Learning2gether episode #409
The Penang English Language Learning and Teaching Association (PELLTA, http://www.pellta.org/) holds its international conference every other year in Penang, Malaysia. I was fortunate to be in Penang for the one in held April 17-19, 2019, and to get a paper accepted there entitled Thinking SMALL: A case for social media assisted language learning, presented in a half-hour slot on the last day of the conference.
CALL is by definition computer-assisted language learning, but computers are integrated into almost everything electronic. Bax argued that computers have become so normalized that the C in CALL is decreasingly descriptive. A better acronym would more accurately characterize the role computers play in language learning.
The purpose of language is communication, and students internalize languages through meaningful communication. Computers excel at facilitating communication among language learners and native speakers of a language, largely through social media. I believe that SM assists LL more than does the old C and over the past decade I have encouraged people to “think SMALL” in recognition of the diminished role of computers vs. how they help learners acquire a target language.
Many other acronyms have been proposed to replace the C in CALL; e.g. MALL, TALL, TELL, etc. In this presentation I review the case I have made in publications promoting SMALL since 2009, and show from my experience how using social media in my roles as editor, collaborator, and founder of several communities of practice helps teachers model productive social media techniques for one another, which in turn can inform their teaching practice.
I announced in my social media networks that my presentation would be webcast as Learning2gether episode #409 live from Penang, Malaysia, where I would present in half an hour a case for SMALL, social media assisted language learning. I noted that since there is too much information in this topic to present it in only half an hour, therefore the presentation would be flipped, in that the full version of the presentation is made available for viewing either before or after the brief version of the presentation itself.
I have been mooting the idea of calling CALL SMALL in the literature and web artifacts posted online since 2009. At the TESOL conference this year in Atlanta I was invited to join a panel on SMALL, the topic which had been proposed as the CALL Interest Section’s academic session at the conference. This event is archived here:
In addition, I have had a proposal on the topic accepted at the CALL Research Conference in Hong Kong this coming July 10-12, 2019.
The talk proposed for Penang is addressed at a different audience than for the two major conferences, and provides a slant on the topic that is unique to the other two presentations. The presentation materials therefore bridge the two and document the online presentations, articles, and recordings I have prepared on the topic so far. By presenting in Penang in Zoom, I intended for this presentation to augment that archive.
In Zoom webcast live from the biennial PELLTA conference at the Bayview Hotel, Georgetown, Penang,, Malaysia
The Google Slides with fully functional hyperlinks are on open access here:
I made two Zoom recordings
- On April 18, the night before my presentation, I queued all the web pages I would be using on the presentation laptop and did a rehearsal recording in Zoom. This lasted 45 minutes and mainly allowed me to go into greater detail into the research I did on student writing using Google Docs and the voice capabilities inherent in the tablet environment to provide feedback which encouraged very low proficiency students to expand their writing in subsequent drafts. Apart from where at the beginning of the recording I erroneously gave the year as 2009, the recording quality was good.
- I recorded the presentation itself as I gave it to a small audience of a little over a dozen delegates at the PELLTA conference, on April 19, 2019. For the Zoom recording I used the Bayview Hotel wifi which gave me spotty throughput and resulted in some minor annoyances in playback.
Announcements were made at the following Facebook Groups
- Learning2gether – https://www.facebook.com/groups/learning2gether/
- TAEdTech: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TAEdTech/
- Learning with Computers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/6577061586/
- MultiMOOC: https://www.facebook.com/groups/evomlit/
- Webheads in Action: https://www.facebook.com/groups/webheadsinaction/
and on Twitter
Tue Apr 2 thru Apr 5 – 53rd Annual International IATEFL Conference and Exhibition – Online recordings available
4-6 April vLanguages VWBPE Virtual Worlds – Best practise in education
vLanguages @VWBPE Virtual Worlds Best Practise in Education
vLanguages is the new name of long running SLanguages, a web conference in virtual worlds (Second Life, OpenSim, Minecraft). vLanguages joins the highly academic VWBPE conference in Second Life.
Download and read the proceedings, https://jovs.urockcliffe.press/issues/jovs-2019-10-01/
Tue Apr 9 2000 EST – Grand Opening of VSTE Place Minecraft server
Grand Opening VSTE Place Minecraft server Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at 8 PM Eastern!
The server has been updated and a brand new world spawned. Tuesday at 8 PM we will venture in, explore, and start building a new world. Don’t miss it! Many thankds to DarkJMKnight for his expertise and time to make this happen!
We use Discord for voice.
Join Discord and go to this voice channel. https://discord.gg/nDX4mZv
The VSTE Place IP address is 188.8.131.52:25565
As a reminder, this server is for educators. If you are using your child’s account to participate please do not encourage your child to use our server.
This Google doc has more info about the server: