Vance Stevens presents from SMALL to TALIN at the Online International Webinar on ELT & Technology

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Learning2gether Episode 470
and TALIN event #24


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The video above [] was recorded in Camtasia from the live stream of the plenary sessions on Wednesday June 3, 2020, from the online International Webinar on ELT & Technology held in collaboration with TALIN and Learning2gether.
The video was edited to remove technical glitches and irrelevant material, leaving my presentation inact in its entirety.

Vance Stevens delivered one of the plenary talks at the ELT conference, entitled
From thinking SMALL on social media assisted language learning to TALIN: Teaching and learning in IsolatioN

Here are its presentation links

The two link to one another, so if you remember one, you can find the other


Thinking SMALL is something I have been writing and talking about for the past decade.This presentation introduces a rationale for thinking SMALL about social media assisted language learning. SMALL can be considered as a viable and emerging subset of the more traditionally used term, CALL (computer assisted language learning).

As teachers form communities of practice and explore the affordances of social media tools in collaborating with and learning from one another, they need to understand how they might model for their students how they too can use these tools in their own learning, rather than expecting only to be taught disembodied concepts. Meanwhile COVID-19 has descended upon our societies and caused a major rethink in how we approach and deliver learning opportunities for students. Social media tools are now paramount, as is the need for teachers to learn to master them. This is learned by forming communities of practice and modeling best practices to one another as we are doing in this conference. By being here you are learning about and actually using tools that you can take back to class with you, especially if that class is online.

But don’t let the learning stop here. TALIN is one of many enablers of teachers teaching teachers now that people are being forced to enter the SMALL online world due to the social distancing constraints on teaching in an era of pandemic. TALIN has sprung up to help teachers practice what they have learned by presenting what they know to one another, online, in ways that model for them how they might in turn teach their students.


More about the plenary speakers

The plenary speakers were, in order of appearance in the program:

  • Vance Stevens – Malaysia – Speaking on
    From thinking SMALL on social media assisted language learning to TALIN: Teaching and learning in IsolatioN, 0:27:35 at
  • Ania Lian – Australia – Speaking on
    Remote teaching and learning of English language in higher education contexts: Experiences and research from a country where distance learning is a norm, not a calamity, 1:12:55 at
  • Heike Philp – Belgium – Speaking on
    Is teaching live online the new normal?, 2:11:15 at

These videos are queued to the respectively correct starting points for each speaker in the 3-hour long recording of all three plenary session #8 in the sequence of events at the #ELTcon. To reach those starting points you might have to log out of YouTube before clicking on the links because when you are logged on to YouTube it will track where you last viewed this video and return you to that point, overriding the code included in the link that was intended to tell YouTube exactly where to start in the long video. For that reason I have included the start times in the entries above; in case the links don’t work for you unless you log out of YouTube.

The facebook stream of the plenary sessions is here,

About the Online International Webinar on ELT & Technology

On Tuesday and Wednesday, June 2 and 3, Dilip Barad held a free, amazing, online
International Webinar on ELT & Technology
in collaboration with TALIN and Learning2gether

Dr. Dilip Barad is Dean of the Faculty of Arts – Dept. of English, at MKBU,
Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji Bhavnagar University

The International Webinar on ELT & Technology was an online discussion on Technology and Teaching with special reference to English language teaching.

In post-conference mail, Dr. Barad wrote:

The main objective of our endeavour was to give experience and practice of presenting papers online so that we feel confident and become future ready academicians. To a greater extent, we feel we have successfully empowered many of our participants, strengthened their confidence and made valuable contribution in ‘capacity building’ of our students, young scholars and teachers.

You can access your presentation as well as others’ from this page on webinar website –

The Webinar was held in Google Meet, and simulcast on YouTube and Facebook

Here are the numbers of viewers of the YouTube and Facebook streams as of June 7, 2020


How dey do dat?

Dilip was kind enough to share a Google Photos album showing pictures of Command Central at MKBU. Here is a sampling:

Dilip appears to have turned link sharing on, so if you want to view more photos of the setup, I encourage you to visit
It’s an eye-opener!

Tue 2 June – First day of the free Webinar on ELT & Technology – Parallel sessions

Parallel sessions began on Tuesday, see the schedule here

The event was streamed on Facebook

and on YouTube

It was all working very well

Wed 3 June – Second day of the free Webinar on ELT & Technology -Parallel and plenary sessions

Schedule for June 3
The full schedule is here

COVID-19 was a palpable presence in the topics prevented.
This teacher coined the term coviducation





Blast from the past

Vance and Dilip at the 6th International and 42nd Annual ELTAI Conference held at VIT (Vellore Institute of Technology), Vellore, India, 16-18 June, 2011



Promotion and Feedback

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More about TALIN

TALIN stands for Teaching and Learning in IsolatioN,

The idea for TALIN was prompted by suggestions in numerous cross-fertilizing communities of practice that there was needed a space where members of these CoPs could meet online and talk informally to one another about how they are dealing with changes in their personal and professional contexts and what they are doing to help others in this trying time of pandemic.

Learning2gether can host TALIN events in Zoom during times of isolation/lockdown if they are intended to be recorded and shared with the wider community, and if they take place between 02:00-14:00 UTC

TALIN events here are open to all and free to attend.

If you would like to propose an event or invite others to meet in conversation

  1. Visit this page
  2. Click on “Request Edit Access” to the left of your profile picture at the top of the page
  3. Wait for approval
  4. Write in your event on the schedule. Give the time in UTC if you can, and give the time in your location also as a double check on time

You can host the event yourself, but if you want Learning2gether to host it and promote it, please allow enough time to check that I am available, at least a few days in advance.

After the Virtual Round Table Conference May 8-9, 2020, there’s even more about TALIN here: and

Earlier Events

Tue June 2 midnight UCT or Mon 1 June 2000 EDT – Monthly VSTE Minecraft Monday

Tue 2 June 1500 UTC  Annette Benson presents at Intercultural Learning and Development Online with HubICL

The ICIS/ TESOL Leadership invites you to a special webinar entitled: “Intercultural Learning and Development Online with HubICL (Intercultural Learning Hub).” HubICL is an online resource and collaborative space for educators, administrators and researchers interested in facilitating intercultural learning.

PRESENTER: Annette Benson,Senior Public Relations Consultant for the Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment, and Research (CILMAR) at Purdue University. Annette manages all areas of the Intercultural Learning Hub (HubICL) and has many years of experience in administering ESL programs, leading diversity and integration initiatives, and providing intercultural learning opportunities for faculty, staff, and students.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 2nd, 11:00 a.m. EDT
WHERE: The webinar is accessible through Zoom. To register, complete the following: Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: ICIS Webinar: Intercultural Learning & Development Online with HubICL. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Roxanna Senyshyn
TESOL Intercultural Communication Interest Section

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The date of this update is June 8, 2020 02:00 UTC

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