1st Online CLIL-Ren Cafè: Focus on learning technologies for CLIL – Panel with Greg Kessler, Nicky Hockly, and Vance Stevens

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Here is the official recording
More information at http://www.indire.it/2020/11/30/rivedi-il-webinar-su-clil-e-apprendimento-delle-lingue-in-epoca-di-didattica-digitale-integrata/

I was invited along with Greg Kessler and Nicky Hockly to sit on a panel in the first Online CLIL-Ren Cafè, taking place in the Webex platform (similar to Zoom) on November 27 at 3 pm CET

I prepared some slides, downloadable here https://tinyurl.com/Vance2020clil

Here is the official poster

(Nik Peachey had to withdraw from the panel, though he was still mentioned in the flyer)

The program was posted on the INDIRE website, as hosts of the event:

Where it says “Click to see the poster” it takes you here:

For privacy reasons, chat logs were not preserved. But Letizia made this screenshot:


and tweeted it, https://twitter.com/ciletizia/status/1332602114497982465

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Earlier Events

Thu 12 Nov noon UTC in collaboration with Phil Brown and iTDi –  Kendal Rolley’s 8 ideas to energize your classroom


Thu 12 Nov 1800 UTC – CERES online seminar series hosts Petar Jandrić on Postdigital Challenge of Critical Pedagogy

Professor Mchael Thomas informs us that Professor Petar Jandrić will be the next speaker in the CERES (Centre for Educational Research) online seminar series at Liverpool John Moores University on the topic of: “The Postdigital Challenge of Critical Pedagogy” on 12 November at 6-7pm UK time.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-postdigital-challenge-of-critical-pedagogy-tickets-126036569773 

Title: The Postdigital Challenge of Critical Pedagogy


We are increasingly no longer in a world where digital technology and media is separate, virtual, ‘other’ to a ‘natural’ human and social life, and education should be at the forefront of these trends (Jandrić et al. 2018). Yet, during past decades, critical pedagogy has largely ignored these challenges. In words of Derek Ford, ‘that critical pedagogy is at a deadend. This is not to say that it offers nothing valuable, but rather that it is been stagnant for some time (I would say at least since the beginning of the 21st century).’ (2017: 2) Contemporary critical pedagogy tends to view the research field as concerned with the ‘effects’ of digital media and other technologies on the existing activities of teaching, learning in education, thus continuing to assume a clear division between an authentic educational practice and the imposition of an external, and novel, technology.

During the past years, we are witnessing a rapid growth in number of academic books, articles, and journals dealing (explicitly and implicitly) with education and research in and for the postdigital age. In this presentation Petar will present the development of the contemporary concept of the postdigital and outline prominent postdigital challenges facing today’s critical pedagogy.


Ford, D. R. (2017). Education and the Production of Space: Political Pedagogy, Geography, and Urban Revolution. New York: Routledge.

Jandrić, P., Knox, J., Besley, T., Ryberg, T., Suoranta, J., & Hayes, S. (2018). Postdigital Science and Education. Educational Philosophy and Theory50(10), 893-899.

Further reading

Postdigital Science and Education journal:


Petar Jandrić (PhD) is Professor at the Zagreb University of Applied Sciences, Croatia, and Visiting Professor at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. His previous academic affiliations include Croatian Academic and Research Network, National e-Science Centre at the University of Edinburgh, Glasgow School of Art, and Cass School of Education at the University of East London. Petar’s research interests are situated at the post-disciplinary intersections between technologies, pedagogies and the society, and research methodologies of his choice are inter-, trans-, and anti-disciplinarity. He is Editor-in-Chief of Postdigital Science and Education journal and book series. Personal website: http://petarjandric.com/

For more information on CERES seminars please follow us at @ljmu_ceres on Twitter or join our mailing list.

This event is organised by the “Critical Pedagogies and Theories for Post-compulsory and Informal Education” research cluster, part of the Centre for Educational Research (CERES) in the School of Education at Liverpool John Moores University in the UK.

Fri-Sat 13-14 Nov 13 TESL Newfoundland and Labrador virtual conference – Language Learning in a Time of Change

Here is a refreshing announcement about an online conference in a country where there appears to be an appetite for funding education:

TESL Newfoundland and Labrador virtual conference – “Language Learning in a Time of Change.”

November 13-14, 2020

Having received a Public Engagement grant from Memorial University, the TESL NL 2020 Conference is free to all participants and open to the public. So, if you would like to invite your colleagues and students, please do.

Register for FREE: bit.ly/TESLNL2020.

Keynote speakers are:

  • Dr. Jim CumminsProfessor Emeritus OISE/UT
    “Educating Immigrant and Refugee Youth: Rethinking the Instructional Implications of Research in the Age of COVID-19”
  • Dr. Paula KristmansonPresident of TESL Canada and Professor at University of New Brunswick
    “Active Learning in a Time of Change: Experiences and Insights from TESL Pre-Service Teachers”
  • Dr. Tony FangStephen Jarislowsky Chair in Cultural and Economic Transformation, Department of Economics, Memorial University
    “Recruitment and Retention of Newcomers and International Students: The Role of Employers”

With more than 30 sessions and 10 content tracks, there really is something for everyone.

Presentations may be delivered via livestream or pre-recorded.

Please visit teslnl.ca/tesl-nl-conference for more information (including downloadable pdf schedule)

Check out the TESL NL 2020 Conference Promotional Video

Mon-Fri 9-13 Nov OpenEd Conference in P2PU


Registration for the 2020 Open Education Conference is open! Join us for this year’s virtual convening for sharing and learning about open educational resources, open pedagogy, and open education initiatives.

Fri 13 Nov1500 UTC – 3rd webinar in ALIS  EL Teacher Identity series

Exploring Professional Identities of Non-Native English-Speaking Teachers in the United States

WHEN: Friday, November 13th, 11:00am-12:00pm (Eastern US Time)

PRESENTERS: Feifei Fan and Ester de Jong, University of Florida, USA

This presentation discusses findings from a case study exploring the experiences of a Chinese language teacher in the United States and how she constructed her professional identities during and after her teacher preparation in a U.S.‐based ESL teacher preparation program. Using narrative inquiry to understand the participant’s experience, the study identified two key transitional periods: moving from China to the United States and transitioning from a student into a professional career. During these transitional periods, findings reveal the dynamic nature of language teacher identities as individuals find themselves in different English language teaching contexts. The study also shows how professional identities are constructed in discourse and shaped by native speaker ideologies in the English language teaching field, and reveals the dearth of critical reflection of Asian ethnic English language teachers on raciolinguistic ideologies obscuring their raciolinguistic identities. Implications for international students’ English language teacher preparation are discussed.

How to Register:

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Fri-Sat 13-14 Nov Virtual Conference from VIT, Vellore – Online university education and English language teaching

The Department of English, School of Social Sciences, VIT, Vellore is organizing a Two-Day Virtual Conference On “ONLINE UNIVERSITY EDUCATION AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING: SCOPE AND CHALLENGES” on  November 13-14, 2020.

For further details such as  registration, etc.,click the website link:

Sat 14 Nov 1300-1500 UTC – VSTE Second Life Saturdays – repeats each Saturday

About this intitiative, https://vste.org/upcoming-events-virtual-environments-pln/

Nov 14, 9-11 am EDT, 1300 UTC
Jaz and Thunder are at VSTE Space in Second Life every Saturday morning from 5 am to 7 am Pacific time.

Feel free to come learn more about the VSTE VE PLN there. Follow VSTE on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VSTEVEPLN/

Below are directions for joining the VSTE VE PLN in Second Life and Minecraft

Basic directions to join VSTE Spaces

If you don’t have a Second Life account get one, it’s free. We recommend setting one up at the Rockcliffe University Consortium’s Gateway here: https://urockcliffe.com/reg/second-life/

  1. Download and install the software.
  2. While your Second Life viewer (software) is open click this link http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Soulgiver/155/144/58
  3. and voila! Look for an avatar on VSTE Island and say, “Hey, I’m new!” We will take care of the rest.

Fri-Sun 13-15 Nov 2020 SSTESOL First Ever Annual Virtual Conference

The SSTESOL of Florida Conference Team proudly invites you to attend the 2020 SSTESOL First Ever Annual Virtual Conference which will be held from November 13-15, 2020.

The SSTESOL Board has decided to deliver our 2020 annual state conference virtually because the safety of our SSTESOL members, exhibitors, the whole Florida and the ESOL global community is our first priority. Our conference will be held Friday 13th, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November so that hard working educators can attend and be professionally replenished! On Nov 13th, SSTESOL will hold a virtual party celebrating 30 years of the Florida Consent Decree, awards ceremony and SSTESOL Press’ 1st Book release celebration.

Because we learn best from each other, SSTESOL plans to showcase the profession on Saturday, Nov 14th and Sunday, Nov 15th

  • The Best of the Best Practitioners (featuring a representative presentation from each Florida school district and local SSTESOL Chapters in Florida)
  • Inspirational policy makers
  • Supportive school leaders and administrators
  • Enthusiastic Institutional Leaders of ESOL, IEP, EAP, and Adult Education Programs
  • Uplifting cultural experiences

Exhibitors and sponsors are important constituents of the conference. We welcome your support and participation.

For more information, visit sstesol.org.

Direct link to conference: https://web.cvent.com/event/9a69c4e4-030c-448a-8a37-6c07a32033f0/summary

Cost: $35, so not technically a learning2gether event

Mon Nov 16-23 JALT2020: 46th Annual International ONLINE Conference


The JALT2020: 46th Annual International Conference on Language Teaching and Learning & Educational Materials Exhibition takes place from Monday, November 16, to Monday, November, 23, 2020

Online, registration required, not free

Louise Ohashi writes

This year JALT2020 will be online. I’m the Conference Co-Chair and I’ve been working with a huge team to get our annual conference (usually onsite in Japan) online. We have had some sessions in the evening this week, warming up for the main event. There will be hundreds of sessions from Friday to Monday (Nov 20-23). If you need some tempting, check out this link that shows many of the CALL/MALL sessions: https://jalt2020.eventzil.la/schedule/index?session_type=77&session_subtype=&session_format=&day=

More conference info is here: https://jalt.org/conference/jalt2020

You can find the registration link if you go to the main site above. It’s about €65 according to my currency conversion app. I hope to see you there! Loose Ohashi JALT2020 Conference Co-Chair

PS Times are Japan Standard Time, about 8 or 9 hours ahead of a lot of you in Europe.

Mon-Sun 16-22 Nov Cambridge Assessment English free MOOC on Teaching English Online – Week 3 of 4

The Cambridge Assessment English MOOC on Teaching English Online aims for participants to learn how to transfer their teaching skills to an online context and start teaching English online.

Started Nov 2, 2020, lasts for 4 weeks

This is a freemium course. You can take the course for free for its 4 weeks and have access to it for two more weeks for free (that should be enough time)

It appears to be an xMOOC with a prescribed course to be completed in each of 4 weeks. Here is the beginning of Week 3’s syllabus

 There’s more, as you’ll see when you register for the course.

Tue 17 Nov 1500 UTC CALL-IS and State Dept Office of English Language Programs webinars – Tech Tips for Teaching Today

Heather Benucci, CALL-IS Chair, 2020-2021, informs us of a collaborative “Tech Tips for Teaching Today” OER webinar partnership between TESOL’s CALL-IS and the U.S. Department of State’s Office of English Language Programs designed to meet the needs of teachers around the world facing an unexpected shift into online learning environments due to the current global pandemic.

Tentatively planned for Tuesday, November 17th at 10am Eastern Time and again on Tuesday, December 1st at 10am Eastern Time

Thu 19 Nov 11am EST TEIS webinar on Usage of English in East and West Jerusalem – Implications for language teacher education

Thursday, Nov. 19th, 11am-12noon EST: Usage of English in East and West Jerusalem: Implications for language teacher education (TEIS webinar)

The Teacher Educator Interest Section (TEIS) continues our celebration of language teacher educators’ research and practice, near and far. We will be conducting an interactive webinar with Professor Julia Schlam Salman (David Yellin College of Education, Jerusalem).  The focus of the webinar is her research on language usage among Palestinian and Jewish English language learners in Jerusalem. Bridget Schvarcz (Chair of English Teachers Association, Israel & TEIS Leadership Board Member) will moderate.

Date & Time: Thursday, November 19, 2020, 11:00am-12:00noon Eastern Time (US and Canada)

To register, go to:


For more information about the topic, the following article is attached:

Schlam Salman, J. (2012, Nov.). Language usage among Palestinian and Jewish English-language learners in Israel: Some considerations for multicultural contexts. Circles of Education – Research, Essays, and Literary Works, (3), 3-20.

Webinar URL: youtu.be/67dYB0opGw8

The TEIS webinar (November 19th, 2020) consists of Dr. Julia Schlam Salman’s discussions of findings from her research on language usage among Palestinian and Jewish English-language learners-in particular, Hebrew-language usage, Arabic-language usage, and English-language usage. The research is based on findings from a year-long qualitative study involving ninth-grade English-language learners in three secular, State-run schools in Jerusalem; one is defined as a monolingual majority school (Hebrew-English), the second is defined as a monolingual minority school (Arabic-English), and the third is defined as an integrated, bilingual minority-majority school (Arabic-Hebrew-English). Issues of empowerment and disempowerment are examined at length in an attempt to critically examine presuppositions with regard to both local language use and the use of English in the Israeli context.

Dr. Schlam Salman is a lecturer and pedagogical advisor at the David Yellin Academic College of Education in Jerusalem. The webinar was moderated by Bridget Schvarcz, Chair of English Teachers Association Israel & Head of English at Afeka College of Engineering Tel Aviv.

Sat 21 Nov noon UTC – Free Graphic Design from EVO Moderator Omal Peter

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system. This provides you with the dates weekly: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZMsdOygpz8tHNc_WLlu_kPfIuQ_zb0fF75W/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGvrzgvEt2Rtx-ERpwEBYjCZ_zxmClago1eoyjJDzVsaTPwH_dzDah9QN72

Then join the Zoom Meeting; registration

Remaining sessions, all at 07:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Sat, until Jan 9, 2021

Sat 21 Nov 0900-1400 EST The PennTESOL-East Fall Virtual Conference

The PennTESOL-East Fall Virtual Conference was held November 21, 2020 from 9am-2pm EST – PennTESOL-East Fall Conference Call for Proposals
The conference Theme is Mapping Our Curriculum For Today’s Reality
Plenary Speakers include Dr. John Macalister and Dr. MaryAnn Christison

TESOL affiliates are holding many regional conferences. I don’t think that any of them are free to attend.

Sat 21 Nov 1300 UTC LTSIG Monthly Webinars – Synchronous and Asynchronous Interactive Tasks for Distance Learning by Milica Vukadin

From a Facebook post by Vicky Saumell

➡️ November 21, 1pm UK time

🔸️‘Synchronous and Asynchronous Interactive Tasks for Distance Learning’ by Milica Vukadin
The tasks will be presented according to lesson stages of TBI (Theme-Based Instruction)
She will also share some interesting ideas and examples of interactivity beyond the screen in the distance learning classroom.

Milica Vukadin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the Faculty of Education in Jagodina, University of Kragujevac.
For more details, including the link to join, check out blog post, https://ltsig.iatefl.org/ltsig-monthly/

Sat 21 Nov 1300-1500 UTC – VSTE Second Life Saturdays – repeats each Saturday

About this intitiative, https://vste.org/upcoming-events-virtual-environments-pln/

The event took place on Nov 21, 9-11 am EDT, 1300 UTC
Jaz and Thunder are at VSTE Space in Second Life every Saturday morning from 5 am to 7 am Pacific time.

Feel free to come learn more about the VSTE VE PLN there. Follow VSTE on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VSTEVEPLN/

Below are directions for joining the VSTE VE PLN in Second Life and Minecraft

Basic directions to join VSTE Spaces

If you don’t have a Second Life account get one, it’s free. We recommend setting one up at the Rockcliffe University Consortium’s Gateway here: https://urockcliffe.com/reg/second-life/

  1. Download and install the software.
  2. While your Second Life viewer (software) is open click this link http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Soulgiver/155/144/58
  3. and voila! Look for an avatar on VSTE Island and say, “Hey, I’m new!” We will take care of the rest.

Sat 21 Nov 1600 UTC – Africa TESOL Monthly Webinar Series – Project-based Instruction

All were invited to the Zoom webinar.
When: Nov 21, 2020 04:00 PM Greenwich Mean Time
Topic: Africa TESOL Monthly Webinar Series – Project-based Instruction

Sat 21 Nov 1700 UTC Nik Peachey free webinar on 10 Tools & Resources for the Interactive Classroom

Nik Peachey asks: Do you want to know more about how to use digital tools in the remote or face-to-face classroom? Come along to our free webinar: 10 Tools & Resources for the Interactive Classroom

In this session, I’ll look at a short collection of tools and resources that teachers and students can use in the remote and physical classroom. I’ll show example activities that can easily be adapted to your own classroom context.  Participants in this webinar will also receive a 50% discount code for a copy of my Innovations Award shortlisted ebook  Digital Tools for Teachers – Trainers’ Edition which includes more than 100 recommended tools and more than 25 tasks and activities that teacher trainers can use in edtech training sessions.

The webinar was on Saturday 21st, 1700 UTC
A recording of this webinar is available for free for subscribers.

Mon 23 Nov 1700 IST Stephen Krashen at Facebook RELO New Delhi


Mon 23 Nov 2359 UTC – Tue 24 Nov 0001 UTC – VSTE Thanksgiving in Second Life

Fri Nov 27 or 26 – Trolling in Chinese and English – Research Findings

Fri, Nov 27 · 10:00 AM GMT+11

Online trolling can be a minor annoyance, a life-threatening nightmare or even a danger to our public institutions. But what are its causes, its true effects, and what can and should we do about it? In this seminar, three experts examine trolling from different perspectives and across cultures (with a focus on Australia and China):

  • How does trolling behaviour play out in different environments?
  • What drives trolls from a psychological perspective?
  • How does trolling relate to freedom of speech issues?


  • Huixin Tian is a Doctoral student in the Department of Information and Library Science at Indiana University Bloomington. She has conducted extensive research into trolling in online Chinese language environments.
  • Evita March obtained her PhD in evolutionary and social psychology and is currently employed as a senior lecturer and researcher at Federation University Australia. Evita’s research interests include interpersonal relationships, cyberpsychology, and personality. In particular, Evita is interested in how people behave online, and she has explored a range of online behaviours including cyberbullying, cyberstalking, online dating, trolling, and self-presentation.
  • Dr. Jay Daniel Thompson is a Lecturer in Professional Communication in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University. He is researching the fraught relationship between trolling and freedom of speech. Dr. Thompson has also published extensively on the politics and ethics of media controversy.

Evita March – The Psychology of Internet Trolling: https://youtu.be/i5qkZ369MPI
Huixin Tian – “I’m in the center of the vortex”: Mapping the experience of trolling victims: https://youtu.be/RJOHCbvj6BQ
Jay Daniel Thompson – Is Trolling Freedom of Speech?: https://youtu.be/To4bPIGiXzE
Speaker Panel: https://youtu.be/zR5xcr0ggOQ

From Matt Moore, organizer

Many thanks for your support for the Information Innovation @ UTS seminar series. It’s been a rough year for many of us – but running this seminar series has been a source of sanity and hope for me. So many great speakers, facilitators and discussants. So many awesome participants.

Hopefully we will get renewed for 2021. Meanwhile

This blog is written and maintained by Vance Stevens
You are free to share-alike and with attribution under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/

The date of this update is December 01, 2020 02:00 UTC

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