March 2015
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Larry Udry, Divine Word College, Epworth, Iowa, USA

Greetings! I’m pleased to share with you the latest edition of On CALL. This issue, the preconvention special, is packed with information about Electronic Village (EV) events at the Toronto TESOL convention as well as some articles that explore pedagogy and teaching using CALL. Of course, we’ve got links. Who doesn’t like hot links? Mr. Justin Shewell, a former chair, has put the program in a PDF version that is searchable. It looks fantastic. This link is so important that I have included it in two places. Here is the link. The other link is in the sidebar.

I would like to especially thank the following people: the newsletter editing team of Justin Nicholes, a PhD student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Camille Bondi in Kuwait; Grazzia Maria Mendoza, MEd, Zamorano University Honduras; and Ravneet Parmar, an ESL teacher who is now studying criminology.

In this issue,. Stephanie Korslund previews some of the special events that will be happening at the convention in Toronto. Mr. Jack Watson, the incoming chair-elect, highlights some of the great things about our IS. In addition, Ms. Teresa Almeida d’Eça discusses the many uses of the Google suite of apps. Also, Ms. Sarah Lee Takahashi explores the application of an approachable online journaling platform, Penzu. Dr. Julie A. Delello shows how augmented reality, such as QR codes, could be used to enhance student learning, and Mr. Robert Wachman explains how he was enriched by taking TESOL’s Principles and Practices of Online Teaching Certificate Program.

In a recurring column by our resident Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) analyst, Mr. Roger Gee explores new uses of COCA for collocations (i.e., near synonyms). In addition, Ms. Kareen Sharawy explains the metamorphosis of a teacher as the classroom itself changes technologically. Finally, Ms. Suzan Stamper, longtime newsletter editor, in her 10th-anniversary “Making Connections” column, introduces some of the faces (new and old) in CALL-IS.

Even if you can’t make it to the convention, there are a wide variety of ways to stay active professionally. If you haven’t already, please make sure you see the sidebars in this issue for links to the EV Program, recordings from the conference, and our one-stop-shopping repository of materials related to CALL-IS and our Facebook and Twitter links. While there, please take time to take the poll.


Originally from Cincinnati, Larry was a Peace Corps volunteer in Rich, Morocco from 1986–88 and then graduated with an MA TESOL/Linguistics from Ohio University in 1992. He has worked with Partners of the Americas in Venezuela, and he lived in Isahaya, Japan, for a year. Prior to his position at Divine Word College, he worked in UT Martin for 11 years, where he published the TNTESOL Newsletter.

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