Saturday, December 4, 2010

GloCall International Conference 2010

I have had the golden opportunity to attend the Globalization and Localization in CALL (GloCall) International Conference 2010 which was held at the Le Meridien Hotel Kota Kinabalu on the 1st to 3rd December 2010. The conference was jointly organized by Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), APACALL and PacCALL.

The aim of this conference is to "share knowledge, research and experience on how to use computer and technology to make language learning more effective and pleasant; to explore how the technology can be adapted to better meet the local needs of students and teachers while at the same time providing global perspectives on computer-assisted language learning (CALL); and to bring the technology within the reach of local teachers who wish to develop their professionalism in CALL". I learn that this conference that was held in Sabah was the fourth in the series of GloCall conferences held. Before this, it had been held in Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand.

Overall, it had been a really enlightening and rewarding experience. I have had the chances to listen to presentation of papers by educators and professors from all over the world on how computers and technology can be used to assist language teaching in the classroom, and many of the information and ideas that I have gained are in fact useful for me and also for my students.

The next GloCall conference is going to be held in 2011 at De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines.

So, would anyone join me to Manila next year? ;-)

Some snapshots during the conference

 Associate Professor Dr. Son Jeong-Bae (JB), President of APACALL.  
Professor Jozef Colpaert, University of Antwerp, Belgium.
My friend Annete Tsen with Prof Thomas Robb and Prof Leslie Opp-Beckman.
A symposium on Digital Storytelling.
"The Power to make a Point" - A presentation by a group of educators from De La Salle University, Manila.

A presenter from Korea.

Poster presentation.

Yeay! I was there! ;-)

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