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As an active member of the international TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) community, REW regularly sends representatives to attend and present at the many conferences held each year. Most recently, Ms Julia Gardiner, REW's Program Manager, attended the "Innovations in Language Teaching and Learning" conference held in Ho Chi Minh City in September. The conference was jointly organised by SEAMEO RETRAC (Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation Regional Training Centre) and TESOL-Ho Chi Min City. It was a forum for teachers, lecturers and educators to share innovative ideas, approaches and ideas about best practice and current language teaching and learning theory.
Computer-based language learning resources and opportunities are not new but the manner in which they are exploited and the platforms supporting these resources have changed. Ms Gardiner's presentation began by looking at the move from CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) to a much more integrated and pervasive technology presence. Entitled "From CALL to TELL", her session introduced the concept of TELL (Technology Enhanced Language Learning), and considered how to integrate communications and information technology (ICT) into classes, rather than seeing the technology as a separate resource. A range of opportunities to incorporate ICT in an English language classroom were identified and examined.
In her role as Program Manager, Ms Gardiner, leads the REW teaching team, encouraging the use of technology to teach and learn. REW teachers have ongoing professional development in this area and each of our classrooms is equipped with laptop computers for each student, electronic whiteboards and Internet access.