The biggest edtech in language learning event in Japan is about to begin at Kyushyu Sangyou University in Fukuoka: JALT CALL 2015 (June 5th to 7th)


Keynote: Ema UshiodaAssociate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick.



Plenary: Rab Paterson, ICU’s ELA, Educational Technology Specialist, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Educator Teacher & Trainer.



For the full list of presenters check the official site.



ESL MOOC breaks records, now open

InstructorsThe MOOC at Coursera Shaping the Way We Teach English starts today, January 5. You can pick it up any time, but best to start during this first week. This is the second iteration of the course. I followed along last year and think it well worth time for those that want to learn the basics of teaching English to non-native speakers.

The course last year broke two records at the largest MOOC, Coursera. It had the most non-US participants, and the highest completion rate. With leaders like Deborah Healey, Jeff Magoto and Elizabeth Hanson-Smith, how can you go wrong. There are two sessions, one after another, each one 5 weeks long. Check it out.


JALT2014: Blogging the tech parts

JALT2014_5 (1)JALT is about to have its annual conference, this weekend in Tsukuba, east of Tokyo. The plan is to blog about the tech aspects of the conference through the weekend. Expect a flurry of shorter posts. We hope this will entice others to comment or even ask to post one or two. For a full list of tech-related presentations, go to the schedule and Select Language and Technology under View by Context. There are 45 available.