Thursday, October 10, 2013

Sorry, we've moved...

This course we will share the blog created for Apps TIC English Studies:

I'll see you there! Sorry if you see other topics different to the ones studied in this subject!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

UNED Summer courses

I have thought that these three courses delivered by research group, could be of your interest:

Me alegra informaros de la próxima celebración de los siguientes tres cursos de verano de la UNED interdisciplinares (Tecnología, Educación, Humanidades, Comunicación) organizados por el grupo de investigación ATLAS:

1. Actualización en la enseñanza del inglés como lengua extranjera: telecolaboración, movilidad y cursos en abierto:
Ø  Madrid, Edificio de Humanidades de la UNED; 26-28 de junio de 2013; véase el calendario.
Ø  Horas lectivas: 20 horas lectivas; 1 crédito ECTS, 2 créditos de libre configuración y 2 créditos MECD.

** This is the one that I will organize: 

 ** I have just unblocked our course fora, so that you could exchange doubt and enquiries during the Summer, although I will not be there to reply to you.

2. Enseñanza y aprendizaje en tiempos de crisis: Cursos Masivos y Abiertos (MOOC), su tecnología y gestión:
Ø  Ponferrada, Centro Asociado de la UNED; 15-17 de julio de 2013; véase el calendario.
Ø  Horas lectivas: 20 horas lectivas; 1 crédito ECTS, 2 créditos de libre configuración y 2 créditos MECD.
Ø  Además de ofrecerse de forma presencial, este curso será emitido por internet en directo (streaming) con acceso restringido para todas aquellas personas inscritas que no se puedan desplazar a las instalaciones del Centro Asociado. Además, el curso quedará grabado para que las personas inscritas puedan ver las sesiones en diferido.

3. Taller sobre cursos de inglés en abierto (MOOC) y en soporte móvil (MALL): innovación en el panorama didáctico de segundas lenguas
Ø  Denia, Centro Asociado de la UNED; 17-19 de julio de 2013; véase el calendario.
Ø  Horas lectivas: 20 horas lectivas; 1 crédito ECTS, 2 créditos de libre configuración y 2 créditos MECD.
Quedamos a vuestra disposición para proporcionaros cualquier información que deseéis (,,


El Grupo ATLAS

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Welcome to new academic course 2012-13

First of all, I would like to apologise by the fact of not having opened the blog entried for this academic year yet. We are living the Era of social networking and mobile apps. I would like you to think about these two topics while you read the textbook and feel free to ask me to invite you as a contributor to compose entries in relation to these two topics. Although this book may seem obsolete 20 years after being witten, it state the base of these two basic elements nowadays.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bad news for CALL studies...

I have just received this message from EuroCALL list:

Dear colleagues and friends,

I have just heard the sad news that Graham Davies, the founder President of EUROCALL, passed away yesterday, after a courageous battle against cancer. Graham has touched so many lives, was a dear friend to so many of us, and he will be terribly missed by the CALL community.

EUROCALL will honour him in due course, but for now, our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Sally, his daughters, and family.

Françoise Blin
President EUROCALL
Remember that he had very kind words for the launching of this blog...

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Teacher Training on CALL for free

I will always thank to EVO sessions most of the things that I have learnt referring to CALL and e-learning in general. I encourage you to try to enroll one of the free courses offered for this academic year:

Feel free to visit the page, have a look and do the course that you would like to follow ;)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

CALL and Language acquisition

Nowadays the use of ICT in our lives is rather common. Read chapter two from your textbook and try to explain the evolution experienced in this area of knowledge.

After that, have a look at this recollection of links:

and try to relate it to the advantages of using CALL material created for language learning purposes vs general teaching material used to teach / learn languages.

Please, use the comments option to reply.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Welcome mesage for year 2011-12

First of all, I would like to apologize for not having written before in this blog. I would like to give you my warmest welcome to this course and invite you to read not only the entries that I am submitting through this way, but also all the links coming from the rss displayer on the right column of this blog.   To know more about rss and other kind of feeds, please, have a look at this brief seminar that I delivered some time ago. I will try to show you others more in relation with languages acquisition and teaching.

Please, subscribe to this blog in order to receive updates from this blog.


María Jordano

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011

E-mail and the Internet

What now is perceived as something obvious, some years ago could seem science fiction. Read pages 95 to 100 from your textbook and try to describe here the changes you have perceive nowadays in language learning thanks to the emergence of Internet and the use of email. Think of the think you couldn't do before. Think about the use of VoIP nowadays. Did it exist during the time when the textbook was written?

Have a look, to these reference to find more information about this:

Emmerson, P. (2003). Email english Macmillan Education.
Stickler, U., & Lewis, T. (2008). Collaborative lenguage learning strategies in an email tandem exchange. En S. Hurd, & T. Lewis (Eds.), Language learning strategies in independent settings (1st ed., pp. 237-261). Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.
Vinagre, M. (2005). Fostering language learning via email: An english – spanish exchange. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 18(5), 369.

Email writing

Good luck with your exams!

Monday, January 24, 2011

FLiT conference recordings

Would you like to see and listen to the author of your textbook? Yes? Then, click here and it's on the first link. You could also watch the rest of the talks, all of them plenary delivered by very important people related to CALL. 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Concept Map tools

On of the secrets to pass this subject is having a clear general idea about the whole book and every single unit of the course, so that once in the exam, you could be able to know what are you being asked in every moment. A rather good method to bring things clear to the exam is by elaborating your own concept maps. You can find now lots of tools to do this without effort. The most important ones are: cmap tool, freemind, xmind, visualmind, or smartdraw among others.You could also use these applications to teach and learn new words by means of semantic fields, similar to this famous online dictionary (Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus).

You have some of them in the virtual course (one per unit) created by a student from last academic year. Have a look and tell us your opinion ;)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Machine translation & CALL

As you could read from your textbook, machine translation (MT) has been linked to language learning and CALL in general from its beginnings. Nowadays, you could find multiple applications in the web, to elaborate dictionaries o even to produce software for grammar checking.

To know more about this, visit this article from the Wikipedia, read something more about its history, professional software and many other external links.

Try to visit any of the sites suggested here and leave us your own oppinion about the use of MT in language learning. Do you think it is actually effective? Is is worthwhile using a web-based translator to present your academic papers? Do you think that MT has evolved enough from the publication of your textbook?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Knowing more on CALL

Thee are lots of seminars and confererences organized every year to discuss and be updated about varied CALL topics. Here you are the list of the ones broadcasted via Internet this week:

Even if you are unable to make it the Foreign Language Instructional
Technology conference, you will still be able to catch the plenary talks via
Internet broadcast. Here's the schedule local time (GT +2):

Friday, December 3, 19:00-20:00
Mike Levy "Revising the teachers' role in CALL: Designing materials for the
independent language learner"

Saturday, December 4, 09:30-10:30
Françoise Blin "Bologna and the 21st century language learner: Integrating
technology for learner autonomy"

Saturday, December 4, 14:30-15:30
François Mangenot " Former les futures enseignants aux TICE à travers les
échanges en ligne"

Sunday, December 5, 09:30-10:30
Phi Hubbard "Exploring the impact of technology implementation on theories
and models of language learning"

Sunday, December 5, 12:00-13:00
Sophie Ioannou-Georgiou "Language learning, learner autonomy and the
ever-evolving world of technology"
To access these broadcasts, connect to the FLiT website:
All of the presenter are very well-known colleages and even you could see the author of our text book. So, you know, it could be good to listen to his voice ;) 

Friday, November 5, 2010

Linking our subject to the present-future

First of all, I would like to receive you with a very kind welcome to this course. As many of you have already realized and commented in the forum, the contents of our main handbook seems to be rather "old-fashioned". What I will try to do with this blog is letting you related all the things read there with new applications of CALL to learn EFL. I know that some of you are studying and working in the areas completly different from methodology and ICT, but, gradually, and thanks to this blog you will understand better your handbook. You will also learn to find worthwhile everything written there, since it has been written by one of the pioneers teachers in the field of CALL, Mike Levy.

I would like to introduce in this first entry of this academic year a seminar, hold by MacMillan Education and delivered in this case, by Pete Sharma:

These kind of seminars are called webinars, since they are delivered in the web. You can either downloading them in your computer or ipod using itunes, or attend live depending on your time zone.

In order to know about the use of ipods in EFL, visit this entry elaborated by student from NT last year. Please, use the comments option to express your opion about this topic.