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CALL-IS Hot Topics 


9:30 - 10:45 am EDT

Wednesday, March 13

Technology Showcase, Expo Hall - Booth 1111

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


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These sessions focus on the latest trending topics in CALL, such as “Communities of Practice”, “Online Teacher Training”, “Digital Writing”, “Teaching Reading Online”, “Augmented Reality”, “Social Media” and “Game-Based Learning.”


Time  Speaker  Title of Presentation  Summary  Materials 

Yin Lam Lee-Johnson, Webster University, USA

DJ Kaiser,

Webster University, USA

Soheil Mansouri, Webster University, USA

Shane Kennedy, Webster University, USA 

Blogging as an Interdiscursive Tool for Building the Communities of Practice (CoP) among K-12 ELL Teacher Candidates  This presentation is about K-12 ELL teacher candidates’ social construction of professionalism using a blog. The teacher candidates were empowered to re-envision their participation as interdiscursive when analysis of their blog usage was shown. Audience will read sample blog postings and learn how these teachers socialize professionally digitally.   

Ayaz Ahmad, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, Pakistan 

Younas Muhammad, Elementary and Secondary Education, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Imran Khan, Al-Sadiq Society for Quality Education, Pakistan

Local Constraints in the Implementation of CALL Training for English Language Instructors in Pakistan  USEF E-Teacher program provides CALL-based online training to Pakistani English language instructors. Based on the experience of the presenters, problems that arise due to the local context of a developing state are highlighted. The presentation provides insights for the improvement of such program   
  Bridget Schvarcz, Bar-Ilan University, Israel  Computer Assisted Language-Teacher Training  Having implemented digital reflective journals in professional development (PD) courses for EFL teachers, we propose a new approach for evaluating knowledge gained during training. The phenomenon of ‘reflection dialogue’ is proposed and its implications on PD in the digital era will be drawn in this presentation.   

Muhammad Younas, Education Department, Pakistan 

Ayaz Ahmad, Muhmmad Wali Khan University Mardan, Pakistan

Muhammad Imran, Al- Sadiq Society for Quality Education, Pakistan

Massive Online Open Access Course and EFL Instructors’ Professional development in Pakistan  MOOC professional development is a promising initiative for professional development EFL instructors worldwide. Through my personal experience I would narrate the opportunities and challenges in implementation of MOOCs for the professional development of teachers who participate in these online courses in Pakistan.   



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