Texas State to host computer-assisted language learning conference

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
April 20, 2007

Some 450 professionals in the field of computer-assisted language learning are expected to attend the 24th annual conference of the Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO), on the Texas State University-San Marcos campus Tuesday-Saturday, May 22-26.

Attendees will come from across the U.S. and may foreign countries--including Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Cyprus, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, Spain and Taiwan--to learn about state-of-the-art educational technology and its applications to teaching and learning languages. Conference registration is available online at www.calico.org or by contacting Esther Horn, CALICO, 214 Centennial Hall, (512) 245-1417, info@calico.org.

“Hosting the 2007 CALICO conference at Texas State gives faculty, staff and students a first-hand opportunity to see how cutting-edge technology is used in teaching and learning foreign languages and to talk with leaders in the field from the U.S. and abroad,” said Robert Fischer, chair of the department of modern languages and CALICO executive director.

CALICO, housed in the department of modern languages, is recognized internationally as a leader in computer-assisted learning and instruction. The association, which began as a group of people interested in using and producing technology-based materials for language teaching, now includes foreign language educators, programmers, technicians, web page designers, second-language acquisition instructors, developers, practitioners and novice users of computer-assisted language learning. Membership is open to anyone interested in exploring the use of technology for foreign language teaching and learning.

For additional information contact Ann Friou at (512) 453-2008 or via email at ef12@txstate.edu.