Faculty of Arts
English and French Language Centre
The Oral Dimensions of Language Teaching:
New Tools, New Practices?
To mark the EFLC's 40th anniversary, we are organizing a Study Day entitled The Oral Dimensions of Language Teaching: New Tools, New Practices? This meeting will be held on March 19th, 2010 in the "Diplomate" conference room at the Holiday Inn in Montreal.*
Participation in this Study Day is open to all language instructors (professors, lecturers, teachers) interested in the oral practices and methods of language teaching and learning at the post-secondary level who would like to take part in a convivial and fruitful exchange.
In this, the "age of the internet", it is impossible to conceive of language teaching at the college and university levels without acknowledging the presence, indeed, the omnipresence, of new communication technologies. Given this fact, it is essential that we begin to critically assess the influence of these pervasive technologies on our teaching practices and, in particular, their impact on the oral dimensions of our courses and programs. Whether it be a question of comprehension (lab work, listening to audio and video files, etc.), spontaneous expression (conversational exchanges, communicative tasks, etc.), or prepared expression (team work, oral reports, etc.), in what ways has the new technological order helped to renew, or otherwise facilitate, the transmission of oral skills and competencies to the internet generation? Have new technologies promoted the development of new linguistic tasks? Have they resulted in new challenges and perhaps even new forms of cognition in this generation of students? Likewise, what impact have these new technologies had on our own knowledge acquisition processes, on our roles as teachers and evaluators, and on the forms and methods we use to give our students productive feedback? In short, how have the oral practices and methods of our courses evolved thus far in response to this most recent technological revolution.
If you are interested in participating in this exchange as a speaker, we invite you to forward a description of around 200 words (in French or in English as an attached document), accompanied by your name, postal address, e-mail address, telephone number and institutional affiliation to the Organizing Committee journee-etude [dot] eflc [at] mcgill [dot] ca (journee-etude) by no later than January 24th, 2010. Presentations should be approximately 20 minutes long. Proposals will be reviewed by the Organizing Committee on February 5th.
*situated at 420 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3A 1B4.
Members of the Organizing Committee
Special thanks to:
The Dean of Arts' Development Fund