Unwired! The Uses of Mobile Technology in Foreign Language Education April 3-6 2014

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Florence Ramond Jurney and John P Murphy/NEMLA

For better or for worse, technology has long been associated with foreign language education, from "old school" audio labs and overhead projectors, with their focus on language form, to more recent software innovations and conferencing programs that have accompanied the shift to communicative language teaching. Today's foreign language educators are not only expected to be familiar with such technology but also to incorporate it fully into their classrooms, as increasing references to technology in recent editions of the MLA Job List attest. This session explores how the next generation of technology—that is, mobile technology (tablets, e-readers, smartphones, etc.)—may be put to use to enhance language education, from grammar instruction to creative writing to teaching about culture and society. What are the best practices at each level of instruction? What is the impact on students? Are classroom dynamics changed, and if so, how and in what ways? If there are undoubtedly advantages, are there also disadvantages? If so, how might these be mitigated? To be sure, such technology is already raising serious questions about long-debated topics, including where knowledge in language instruction originates (the teacher, the student), how it is processed and used, and whether or not it involves intentionality. Papers will present practical examples, contextualized in this broader theoretical framework, to engage discussion of these important questions with the ultimate goal of enriching the ongoing debate.

If interested, please submit an abstract of 300 words or less to:

Florence Ramond Jurney, Gettysburg College (fjurney@gettysburg.edu)
John P. Murphy, Gettysburg College (jpmurphy@gettysburg.edu)

Deadline: September 30, 2013

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The 2014 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. This capitol city set on the Susquehanna River is known for its vibrant restaurant scene, historical sites, the National Civil War museum, and nearby Amish Country, antique shops and Hershey Park. NeMLA has arranged low hotel rates of $104-$124.

The 2014 event will include guest speakers, literary readings, professional events, and workshops. A reading by George Saunders will open the Convention. His 2013 collection of short fiction, The Tenth of December, has been acclaimed by the New York Times as: "the best book you'll read this year." NeMLA's Keynote Speaker will be David Staller, Producer and Director of Project Shaw. Mr. Staller presents monthly script-in-hand performances of Bernard Shaw's plays at the Players Club in New York City.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable. http://www.nemla.org/convention/2014/cfp.html