- CALL FOR PAPERS -
Technology for Second Language Learning (TSLL)
6th Annual Conference
September 26-27, 2008
Developing and Evaluating Language Learning Materials
Dorothy Chun, University of California at Santa Barbara
Sue Otto, University of Iowa
James Pusack, University of Iowa
The range of new language learning opportunities afforded by
technology has strengthened the importance of professional knowledge and
practices in materials development and evaluation. Materials today can include a variety of
individualized, social and classroom learning, particularly through the combination
of textbooks, workbooks, CD-ROMs, databases, and tools for linguistic analysis
and communication. The increase in options technology provides
underscores the significance of professional knowledge in developing and
The sixth annual Technology for Second Language Learning Conference will
explore the issues raised by technology for the development and evaluation
of language learning materials. We welcome papers addressing the following
- What are language learning materials in the age of information
and communication technology?
- How can new technologies best be blended with
paper materials to draw on their complementary strengths?
- How can voice recognition and text-to-speech technology be used
to help develop innovative pronunciation materials?
- How can
the use of corpora in materials design and classroom teaching improve computer-assisted
language learning (CALL)?
- What new options does technology provide for
materials to reflect professional knowledge in areas such as second language
acquisition, language and content, and assessment?
- How does the process
of designing and publishing second language materials draw upon knowledge
in applied linguistics?
- How can the use of computer-assisted corpus analysis
be transferred from research to the classroom?
- What forms of evaluation
should language learning materials be subjected to?
- How do evaluation practices
in CALL contribute to materials evaluation more broadly?
- How do the needs
of materials development and evaluation point to areas for more or different
research in applied linguistics?
- How can CALL and corpus-based research/teaching
find more common ground?
- How can teacher education guide future teachers
to conceptualize materials in a way that includes the pedagogical options,
technical functions, and targeted content provided by technology?
Please submit a 250-word abstract to Ghinwa Alameen (ghinwa AT iastate.edu)
by April 15, 2008 if you wish to present a paper at the conference. Acceptances
will be sent out by May 1.
View the proceedings from the 5th Technology for Second language Learning