Seminar / Workshops

The Centre encourages academics to present and share their research and knowledge with colleagues and students on a variety of topics encompassing the twelve languages under it.

Re-Designing the Teaspoon: e-Books and Beyond – New Trends in Foreign Language Teaching Materials Design

Date: 13.10.2014
Presenter: Prof Dr Hermann Funk


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Utilizing Emerging Technologies and Social Media to Enhance EFL

Date: 17.09.2014
Presenter: Prof Dr. Hiroyuki Obari

IA longitudinal study conducted from April 2013 to January 2014 sought to ascertain whether a blended learning (BL) environment incorporating m-learning could help Japanese undergraduates improve their English language skills. The study focused on examining the use of emerging elearning and m-learning technologies and activities, ranging from speech recognition to web-based learning both in and out of the classroom, in order to determine their effectiveness in improving the English proficiency of non-native learners. A comparison of pre- and post-training TOEIC scores revealed that the BL activities had a positive effect on the students’ overall English proficiency.
In this presentation, various emerging technologies (including Globalvoice English, ATR CALL Brix, the mobile learning-oriented TOEIC Practice Kit, Course Power, Digital textbooks, COOORI, Optic computer assessment), as well as online materials (MOOCs, TED Talks, top 10 most popular educational web tools) used in BL will be demonstrated. In addition, I will discuss how the worldviews based upon science and theology should be integrated into EFL teaching with mobile technologies such as the iPad and smartphones. Keywords: MOOCS, TED Talks, ATR CALL Brix, Globalvoice English, Blended Learning, Mobile Technologies, e-books, iPad, Optic computer assessment, Flipped lesson.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Hiroyuki Obari is a Professor in the College of Economics at Aoyama Gakuin University and teaches part-time in the Graduate School at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He obtained his M.A. in TESOL from Columbia University and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Tsukuba. He has presented at major international conferences such as EuroCALL, GLoCALL, e- Learn, EdMedia, AILA, EduLearn, World CALL, ASIA CALL, and ASIA TEFL. He was previously a visiting research fellow at the University of Oxford (1998-1999, 2007-2008).


Issues in assessing intercultural language learning

Date: 21.05.2014
Presenter: Assoc Prof Angela Scarino


In the contemporary context of multilingualism, there has been an increasing interest in language learning within an intercultural orientation. Assessment of intercultural language learning is the least developed aspect of this development. In this paper I begin with a discussion of the nature of intercultural language learning and its rationale. I then consider issues related to eliciting and judging intercultural understanding. I conclude with a consideration of the kinds of experimentation needed in this area of language learning.

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Angela Scarino is Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics and Director of the Research Centre for Languages and Cultures, University of South Australia.  Her research and publications are in the areas of language learning, languages and cultures in education, and language assessment.  Her experience includes research and development work in Australia, as well as in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and New Zealand.  She has led a number of research projects of national significance focused on intercultural language learning and on assessment of student achievements in learning languages. She has served as the President of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia and President of the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations. Recent volumes include: Intercultural Language Teaching and Learning (2013, with A.J. Liddicoat), Dynamic Ecologies: A relational perspective on languages reduction in the Asia-Pacific region (2014, with N. Murray) and Languages in Australian Education. Problems, prospects and future directions (2010, with A.J. Liddicoat).