Virtual Round Table Web Conference

RECORDINGs DAY 2 - 23 April 2010


Nergiz Kern

Holly Longstroth

Zeynep Onat-Stelma

Joe Pereira

Graham Stanley

Moderation: David Richardson


Thu 23 April 2010, 7am GMT (World Time)

After more than a year of development the AVALON teacher training course was piloted over a period of 5 weeks from mid February to mid March 2010. We are very much looking forward to hear first-hand about this experience from developers, trainers and trainees.

The pilot

It was not an easy task to select 20 language teachers of the eager 70 applicants received and in the end 16 teachers in 11 countries enjoyed a challenging course. Sadly four of them did not join due to hardware problems or failing internet.

After 4 weeks with 2 times 2h a week group sessions in Second Life the trainees presented their final tasks, a language course designed to be held in Second Life.

About Nergiz Kern

About Holly Longstroth
Holly Longstroth holds a Masters in TESOL and a Masters in Organisational Leadership, is currently teaching live online worldwide and TOEFL prep classesin the USA. Holly is LANCELOT certified and is preparing to launch a recruitment agency for language teachers and schools called ViTA, Virtual Teachers Agency. She moved back to her home town in Boise Idaho after having lived abroad for more than 20 years amongst others 11 years in Finland where she taught Business English in corporations.

About Joe Pereira

About Graham Stanley
Graham Stanley spends half of his working life as a teacher of English at the British Council Young Learner Centre in Barcelona, Spain and the other half as Project Manager of the British Council's Learn English Second Life project. This involves managing a 3D self-access centre for 13-17 year-olds for the British Council and working with the other partners of the AVALON project, which aims to develop best practice through language learning scenarios for adults in Second Life.

About Zeynep Onat-Stelma

About David Richardson

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Business Spotlight 

Deborah Capras

Integrating Business Spotlight Website into the learning program

Fri 23 April 2010, 9:00am GMT (World Time)

Business Spotlight offers a whole range of language-learning products for everybody who needs English at work. The website offers interactive self-study elements and focuses on international business trends, intercultural issues and career tips. The site is updated every day. Find out how teachers and learners of business English can benefit from integrating our website into their learning programmes.

About Debora Capras
Deborah Capras is deputy editor at Business Spotlight and author of Business Spotlight plus and Skill Up!. She is a qualified business English trainer and experienced teacher
trainer. Deborah is British but spends most of her time in Munich and Athens with her multilingual, multicultural family.

***Please CLICK HERE for the first 25 min of this recording***

Robert O'Dowd

Supporting student mobility programmes (Erasmus) through e-portfolios and online networks

Fri 23 April 2010, 9:20am GMT (World Time)

This presentation reports on a relatively neglected area of research in online educational practices and describes a project which is still in its infancy. Very simply, I will be talking about how online technologies can be used to support and complement university students who are taking part in mobility programmes such as Erasmus. I will review some projects which are currently being carried out in this area and I will then present the eportfolio project here at the University of León which involves the integration of NING platforms in student mobility programmes.

About Robert O'Dowd
Robert O'Dowd EFL Homepage
Robert O'Dowd comes from Ireland. He teaches EFL and Applied Linguistics and is secretary for International Training at the University of León, Spain. He has a PhD on the use of networked technologies in the foreign language classroom and runs teacher training workshops on various theme such as intercultural learning, online technologies in foreign language education and online intercultural exchange. His current research interests include studying new technologies in teacher education, supporting student mobility with ICT and Content and Language Integrated Learning.

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 Breaking News

Sean Banville

Where's the 'ON' Button? - Listen A Minute

Fri 23 April2010 10am GMT (World Time)

The European Union Lifelong Learning Programme funds a huge programme of education projects every year, but what projects are being funded and how can you get involved?

This workshop will show you some past and ongoing language projects and the resources that have been produced and are now being produced.

The basics of the programme will be discussed and, most importantly how you can get involved in the projects I am involved in and also other projects.

About Joel Josephson
Joel has been involved in the Internet and high tech since 1996 when he was a high tech consultant to companies and government. He has founded 3 Internet companies including the Kindersite Project an educational resource used for early language learning and used in 18,000 schools in 157 countries. Today Joel is involved in 14 EU funded education projects, mainly in the area of technology and languages. Apart from initiating some of the ideas for the projects he is the expert in carrying out Internet dissemination and communications using Web 1.0 and 2.0 channels. Joel has a further 4 proposals in the EU pipeline.

*** Please CLICK HERE for a 54min recording of the event (no sound)***

English 360 

Valentina Dodge

Emma Watson

Brian Andersen

English360 - On-going, personalised and flexible course design

Fri 23 April2010 10am GMT (World Time)

Matching lesson aims to learners' needs and ensuring courses are tailor-made to suit specific workplace contexts is one of the biggest challenges facing busy BE or ESP teachers. Planning a course or personalising lesson material is not only demanding but also very time consuming.
English360 is a web-based platform which has been designed for blended or online BE teaching, helping to makes this process even smoother, easier and more flexible, allowing each course to be unique without any more late nights in front of a screen or those early morning rushes to the photocopier.

In this hands-on workshop participants will learn how to:
• Create a personalised needs analysis which can be fully integrated into the learning path.
• Pull content from a range of sources (the web, re-purposed Cambridge University Press books, Creative Commons courses already available via the platform) for seamless implementation with learners’/teachers’ own resources.
• Re-sequence and organise course material/content on-the-fly.
• Create a dynamic activity around an authentic learner or web resource.

Prior to this workshop, in order to benefit more fully from the hands-on stages we would kindly ask you to register for the workshop. We will then invite you into a dedicated area of the English360 platform. Sign up here Please email if you are already a member of English360.

About Valentina Dodge
Valentina Dodge is Teacher Community Coordinator for English360 – a free web-based platform for teachers. She helps educators provide personalised Business English learning programmes to meet their student and customer needs. She collaborates with and supports Business English language teachers all over the world to help them publish and share lesson and courses for blended or online delivery. She organizes training sessions and support forums on instructional design and blended course organization to allow educators to combine their own materials and lesson plans with high quality course material from Cambridge University Press.

About Emma Watson
Emma has been teaching general and business English, and ESP, since 1993, and holds a Trinity Diploma in ESOL. She is also a qualified teacher of French, Spanish and Italian. Additionally, she has worked in publishing, editing and proof-reading magazines and reports on the computer industry in Europe, French and Spanish AS-Level text books and related interactive activities. She is thrilled to be working with the English360 team; having personally scoured the Net and adapted myriad resources to meet her own teaching requirements, she sees the advent of English360 as very timely, enabling teachers to personalise courses to cater for specific students’ needs, whilst embracing the benefits offered by technology. Her role at English360 involves proof-reading, editing copy, and re-purposing activities for blended learning.

About Brian Anderson

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Kalyan Chattopadhyay

Using eXe Editor for ESL Content Development

Fri 23 April2010 10am GMT (World Time)

This workshop will consider the usefulness of eXe Editor for designing, developing and presenting learning resources to tertiary level learners in online and offline environments. We will generate some content in the form of listening, reading activities, MCQ etc. and will discuss the benefits obtained and challenges faced in using eXe Editor.

About Kalyan Chattopadhyay
Kalyan Chattopadhyay, Senior Lecturer in English from India. He is also the Vice president of IndiaCALL and Executive Committee member of AsiaCALL. He has conducted teacher training programmes and workshops in India and Cambodia, Malaysia, Russia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand; and his research interests include online course designing, and materials development for ESP courses, Computer mediated communication and e-content development.

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Andy Chaplin

MUVEnation and Discursive strategies to manage group discussions and text based interaction in a multicultural environment

Fri 23 April 2010 11am GMT (World Time)

In this workshop, participants will get some hands-on experience using some of the web 2.0 tools available in Moodle.

About Andy Chaplin
Andy Chaplin is an ELT consultant working in Germany. He specialises in Blended Learning implementations of CLIL and intercultural competence giving guidance across a range of jobs from customer service English for personal assistants to international negotiations for directors. In addition he is piloting a competence-based teaching system for English in Secondary schools and is actively involved in teacher training.

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Angelika Güttl-Strahlhofer

Parties, Feiern, wie geht das denn online?

Fri 23 April 2010, 10:00 am GMT (World Time)

Parties, Feiern - live online!
Neben dem inhaltlichen Arbeiten ist das gemeinsame Feiern ein wichtiger Faktor für jede erfolgreiche Gruppe, da bildet eine dislozierte Gruppe keine Ausnahme. Web 2.0-Werkzeuge: wie Wikis, Foto-Sharing or "wallwisher" etc. bieten hervorragende Ausgangspunkte für Feiern.

Angeregt von einigen Beispielen aus der langjährigen Erfahrungsschatz der DaF-Community, eine Gruppe von Deutsch als Fremdsprache-Lehrenden, die sich wöchentlich live-online trifft, entwickeln wir im Workshop gemeinsam spannende neue Ideen für künftige Feiern.

Über Angelika Guettl-Strahlhofer
Mag. Angelika Güttl-Strahlhofer arbeitet seit fast 10 Jahren im Internet-Bereich. Begonnen hat sie damit, im ersten „E-Commerce“-Hype Webseiten zu verkaufen, hat dann als wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin einer österreichischen Fachhochschule die ersten E-Learning-Seminare durchgeführt und ist seit 2003 selbständige Beraterin und (Online)-Seminarleiterin mit dem Schwerpunkt Einsatz von Internettechnologien für das Arbeiten und Lernen/Lehren. Gemeinsam mit Kollegen(; betreibt sie die „DaF-Community“, ist eine leidenschaftliche Nutzerin von Web 2.0-Anwendungen und verbringt viel Zeit in den Weiten des Internet ;-)

About Angelika Güttl-Strahlhofer
Angelika Güttl-Strahlhofer has been working in the area of the internet for nearly 10 years. She started to sell websites during the first „e-commerce hype“, offered the first blended learning-seminars while being in the academic staff of an Austria University of Applied Science (FH) an has been working as a self employed consultant and (online) trainer focussing on internet applications for working and teaching/learning. Together with colleagues (; she has initiated and moderates the „DaF-Community“, is an addicted user of web 2.0 applications and spends a lot of time in the depth of the internet ;-.)

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Carl Dowse

Exploiting wikis to enhance and add value to language training

Fri 23 April 2010, 10:00 am GMT (World Time)

This practical, hands on workshop will show how to effectively exploit the potential of wikis to enhance and add value to language training. In common with other popular Web 2.0 technologies, wikis require very little technical expertise and can be easily deployed to great effect in a variety of teaching contexts ranging from corporate training to higher education courses and from one-to-one to group lessons.

By the end of the workshop participants will be able use wikis to
· provide students with a safe online learning environment,
· deliver materials and encourage learner autonomy,
· interact with learners and provide effective feedback, and
· act as a staging post for students to access other online resources.

About Carl Dowse
Carl Dowse is currently a lecturer responsible for undergraduate business-related English courses at the FOM - Fachhochschule für Ökonomie & Management in Essen, Germany. He also works for The Consultants-e, an award-winning teaching-with-technology educational consultancy, as a facilitator on on-line courses in ICT in the classroom, Cert IBET, Moodle basics, using wikis for teaching and e-moderation.

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Stephen Bax

Graham Davies 

John Gillespie 

Inge-Anna Koleff

Andrew Lian

Vance Stevens

VIRTUAL PANEL DISCUSSION: Connected and organised in their quest for research

Fri 23 April 2010, 1pm GMT (World time)

IALLT, CALICO, EUROCALL, WorldCALL, APACALL, ASIACALL and INDIACALL all have one thing in common: their passion for research in the field of language learning with technology.

Spanning more than four decades, no other professional associations have shown such persistence and patience, as well as endurance, in their quest for the recognition of research in the field of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). It is this emphasis on research that has proved to be one of their most consistent features and, unknown to many of us, the hard work of these associations has resulted in important contributions to language policy throughout the world.

We are curious to hear how the results of research into CALL have been implemented in today's language learning world and how language teaching professionals tinkering with technology might unwittingly be part of or the main focus of research.

Stephen Bax, CRELLA Research Centre, UK
Graham Davies, Prof. emeritus
John Gillespie, University of Ulster, Ireland
Inge-Anna Koleff, VHS Vienna, Austria
Andrew Lian, Western Illionois University, US,
Vance Stevens, Petroleum Institute, UAE

About Stephen Bax
Stephen Bax's work in ICT revolves around the ways in which technologies can become 'normalised' in our educational practice. Normalisation is the stage when a technology reaches its maximum benefit to teachers and learners so as to be more or less invisible, like a pen or a book. The question is why do some technologies become normalised and others not? How can we make a technology become normalised if we want it to be fully effective in language learning? Stephen is Reader in English Language, Learning, Assessment and Technology at the CRELLA research unit at the University of Bedfordshire.

About John Gillespie
John Gillespie was born in Belfast and studied at the Queen’s University of Belfast where he took his BA in French and German and his PhD in French. He spent a year as a language assistant at the Lycée Foch in Rodez. Appointed as Lecturer in French to the then New University of Ulster in 1974, he was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1988. Founding Head of the Research Graduate School in the Faculty of Arts in 1996, he has been Director of Research for the Faculty from 1988 and has served on the University’s Research Policy Committees since that time. He has been Head of the School of Languages and Literature since 1999 and set up the Centre for the Study of Literature and Belief, which he directs, in 2001. He holds a Personal Chair in French Language and Literature (appointed in 2003), has been an elected member of the University Senate since 2000 and of the University Council since 2004 and a member of the University Teaching and Learning Committee since 2006. He is currently acting Head of French.

About Graham Davies

About Inge-Anna Koleff

Inge Anna Koleff graduated from the Vienna University with English and History and has taught English since the last century; she started with the application of ICT at a great conference at Grimstad in South Norway in 1992. Apart from other international EU projects, SME in Dialogue, Lost in ... , she was the EUROVOLT via VLE project co-ordinator (2005-2007). Today she works for the new Competence Centre Learning,, she is the EUROCALL National Representative Austria and runs a EUROVOLT training course every year.

About Andrew Lian

Andrew Lian is Professor and Chair at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the Western Illinois University, USA. He is Emeritus Professor of Languages and Second Language Education at the School of Languages and International Education University of Canberra Canberra, ACT, 2601 Australia.

About Vance Stevens

Vance Stevens teaches computing at Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi. After 20 years as lecturer in English language, doubling as CALL specialist and coordinator, he worked 2 years in ESL software development in California, then returned to the Middle East as educational technology consultant and CALL coordinator for a language institute in Abu Dhabi. There he founded the online community Webheads,, resulting in involvement in many community-based online professional development endeavors which have formed the basis of his professional development life this past decade. There's more about Vance at, and he blogs at

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Shiv Rajendran

LanguageLab Tour

Fri 23 April 2010, 3pm GMT (World Time)

LanguageLab is Second Life's largest language school and consists of a complete virtual town including residents, actors and educators. During this presentation Shiv will screenshare and tour us around town.

About Shiv Rajendran
Shiv ( co-founded in 2005. The oldest and largest virtual world languages school with students in more than 50 different countries. Shiv has a Master’s degree in Digital Culture & Technology, a background using technology for a variety of purposes, and is a life long gamer.

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Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Around the World with 80 Schools

Fri 23 April 2010, 3:40pm (World Time)

In this presentation, Silvia will present the Around the World with 80 Schools project and demonstrate how teachers can use Skype as a tool in their classrooms. To learn about her work, subscribe to the Langwitches Blog and follow her on Twitter. She is a regular contributor on the Tech& Learning Advisor Blog. Silvia is the author of the book “Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators” and founder of the Around the World with 80 Schools project.

About Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano was born in Germany, raised in Argentina and currently lives in the United States. She holds a a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish with a Minor in International Studies and a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology. She has worked as a World Language teacher, Technology Integration Facilitator and 21st Century Learning Specialist. Her passions include globally connected learning, technology integration, 21st Century skills and literacies, as well as digital storytelling. Silvia is known in the international blogersphere under the name of “Langwitches”.

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Ozge Karaoglu

Shelly Terrell

Engaging lower primary students through Web 2.0 tools

Fri 23 April 2010, 4:00pm GMT (World Time)

In this workshop, the presenters will explore the various possibilities of Web 2.0 tools, such as wikis, Voicethread, Glogster, and Voki to engage young English language learners. Educators will learn how to effectively collaborate on international classroom projects as the presenters demonstrate the ways their Turkish and German lower primary classes connected.

Visit the wiki for the presentation: Technology4Kids

About Ozge Karaoglu (Terrakki Foundation Schools)

About Shelly Terrell (

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Dennis Newson 


Dogme in Second Life

Fri 23 April 2010, 4pm GMT (World Time)

Dogmeists believe in textbook lite teaching and basing lessons on the needs and wishes of the learners. Lessons are conversation-led and, by implication, cannot be prepared. It seems to me that teaching a la Dogme should be very possible in Second Life. A lot of people disagree. Come and hear the arguments for and seize the chance to voice the arguments against.

About Dennis Newson
Osna(cantab) Nesterov, called Dennis Newson by his parents is of undisclosed age in First Life (where he is allegedly retired) and about 2 years 6 months in Second Life.
He spent all his working life teaching English as a foreign language, starting in the last century in Ghana and Sierre Leone in West Africa and moving through Doha, Qatar in the Arabian Gulf to Trondheim in Norway and finally came to rest in Osnabrueck in North Germany. He has taught in middle and secondary schools, a teacher training college and for years and years in a German university. He was a member of the Dogme list since almost the beginning and believes passionately in the possibilities of Second Life for learning and teaching foreign languages.

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Philip Gienandt

LinguaTV - Invitation to beta test

Fri 23 April 2010, 4:00pm GMT (World Time)

Although designed as an online self-study course, LinguaTV offers learning content which is an ideal supplement to traditional classrooms and helps to shap ethe future presence training, ccreating a blended learning environment with many beenfits to teachers and learners. This presentation outlines the new website and its extensive features which offer a rich resource for both learners and teachers.

About Philip Gienandt

Philip Gienandt is managing director of LinguaTV in Berlin, a producer of online video lecutres and other interactive elearning content for modern language learning and intercultural training. Prior to co-founding LinguTV, Philip successfullyl built up businesses in online entertainment and worked in several managerial positions in the international business nad intercultural affairs in Germany, France and USA. He holds a diplome in International Management Science from University of Mannheim/Germany and received his MBA from City University of New York/ USA. LinguaTV received the World Summit Award 2009 for the world's best eContent in the category "elearning and education".

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 Janusz Hamerski

SolarNet Organisation about Creation of Language Learning Videos

Fri 23 April 2010, 4:00 pm GMT (World Time)

SolarNet acts globally by giving people a platform for intercultural exchange and locally by initiating and supporting various educational, environmental and social projects in our partner countries.

The presentation will be done by Janusz Hamerski. He was Born 1960 in Poland and moved to Germany in 1984. He worked as a video producer for a local TV channel, then as a media trainer and started SolarNet in 2005 and SolarNet YouTube Channel.

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Hajnalka Beck

Workshop: Didaktische Reise durch das Second Life

Fri 23 April 2010, 7:00 pm GMT (World Time)

Es werden verschiedene Plätze in der virtuellen Welt aufgesucht und vorgestellt, dann wird darüber diskutiert, wie man diese Orte beim live-online Sprachunterricht im Second Life zu Unterrichtszwecken benutzen kann.

About Hajnalka Beck
Hajnalka Beck ist seit 2008 als Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft und Lehrbeauftragte an der Universität Göttingen in der Abteilung Interkulturelle Germanistik und im Lektorat Deutsch als Fremdsprache sowie als Wissenschaftlich Beirätin des Projekts IDIAL tätig. Sie hat Germanistik an der Pädagogischen Hochschule Karoly Eszterhazy in Eger (Ungarn) sowie Germanistik und Slawistik an der Universität Göttingen studiert. 2007 hat sie die Zusatzqualifikation Deutsch als Fremdsprache erworben und 2008 eine Ausbildung zum zertifizierten „Live-Online Trainer“ abgeschlossen. Mit live-online Fremdsprachenunterricht beschäftigt sie sich seit 2005, sie hat in der Zeit 2006 - 2007 zusammen mit einer ungarischen Firma zu diesem Zweck eine Lernplattform entwickelt. Im Second Life unterrichtet sie seit 2007.

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Paul Breibisch

Bethany Smith

Sue Lyon-Jones

Moderation: Shelly Terrell/ Heike Philp


Fri 23 April2010, 8pm GMT (World Time)

Pecha Kucha is a speedy presentation technique, which originated in Japan and which allows for 20 slides auto-advancing every 20sec. A total presentation of 6min 40sec, on any topic.

Pecha Kucha Presenters (in alphabetical order):

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  • ”EnglishCentral:
  • LinguaTV
  • Lingorilla
  • Centre for English Language & Training
  • English 360
  • Exam English

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