CONFERENCE

NOVEMBER 5-6

Participation: 1 000 roubles

This year’s conference will be dedicated to the Metacognitive Strategies, Automaticity in Language Acquisition in the framework of Digital Pedagogy.

The main themes of the conference on November 5-6:

  • New dimensions and the current context in language development for higher education
  • Learning a language with digital media
  • Metacognitive mechanisms in teaching English

Prof. Jasmin Cowin

Prof. Jasmin Cowin is an Assistant Professor for TESOL/Bilingual Programs at Touro College, GSE. Her ongoing research in the field of TESOL and language acquisition is expressed in through publications, presentations and participation in academic conferences and scholarly activities with a emphasis on Augmented Reality Digital Technologies and SLA focusing on practical applications and use cases for educators.

Cultivating Innovation through Augmented Reality Digital Technologies

This tech presentation concentrates on Augmented Reality Digital Technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and MR (Mixed Reality) mobile language learning and practical considerations creating inclusive experiences for language instruction in innovative environments.   The presentation will present Augmented Reality Digital Technologies (ARDT) with a focus on the following current trends at the forefront of ENL/ESL teaching and training simulations. The quest for exceptional immersive learning spaces requires TESOL faculty to become familiar and comfortable in Virtual Worlds (VW) and 3 D environments. Ultimately, TESOL faculty will need mastery in designing and creating authentic virtual learning environments.

Dr. Linda Bradford

Dr. Linda Bradford has been a life-long educator. She received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and taught in the L.A. City School District. After living for 7 years in California, the family moved to Utah at which time Linda went back to school and earned her Masters in Art Education in 2002 ‘With Distinction’. This is an honor that has been given only twice in 20 years from the Heads of the BYU Visual Arts Department. She taught Art at Brigham Young University for 11 years. In 2012, after 5 years of full time courses and dissertation work, she received her PhD from BYU.

The Role of 3D Learning in Higher Education: Advantages and Disadvantages in the Global Academic Context

The definition of educational technology and its application has changed together with the landscape of immersive learning space. In the 1990s the Internet pioneered elements of innovation through the use of technologies for education with an exponential growth trajectory centering around student experience, classroom management and assessment. The expansion of VR and AR technology into virtual education spaces has the potential to foster learning through simulations, digital kiosks, live virtual events, live interactivity, AI-driven robots, instructor-facilitated learning and hyper-realistic experiences.

Ben Goldstein

Ben Goldstein is a teacher, teacher trainer, materials writer and international conference speaker. He has taught English for over twenty-five years in the UK, Spain and Hong Kong. He currently teaches on The New School’s online MATESOL program (New York). He has co-authored the secondary coursebook series Eyes Open and the adult series English Unlimited and Evolve as well as the teachers’ methodology handbooks. Working with Images and Language Learning with Digital Video – all published by Cambridge University Press. His main interests lie in intercultural and identity issues, visual literacy and English as an International Language.

Questions of Identity

The acquisition of a new language raises questions of subjectivity and desire, the problems confronted by the learner are not just technical or mechanical but involve complex issues of identity: “Who am I when I speak this language?” or alternatively “can I be me when I speak it?”. This talk looks at learner autobiographies and analyses how students can be empowered to find a personal space, where they can fashion their own voice and claim their right to speak.

Participation: 25 000 roubles

We are also pleased to invite you to join a two-day hands-on teacher development training. You will be able to assess the potential of digital tools in conducting classes, developing and visualizing courses.

The key tracks for Teacher Development School on November 7-8:

  • Augmented Reality in the Classroom with Aurasma (Prof. Jasmin Cowin)
  • Listening, Metacognition and New Technology for Second Language Learning (Vivienne M. Coutant)
  • Learning Data Visualization Tools

We all view the world around us through our senses and our perceptions of objects we come into contact with. Virtual and Augmented reality gives us the opportunities to alter or change some of the reality around us and have our brains respond to it. These changes in reality offer us the ability to visit and interact with objects that we may not normally have the opportunity to.

Prof. Jasmin Cowin​

You're About to Change Your Reality - Let’s Explore Google Expeditions in the Classroom​

Assistant Professor for TESOL/Bilingual Programs at Touro College, GSE. Her ongoing research in the field of TESOL and language acquisition is expressed in through publications, presentations and participation in academic conferences and scholarly activities with a emphasis on Augmented Reality Digital Technologies and SLA focusing on practical applications and use cases for educators.

 

This session will explore the basics of Virtual Reality and Google Expeditions. What is it?  Come see the world in a whole new way you never imagined! Within the last few years, Google has entered into exciting world of Virtual Reality! Cardboard is Google’s low cost, fascinating solution that uses low cost viewer hardware combined with a mobile phone to create immersive, rich media experiences. During this hands-on session, participants will learn about how the technology works, where it is heading in education with Google Expeditions, and how you can get started with exploring this exciting technology for your Second Language Acquisition, ENL courses and learners.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Comparing 3D environments and their use case in language acquisition
  2. Differentiating the featured Augmented Reality Digital Technologies
  3. Evaluating risks such as limited functionality, tech issues, and a learning curve for institutions, facilitators and students
  4. Biometric Privacy Concerns

Vivenne M. Coutant

Listening, Metacognition and New Technology for Second Language Learning

A veteran educator with nearly thirty years of experience working as a consultant to educational institutions throughout New England with students from pre-K through college.

Currently re-imagining the fundamental assumptions we make about teaching, and exploring the exciting possibilities in the rapid shift from a print-based to a media-based understanding of literacy.

Specialties: Teaching with Technology, Curriculum and Instructional Design, Multi-Sensory Language Teaching, English as a Second Language.

The workshops will include an introduction to multisensory language learning strategies for phonemic awareness, mapping symbols to speech sounds, analyzing the six English syllable types, and using our analyses for teaching listening, speaking, reading and writing. The presentation will include video examples of successful outcomes using both inexpensive, readily available materials, as well as new technology. We will have an introduction to, and an opportunity to experience Tomatis® technology to harness the power of neuroplasticity in the service of second language learning. We will also experience the use of Forbrain®, another powerful new technology for language learning.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. To be able to understand the importance of listening in general, and self-listening in particular, as a determinant feature for all language learning.
  2. To be able to utilize several multisensory learning strategies to engage metacognition in the language learning process.
  3. To be able to identify and compare potential uses and outcomes for two new technologies that augment and accelerate second language learning.