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OU digiLAL 2 Research Conference, Summer 2017

digiLAL: Researching Digital Technologies in Languages and Applied Linguistics

This event took place on 13th July 2017 at 10:00am (09:00 GMT)
Berrill Lecture Theatre, The Open University, Walton Hall Campus, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

All are welcome to attend for free, but please notify Samantha Davage if you plan to come:

Our Invited speaker will be Dr. Felix Kronenberg (Rhodes College, Memphis, TN, USA), talking about Digital Gaming:

Invited talk: Language Learning in Digital Gaming Spaces
Digital games in education are polarizing. Some hail them as a panacea for language learning, while others condemn them as a childish dumbing down of education. Because digital games mark relatively uncharted territory, there is little evidence to support either of these extreme views. As digital games are becoming more understood, as they are becoming more commonplace, normalized, and accepted, and as the body of research and interest is growing, we are entering an era of more nuanced and substantial discussions about the merits of digital games in language education.

Dr.  Felix Kronenberg (Rhodes College, Memphis, TN, USA), an Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures and President-Elect of the International Association for Language Learning Technology, will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of digital games in the language learning process , the obstacles their implementation faces, as well as the concepts of motivation, agency, identities, curricular integration, incidental language learning, and possibility spaces.


10:00 Welcome

10:10 Professor Stephen Bax Introduction: Research in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics: aspects of digital language use and language learning

11:00 Dr. Ursula Stickler, Dr. Caroline Tagg, Dr. Nathaniel Owen Language learning and ageing: cognitive and social benefits of online forum interactions for older learners

11:45 Dr. Caroline Tagg and Dr. Philip Seargeant Social media and the future of open debate: implications for critical digital literacies in education

12:30 Lunch Break

14:00 ‚ÄčDr. Tim Lewis NOT the Interaction Hypothesis: How foreign language learning takes place in e-Tandem exchanges

14:45 Dr. Qian Kan and Professor Stephen Bax Researching an app for learning Chinese characters

15:30 nvited Talk: Dr.  Felix Kronenberg (Rhodes College, Memphis, TN, USA), Language Learning in Digital Gaming Spaces

16:30 Close



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