Ana Maria Gimeno Sanz
Learner engagement in technology-enhanced ESP
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 Maria Gimeno Sanz
Ana Gimeo-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.