Special Interest Group:

Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL)

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March 2017 Updates

A message from your SIG Leader,
Austin Kaufmann:


Dear CALLeagues,

Since taking on the role of MITESOL CALL SIG Leader, my primary goal has been to revitalize and grow our Special Interest Group. I believe I’ve only been partially successful in meeting that goal in 2016, my first year, and I’m hoping to do better in 2017.


One of the positives this year has been the launch of our MITESOL CALL SIG Facebook Group, with its stated goals of “Enabling Collaboration, Building Community, and Sharing Resources.” It has 43 members, to date, which exceeds our CALL SIG membership number, so I consider that a success. On the flip side, however, due a minor car accident, I was unable to lead or even attend the CALL SIG Meeting at the 2016 MITESOL Convention, at which I had hoped to establish a framework for moving ahead, so clearly there’s room for improvement!


Quick Note: With change in schedule that summer inevitably brings, the July deadline for MITESOL proposals sneaks up on me every year, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. I would LOVE to see a few more CALL-related presentations next year, so start thinking now about what you might want to present on!


If you have any suggestions or information to include in the next CALL SIG Update, I would love to hear from you! Please contact me at akauf@msu.edu.


-- Austin Kaufmann


Share Your Expertise


MITESOL 2017 Call for Proposals

Michigan Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages invites professionals involved with English learners to submit proposals for our annual conference, to be held October 20 & 21, at Oakland Schools in Waterford, Michigan. The theme of this year’s conference is Promoting Equity and Excellence.


MITESOL 2017 invites proposals related to all aspects of ESL/ELL/EAL in diverse contexts, including recent research, best practices, standards-based instruction, assessment, language policy & advocacy, CALL, program administration, and professional development. In keeping with this year’s theme, we are seeking proposals which focus on ensuring equity for English learners and promoting excellence within the field of English language learning.


Proposals must be submitted through MITESOL’s online conference proposal system, which will become available in June. The deadline for submissions will be in July 2017. More information is available here.


Upcoming Events


Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Conference:
March 15-17, 2017 – Cobo Center in Detroit, MI.


Electronic Village at the TESOL 2017 International Convention and Language Expo

March 21-24, 2017 – Seattle, WA.

NOTE: Visiting the Electronic Village requires a $10 pass, available when you register or on site.

2017 National Geographic Learning / Michigan State University Learning Symposium:
“Real-World Writing in ESL Classrooms” April 8, 2017 – East Lansing, MI

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CALICO 2017
May 16-20, 2017 – Northern Arizona University – Flagstaff, AZ.


Educational Technology Organization of Michigan (ETOM) Summer 2017

June 8-9, 2017 – Kettunen Center – Tustin, MI.


News and Articles


Hey, Is That a Phone Under Your Desk?” TESOL Blog article discussing a reality we all face.


Teaching English to Digital Natives: Common Computer Concerns for ELLs” TESOL Blog article that identify how to discover just what your students can and can’t do with technology.


Educational TechnologyQuick direct link to all articles tagged with “Educational Technology” on the TESOL website.


Resources


FLTMag: A free magazine on technology integration in language teaching and learning


EdTechTeacher: Fantastic online resource for all things EdTech; not specifically for language teachers.


Edudemic: Great source of articles and EdTech-related guides for students and teachers alike.

TESOL Technology Standards:  This book, published by TESOL Press (2011) and  organized around student standards teacher standards, provides an easy guide through the technology standards and how they can be applied in the varied contexts in which language instruction occurs.


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