Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Call for proposals for four TESOL 2009 Electronic Village Special Events

The deadline for EV Fairs, the Hardware Fair and Developer's Showcase has been extended to Jan. 9, 2009. Mini-workshop submissions are closed. If you have something to share, please consider submitting it.

TESOL 2009: "Uncharted Mountains, Forging New Pathways"

March 26-28, 2009, - Denver, Colorado, USA

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Extended to Jan. 9, 2009 for EV Fairs, Hardware Fair, Developer's Showcase. Mini-Workshops submissions are closed.

You are invited to submit a proposal for participation in one or more of these TESOL 2009 CALL Interest Section Special Events. You are welcome to submit proposals to more than one event, and it is possible to have more than one proposal accepted (depending on space availability and quality of the submission). Windows and Macintosh equipment will be available at no charge, along with CD ROM Drives, Internet connections, and (for the Showcase) projection equipment. Plan to bring a minimum of 100 handouts per Fair/Showcase acceptance slot since these are very popular events!

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE EV FAIRS: Presenters have approximately 20-30 minutes to demonstrate their material on 1-2 computer(s) without projection equipment in a presentation format similar to a "poster session." Participants walk around the EV, dropping in and out of demonstrations, thus precluding highly structured presentations. A demonstration may be repeated a second time (an additional 20 to 30 minutes), if interest warrants and space allows.

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE HARDWARE FAIRS: A Hardware Fair is a variant of the regular fairs, where presenters will demonstrate their material for 20-30 minute intervals, so people can go around the room and see the event multiple times. The variation is that presentations will be on devices which may or may not include computers, but may also interact with them in some way (see description below for suggested items).

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE SHOWCASE: A selected group of presenters will demonstrate their software or application for 8 to 12 minutes each. A brief question and answer session follows each presentation.

_____EV FAIR_____
Coordinator: Roger Drury (

In the EV Fairs, teachers or teachers-developers share their use of computer-based and/or internet-based resources. These resources can be software (PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Excel, Focus on Grammar, Word Attack, Skype, etc.) or websites (presenter-made or public like, Yahoo! Groups, an online concordancer, etc.). Demonstrations may highlight student projects, activities or curriculum created for students or educators. Examples:

* Email projects
* Lesson plan archives for teachers
* Vocabulary worksheets using an online thesaurus
* Skimming/scanning activities using a local newspaper webpage
* Research/writing exercises for investigating Internet hoaxes
* A descriptive writing activity combined with HyperStudio illustrations
* Web 2.0 activities, using social networking or SecondLife

Please submit your proposal(s) for the EV Fairs online at

Coordinator: Randall Davis (

Do you have an innovative, effective or otherwise interesting instructional activity that utilizes hardware other than a conventional computer? Do your students use hardware in an interesting way? If so, why not share it with others in the EV Hardware Fair? Presenters will be located at stations around the Electronic Village demonstrating use of specific kinds of hardware like:

* handheld devices
* cameras
* portable technologies
* smartboards
* clickers
* MP3 players
* cell phones

It is suggested that you bring your own small hardware (as in hand-held device, camera or cell phone) or ask the company (like Smart) to send you a loaner for the larger equipment (like interactive whiteboards) to demonstrate at the workshop (they are usually good about this). Some responsibility for hardware by the presenter will be needed.

Please submit your proposal(s) for the Hardware Fairs online at

Coordinator: Andrew Bowman (

The Developers' Showcase is one of several ways in which the CALL-IS disseminates information about computers and computer-assisted instruction to the ESL/EFL professional community. The Showcase provides an opportunity for the designers of ESL/EFL software to display their work, and for potential users, software developers, and marketers to examine and react to it. We especially welcome projects produced by teachers for their own students or projects produced under development grants.

This Showcase includes materials in the following two categories:
1. disk-based software, including floppy-disk, hard disk, and CD-ROMs.
2. web-based software, including both programs that can be accessed directly from the web and those that can be downloaded.

The Showcase is not a commercial venue. Only work that is not yet on the market will be considered. The following types of software are not acceptable for the Showcase:

* Software that is already contracted with a publisher
* Software that has been offered for sale independently, or which the presenter plans to sell independently, including by subscription or as shareware
* Software given away free to promote a commercial interest

Please submit your proposal(s) for the Developers' Showcase online at

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Third International Wireless Ready Symposium

Digital Technologies in Language Education

A Simultaneous Real Time and Second Life Symposium

An IATEFL Learning Technologies SIG Event

NUCB Graduate School (Fushimi Campus / Nagoya)

Nagoya University of Commerce & Business, Japan

Friday, 20th February 2009 (09:50 - 18:00)

Go to the symposium website at

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Call for Papers: Language Learning in Computer Mediated Communities

The Language Learning in Computer Mediated Communities (LLCMC) Conference will take place October 11-13, 2009, in Honolulu. A pre-conference, CULTURA: Web-based Intercultural Exchanges, will take place October 10-11.
Abstracts for papers on the topic of language learning or language teaching in computer mediated communities are welcomed. Abstracts are due by March 1, 2009, with notification of selection results by April 15, 2009.
View the full call for papers at

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