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2005 TESOL CALL Interest Session
Academic Session

Future Visions of CALL

Thursday, March 31, 2005, 8:30-11:15 in San Antonio (14:30-17:15 GMT)

Jim Duber, Deborah Healey, Karen Price, Vance Stevens
facilitated by Susan Gaer

Abstract: What is the future of CALL? Presenters will introduce you to the latest in state-of-the-art technology while demonstrating both commercial and freeware solutions. Future directions will be discussed.

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08:40 to 09:10 in San Antonio

(14:40-15:10 GMT)

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Vance Stevens
Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Vance Stevens has worked in ESL and CALL coordination and software development for over 20 years, often but not always simultaneously. He now teaches HTML and computing applications in Abu Dhabi, and often goes online to train others to create learning environments that foster self-value and community building.
email: vstevens at pi dot ac dot ae

The future is now: How CMC tools for professional development enhance learning environments for students

I intend to introduce the tools we've been using in Webheads, in professional development mode within a community of colleagues, to model how teachers can set up communicative, authentic, and constructivist learning activities with students. I plan to have examples of some who have made the leap from professional development to online student activities, with virtual and perhaps local guest speakers helping me to make my points.

Two of my virtual guests are scheduled to join us live online from Australia and Taiwan:

  • Michael Coghlan, a webhead singer songwriter language teacher whose lyrics and mpgs are on the Internet.
  • Aiden Yeh, a Bluetooth wired teacher in Taiwan who has her students listen to Michael's songs and then engage the songwriter in live interrogation.

The presentation for this session can be found here

9:15 to 9:45 in San Antonio

(15:15 to 15:45 GMT)

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Deborah Healey
English Language Institute, Oregon State University Corvallis, OR

PowerPoint presentation:

Deborah Healey, Director of the ELI at Oregon State, has been putting computers into classes for the past 20 of her 28 years in teaching. She publishes and presents interanationally on CALL. Her Ph.D. is in computer in ecucation.

Deborah will talk about "trends in software/hardware (as a counterpoint to the heavy Internet focus by others). Things I see are voice recognition/speech to text and text to speech (Windows Speech SDK, probably) that can change the human-computer interaction, laptop-based labs with wireless communication that change teacher-student and student-student interactions and enable movement out of the classroom, easy-to-use creative tools like iMovie and its Windows counterpart that let students become video authors, and PDA-based language tools that are starting to put CALL into a pocket and carry it everywhere."

9:50 to 10:20 in San Antonio

(15:50 to 16:20 GMT)

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Jim Duber
UC Berkeley and duber dot com Berkeley and El Cerrito, CA

Jim Duber has 20 years experience in English language teaching and 15 years in CALL development. He owns his own instructional media design firm, duber dot com. His clients include both domestic and international universities, publishers, and online schools.

Jim will discuss "the capabilities that are now available for conducting teacher led and student-centered communicative language learning activites over the web in which participants speak with their own voices in real-time virtual classes and in messaging applications that can record audio, video and other data for playback at a later time."

Cutting Edge CALL Demos:
Jim Duber onCALL blog:
Duber dot com:
email: jim at duber dot com

Jim describes his presentation at his audio blog . Find and play the entry for
2005-03-05 Conference Presentation to hear it.

10:25 to 10:55 in San Antonio

(16:25 to 16:55 GMT)

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Karen Price
Anne Dow Associates Cambridge, MA

Karen's presentation:

Karen offers a "show-and-tell of technologies not used (yet) in language learning contexts as counterpoint to some general thoughts about future trends / directions."

10:55 to 11:15 in San Antonio

(16:55 to 17:15 GMT)

Counter 7:08:22 in the webcast recording

The recording ends at counter 7:10

ALL: Questions

At left, Susan Gaer leads applause at the end of the session.

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This page updated April 11, 2005
Copyright 2005 by Vance Stevens