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2006 International Symposium of CALL in Beijing successfully concluded

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  • WANG Wei
    Dear all, We are very happy to spread the news that the 2006 International Symposium of Computer Assisted Language Learning (June 2-4, Beijing) was
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 7, 2006
      Dear all,

      We are very happy to spread the news that the 2006 International
      Symposium of Computer Assisted Language Learning (June 2-4, Beijing)
      was successfully concluded last Sunday afternoon at the Foreign
      Language Teaching and Research Press (FLTRP) International
      Convention Centre in Daxing, Beijing.

      The Symposium featured five keynotes. Among them were two Chinese
      scholars: WEN Qiufang of the National Research Centre for Foreign
      Language Education of Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) on
      corpus-based learner language research; GU Yueguo of the Institute
      of Online Education of BFSU on issues arising out of his five-year
      hands-on work on EFL online education in China.

      The international keynotes were Phil HUBBARD of Stanford University
      (US) on CALL teacher education, Gary MOTTERAM of Manchester
      University (UK) on social computing, and Mike LEVY of Griffith
      University (Australia) on CALL research. There were 69 confirmed
      presentations, out of the 102 accepted abstracts from among the 177
      abstracts initially submitted to the Symposium.

      A total of 160 (presenting and non-presenting) participants came
      from educational institutions in 8 countries and regions in the
      world, with its majority from universities in China (80%). The theme
      of the event was revisited, reflected upon and discussed at a panel
      discussion attended by the keynotes, the presenters and other non-
      presenting participants on Sunday afternoon.

      This Symposium as a co-hosted event was initiated and coordinated by
      Gary MOTTERAM of the International Association of Teachers of
      English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) Learning Technologies SIG
      committee, WANG Wei of the National Research Centre of Foreign
      Language Education of Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), and
      LIU Xiangdong of the FLTRP and the China English Language Education
      Association (CELEA).

      Symposium follow-up will be posted on its
      official website available at http://call2006.fltrp.com/, as well as
      in a Moodle space available at http://web-
      1.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/mdl2/.
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