The editor, associate editors and editorial board of Computer Assisted Language Learning: an International Journal (Taylor and Francis) extend a cordial invitation to attend the XVth International CALL Research Conference at Providence University, Taichung, Taiwan, May 25-27, 2012.
The series of biennial conferences was launched at Exeter University by Keith Cameron, former editor and now honorary editor. Jozef Colpaert took over the editorship in 2002, and has, since then, organized five ‘Antwerp CALL Conferences’. Given the nature and scope of the CALL Journal (interdisciplinary and intercontinental), this year we are embarking on a new path to expanding the conference venues beyond western Europe.
Our 2012 conference will be held in a country where CALL activity is dynamic and innovative as can be seen in the contributions to the Journal. Providence University, Taichung, will offer a perfect venue, presenting a new and fascinating locale for regular attendees of the Conference, while providing enhanced opportunities for CALL colleagues in China, Japan and South-East Asia, along with Australia, to participate.
Keynote speakers will include Rick Kern (UC Berkeley) and Hsien-Chin Liou (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan) who will introduce the conference theme: THE MEDIUM MATTERS
Guidelines for the conference theme
The medium matters if:
- you are an adept of a strict pedagogy-driven approach; you want to design a powerful language learning environment based on sound pedagogical principles and models; you do not believe technology has an inherent learning effect, but you evaluate the usefulness of media according to their potential contribution to your goal.
- you prefer a more into an education-oriented approach; you know what is needed in a particular language learning/teaching situation, and you try to determine to what extent available technologies match this demand, and which technologies should be developed.
- you are a committed affordance-oriented practitioner; you try to discover in every medium new possibilities for learning, based on examples of Good Practice.
- you, as practitioner or researcher, know that technology changes the way people communicate, the way they perceive each other, and the way they read and write.
- you adopt an attribute-based approach, analyzing correlations between system features and learning effectiveness.
- you are a surfer on the wave of every hype, waiting in line for a new system or the latest version of a given technology, and you want to be the first to try it out in an educational setting.