina Bushnell
Dates: April 1 – 2, 2016
Host Institution: Language Acquisition Resource Center, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Language Resource Centers have been a gathering point for the advent of digital technology in the learning and teaching of foreign languages. We have experienced the transformation from analog recording systems and computer based worksheets to the use of locally-based and virtual digital tools. And among these tools are Language Resources, monolingual, bilingual and parallel corpora, translation memories, sites that channel news sources – the list is almost endless. Along with this has come the opportunity for learners to co-create and share content. The language classroom and the language resource center are thus the innovation centers if you will for the foreign language learning curriculum. Above all, language teachers cannot ignore the work being done in creating usable content and applicable tools. And this makes language learning truly cross-disciplinary.
Any examples of research being conducted or used, cross-disciplinary endeavors and lesson-based content creation would be particularly welcome.
Conference Registration Fees:
Greetings fellow SWALLTers! After successful conferences at Arizona State and BYU, our organization’s next conference will return to California on April 11-12, 2014. Our conference host, Michael Samojlik (Language and Instructional Labs Coordinator in UCLA’s Center for Digital Humanities), has announced the Call for Proposals, as well as initial registration deadlines. Please visit the official conference website for details. Information about lodging, as well as the link to the registration form, will be posted as they become available. For now, mark the dates on your calendar, and start thinking about a proposal you’d like to submit.
I hope to see you all there!
Dates: March 8-9, 2013
Host Institution: Brigham Young University, Provo UT
The importance of language assessment and measuring learning outcomes has never been greater. The Southwest Association for Language Learning Technology, a regional group of IALLT, will hold its annual conference at Brigham Young University, an institution noted for its work in language assessment. The conference seeks to address all facets of assessment and measurement within the broad range of language learning. This conference, hosted by the BYU English Language Center, the Office of Digital Humanities, and the College of Humanities, will feature a keynote address by Ray Clifford, BYU Associate Dean and Director of the Center for Language Studies.
Theme: Language Learning Centers and Internationalization: Supporting Global Connections,
March 23-24, 2012, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ
Internationalization and globalization have become nearly ubiquitous goals across education over the last several years. Universities, community colleges and other institutions are emphasizing connections with the broader world, establishing campuses and programs across the globe, and welcoming international partners and students to their institutions and curricula. For the faculty, administrators, and language learning center personnel tasked with implementing these goals, questions abound regarding how best to use technology to support global outreach, study abroad programs, faculty engaged in international collaboration, student exchanges, remote campuses and courses, and distance learning.
SWALLT/NWALLT 2010 Conference: Sustainable Language Learning Technology
Friday and Saturday, October 15–16, 2010
Reed College, Portland, Oregon
The conference will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, October 15 and formal presentations will conclude at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 16. Conference participants can check in and pick up materials beginning at 12:00 noon on Friday, October 15.
How can we use the ever-changing array of technological tools and services to facilitate lasting, meaningful language learning? How do we decide which emerging technologies are worth the investment of time and energy? How can we work together to make the most of our limited resources? Join us in the beautiful Pacific Northwest to talk about these and other current issues in language teaching and learning with technology. This conference will be of interest to anyone involved in language teaching or language center management, either at the K-12 level or in higher education. The program will include presentations, panel discussions, and workshops, as well as plenty of opportunities for casual conversations.
About the conference site
The conference will be held at Reed College, a small, private liberal arts college in Southeast Portland, Oregon. As one of the country’s most environmentally conscious cities, Portland is an ideal location for a conference focused on sustainable practices in language learning and teaching with technology. Reeds campus and its surroundings offer many possibilities for exploring the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Reed is approximately fifteen miles southwest of Portland International Airport (PDX) and is easy to get to by car or by using public transportation. The map below includes some local landmarks; well continue to update it until the conference.
We have reserved a block of rooms at the Aloft Portland Airport Hotel, conveniently located near the airport and on the light rail line for easy access to Reed.
If you have questions about accommodations, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We welcome proposals for individual or joint presentations, panels, workshops, and posters that showcase technology-enhanced language learning and teaching. Our theme is “Sustainable Language Learning Technology” and our focus will be on which current and emerging technologies will best enhance our limited resources. How can we use the ever-changing array of technological tools and services to facilitate lasting, meaningful language learning? How do we decide which emerging technologies are worth the investment of time and energy? How can we work together to make the most of our limited resources? Join us in the beautiful Pacific Northwest to talk about these and other current issues in language teaching and learning with technology. This conference will be of interest to anyone involved in language teaching or language center management, either at the K-12 level or in higher education. The program will include presentations, panel discussions, and workshops, as well as plenty of opportunities for casual conversations.
The deadline for proposal submission is June 15, 2010. Submit your proposal at:
or through the link at http://swallt.org/conferences/
See you there.