Drawing on thirty years’ experience teaching English for Specific Purposes in the Department of Applied Linguistics at the Technical University of Valencia (Universidad Politécnica de Valencia – UPV), in Spain, and twenty-five as head of the CAMILLE Research Group for Computer-Assisted Language Learning, Ana Gimeno-Sanz will describe several initiatives that have been implemented at UPV to meet the challenges of satisfying learner expectations in an ever-increasing technology-driven world and the subsequent need to offer appealing and engaging materials in higher education ESP settings. Over the past 25 years, education in general and language learning in particular have been at the forefront of making the most of technological advancements in favour of innovative teaching approaches. This has entailed several paradigm shifts; for example, we have witnessed how technology boosted autonomous and self-access learning, how there has been a shift toward learner-centred methodologies, how computer-assisted language learning has evolved from the first tutorial programmes on CD-ROM to a collage of Web 2.0 resources that conform an “atomized” structure, etc. In her talk, Ana Gimeno-Sanz will refer to four ways of reinforcing and stimulating the acquisition of English for Specific Purposes in higher education; i.e. by using mobile devices for extracurricular assignments; through the implementation of intercultural telecollaborative projects; based on a digital storytelling project and, lastly, by using a tool specifically designed for Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) known as Clilstore. She will provide evidence regarding learner expectations and satisfaction, and conclude with a number rewarding findings.
About Ana Gimeno-Sanz
Ana Gimeno-Sanz holds a PhD in English Philology, awarded by the University of Valencia, and is Professor in English Language at the Department of Applied Linguistics, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV), Spain, where she has also held various managerial positions. She has published numerous research papers on language learning and teaching, more specifically in the fields of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL). Dr Gimeno is Head of the CAMILLE Research Group, devoted to research in CALL and e-Learning. She has been Project Manager of several funded multimedia CALL research and development projects which have led to the publication of a number of language courses on CD-ROM and online. Ana Gimeno serves on the Editorial Board of two major CALL journals: ReCALL (CUP) and Computer-Assisted Language Learning Journal (Taylor and Francis), as well as being editor-in-chief of The EUROCALL Review. She has been President of the European Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning (EUROCALL) for 6 years (2005-2011) and is currently Executive Director of WorldCALL, the world organization for CALL.
The Role and Identity of English Language Teachers
This talk will deal with the challenges faced by English language teachers who teach English as second language. The role of an English language teacher is highly demanding and complex. Every decade, various theorists develop new theories of teaching English as a second language. While each theory has its own merits and limitations, they all focus on the students. The teacher who are expected to play the multiple roles of facilitator, instructor, guide, often give in to the role pressure. How do the language teachers, who deal with high expectations of their institutions, peers, parents and the students they teach, integrate their role as a teacher into their “ Self’ and maintain their effectiveness? In the chain of learning, how does the teacher position herself? The talk will delve into these aspects and more.
About Somali Gupta
Dr. Somali Gupta, Professor & Head, Department of English, C.L.C. Govt. Arts & Commerce College, Dhamdha, Dist.Durg. (Chhattisgarh) India has 33 years of experience in teaching English as a second language . She is also accredited as Process facilitator by the Indian Society for Applied Behavioural Sciences (ISABS) (www.isabs.org). Currently, she is also holding the role of Dean, Social Development in ISABS.
She is actively engaged in research and tries to combine her process knowledge with her teaching. She received the highly acclaimed post doctoral Research Award from the University Grants Commission (UGC) , India. The topic of her research was Youth Anxiety and Stress within the Higher Education System. A Group Analysis of the Students from the Backward Classes of Chhattisgarh. Earlier she had done a Minor research project (also sponsored by the UGC) on the Development of Oral Communication Skills in Second Language. In both the projects the methodologies used were a combination of experiential and action research. Along with teaching, Dr Gupta has been engaged with various organizations doing programmes on Global Leadership, development of soft skills and executive coaching. She has done extensive work on Emotional Intelligence with teachers and student groups. She is also actively involved with various environmental issues and has driven two Awareness Campaigns on “Solid waste Management” on the use of plastics. These campaigns were sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and Forest , India. She also conducts workshops for students and teachers. She has also conducted a number of webinars on various topics that were attended by participants from various parts of the world.
Dr Gupta has one book and a number of research paper publications to her credit. She is the member of the editorial board of Journal of English for Specific Purposes, University of Nis Serbia and Associate editor of eFALTL , International Burch University, Sarajevo , Bosnia Herzegovina. She is also a member of ELTAI (English Language Teachers Association, India).She is a Visiting / External faculty at IIM Ahmedabad , IHMR,Jaipur, and International Burch University, Sarajevo , Bosnia Herzegovina.
She is also currently engaged in doing workshops for NGOs that support Children with Special Needs and Women who face domestic violence (Association for Helping Children with Special Needs, Medica) in Bosnia n Herzegovina.