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MAKING CONNECTIONS

Suzan Stamper, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

In this column, I want to introduce you to two CALL-IS members who are currently at-large steering committee members and one member who is our co-chair elect:

Michael D. Winans
Jasmine Cowin
Judy Wong

For each newsletter, I invite members to answer a set of questions:

  • What is your favorite platform?
  • What is the one indispensable tool/webpage?
  • What is your most unexpected source of information about CALL?
  • What was your favorite CALL creation?
  • What are you working on now?
  • What area would you like to see developed/researched?
  • In a sentence, what advice would you give to a newbie starting out in CALL?

I hope you enjoy this opportunity to make CALL connections with our members as they share their experiences, advice, and inspirations. Please e-mail me at suzanstamper@gmail.com if you have suggestions or contributions to "Making Connections."


Michael Winans was elected to the Steering Committee to serve until 2024 after he got involved with the interest section in TESOL 2019. He earned his PhD from Arizona State University in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics and has been published by TESOL Press, Language Learning & Technology, CALICO Journal, and RELC Journal, among others.

E-mail: winansmd@gmail.com

Years in the CALL-IS: 4 years

Q. What is your favorite platform?
A. I have used Chromebooks since 2012 and haven’t turned back. They are so much more stable than a Windows computer and much of what we do is on the internet, which makes it a budget-friendly option that is built for Google. It wasn’t until I started writing my dissertation that I had to get acquainted with a Windows device again so that I could download software for organizing qualitative software.

Q. For you, what is the one indispensable tool/web page?
A. Perusall (https://www.perusall.com/). One of the greatest challenges is ensuring the reading gets done outside of class. Perusall is a social reading and annotation tool that will auto-grade student reading, interaction, and annotation. This means students read more and are better prepared for class while teachers grade less.

Q. What is your most unexpected source of information about CALL?
A. Students always have a new tool or website to share. I have taught a course I designed, “TESOL and Technology,” a Special Topics in SLA for college seniors, and there were many tools that they used that could be applied to the classroom that I have never heard of. Such is the way of technology.

Q. What are you working on now?

A. I just started a new position as a Specialist in Applied Linguistics and am doing all the things required to move to a new city and institution. Rochester Institute of Technology also has a Satellite site in Weihai, China, and I have been working with colleagues to develop a sequence for their college reading and writing course.

Q. What area would you like to see developed/researched?

A. The Covid-19 pandemic showed us that many of us are unprepared. In this publication, I know I’m speaking to the choir, but teachers, second language or not, need to develop a level of internet literacy that allows them to both teach and function in the 21st century and transfer those skills to our students. The implementation of a CALL-specific course for TESOL MAs and Certifications is needed if we are to ensure our field is prepared to use current and future technology. And, a short answer for the future: the metaverse; it’s coming!

Q. In a sentence, what advice would you give to a newbie starting out in CALL?

A. CALL is not all or nothing. Meaning: use what makes your teaching better, more exciting, or less work. Use a little or a lot, or none at all because CALL’s real purpose is to allow students to reach their language goals. Any implementation of CALL should focus on that goal.


Jasmin (Bey) Cowin is a Fulbright Scholar; Assistant Professor and TESOL Practicum Coordinator at Touro University, Graduate School of Education, New York; Computers for Schools Burundi Sustainability Analyst and Trainer (pro bono); and collaborator for TESOL teacher education with Future Horizons Foundation for Translation, Training, and Development (pro bono) Sanaa, Yemen. She was the 2021 conference chair for NYSTESOL and conference co-chair for the Second Annual VirtuaTeLL Conference Spring 2022 (VTCon 2022), NYS TESOL: Emerging Technologies in Language Learning and Teaching: Diversity, Criticality and Multimodality.

e-mail: drcowinj@gmail.com

Years in the CALL-IS: first year

Q. What is your favorite platform?

A. Currently: Agora World (https://agoravr.world/discover/), a no-code metaverse platform. I have already hosted two presentations using their free worlds. I absolutely love the ability to explore the potential of building metaverses targeted to language acquisition and teacher education.

Q. For you, what is the one indispensable tool/web page?

A. I created a clickable Language Educator Technology Wheel to share some of my favorite resources for everyone to explore.

Q. What is your most unexpected source of information about CALL?

A. LinkedIn - Dr. Jane Chien, our new Chair, recruited me from LinkedIn.

Q. What was your favorite CALL creation?

A. Going on a virtual field trip to the Louvre and the Great Barrier Reef with TESOL teacher trainees from Sanaa, Yemen.

Q. What are you working on now?

A. Just completed: Cowin, J. (2022). A chain of worlds: Education in the age of metaverses. In N. Callaos, J. Horne, B. Sánchez, M. Savoie (Eds.), Proceedings of the 26th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics: WMSCI 2022, Vol. III, pp. 25-29. International Institute of Informatics and Cybernetics. https://doi.org/10.54808/WMSCI2022.03.25

Q. What area would you like to see developed/researched?

A. First, the potential and positive aspects of simulation training for teacher trainees in education programs globally to make progress with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of 4C (SDG 4c) to “substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing States.” Second, metaverses, specifically the contexts and applications of metaverses in education with an analysis of the current developers of metaverses and their possible effects on learners’ cognitive development.

Q. In a sentence, what advice would you give to a newbie starting out in CALL?

A.Make connections, reach out, participate - you will find wonderful colleagues from around the world.


Judy Wong has been an active contributor to the EVO for the last 5 years, a member of TESOL International for almost 9 years, and the current Co-Chair Elect for CALL-IS. Judy has been an academic teacher for over forty years, teaching academics through the arts since 1981, which included teaching robotics, as well as the other academic disciplines to students in K-12. She has an MATESOL and has focused on teaching TESOL since 2012 to students in K-12 and in university. She has been an independent IT consultant, designing and building computers for small businesses for over thirty years and is a Zoom trainer.

e-mail: TheaterForELL@gmail.com

Years in the CALL-IS: 6 years. It was after I was introduced to the Electronic Village at my first in person TESOL conference that I went to 7 years ago.

Q. What is your favorite platform?

A. My favorite computer platform is PC. I am fully versed in working with anything Apple, but I prefer PC because I am a professional tech and I hate overpriced old tech... which is Apple (they actually use old tech inside their devices).

Q. For you, what is the one indispensable tool/web page?

A. In this day and age of teaching online globally, I find Zoom (https://zoom.us/) is indispensable. I am actually a Zoom Trainer because I have been using it since its creation years ago. I use TEDtalks (https://www.ted.com/talks) extensively in my teaching and have done many presentations for teachers on how to use it.

Q. What is your most unexpected source of information about CALL?

A. The most unexpected source was elementary school teachers. I didn't expect them to be that involved in teaching using technology.

Q. What was your favorite CALL creation?

A. When I used to teach in Higher Ed, I taught my speaking classes using TEDtalks for speaking examples. Then my students had to create a fictional product/company to promote and produce a complete presentation using animation programs.

Q. What are you working on now?

A. Actually, as I am the new Co-Chair Elect for CALL-IS, I am working on the coming conference in Portland. I am also working on an intersection session with IC-IS titled, "Teaching Intercultural Competence in the New Global Techno World.”

Q. What area would you like to see developed/researched?

A. I would like to see teachers using virtual worlds more. The globe is getting smaller - not bigger - and virtual worlds can bridge the gaps.

Q. In a sentence, what advice would you give to a newbie starting out in CALL?

A. Do not be scared and stop trying to do what you have been doing with the new tools that you are learning. Just think of the new tech as a cool new kind of pen or blackboard. It is a new tool, so play with it.


Suzan Stamper is a lecturer in the Center for Language Education at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She has been a CALL-IS and TESOL member since 1995.
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