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Call for Papers for Special Issue of Language Learning & Technology

Call for Papers for Special Issue of LLT

Theme: Technology and the Less Commonly Taught Languages

Special Issue Editor: Irene Thompson

This special issue of Language Learning & Technology will focus on the role played by educational technologies in the learning and teaching of LCTLs (i.e., languages other than the traditionally taught Western European languages such as English, French, German, and Spanish). Currently, less than ten percent of students enrolled in foreign language courses in the US study languages such as Arabic, Farsi, Pashto, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese, Swahili, Yoruba, and other languages critically important to US national interests. These languages are typologically different from English and are often written in non-Roman scripts requiring extended seat time to attain a working proficiency. With instruction often not offered at all, offered on an irregular basis, or available only at the elementary levels, technology presents a wide range of opportunities to develop and deliver instructional materials and methodologies based on sound empirical research.

Please consult the LLT Website for general guidelines on submission ( and research (

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

* empirical studies of the impact of CALL-based materials on the acquisition of speaking, listening, reading, writing, vocabulary, or grammar skills at various levels of proficiency in a range of LCTLs

* intergration of authentic Internet-based materials into LCTL courses, particularly at the intermediate and advanced levels

* uses of CMC to promote interactive speaking and writing in a range of LCTLs

* studies of the effectiveness of various technological tools in improving pronunciation or listening in a range of LCTLs, particularly those with tonal systems

* studies of the uses of technology in the acquisition of non-Roman scripts or in reading non-Roman scripts (e.g., Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, and Russian)

* uses of various types of media in LCTL teacher education

* uses of CMC to promote online intercultural exchanges

* evaluation of uses of technology in self-directed study of LCTLs

* uses of videoconferencing either for distance learning or for adding remote classes to live LCTL classes

Please send letter of intent and 250-word abstract by June 1, 2011 to

Publication timeline:

* June 1, 2011: Submission deadline for abstracts
* June 15, 2011: Invitation to authors to submit a manuscript
* November 1, 2011: Submission deadline for manuscripts
* February 1, 2013: Publication of special issue

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Workshop: Digital Video Editing Demo Using iMovie, Center for the Study of Languages, April 13

Center for the Study of Languages

Using iMovie

Where: CSL
Room: Cobb 210
Date: April 13, 2011
Time: 1:30 pm

Tami Wysocki-Niimi will hold a demo on the basics of video editing
using iMovie ’09. In this hour-long session Tami will cover importing
video, basic video editing, subtitling, and options for exporting
your edited video.

(Please note: This presentation was originally scheduled for February
9th, a week after the demo on using Digital Video Cameras, but
because of the Blizzaster this presentation had to be postponed and
rescheduled. Though these two presentations are on similar topics,
your attendance at the camera demo is not required in order to attend
the editing presentation.)

Refreshments will be served.

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Workshop: Teaching with the iPad: Is it Ready to Replace Your Laptop in the Classroom? Faculty Technology Day 2011, University of Chicago, March 31

Faculty Technology Day 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Gordon Center for Integrative Science

The University of Chicago Umbrella Initiative welcomes you to attend the second annual Faculty Technology Day on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Faculty Technology Day showcases the use of technology in faculty research and instruction, and provides consultations and presentations designed to enhance your use of technologies.

Faculty Technology Day offers:

·         Faculty members presenting their projects and the technologies they use;
·         “Next steps” information on some of the most popular teaching and learning technology tools;
·         One-on-one consultations with your technology partners;
·         A poster session on popular IT services that you may not yet be using.
Of special note is a luncheon keynote address “The Dome and the Web: Electronic Epigraphy to the Rescue of the Persepolis Fortification Archive” presented by Matthew W. Stolper, John A. Wilson Professor of Oriental Studies.
The Faculty Technology Day is a full-day event, but all-day attendance is not required. You may register for a single session, lunch and keynote only, or customize a full day’s schedule.

1:30–2:15 PM

Faculty Presentation: Teaching with the iPad: Is it Ready to Replace Your Laptop in the Classroom?
Steven Clancy, Senior Lecturer and Academic Director, Slavic Languages & Literatures
Quinn Dombrowski, Manager, IT Services Academic & Collaborative Technologies
Steven Clancy and Quinn Dombrowski will discuss the use of off the shelf apps for teaching with the iPad 2, and provide examples of
customized iPad apps they have created to enhance language teaching
Please register for the sessions of interest to you, as space is limited. Be sure to stop by the registration desk for a detailed schedule and your welcome gift. More information, the full schedule, and registration is available here:

Faculty Technology Day Co-Chairs
Valerie Archambeau, College IT; Astrid Fingerhut, IT Services; Allison Kallo, IT Services

Faculty Technology Day Planning Committee
Valerie Archambeau, College IT; Steve Bandyk, Physical Sciences Division; Lynn Barnett, IT Services; Karen Baum, IT Services; David Borycz, University Libraries; Kevin Brooks, Solution Center; Nikita Campbell; IT Services; Jacqualyn Casazza, Office of the Registrar; Ambrose Cohen, Social Sciences Division; Astrid Fingerhut, IT Services; Bill Geraci, Divinity School; Allison Kallo, IT Services; Jackie Larson, University Libraries; Bart Longacre, Social Sciences Division; David Neuhoff, IT Services; Alison Phillips, IT Services; Ken Sadowski, IT Services; Avi Schwab, College IT; Rebecca Starkey, University Libraries; Joe Stupar, College IT; Sara Ware, IT Services

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Foreign Language Instructional Technologist, Reed College, Deadline March 31

Reed College seeks a foreign language instructional technologist to work with faculty and students to provide assistance in the evaluation and effective use of technologies to support foreign language teaching and learning at Reed. This is a half-time position that includes full benefits and the opportunity to be part of an ideal working environment on the beautiful Reed campus.

Desired qualifications include: master’s degree (or bachelor’s degree with significant relevant experience) in a foreign language, educational technology, or a related field; demonstrated interest or experience in foreign language pedagogy, especially with respect to electronic resources; working knowledge of one or more of the languages taught at Reed (Chinese, French, German, Russian, Spanish); proficiency with both Macintosh and Windows operating systems.

A complete job description is available at:

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirement, and contact information of two references via email to:

Additionally, a completed Reed Application for Employment form must be submitted to the same email address. The form is available at:

Applications will be accepted through March 31, 2011.

Equal Opportunity Employer (policy statement is on the Reed Application for Employment)

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