Plenary Speakers

The following world-renowned speakers will appear at this year's conference. For full details of their talks and workshops, click the link.

Plenary Speakers

Plenary Speaker at GLoCALL 2021

Dr. Deborah Healey University of Oregon (USA)

Deborah Healey

Dr. Deborah Healey was the 2019-2020 President of TESOL’s Board of Directors. She has taught teacher training courses online for the University of Oregon’s American English Institute and face-to-face in the Master’s in Language Teaching program in the Linguistics Department. She has also taught both ESL and EFL at community colleges and language institutes, including in Yemen. She has written and presented extensively (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America). Her recent areas of research include gamification, massive open online courses, and online teaching approaches. Her doctorate is in Computers in Education.

Presentation: Growing up Digital: Intelligent Use of Technology

Many if not all of our learners are accustomed to using technology in their own lives. Much has been said about the so-called Generation X, Millennials, and Gen Z, who seem to be constantly connected to their mobile devices, and through their devices, to each other. However, our mobile-aware learners may not be very good at focused learning with technology support. This talk will explore why and how teachers can enhance their own and their students’ 21st Century skills, with a focus on technology use in four major areas: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. Realistically speaking, these are now simply life skills for everyone. I will also offer suggestions for technology integration based on TESOL’s new initiative, the 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Language Learners. The 6 Ps are firmly research-based and useful to any language teacher at any level.

Workshop: Digital Storytelling

Teachers have long used text-based stories in language classes to build reading and writing skills, and video-based stories for listening. Digital storytelling moves creating and sharing stories in the digital arena. Like classroom oral storytelling, digital stories build oral and listening skills. Going further, the electronic format allows learners to improve their written communication skills for the digital, multi-modal age. This is not the same as writing a story on paper; the digital form offers the ability to integrate and remix audio and video, and also potentially far wider distribution of the learners’ work. Clearly, creating these stories builds 21st Century skills of creativity and communication. This talk will show examples of digital storytelling, provide a framework for creating digital stories, and encourage teachers to work in small groups to find ways to incorporate digital storytelling into their own classes.