Virtual Round Table Web Conference

RECORDINGs DAY 1 - April 22, 2010

Welcome address: The work of the ECML in support of multilingualism and plurilingual education - language education and technology

Thu 22 April 2010, 9am GMT (World time)

In this welcome address, Dr. Waldemar Martyniuk, Executive Director of ECML introduces the work of ECML in networking expertice throughout Europe to foster plurilingualism of citizens and intercultural education and to empower language teaching professionals through the strengthening of professional networks and the wider community of language educators.

Dr. Waldemar Martyniuk will outline how technlogy plays a role in language education and explains how the expertise of two current ECML projects DOTS - Developing on-line teaching skills and E-VOLLution, Exploring cutting edge applications of networked technologies in Vocationally Oriented Language Learning promotes innovation and reform in language teaching and learning.

About Waldemar Martyniuk
Waldemar Martyniuk is Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Teacher trainer, author of textbooks, curricula, and testing materials for Polish as a foreign language; visiting professor and lecturer at universities in Germany (Bochum, Giessen, Göttingen, Mainz, Münster), Switzerland (Basel), and in the USA (Stanford University); translator of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages into Polish (2003); since October 2008 Executive Director at the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe, based in Graz, Austria.

Ilva Lindberg

Image and Text in Second Life: Une littératie en devenir/ The Becoming of Literacy

Thu 22 April 2010, 9:30am GMT (World Time)

In this bilingual presentation (English/ French) Ilva Lindberg of Finland presents her book 'Image et texte dans Second Life: une littératie en devenir (Image and Text in Second Life: The Becoming of Literacy)' which will be published in French this year (2010). The book focuses on the image and on how visual and textual images in the past and in the present help us to relate to new technology, such as Second Life. In today's educational context we are inclined to learn and apply new technology immediately, without reflecting upon which consequences the usage has for the teaching, particularly for language and literature teaching. This book offers material to elaborate ones own idea of Second Life. Ilva figures that this is the way not to be absorbed by it.

Cette présentation de l'ouvrage Image et texte dans Second Life: une littératie en devenir, qui sera publié au cours de cette année (2010) met l'accent sur l'image et sur la manière dont les images, visuels et textuels, dans le passé et dans le présent, nous aident à construire une relation aux nouvelles technologies, telle que Second Life. Dans le contexte éducatif d'aujourd'hui, nous sommes enclins à appliquer différentes nouvelles technologies immédiatement, sans vraiment réfléchir sur les conséquences que l'emploi peut avoir pour l'enseignement, en particulier pour l'enseignement des langues et de la littérature. Le livre Image et texte dans Second Life cherche à offrir du matériau pour élaborer une idée plus objective de Second Life, dans le but de ne pas se laisser absorber par une technologie qui intrigue et fascine.

About Ylva Lindberg
Ylva Lindberg, PhD in Literature, French modern poetry Assistant Professor at the University of Jönköping, Sweden Teaching Literature and French in Second Life and Adobe Connect Doing research in Paris during 2010 and taking care of the new baby Fjodor.

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Please note that we lost sound in the beginning but it resumes after the first 10 min.

Joel Johnson

European Union language projects - resources for you; how to get involved

Thu 22 April 2010 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.

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Nik Peachey

Nik Peachey

Exploiting rich media web based content for receptive skills work

Thu 22 April 2010 10am GMT (World Time)

Exploiting a variety of rich media web based content raises a number of issues and challenges for teachers. However it is essential that we face these challenges in order to develop our students' digital literacies and their ability cope with and assimilate information from a number of web based sources.

This session will look at how teachers can quickly create web based receptive skills tasks that limit the amount of information students have to deal with, while still helping them to develop the necessary skills to process information in a web based environment.

About Nik Peachey
Nik Peachey is a freelance educational consultant, writer and teacher trainer specialising in web based technologies for language learning and development.

He has been involved in English language teaching since 1992 and has worked all over the world for companies like the British Council, International House and IATEFL. As well as working as teacher and teacher trainer, he has also been involved in managing a number of online and software projects including websites for teacher development, CD-ROM projects and has developed online and blended learning courses for the web and for virtual worlds such as Second Life.

At present he is based in Morocco.

As well as publishing in journals and with ELT publishers, he publishes his own work on 4 free websites.

His learning technology blog is aimed at supporting teachers and giving them practical ideas for using a range of new Web 2.0 type technologies with their students.

His Daily Activities blog has a range of tasks and activities that EFL and ESL students can use autonomously to develop their English and digital literacy.

His Quick shout blog has a range of new views, quick teaching tips and information about new and emerging technologies and how they can be used to have an impact on education.

He publishes a site ‘On Blogging and Social Media’ which aims to help teachers to develop their own professional development networks, get involved in online communities and become active participants in the online ELT knowledge community.

He has also written and published a short manual on Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers which can be downloaded free of charge from:

Nik holds an M.Ed in ELT and technology from Manchester University and is also a PRINCE 2 qualified Project Manager.

*** Please CLICK HERE for a 50min recording of the event (unfortunately the beginning 10min have been missed, apololies) ***


Henry Hon

Vyew, the collaborative WarRoom

Thu 22 April 2010 10am GMT (World Time)

Vyew is the Collaborative WarRoom where content, communication and workflow is integrated and managed. Unlike a conference room, a WarRoom is dedicated to a specific objective where information is readily available and displayed at all times. Users can work independently over periods of time or in groups in real-time. Content and the discussions around it are collected in a persistent environment for process tracking and review.

Vyew is a virtual room with unlimited leafs of whiteboard. Users using a browser on any OS can enter to draw and author on these boards like a PowerPoint presentation. Multiple types of digital content or documents can be imported onto these boards where users can annotate and converse around them. Filtering and search tools are used to find, isolate and track users input and discussions. Real-time web conferencing tools such as webcam, VoIP, desktop sharing are built-in. These rooms can be shared and embedded in websites. Contents in these persistent rooms can be duplicated instantly for individual use or breakout meetings; yet, digital rights of all duplicated content can be managed.

About Henry Hon
Henry Hon is a senior operations and management executive with successful start-up experience and proven marketing and technical creativity. Currently, Henry is the CEO of Simulat, Inc (Vyew). Under Henry’s vision, creativity (3 patents pending) and leadership Vyew has stood out in the growing yet crowded market of collaboration software. Within five years, Vyew is now considered a leading collaborative browser software (picked by PC World as the top collaboration software) and it is profitable.

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Margarita Perez Garcia

Margita Perez Garcia

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

Thu 22 April 2010 11am GMT (World Time)

EU funded MUVEnation

Margarita Perez Gracia

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Unconference/ BarCamp/ EduCamp

Thu 22 April 2010, 11:30pm GMT (12:30pm London time)

An unconference is an event without set program. Conference participants get together and spontaneously talk about the topics they are interested in. The main topic today has been NING.

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Barbara (Bee) Dieu

Barbara (Bee) Dieu

Evelyn Izquierdo

Evelyn Izquierdo

Vance Stevens

Vance Stevens

Marisa Constantinides

VIRTUAL PANEL DISCUSSION: EVOs global training camp

Thu 22 April 2010, 1pm GMT (World time)

This panel brings together those who have done exactly that, namely invent the future.

Panelists (in alphabetical order):
Barbara Dieu, Franco-Brazilian Secondary School, Brazil
Evelyn Izquierdo, Universidad Central de Venezuela
Vance Stevens, Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi

Moderation Marisa Constantinides, CELT, Greece

Every year for 6 weeks starting mid January, the Internet buzzes with activities. Many hundreds of language teachers engage and train at the free-of-charge online training camp called EVO - Electronic Village Online.

What is absolutely amazing and truly mindblowing is that this workshop is organized and conducted by more than 60 moderators completely free of charge, is superbly organized and the training is of extremely high quality - and it is completely focused on language learning with technology.

About Barbara Dieu (Bee)
Barbara (Bee) Dieu teaches at the Franco-Brazilian secondary school in São Paulo, where she has been preparing students for the French Baccalaureat since 1983. She has been in ELT and education since 1974 (in the classroom) and since 1997 increasingly online, networking, keynoting, planning, organizing and facilitating workshops /collaborative projects worldwide and engaged in professional development for teachers. She has published /presented nationally and internationally on social media, digital literacy and openness in education. An active member of several associations and communities of practice, among which Webheads in Action, Tesol, Braztesol, Merlot, Hornby Critical Literacy, Praxis, Edublogosfera, FLNW, T.A.L.O, she is presently Braztesol EduTech SIG Coordinator and has also served on the 2009 and 2010 NMC Horizon Project Advisory Board.

About Evelyn Izquierdo
Evelyn Izquierdo is an ESP/ EAP at the the School of Education of Universidad Central de Venezuela and holds a master degree in EFL, and I has been interested in online activities after becoming a Webhead in February 2005. As a co-founder of Avealmec (the Venezuelan CALL Association), teacher trainer and scholarship winner she attended WorldCALL 2008 to represent Venezuela in Japan. Evelyn is also a member of the Distance Education Committee of the School of Education – UCV, the ICT representative of the Modern Languages Department, co-moderator of Venelt and ELTnet (both virtual communities for English teachers in Venezuela), and has been invited by VenTesol’s 2009-2010 Executive Board to be a Communications Coordinator.

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

*** Please CLICK HERE for a 1h 09min recording of this event (the recording runs a bit longer, but we forgot to switch it off) ***

Stefan Booy

Why learn a langauge in a virtual world?

Thu 22 April 2010, 4pm GMT (World Time)

Since 2007 Myngle has been offering language training online with real teacher and live lessons. Around 300 teachers from around world have connected with thousands of students for private lessons from the comfort of their homes. Here is a snapshot of Myngle's history and a look towards the future making the case for blended e-learning: asynchronous & synchronous in a digital world.

About Stefan Booy
Born in Holland, raised in Italy, and educated in US, Stefan is passionate about cultural diversity and languages. At Myngle since January 2009, he's has been working to develop educational and commercial partnerships to further the growth of the Amsterdam-based start up. His background is mainly in secondary and higher education in the US, where he earned degrees in Philosophy and Ministry. Since 2008, he holds an MBA degree from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus university. Stefan is the proud father of Arden and Ian, who are a bit confused about what language to speak at home!

*** Please CLICK HERE for the first 23 min of this recording ***

Russell Stannard

Web 2.0 tools that make a difference

Thu 22 April 2010, 3:20-3:40pm (World Time)

Web 2.0 tools are everywhere and many teachers are confused by the choice. has become a major source of training for web 2.0 and in this talk Russell Stannard will highlight the most effective tools for language teaching based on feedback from over 10,000 users of his site.

About Russell Stannard (University of Westminster)

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Alexandra Francisco

Technology .... What's in it for my students?

Thu 22 April 2010, 3:40-4:00pm GMT (World Time)

Alexandra Francisco is an EFL teacher in Madeira, Portugal. She has been teaching for 15 years at the secondary level and has only recently began to be involved in the teacher training area, providing short workshops on the use of web2.0 tools in EFL classes.

EdTech blog:
Students' Showcase :

*** Please CLICK HERE for the 20min recording of the event ***

Stace Wills

Mayte Esponda

Mary Gillespie

Holly Longstroth

Neil McMahon

Fire and Ice ESL! An all-inclusive blended learning experience to learn English at a distance

Thu 22 April 2010, 4pm GMT (World Time)

Elluminate, Inc., the world’s leading provider of virtual classroom technology, has created an engaging and fun opportunity to learn English as Second Language. The Fire and Ice ESL! program targets primary and secondary school teachers and connects them to certified and native English instructors using the power of the Internet.

Elluminate has joined forces with Europe’s top supplier of online English training courses, Digital Publishing, as well as LANCELOT Schools, a certified and accredited teacher training organisation. Fire and Ice ESL! is aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference, an internationally recognized standard for evaluating and measuring language skills.

In this highly interactive workshop, Elluminate’s Stace Wills will present a case study from their groundbreaking online project to train rural Colombian teachers in beginner English. Joining Stace will be some key team members who will share their triumphs and pitfalls pertaining to education across borders. A “must see” for anyone considering launching their own live online training course.

About Stace Wills
Fire and Ice Program
Elluminate, Inc., Calgary, AB, Canada
Stace serves as Global Director of Fire and Ice – an award-winning Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program of Elluminate, Inc., one of the world’s leading educational technology firms. Fire and Ice sponsors and leads social development projects in collaborative education, poverty reduction, and climate change, as well as manages online training programs targeting nurses and teachers in remote areas of developing nations.

Since co-launching Fire and Ice in 2006, Stace has successfully managed over 30 CSR projects involving over 5000 project participants from 25+ countries, and has overseen the delivery of online ESL training programs for teachers in Colombia, Burkina Faso, and China.

Fire and Ice was a finalist for the prestigious Stockholm Challenge Awards in 2008, and also was named 2007 Laureate for the Tech Museum Award (Microsoft Education Category). Thanks in large part to Fire and Ice, Elluminate was also named one of the Top Ten Best Corporations in Global Development by InterAction in 2008. Stace and the Fire and Ice program have been featured on, Education Week, CBC Business News, CTV News, Alberta Venture, Shaw TV, and several others.

About Mayte Esponda
Mayte Esponda is a very enthusiastic teacher who loves interaction, ICT and team working.
During her professional career she has added new tools to teaching. Her experience as an online instructor and online coordinator allowed her to design a course to help other teachers to build collaborative projects successfully.
She loves working online and learning about other cultures. Her best challenge is to overcome diversity conflicts and work with people from different cultures.

About Mary Gillespie
Mary has been teaching English for almost 20 years, and has her MEd in English Language Education in addition to other TESL certifications and a certificate in cross-cultural counseling. She has worked with learners of all levels in a wide variety of settings, and has been involved in teacher training, curriculum design and materials development. She is also in the process of becoming a Cambridge ESOL oral examiner. Mary has been interested in technology and language teaching for many years, and has worked as a freelance online instructor for the past 4 years. She is currently curriculum coordinator for the Alliance for International Women's Rights (, a teacher with the Jellamando distance education project which matches rural Korean schools with distance English teachers, and works on a variety of materials development and curriculum projects. She had the pleasure of working with Fire and Ice on the Colombian teachers' training project as an instructor. Mary recently completed the LANCELOT training course, and is looking forward to doing her assessment soon.

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 many years amongst others 11 years in Finland where she taught Business English in corporations.

*** Please CLICK HERE for a 31 min recording of the event ***



Vicky Saumell

Making the Most of Free Web Applications

Thu 22 April 2010, 4:00pm GMT (World Time)

There is no doubt that we are living in the era of ICT and our students are so computer-literate that it is a shame to waste this tremendous potential to make use of their knowledge and interests to our and their advantage. We have argued endlessly about theories and concepts like the communicative use of language, CLIL, using authentic materials, extending learning beyond class time, motivating learners, collaborative learning, promoting autonomy and self-directed learning. The time has come to blend all these concepts into new, authentic and motivating tasks!
The advent of Web 2.0 and beyond has brought to light myriads of free web applications that we can use to enhance language learning, while at the same time engaging students through the use of the same technology they use every day, but of which WE may be ignorant or unskilled in using.
I will give you a user friendly overview of the use of search engines, blogs, wikis, voice and video recording tools and digital storytelling tools among others. I will show you how these applications can be used to improve vocabulary, listening, reading, speaking and writing. We will explore practical examples of class activities and projects using these tools and you will discover how students can also develop critical thinking skills, explore their creativity and have fun!

About Vicky Saumell
Vicky Saumell holds a degree in Translation and a Diploma in the Theory and Methodology of TESOL. Co-author of Pearson’s Teacher Development Interactive: Preparation for the Teacher Knowledge Test (TKT). Author and tutor of New Learning Environments for the Master’s in ELT at Universidad de La Sabana, Colombia. EFL Coordinator at Instituto San Francisco de Asís, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Doris Molero

Medieval role play in language acquisition

Thu 22 April 2010, 4pm GMT (World Time)

Are you ready to learn something about Sim role playing culture? Have you ever wondered what language activity in a virtual world could be like?

This is your opportunity to experience role playing in a medieval sim. Join us in a tour to two wonderful fantasy worlds: Avilion and Artstonia and help us explore how to take full advantage of these virtual world environments to give students a motivating and engaging experience in which they can learn a new language.

Find out more about Avilion and Artstonia here

Be ready to:

1. Learn some basic things about living in medieval village.
2. Join a medieval role playing sim.
3. Develop a character.
4. Reflect how these environments can help learn a different language.

You should wear medieval clothes to join us in this adventure. If you don't have any.. don't worry.. we'll get you some...

About Doris Molero

***The recordings is being uploaded as we speak (please notice there is no sound, only text)***



Hala El-Khawanky

Start to speak Arabic in minutes

Thu 22 April 2010, 4:00pm GMT (World Time)

The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Arabic!

About Hala El-Khawanky

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Marisa Constantinides


Seth Dickens


Tamas Lorincz

  Heike Philp


Nicholas Provenzana

  Berni Wall


Moderation: Marisa Constantinides/ Shelly Terrell


Thu 22 April 2010, 8pm GMT (World Time)

Panelists (in alphabetical order):

Marisa Constantinides, CELT Athens, Greece
Seth Dickens
Tamas Lorincz
Heike Philp, LANCELOT School GmbH, Germany
Nicholas Provenzana
Berni Wall, Gapfillers, UK

Moderation: Marisa, Shelly and Heike

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.

About Marsia Constantinides

About Seth Dickens

About Tamas Lorincz

About Nicholas Provenzana

About Heike Philp
Heike Philp is founder and managing director of LANCELOT School GmbH, an accredited training center for language trainers in the use of state-of-the-art virtual classroom technology. With over 20 years in education and several years of teaching German in Japan and the UK, Heike took on the live online challenge by starting a virtual language school and her experience subsequently led her to co-initiate the European funded LANCELOT project. The LANCELOT project saw 23 partners in 8 countries jointly developing a train-the-trainer course for language teachers. Heike’s enthusiasm for synchronous Internet communication also led her to co-initiate yet another European funded project: AVALON. AVALON stands for Access to Virtual and Action Learning live Online and is about language learning in Second Life, a 3D virtual world and starts in November 2008 with a consortium of 26 European partners, 11 of which are Universities. She is a frequent speaker at the Online Educa, EUROCALL, WIAOC, LearnTec and Illinois Online Conference about language learning with technology.

About Nicholas Provenzana

About Berni Walls

*** Please CLICK HERE for a 1h 10 min recording of the event (At a later stage, we will edit this recording down to 6min 40sec youtube clips ***

Shelly Terrell's Tour of the poster exhibition on AVALON Learning
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