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Convenor:

Glenda Cristina Valim de Melo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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Race, Gender, Sexuality and Language Research Network intends to investigate this entanglement through language and in language. We also aim at getting together scholars in order to share theoretical, methodological and analytical frames to comprehend such phenomenon in different contexts. Moreover, we also intend to establish an official area for these studies within Applied Linguistics. 

Main goals:

  • Promote the interweaving of race, gender, sexuality and language as a distinct research area within Applied Linguistics
  • Discuss relevant articles and books to the participants considering theoretical, methodological and analytical support.
  • Organize and publish papers in journals and/or books as a group
  • Present papers on ReN’s activities

 

Convenors:

Ursula Stickler (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Regine Hampel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Sarah Heiser (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Pauline Ernest (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Joseph Hopkins (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Aline Germain-Rutherford (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Martina Emke (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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This ReN brings together established language educators: teachers, teacher trainers and researchers, who have been working on ICT and (self-)empowering methods of CPD. By first taking stock of existing training programs and approaches and collecting and comparing these approaches internationally across several continents (Europe, South America, North America, Asia), we intend to explore the beliefs and underlying ideals which inform the training and self-training of language teachers, with the aim of ascertaining trajectories of professional development, as defined in a wide variety of teaching and learning cultures.

The specific objectives of this Research Network are:

  • To collect information about CPD programs which focus on ICT
  • To collect information about CPD programs focusing on self-empowerment of teachers
  • To compare different, international approaches to CPD
  • To compare different beliefs about teachers (“ideal” teachers) from an intercultural perspective
  • To develop a detailed picture of the landscape of language teacher training in terms of digital skills development, according to target culture, culture of origin, teaching and learning cultures, etc.

 

Convenors:

Hayo Reinders (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Mark Pegrum (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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The aim of this ReN is specifically 1) to explore how games provide opportunities for language input and interaction in informal settings, and 2) to identify ways in which gaming environments can be used for collecting data about language use in out-of-class settings. We are particularly keen to delve further into mobile gaming, the roles of Virtual, and in particular, Augmented Reality (AR), and the influence of the Internet of Things on extending gameplay beyond its usual contexts.

Our main goals in the next three years are:

  • To regularly post new content relevant to digital gaming in the ‘Applied Linguistics’ community on Google+
  • To publish another special issue (in the last three years, we published a special issue of International Journal of Computer Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (2016, 6:4) on ‘Digital games in language education: Methodological considerations’) of an as-yet-to-be-determined journal, reflecting the mobile aspect of gaming
  • To publish a book on ‘Mobile Gaming’ in the New Language Learning and Teaching Environments series of Palgrave Macmillan, following the AILA conference
  • To host a regular (online) research forum, open to both established and emerging researchers, through Kanda University in Tokyo, Japan, by Hayo Reinders. This will provide a platform for ongoing research reports in the areas of out-of-class and informal language learning, with a specific interest in digital games

 

Convenors:

Amos Paran (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Petra Kirchhoff (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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Research that is strongly rooted in educational research methodology or in applied linguistics methodology is only now beginning to emerge. Our group aims to work towards establishing this area of research as an important element of applied linguistics and educational research. The group comprising this AILA REN includes a broad spectrum of researchers interested in the interface of literature and second/foreign language learning from an educational research angle (rather than a pedagogical angle). Many of us are aware of the work done by other researchers, but often this research is in different disciplines and on different languages. The strength of our group lies in its diversity – working and researching in different educational contexts (primary education, secondary education, tertiary education, teacher education); working on different languages (English, French, German, Mandarin, Scandinavian languages and Spanish); focusing on different genres (e.g. novels, poetry, picturebooks).

In the next three years, our mission is to:

  • Continue to raise the profile of research into the use of literature in language classrooms within applied linguistics
  • Encourage dialogue and cooperation between researchers working on the learning of different languages
  • Encourage dialogue and cooperation between researchers working in this area from multiple perspectives (e.g. students’ learning processes and teachers’ professional knowledge, beliefs and motivation)