I began my career as a teacher of German and French in secondary education in the 1960s. I moved into higher education in 1972 and taught German at Ealing College (which later became part of Thames Valley University) until 1990, when I became Director of the Language Centre.
I have lectured and run ICT training courses for language teachers in 22 different countries and I have sat on numerous national and international advisory boards. In 1982 I wrote one of the first introductory books on computers in language learning and I have continued publishing on this topic ever since. I was the founder president of EUROCALL from 1993-2000, and I am still a member of the EUROCALL Executive Committee.
I retired from full-time employment in 1993 and I am now an Emeritus Professor of Computer Assisted Language Learning. I occasionally do external examining of MPhil and PhD students. I keeps myself busy by editing the ICT for Language Teachers Website (ICT4LT) and managing the EUROCALL HQ in Second Life.
You can find out more about me on my Personal Wikispaces Page.
I have recently returned from Spain, where I contributed to a two-day conference on virtual worlds at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), 16-17 December 2011. The conference was organised under the auspices of the CAMILLE Project in the Department of Applied Linguistics at the Polytechnic University of Valencia within the framework of EUROCALL’s programme of regional events, in collaboration with the Inter-University Institute of Applied Modern Languages, supported by the Vice…Continue
Posted on December 21, 2011 at 11:19 — 2 Comments
OK, so we now have SL Viewer 3 - which you will still find stored in the Second Life Viewer 2 folder on your computer. And people are still referring to the latest version as Viewer 2. Confusing, eh? There are quite few differences from the earlier versions, which I have now incorporated into my tutorial materials that you can download from Section 14.2.1 (i) of Module 1.5 at the ICT4LT site:…
Posted on November 29, 2011 at 17:53 — 2 Comments
I have recently begun using Scoop.It! It's a useful tool that enables you to set up Web pages
that gather together links on a specific topic. Scoop.It provides a facility for you to "curate"
information on your topics by trawling the Web and finding links that you may wish to add to your topic pages.
The links are then laid out attractively like the page of a magazine:
I have set up two Scoop.It…Continue
Posted on July 21, 2011 at 17:00 — 6 Comments
Along with many other AVALON members I received a message from "anne desmond", who joined this Ning a short while ago. It sounded suspicious, so I did a Google search for her name. The result: she is a well-known spammer. In fact the surname "desmond" appears to crop up quite often in connection with African spammers - we had a "gift desmond" trying to join the VW SIG Ning that I manage. I have blocked "anne desmond" and advise others to do the same. Whatever you do, don't befriend her or…Continue
Posted on March 28, 2011 at 13:07 — 4 Comments
Help for Newbies
I have not been very active in Second Life for the last few days, and I am not sure how active I will be during the SLanguages 2010 conference. I underwent surgery, an exploratory laparoscopy, on 8 October 2010,…Continue
Posted on October 13, 2010 at 10:56 — 6 Comments