I have just completed editing the latest CALL Review. This is the journal of the IATEFL Learning Technologies Special Interest Group. For some strange reason, when the SIG changed its name to the Learning Technologies SIG, the journal retained the rather narrower acronym CALL, or Computer-aided language learning. It does sounds rather pre-multimedia.I find it slightly ironic that for a man (myself) who teachers writing skills seminars, and who is now the Editor of a prestigious international journal, I have terrible trouble with apostrophes! I am not a whizz on computers, so I’m lucky that my co-author Barnet Barrett is usually around and helps me out with the desk-top publishing package Serif. In the last two days, the software started to fail, and I found myself actually getting annoyed with my computer. I guess computer rage is a common phenomenon! This edition is a cracking one. Lexicographer Michael Rundell, editor-in-chief of the Macmillan series of dictionaries, looks at new developments in electronic dictionaries. There are articles on Twitter and scary text-to-speech systems, using Skype in the language classroom and a materials development project in the area of EAP (English for academic purposes). One thing I’m pleased about is the inclusion of practical teaching examples. I know that it is important to continue research in this field, but for many of us in language teaching, there are the demands of that Monday morning lesson, and fresh ideas are always welcome. Here’s one of my personal favourites. Mercedes Castro who works in Japan asked her group what they would ask Jordi Labanda, the fashion designer, if they could ask him any questions. After the brainstorm, she said that Jordi was really there, in Barcelona, waiting to be Twittered by them! The students must have been delighted to actually then send him their ‘tweets’. Wow. What a fantastic idea. As Woody Allen once said – “If only life were like this all the time!”
Submitted 9 years 2 months ago by Pete Sharma.