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Academic Session

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CALL-IS Academic Session with Video PLN: 

SMALL - Research, Practice, Impact of

Social Media-Assisted Language Learning

1:00 - 2:45pm EDT

Wednesday, March 13

GWCC, Room A315

Live broadcast link: http://tinyurl.com/call-is-specialsessions



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SMALL- Research, Practice, Impact of Social Media-Assisted Language Learning While CALL, Computer-Assisted Language Learning, provides the access portal for online learning, SMALL furnishes the language learning experience with research-based benefits and learning outcomes that engage and motivate students through discussions and interactions in familiar social settings. Panelists present ways social media assists language learning, success stories, and SMALL's impact.


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Time  Speakers  Title  Summary  Materials 
1:00 - 1:10 Maria Tomeho-Palermino Introduction     
1:10 - 1:30  Sandy Wagner  

SMALL: Large Impacts on Language Learning and Social Engagement

Social Media_Assisted Language Learning (SMALL), grounded in the tenets of connectivism, offers "new virtual ecologies that afford language learning and socialization." (Valnecia, J., 2016).  Research provides deeper insights into these "new virtual ecologies" and offers a plethora of justifications, proven results, and recommendations for integration into language teaching and learning.  The presenter highlights the spectrum of research-based rationale that opens the doors for greater student engagement, motivation, and interactions.  

1:30 - 1:50 Vance Stevens

Thinking SMALL: A Case for Social Media-Assisted Language Learning 

Vance's contribution to this panel covers

  1. His involvement in social media assisted language learning since last century, since before FB was invented, before the terms Web 2.0 and MOOC were coined, as  explained in his book chapter Connectivist Learning: Reaching Students through Teacher Professional Development

  2. His promotion of the term SMALL since his presentation at TESOL 2009 in Denver, at a session celebrating 25 years of CALL-IS

  3. Results so far from a survey aimed at gauging educators’ perceptions of certain aspects of using social media with each other and with students

Vance's presentation in Google Slides (a work in progress)
1:50 - 2:10
Elke Stappert 

Impact on Learning: Success Stories and Potential Drawbacks  

Elke will start with an intro how to setup Whatsapp. Next there'll be a review of using different types of Whatsapp groups: Groups set up for a specific class, groups set up by one teacher for multiple classes, groups set up by students. Some of the class groups continued communicating outside of class. Encouraging students to start in class and then make a practice part of their independent learning is key. Elke will discuss  successes and challenges with using Whatsapp. Setting up rules within groups is essential.

2:10 - 2:30 

Susan Gaer

Elke Stappert

Maria Tomeho-Palermino

Social Media/Network Practical Examples

Susan will demo her ESL low beginning class from 2017 using Facebook Groups. SheI will talk about the process she went through, how she used them and the benefits that she saw in terms of student engagement, extension and enhancement. Susan Gaer-Using Facebook Groups with ELL immigrant adult students low beginning -https://www.facebook.com/groups/381821352193550/

Susan's Presentation



Elke will show her public Facebook page.

2:30 - 2:45 Maria Tomeho-Palermino

Wrap up

and Q & A




Name and Email  Biography 
Maria Tomeho-Palermino mpalermi@bu.edu   
Vance Stevens vancestev@gmail.com 

Vance has worked in CALL for 40 years. He is on the editorial board of CALL Journal, seeded Webheads in Action and EVO Minecraft MOOC, founded Learning2gether and has hosted almost 400 podcasts there, edits On the Internet for TESL-EJ, and has served as TESOL CALL-IS Electronic Village Online coordinator/moderator since 2002. Vance's presentations and publications are archived at 


Elke Stappert, Elke@Englishyoyo.com 

Elke Stappert is an ESOL and literacy teacher at the New York Public Library and 1199SEIU Funds. She also works as a consultant at the Literacy Assistance Center and creates videos for teaching. Elke is an experienced workshop presenter, founder of www.Englishyoyo.com and co-Founder of TESOL’s Video PLN. 

Sandy Wagner 


Sandy Wagner is an Associate Professor at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, Division of Distance Learning.  She has many years experience teaching ESL at all age levels for Broward County Schools and has done extensive teacher training in technology integration for language teaching and learning.  She is a former CALL-IS Chair and the designer, developer, and facilitator of TESOL's Developing an Online Teaching Program certificate program.   

Susan Gaer 


Susan Gaer is Professor Emeritus at Santa Ana College and a Subject Matter Expert for the Outreach Technical Assistance Center (OTAN). She is a former CALL-IS Chair and is President-Elect of CATESOL. In addition, she is one of the series consultant for Project Success, Pearson LTD. She is an avid and passionate user of technology with her ESL students. Here is a great resource on using Facebook Groups with students-https://www.teachthought.com/technology/100-ways-to-use-facebook-in-education-by-category/

You can learn more about Susan on her website at http://www.susangaer.com




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