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Episode 8: A conversation with Greg Kessler, Ohio University
June 08, 2012 08:23 AM PDT
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Dr. Greg Kessler is Associate Professor of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) in the Department of Linguistics and Director of the Language Resource Center at Ohio University. He teaches CALL teacher preparation and research methods courses. His research addresses CALL teacher preparation, teacher and student language use in collaborative constructivist language learning, the role of students and teachers in innovative pedagogical contexts, student and teacher autonomy, and the relationship between technology and change in the English language. He has published widely in the area of CALL.

This seven minute conversation with LearnIT2teach Project Manager Rob McBride took place at TESOL Philadelphia 2012. Greg describes how CALL resources are constantly expanding. Also the CALL world has evolved and today there is no necessity for teachers to know computer code. New media and social networking are powerful new tools for language learning and teaching. New technology offers all TESL practitioners new opportunities. TESL professionals who don't take advantage are doing their constituents a disservice. One of the best ways to integrate CALL into an ESL program is when one teacher gets things going and models success with CALL for her colleagues. Successful integration of technology requires 'institutionalizing' CALL.

Episode 7: Part Two with Deborah Healey, University of Oregon
April 30, 2012 11:57 AM PDT
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In the second part of a conversation with Rob McBride, Deborah Healey explains how teachers can easily integrate technology into their practice. Tools as accessible as word processing or simple photo editing programs can be new and powerful avenues for language experience. The new ways we can do things are very empowering for teachers and learners. The Internet is a powerful medium for finding useful and stimulating classroom content. Creating a Google site or a blog on blogger take no more than a few minutes and link learners to the world in empowering ways.

Duration, six minutes.

Episode 6: Part one with Deborah Healey, University of Oregon
April 30, 2012 11:46 AM PDT
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Deborah Healey is a senior instructor at the University of Oregon and a CALL educator with an international reputation for thoughtful and incisive work. This seven minute podcast is part one of a two part conversation with Deborah.

In conversation with LearnIT2teach team member Rob McBride at TESOL Philadelphia 2012, she explains why teachers have a responsibility to engage their learners with technology. Deborah also explains why getting started with technology doesn't demand a lot of technical know-how.

Duration, seven and a half minutes.

Episode 5: Professor John Sivell, Brock University in conversation with LearnIT2teach developer, John Allan
January 18, 2012 08:49 AM PST
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In conversation with LearnIT2Teach team member John Allan, Professor John Sivell of Brock University gives general guidance and useful tips on teaching reading using online and other resources. Professor Sivell answers questions regarding selecting and adapting materials and improvising extensions using material sourced online. Wikis and other collaborative tools can play a very useful role in developing reading materials for ESL classes. Specific sources for Canadian materials are reviewed by Professor Sivell. He also answers related questions on respecting copyright law when using sourced materials, and sharing materials that teachers develop themselves. Sivell also reviews the language acquisition theory on making technology the servant of teaching and learning. Length, 14:00.

Episode 4, Carolyn Cohen, The Framework for Post-TESL Accreditation Project
December 21, 2011 07:44 AM PST
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In this eight minute conversation with LearnIT2teach Communications Manager Rob McBride, Carolyn Cohen describes the origins of the framework project and the need for more specialized TESL skills that has emerged. Carolyn also describes the challenges of consulting the Ontario field and reviewing training to shortlist programs that qualify as TESL training rather than service professional development. Carolyn also describes why LearnIT2teach Stage Four training qualifies as post certificate training, while the first three stages fall into the category of PD.

Episode 3, Thanksgiving & Hallowe'en, Fall Festivals in the Hybrid LINC Class
October 06, 2011 02:27 PM PDT
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A three minute introduction to putting LINC courseware and your creativity to work to familiarize your learners with Canada's fall festivals.

Mary Ellen Gillespie developed the e-learning materials in question for LearnIT2teach and discusses them in conversation with Rob. Mary Ellen also discusses how the e-learning materials can support classroom learning.

Episode 2: an audio montage of four LINC teachers summarizing, the Edlinc Diaries, TESL Ontario 2011 Conference presentation
September 28, 2011 04:57 PM PDT

A two minute expose of life on the frontiers of e-learning. Featuring Pamela, Karen, Ellen and Kathleen discussing how they put the courseware to work with their learners.

Episode 1 - Interview with Sharon Rajabi
August 30, 2011 10:08 AM PDT
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Sharon discusses how the role of technology and the newcomers' interest and abilities to use these technologies have changed in settlement language programs in Ontario and at her workplace, the Toronto Catholic District School Board. Sharon is supportive of the learning objects and online resources that are available to settlement language programs through the LearnIT2teach project, yet she also identifies the challenges of getting these resources onto the computer screens of the clients.

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