Language Learning and Teaching with the aid of Technology
I got back from EUROCALL 2010 in Bordeaux a couple of days ago. It was a remarkable and memorable conference in every respect. The quality of the presentations was very high, and the social events were excellent. The food and wine at the Gala Dinner were up to the standard that one would expect in Bordeaux, but we also had a lot of fun laughing at ourselves in the post-dinner karaoke session. Many of us did not get back to our hotels before 2.30 in the morning! It was so thoughtful of the conference organisers to lay on shuttle buses at this early hour.
I ran a workshop on Second Life for beginners on Day 1, aided and abetted by my wife Sally Davies (aka Flopsy Bookmite in SL) and on Day 2 I gave a keynote presentation, titled "Where have we been, where are we now, and where are we going?" The PowerPoint slideshow of my keynote is already on the Web:
The EUROCALL 2010 blog is still open, and the last CoveritLive window (Day 4) will remain active for a few days. You can also replay all the CoveritLive events of the previous three days. All the Twitter tweets have been fed into the CoveritLive windows - the EUROCALL twitterati were very active! In addition, there are links to the EUROCALL accounts at Facebook, LinkedIn and Flickr. Video recordings of the keynotes will be made available soon, along with selected PowerPoint presentations - keep an eye on the blog for announcements and up-to-date news:
I chaired a meeting of members of the Virtual Worlds SIG on Day 4. It was well attended, and fruitful discussions took place. I will be writing a full report later. The key discussion focused on the possibility of running a series of face-to-face workshops and presentations on Virtual Worlds. This might take place as a special event, along the lines of the EUROCALL Teacher Education SIG workshop that took place in Lyon in May 2010:
But we might also run a whole day of workshops and presentations on Day 1 of EUROCALL 2011 in Nottingham, i.e. the day normally set aside for Pre-Conference Workshops (which will probably be renamed simply Conference Workshops in order to avoid them being perceived as events outside the main conference). I will be consulting the EUROCALL Executive Committee on the various possibilities. Watch this space!