Teachers generally recognize that it is necessary to aim high to attain the desired outcome, but many face the challenge of how to do so effectively in language learning tasks. This year’s TALFL Conference is designed to provide a platform for an exchange of views and sharing experiences on the teaching practices that promote language learners’ development in the classroom. The conference welcomes presentations that address students’ needs and teachers’ actions that enhance students’ language development. The topic of goal setting and attainment can be examined in a wide range of areas of language learning, including (though not limited to) teaching methodology, materials development, assessment and learning, and technology.
Working Title: Aim high (tech): Technology in the language classroom
Topic of Keynote: How technology can be used to enhance language teaching and learning, supported by theory and empirical research
Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Lavolette is Director of the Language Resource Center (LRC) and Lecturer in Japanese at Gettysburg College. In her capacity as LRC Director, she supports faculty and students in learning and teaching 11 languages, facilitates workshops on language technology for faculty, and hosts events for language students, with the help of her student staff. She is currently teaching an advanced Japanese course that focuses on preparation for the Japanese Language Proficiency Exam. After earning her BS in mathematics, Betsy spent three years teaching EFL and practicing her Japanese in Tokyo. She then earned her MA in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawai'i while teaching ESL and developing online courses in teacher education. She earned her PhD, also in Second Language Studies, from Michigan State University. On the same day that she defended her dissertation, she was awarded First Place in the Fully Online Course category in the 2014 Michigan State University-AT&T Instructional Technology Awards Competition for her design of a pedagogical English grammar course for preservice teachers.
In the past year, Betsy has facilitated invited workshops on teaching with technology for the Ohio Association of Teachers of Japanese and the Japanese Teachers Association of Michigan. She has presented at numerous conferences, including ACTFL, CALICO, and IALLT. Most recently, she was awarded the International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT) Sheppard Memorial Award in 2015 for her service to the IALLT Journal. Betsy’s research focuses on computer-assisted language learning. Her dissertation investigated the role of the timing of feedback in formative assessment of ESL grammar. Her research with Dr. Charlene Polio and Dr. Jimin Kahng on automated writing feedback for ESL learners was recently published in Language Learning and Technology. Currently, Betsy’s research interests have shifted to action research in the Japanese classroom and to the evaluation of language centers and language programs.
All attendees, including presenters, are expected to register for the conference.