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InterSection:  CALL-IS with ICIS and Globetrotters Forum

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InterSection: CALL-IS with ICIS and Globetrotters Forum:

Addressing Intercultural Awareness and CALL Importance in a Globetrotter Environment


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InterSection: CALL-IS with ICIS and Globetrotters Forum

Addressing Intercultural Awareness and CALL Importance in a Globetrotting Endeavor

Thursday, March 29, 2018

9:30-11:15 am

Exhibition Hall, Booth 540


This live event has passed 

recording: https://youtu.be/XaxVcUK2S9I 



Addressing intercultural awareness and CALL importance in a Globetrotting endeavor…


 Our Panelists: 

Globetrotters Forum

    • John Schmidt
    • Christine Coombe


    • Christine Sabieh


    • Jessica Raczkowski
    • Nahida El Assi



In a special IS panel, the CALLIS, the ICIS, and the Globetrotters Forum address technology, culture and language communication in global contexts through experience sharing. The panelists discuss cultures of learning and cultural variations within the tech-supported environments to facilitate cultural and/or intercultural exchange and competence and language learning globally. (50)


Session Description:

Online learning or tech-supported environments and technologies have great potential to motivate and engage students in cross-cultural exchange, as well as the creation of new cultures (Lam, 2006). They can also present challenges for ELLs, ELTs, and designers, particularly concerning the complex nature of cultural influences on academic contexts, behaviors, and expectations of teaching and learning, design, and assessment (Jung and Gunawardena, 2014). Intercultural approaches that enable all stakeholders to reflect on cultural perspectives, perceptions, and biases, as well as aim for inclusivity across culture, gender and learning styles are therefore essential to effective use of online English language instruction and use of multimedia. Furthermore, consideration of knowledge and skill gaps that might exist between participants (e.g. digital natives vs. digital immigrants) can also affect outcomes of online English language learning (Prensky, 2001). Research that seeks to understand the uniqueness of online learning cultures can serve to better facilitate online EL instruction and the building of twenty-first century skills.     

In a special IS panel, the Intercultural Communication (IC) and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) Interest Sections, and the Globetrotters Forum  address technology, culture and language communication in global contexts through experience sharing. Specifically, the panelists discuss: How CALL and online environments can be used to facilitate intercultural exchange and competence between teachers and students globally; what cultures of learning and cultural variations within CALL and online environments in diverse contexts need to be addressed; and in what way does CALL with ICC combine to facilitate language and cultural/intercultural learning globally? The discussion provides implications and recommendations as well as invites audience sharing to encourage the role of technology, culture and language communication understanding and importance






Links to materials 

10 mins 

Christine Sabieh,

Notre Dame University, sabieh@hotmail,com

Introduction, Communication & Technology

Introduce purpose of panel and panelists; introduce idea of technology & cultural communication

Sabieh - Addressing Intercultural Awareness and CALL Importance in a.pptx

10 mins

Jessica Raczkowski  

Introduction: Communication with others: The need to consider culture, cultures of learning (purpose to introduce culture into the panel idea)


JKR-Intercultural Communication.pptx

10 mins 

Christine C or John ????

Global outreach: Conditions, opportunities, and/or need


Place PPT link here

10 mins 

Jessica Raczkowski

Tailoring Pedagogical Approaches to Student Needs: A. Teaching background and experience & tailoring to students  

 Use of IPA to teach Asian learners and use of my video technology to model pronunciation to show that teachers need to connect to students' cultures and learning cultures to teach English successfully. Discuss the importance of student analysis and pedagogical adaption in global classrooms to foster intercultural communication. Examples will be provided

 JKR-ICC-CALL intersection.pptx  



Jessica Raczkowski for Nahida El Assi

Tailoring Pedagogical Approaches to Student Needs: B. Important elements to consider

Addressing cultures of learning and cultural variations within CALL and online environments in diverse contexts


TESOL 2018, Presentation 1.pptx


Christine Sabieh,

Notre Dame University, sabieh@hotmail,com


Technology use that facilitates outreach & communication across cultures and communities in a  multicultural university setting

Basic technology use  in teaching ENG language, ESP, or using ENL instruction in a university setting

Sabieh - Technology Use That Facilitates Outreach & Communication Across.pptx


Jessica for Nahida  

Showcasing examples of how technology and intercultural communication facilitates learning globally: The ICIS experience???   



TESOL 2018, Presentation 2.pptx


Christine Coombe

Dubai Men’s College, UAE


Showcasing examples of how technology and intercultural communication facilitates learning globally: Globetrotters experience


Place PPT link here


John Schmidt

Texas International Education Consortium, Austin, Texas



Addressing Intercultural Awareness and CALL Importance in a Globetrotting Endeavor:

Globetrotter members of TESOL International Association advance Global Education and foster global citizenship by bringing the world and diverse cultures to their classrooms and schools and by transporting their students abroad through universal networks, facilitated by Intercultural Communication and Computer Assisted Language Learning.  The universal networks span 141 countries that are populated by 352,000 members of Toastmasters International, comprising 16,400 clubs around the globe.  Formally and informally, ESL and EFL students exchange the gift of communication and leadership that Toastmasters methodologies and techniques embody to facilitate an intercultural communication exchange through CALL online environments.

Place PPT link here


The Panelists

Conclusion & Discussion:

Q & A


A last word on the topic will be made and the floor will be open for questions or comments from the audience


Sabieh - Conclusion culture.pptx  


Presenter Bios:

Christine Sabieh

Dr. Christine Sabieh, Professor at Notre Dame University, is an American who lives in Lebanon. Through her teaching, administrative posts, and research, she keeps up her interest in Language teaching, assessment, education, teacher training, Educational Technology and Educational Psychology. An advocate of CALL and a Certified On-Line Instructor/Trainer, she does education consultancy, conducts workshops, publishes, and participates in conferences on a national, regional and international level. She is a member of TESOL, serving as the CALL-IS Chair Elect. She also is an active contributor to TESOL Arabia activities and publications.   

Nahida El Assi:

Dr. Nahida El Assi is a trilingual educator with 20+ years of experience as program developer, teacher trainer, material writer, consultant, researcher and lecturer. Besides her work as a project leader at Université de Montréal, her current work is focused on online and hybrid courses, flipped classes, and integrating technology into planning for instruction. She has been a TESOL member since 1999 and has been a panelist and presenter in a number of national, regional and international conferences. She has numerous publications.

Christine Coombe:

Christine Coombe has a Ph.D in Foreign/Second Language Education from The Ohio State University.  She is currently on the English faculty of Dubai Men's College.  She is the former Testing and Measurements Supervisor at UAE University and Assessment Coordinator of Zayed University. Christine is co-editor of Assessment Practices (2003, TESOL Publications); co-author, A Practical Guide to Assessing English Language Learners (2007, University of Michigan Press); co-editor, Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness in EF/SL Contexts (2007, UMP); co-editor, Language Teacher Research in the Middle East (2007, TESOL Publications), Leadership in English Language Teaching and Learning (2008, UMP) Applications of Task-based Learning in TESOL (2010, TESOL Publications), The Cambridge Guide to Second Language Assessment (2012, Cambridge University Press), Reigniting, Retooling and Retiring in English Language Teaching (2012, University of Michigan Press) and The Cambridge Guide to Research in Language Teaching and Learning (Cambridge University Press, 2015).  Christine’s forthcoming books are on evaluation in the MENA and life skills education.


Christine has lived and worked in the Arabian Gulf for the past 23 years.  In this capacity, she has served as the President and Conference Chair of TESOL Arabia and as the founder and co-chair of the TESOL Arabia Testing Special Interest Group who organize the Current Trends in English Language Testing (CTELT) Conference.  Christine is also the founder and chair of the TESOL Arabia Leadership & Management SIG.


During her tenure in the Middle East, she has won many awards including: 2002 Spaan Fellowship for Research in Second/Foreign Language Assessment; 2002-03 TOEFL Outstanding Young Scholar Award; TOEFL Board Grant for 2003-04, 2005-06, 2007-08 and 2009-10 for her work in delivering assessment training assessment in developing countries. She served on the TESOL Board of Directors as Convention Chair for Tampa 2006 and was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Teacher of the Year for 2003-04.  She served as TESOL President (2011-2012) and was a member of the TESOL Board of Directors (2010-2013).  Christine received the British Council’s International Assessment Award for 2013.  Her most recent honor was being named to TESOL’s 50@50 which “recognizes professionals who have made significant contributions to the TESOL profession within the past 50 years.”

John Schmidt:

Dr. John Schmidt, Academic Coordinator, Texas International Education Consortium/Texas Intensive English Program, originated the Globetrotter Forum for TESOL International Association members nine years ago.  TESOL Convention Chair in Portland, Oregon in 2014 and Association Convention Chair in 2012, 2013, and 2015, John currently serves on the TESOL International Association Board of Directors.  John frequently contributes to professional development publications for the University of Michigan Press and TESOL Press.   Combining administrative work with classroom instruction, John’s favorite courses to teach are those for in-service EFL educators, which he has conducted on five continents.   

Claire Bradin Siskin:

Claire Bradin Siskin is an enthusiastic practitioner of computer-assisted language learning (CALL). She is a former member of the Board of Directors of TESOL and has served as chair of the CALL Interest Section of TESOL and chair of the Executive Board of the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO). She has taught English and conducted workshops in 22 countries outside the U. S. Her principal interests are faculty development and research in CALL.

Jessica Raczkowski:

Jessica Raczkowski has worked for EF Education First for over six years, the last three as an independent contractor in the online, adult education division, English Live. She is an adjunct professor in the Graduate Education in TESOL program for Wilkes University, located in Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA. She is currently also a doctoral student in the Doctor of Education in Instruction and Learning with a concentration in Language, Literacy, and Culture program at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.  Ms. Raczkowski has taught ESL/EFL in China, Germany, and the United States.


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