Computer SIG at York Conference
- Dear Computer SIG and list members,
Just writing to update information on the upcoming IATEFL Conference in
York. Our active Coordinator, Tilly Warren, has taken maternity leave, and
I will be filling in as coordinator until her return. Best wishes to Tilly!
1- The detailed conference schedule is now available online. Just go to the
(www.iatefl.org) and click on Conference. There are various formats
available for download: Adobe Acrobat, MS Word for Windows, MS Word for
2- As far as I am aware, there are still a few spaces available for the PCE
on Saturday, 23 March. This year we are holding a joint event with Media
SIG between 10-4. The theme is Video Conferencing in Language Teaching. We
have two speakers, one who is going to be there physically and one who is
going to be virtual. Please see our SIG events page for more information on
times and registering for the event.
3- The Computer SIG Room for the conference is PL002. There are so many
presentations and workshops of interest to SIG members this year, many of
which will be held in this room. All SIG track talks, as well as the Open
forum (12:50-13:10), will take place there on Monday, 24. Please stop by
and give us your comments, ideas and input!
4- I must apologize for the delay in getting the newsletter to you before
the conference. I'm afraid that, despite my best intentions, my work
schedule has gotten in the way of meeting my own deadline. The printer
should have the newsletter to you by April. So, I've copied Tilly's latest
letter as coordinator here below. It contains lots of information about
talks at the conference. And if I can answer any questions, please feel
free to contact me directly.
Hope to see many of you in York!
reply to: dteeler@...
Dear Computer SIG Members,
I hope that this newsletter finds you well and looking forward to a
wonderful 2002. The Computer SIG has several events lined up and so this
will be a busy year for us. I hope you can join us at one of these at
First on the list is our Preconference Event held jointly with Media SIG.
This will be held on 23rd March in York on the theme of Videoconferencing.
The intention is to explore several angles of this new technology, but
particularly how it can be used in teaching English. Invited speakers will
contribute their thoughts both in person and by videoconferencing and by
the end of the day participants should have a clear idea of the
possibilities as well as pitfalls of using this method of teaching. Please
make sure you put your name down early to register for this event as our
last event was oversubscribed and we had to turn people down.
The conference itself will be a particularly stimulating one for those
interested in Computer related topics as there will be many presentations
on technology based themes. The Computer SIG Track will take place on
Monday 25th March (the 2nd day of the conference). On this day a number of
talks sponsored by the Computer SIG will take place in the same room and
will be introduced by SIG committee members. The first speaker is J. Robert
Tuck speaking about Partially On-line Learning (POLL) Theory, Practice and
Case Study Demonstrations. He will be followed by Nicky Hockly discussing
Training On-line Tutors and then we will hold the Open Forum a chance for
our members to hear what the SIG is doing, meet committee members, make
suggestions and even (!!) volunteer to help in some way. Refreshments will
be served. The next speaker of the track will be Paul Seddon who was one of
the presenters at our hugely popular event in Saffron Walden with TTEd SIG.
His topic will be 'Unleashing a Class into a Chat Room'. The next speaker
will be Haruo Nishinoh on 'Creating an On-Line Learning Environment for a
Media English Course' and then after coffee Stephan Ryan will tell us about
'Digital Video: The easy way'. As you can see, much of the focus is on the
Internet and how to use it for teaching. This reflects the majority of
presentations offered this year on the theme of Computers.
Just to give you a sneak preview of some of the other presentations
welcomed by the Computer SIG at this year's conference, here is a selection
of other treats to look out for. You will see that a number of other uses
of technology apart from the Internet are also discussed so there should
be something for everybody!
· Birgit Winkler - How to use CD-ROM dictionaries : A short intensive
· John Wetherell - How to Use Internet Portals to Develop your classes
· Denise Murray - Using multimedia in teaching adults English
· Aygegul Daloglu - Challenges and Benefits of an On-line Reading Course
· Vanessa Lee - Electronic Literacy Skills: New Language Skills for the
If that isn't enough to persuade you, York is a wonderful part of England
well worth the visit any time!! We hope to see you at the conference.
Back to other events in 2002, on May 18th and 19th 2002 the Japanese
equivalent of IATEFL Computer SIG JALT CALL will be holding their annual
conference in Hiroshima. We have been invited to work with them on some
joint presentations and despite the time difference we are planning to use
the Internet to send and receive presentations between Japan and the UK.
Look out for more information on this as it may be possible for Computer
SIG members to participate in this exciting development, bringing those who
share the same interests closer together wherever they are in the world.
Soon after that there will be yet another joint event this time with
Pronunciaton SIG. There have been several developments in the way
pronunciation is taught and computer technology has started to make its own
unique contribution. The day will focus on the cutting edge software and
hardware available for teaching pronunciation as well as other ways that
technology can be used. Look out for more information soon as this event
takes shape. The event will take place on 22nd June 2002 and will probably
be located in central London.
So all in all there is much to look forward to this year. For me personally
there is another event to look forward to which will mean that I will not
be taking so much of an active role in running the SIG for a while I am
expecting my first baby in March! (I wrote this well in advance maybe by
the time you read this s/he will have arrived!!) While I am otherwise
pre-occupied, Dede Teeler will act as Deputy Coordinator and the rest of
the committee will each take on much of the organization of the events we
have lined up this year. I am proud and pleased to say that I have every
confidence in a strong, committed Committee who will take the Computer SIG
forward and ensure that everything runs smoothly, and that all members
continue to receive value for money, despite the temporary absence of one
of the team.
All the best to you all,
Subject: [IATEFLComputer Sig] Digest Number 230
Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2002 8:14 AM
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1. Talking Computers - one day conference/workshop
From: "sophiecy" <yiansoph@...>
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2002 11:18:20 -0000
From: "sophiecy" <yiansoph@...>
Subject: Talking Computers - one day conference/workshop
This conference is a joint event organised by COMP-SIG and PronSIG
(Pronunication Special Interest Group). It is to be held at
The University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW
(3 minutes on foot from Oxford Circus Tube) on Saturday 22 June 2002
(10 am to 5 pm).
It will focus on the presentation, demonstration and discussion of
ways of using computers for learning and teaching pronunciation.
Peter Roach (University of Reading), Richard Cauldwell (University of
Birmingham)and Gunther Kaltenboeck are just a few of the
For more information and a registration form go to:
Hope to see you there
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