NERALLT is a regional affiliate of IALLT, the International Association for Language Learning Technology. Our members are educators, administrators and technical support staff of spaces or initiatives in which technology enhances the teaching and learning of languages, literatures and cultures.

Although we serve the greater New England region, anyone is welcome to join this site and our organization.

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Monday
Jan052015

Report from NERALLT 2014 Conference

Report from the New England Regional Association for Language Learning Technology 2014 Conference, Brown University, Providence, RI

By Anna Iacovella, Program Coordinator & Language Program Director, Italian Department, Yale University

NERALLT - the New England Regional Association for Language Learning Technology – 2014 Fall Conference has taken place at Brown University, Providence, RI, which has been organized by our very own Julie Lirot, NERALLT secretary. The Conference was a success! Both presenters and audience were engaged in many interactive reflections. The weather was not cooperative enough to enjoy the walking around campus. Nevertheless, the short walk to the digital library at the end of the Conference was worth the few drops of rain!

The theme for this year’s conference was: Technology for Language Education: Making Need-based and Pedagogy-driven Choices.

The first workshop on Thursday, October 23rd, was presented by Julie Lirot, which introduced the audience to the effective use of Adobe voice reader. The participants created short stories recording their voices: a great practice for speaking and pronunciation.

During the Lightning Round and Discussion there were great practical uses of technological tools demonstrated by Erin Larkin Associate Professor of Italian, Southern Connecticut State University with the use of Glogster for virtual poster and presentations. Mark Lewis, Director of the Geddes Language Center, Boston University explained the facilitated use of teaching with IPads supported by AirServer. Cindy Pulkkinen, Murkland Lecturer, University of New Hampshire showed her use of ZeeMap in her language classroom. Theresa Schenker, Language Program Director of German, Yale University in a true ‘lightning mode’ presented ten different tools she uses regularly in her students assignments. Tsan-Jui Cheng, Columbia University created an interactive discussion on the on line teaching programs and the use of technology to bolster the language teaching in the future.

Since the Conference had many presenters there were several concurrent sessions to follow into the following day, Friday, October 24th.

The NERALLT President, Janie Ducan presented Dick House who stimulated the vision of “tools” for several creative uses and purposes through an interesting evolution of technological supportive elements in time. Emilie Talpin, Lecturer in French, University of New Hampshire, Richard House, Director of the Language Resource Center, UNH & Claire Gaudissart, Lecturer in French, UNH presented the Efficient way to use technology and IPads when language teaching receives limited funding options. Rosamaría Leon, Senior Lector, Yale University, demonstrated the use of IPads for autonomy learning in summer programs abroad. Sabine Levet, Senior Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, offered her integrating of several tools for students in communication in a cross-cultural mode. Jean Janecki, Director, Language Resource Center, Mount Holyoke College, suggested the alternative conferencing tool: Zoom. This platform can facilitate instructors, who would like to interact more with their students.

In the afternoon, Elsa Amanatidou, Director, Center for Language Studies, Brown University & Giovanna Roz Gastaldi, Manager, Instructional Media and Production Department presented their collaborative project on synchronous ‘on line’ class through videoconferences. Some caveats were also discussed with all participants. Steve Welsh, Program Manager, Distance Learning, Columbia University, and Dave Malinowski, Language Technology & Research Specialist, Yale Center for Language Study, proposed a scaffolding practices to communicate effectively connecting classroom with the communities. Roberto Rey Agudo, Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, demonstrated an effective tool for literary text annotation for additional reflections on texts in and out of class. Jesse Gleason, Assistant professor TESOL/Spanish, Southern Connecticut State University reported on her project of language courses on line with several types of activities and use of technological tools such as Etherpad. Cher Lin, Chinese Professor, Quinnipiac University covered the topic of hybrid courses to enhance learning of Chinese language through the use of Weebly.

The NERALLT 2014 Fall Conference brought together very interesting presentations and ideas for language teaching with technology. The discussion will be kept open during the year through webinars and exchange of ideas from all NERALLT members. In the hope to see you again soon at NERALLT webinars and conference!

Tuesday
Sep302014

NERALLT Fall 2014 Conference Information and Registration

Conference Program

Click here to view and/or download the conference program (in pdf, updated October 9, 2014).

Registration

The registration for NERALLT Fall 2014 Conference is now open! Please click here to register.

Also, please note that the Thursday dinner (October 23, 2014) is not covered by the registration fee.

Accommodation

Local hotel information (within a 15-20-minute walking distance):

Hilton Providence: 401-831-3900

Renaissance: 401-919-5000

Marriott: 866-807-2171

Providence Biltmore: 401-421-0700

A more economical option, but requires driving (a 12-15-minute drive): Hampton Inn Suites in Seekonk, Massachusetts

Conference Venue

Watson Center for Information Technology (CIT)
Brown University
366 Brook St
Providence, RI 02912

Click here to view the map.

Directions and Parking

http://www.brown.edu/about/visit/driving-directions

The directions are to the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center. If you continue down Waterman,  the Watson CIT is on the right side of the street (next to the Science Library, the tallest building on campus) on the corner of Waterman and Brook.

Visitors may find parking on the streets in and around campus, or in the Visitors Parking lot on Brook St. behind Minden Hall—at the intersection of Brook St. and Waterman St. Please check the link above for more info.

Dinner Venue (Thursday, October 23, 2014)

Kabob and Curry | phone: 401-273-8844
261 Thayer Street, Providence, RI 02906

 
Tuesday
Jun102014

NERALLT Fall Conference 2014

Technology for language education: Making need-based and pedagogy-driven choices

Brown University - Providence, RI

October 23 & 24, 2014

It’s great when faculty and language support personnel have the luxury of choosing the technology they need for particular pedagogical purposes, but it’s probably not a reality at most institutions. Whether for budgetary reasons, the need for technology to meet needs of multiple departments, or for other reasons, institutions often make choices with varying degrees of input from language programs. This conference will present and explore a number of approaches to meeting instructors’ and learners’ needs.

We will consider these issues from an educational standpoint, identifying the whys and hows of technology choices. We will also hear from those who have experienced some of these choices, giving us a sense of how results vary with the use of differing technologies.

Address, In Lieu of Keynote:

Creative Use of Tools in Language Education

Richard House – Former NERALLT President, Director Language Resource Center, University of New Hampshire

Audience and Focus:

NERALLT seeks presentations that will provide professional development for language educators, technologists and administrators.

We invite proposals that describe the choice of language teaching and learning technologies accomplished through creatively

  1. Networking & Collaborating with IT Staff and Decision Makers
  2. Using Free or Inexpensive Alternatives to the Large-Scale Institutional Applications, or
  3. Choosing Applications Relevant to the Needs of Individual Courses or Portions of the Curriculum within a Course

Types of Presentations:

NERALLT seeks presentation perspectives and formats that promote interaction, such as:

  •       30 minute individual/group presentations (not including Q & A)
  •       Round table discussions or panels (30 minutes with a maximum of 3 presenters and 15 minutes Q & A)
  •       Electronic Poster Sessions
  •       Workshops (1-2 hours, hands-on)
  •       Lightning Round sessions (5 minute presentation followed by facilitated group discussion)

Conference fees

Conference registration fee for presenters and students (also includes annual membership) - $25

Conference registration fee for attendees who are non-students (also includes annual membership) - $35

For those who cannot attend the conference or who learn about NERALLT later in the year and would like to support the organization, Membership Only is $25

If you have any questions, please contact NERALLT Conference organizers by clicking here.

Tuesday
Jun102014

Special thanks to Kellie Campbell!

Kellie Campbell, who has been part of NERALLT since 2008, has decided to step down. She was the secretary from 2009–2011 and has been serving as Treasurer and interim Membership Coordinator since.

We are very grateful to Kellie for her service and many contributions to NERALLT, and we wish her all the best!

Tuesday
May132014

Congratulations to Luke McCarthy, new NERALLT Treasurer!

Congratulations to Luke McCarthy who has been elected for the position of Treasurer for NERALLT!

To learn more about Luke, please read below.


Luke McCarthy, ESL Lab Coordinator
Norwalk Community College

Biography:

Luke McCarthy has taught ESL/EFL and supported and administered language programs at private schools and colleges in Taiwan, Japan, and the U.S. for the past 13 years. Luke has been the ESL Lab Coordinator at Norwalk Community College since 2007, where he teaches the lab component of credit ESL classes and supports the ESL Division in numerous other areas. Luke previously worked as the ESL Coordinator for a private English school in Ann Arbor, Michigan and taught EFL in Taiwan and Japan. Luke has an M.A. in TESOL from Southern Illinois University and a B.A. in ESL from the University of Hawaii. His professional interests lie in developing computer resources and applications used in language learning and teaching.

Why run for Treasurer:

I have been a member of NERALLT since about 2008. I have enjoyed learning about and sharing new technologies and meeting NERALLT's wonderful members and presenters. I would be honored to be the Treasurer so I can get to know NERALLT’s board members better and be more involved in the workings of the organization. Being the Treasurer will also allow me to be more familiar with new and current members. I believe I can make a positive contribution to the organization, and I look forward to meeting everyone at the next conference or sooner. Thank you.