Volume 27 Number 1
Leadership Updates
Dawn Bikowski, PhD, Director, English Language Improvement Program, Linguistics Department, Ohio University

As chair-elect for the CALLIS, I am very excited about the upcoming convention in New Orleans. The chair-elect position involves planning the Academic Session and InterSections, and we have some very interesting sessions lined up. All events take place in the Technology Showcase.

For our Academic Session this year we are excited to have the very relevant topic of “Teacher Training for Web 2.0 and Beyond” on Friday, March 18, from 1:00 to 3:45 p.m. This session will feature many practical pieces of advice and insight not only for those involved with teacher-training but for teachers at all levels of experience as well. The presenters include Christine Bauer-Ramazani, Greg Kessler, Philip Hubbard, and Paige Ware. They will discuss teacher-training as it relates not only to Web 2.0 technologies but also to the technologies that are developing and those that teachers may be facing in the future.

For our primary InterSection, the CALLIS will partner with the Higher Education IS from 10:00 to 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 19. The session, “Building Effective Intercultural Communication in Online Courses,” will include Dawn Bikowski, Debbie East, Geoff Lawrence, and Sandy Wagner. This panel will discuss ways to develop practical and pedagogically sound online courses and activities that help students develop their intercultural communication skills, including challenges of online communications, strategies for overcoming them, and training teachers for this environment. Very relevant for today’s teaching! We also have two more InterSections this year: with the Materials Writers IS, “Challenges and Opportunities in Designing New Multimedia ELT Materials” with Randall Davis, Jennifer Lebedev, Maggie Sokolik, and Sarah Worthington on Saturday, March 19, from 2:00 to 3:45 p.m., and with the Elementary Education IS, “Technology in ESOL Classrooms and Preparing Teachers for Successful Integration,” on Friday, March 18, from 10:00 to 11:45 a.m, with Christel Broady, Karen Kuhel, Ellen Dougherty, Margaret McKenzie, Stacey Abbott, Sandra Rogers, and Ben Fabie. They will offer practical advice on making integration work.

We hope to see you at these popular events! They all take place in the Technology Showcase and promise to provide very useful information.

Dawn, bikowski@ohio.edu