European Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning
EUROCALL, full name the European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning, is a not-for-profit educational association devoted to the promotion of the use of information and communications technology in teaching and learning foreign languages: v. Davies G. (2004).
EUROCALL was set up by a small group of enthusiasts in 1986, and in 1993 it was launched as an official association with the aid of European Commission funding, with Graham Davies as its Founder President (1993-2000.
A EUROCALL conference is held in August/September annually in a European country. Since 2006 the annual EUROCALL conference has included an online Virtual Strand for participants who are unable to attend the conference in person.
The administrative headquarters of EUROCALL moved from the University of Limerick to the University of Ulster in July 2010. The current President of EUROCALL is Ana Gimeno, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain (2010). The President is supported by an elected Executive Committee.
EUROCALL offers the following annual awards:
- A Research Award that aims to encourage newcomers to research in the field of computer-assisted and technology-enhanced language learning by providing an opportunity to submit an original article for publication in the ReCALL journal.
- The János Kohn Scholarship, which commemorates and celebrates the life and work of János Kohn, a highly valued and respected EUROCALL colleague who died in March 1999. The annual scholarship enables a young teacher or researcher permanently based in a Central European member state to participate in a EUROCALL conference by providing funding towards the cost of attendance.
Membership and affiliations
A total of 19 European states maintain national EUROCALL websites. A total of over 30 countries worldwide are represented in EUROCALL's membership.
EUROCALL is affiliated with its sister associations CALICO (Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium) and IALLT (International Association for Language Learning Technology) in the USA.
EUROCALL is also a member of WorldCALL.
Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
EUROCALL currently has five Special Interest Groups:
- Computer Mediated Communication (CMC)
- Natural Language Processing
- Virtual Worlds
- Teacher Education
- Davies G. (2004) "Aspects of technology enhanced language learning: a UK perspective". In Fitzpatrick A., An analytical survey on Information and Communications Technologies in the teaching and learning of foreign languages: state of the art, needs and perspectives, UNESCO Report. Retrieved on 30 November 2010.
- Davies G. (2000) The History of EUROCALL
- Shield L. (2006) EUROCALL goes virtual: from Granada to cyberspace: the EUROCALL Virtual Strand, ALT Online Newsletter. Retrieved on 30 November 2010.
- ReCALL journal
- EUROCALL Review
- Executive Committee
- EUROCALL/CALICO HQ in Second Life
- EUROCALL national websites
- Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
- CALICO (Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium)
- EUROCALL main website
- IALLT (International Association for Language Learning Technology)