Peter Janssens, CNDLS’ Associate Director for Instructional Resources and President of the Mid-Atlantic Association for Language Learning Technology, offers the following preview of the upcoming MAALLT-SEALLT conference. The conference will take place at Georgetown from March 10-13.
Spring break will be an exciting time for faculty in languages and linguistics! While the Linguistics and Arabic Departments are hosting the Georgetown University Round Table (GURT) conference, CNDLS is hosting a biannual language teaching technology conference, a joint effort of the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Associations for Language Learning Technology (MAALLT and SEALLT).
The conference begins on Wednesday, March 10 with a day of pre-conference workshops presented by the CNDLS staff in conjunction with the Gelardin New Media Center staff and foreign language faculty. Topics include language curriculum development, survey design, writing technologies, social bookmarking, and digital research portfolios, all with an eye on potential applications for language teaching and learning. Thursday through Saturday morning, participants will have a choice between four concurrent sessionscovering topics such as art and photography in the foreign language classroom, ePortfolios, instructional podcasts, student self-assessment through the social web, online chat rooms for language learning and cultural understanding, an online student speech contest, mobile quizzes, interactive whiteboards, clickers in the language classroom, online communities of practice for service learning, online placement testing, virtual cultural events, modalities for adult learning, and many more.
Presenters from universities and colleges in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast areas, including Georgetown’s own departments of Arabic, French, German, Italian, and Spanish and Portuguese, will join faculty and instructional technologists from around the country and abroad (including colleagues from Qatar). Of particular note are two morning plenary talks, one by CNDLS’ Randy Bass and one by Kevin Gaugler, a professor of Spanish at Marist College.
CNDLS has worked closely with the Linguistics and Arabic departments on coordinating aspects of the MAALLT-SEALLT and GURT conferences, with a shared exhibition space in the Intercultural Center and a joint reception on Friday evening. The conference sessions are open to Georgetown faculty and graduate students to attend. (Only the the pre-conference workshops and Friday’s banquet require a payment.) Please see the registration page for more information.
We look forward to an exciting and stimulating spring “break!”