The field of computer-mediated communication (CMC) has become a key area of research and development in CALL and it has established itself as one of the main themes of EUROCALL conferences over the past number of years. Colleagues working in CMC have focussed on a wide variety of themes which examine the application of on- line communication tools such as blogs, wikis, email, online forums, video- and audio- conferencing and virtual worlds to foreign language learning contexts. Important sub-themes include telecollaboration, the application of interactionist, constructivist and sociocultural interpretations of language acquisition in online environments, issues in task design for online interaction and the role of teachers in online learning.
This aim of the CMC SIG is to provide EUROCALL members working in this area with a specialised forum for networking and collaboration with other colleagues as well as for professional development. Some ways in which the SIG does this is by:
Since it’s founding at the EUROCALL 2007 conference in Coleraine, Ireland, the SIG has organised pre-conference workshops and/or CMC symposia at each annual EUROCALL conference in order to share ideas not only with one another but to publicise CMC research and practice to conference participants who may not yet be involved in CMC. In addition to this, the SIG has organised two successful workshops (Padova, Italy in 2008 and Leòn, Spain in 2009) which are characteristically small and allow for intense learning and sharing of experience and knowledge. In 2011, the CMC SIG joined together with the Teacher Education SIG in order to exploit the overlap of topics in the two fields and share experiences across these two areas. The first joint SIG workshop was thus held in Barcelona, Spain. This was believed to be particularly important given cuts in funding for professional development across Europe as a consequence of the financial crisis. Given the success of the 2011 conference, the two SIGs are currently organising a workshop for 2012 in Bologna, Italy.
Anyone interested in joining the SIG and taking an active part in its activities can subscribe to our listserv (http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/CMCSIG)
CMC Meeting 2012: minutes (PDF,
Minutes from our meeting at the annual 2011 EUROCALL conference in Nottingham, UK have been posted to the listserv and can be downloaded from the link below:
CMC meeting 2011 minutes (PDF, 75kb)
Sarah Guth, Università degli studi di Padova, Italy
Antje Neuhoff, University of Dresden, Germany
29-30 March, 2012. Centro Interfacoltà di Linguistica Teorica ed Applicata (CILTA), University of Bologna, Italy
EUROCALL CMC & Teacher Education SIGs Annual Workshop 2011: Learning Through Open Resources, Open Practices, Open Communication
14-15 April 2011, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
EUROCALL CMC & Teacher Education SIGs Annual Workshop
the Bigger Picture: Language Teacher Competences in CMC Settings”
23-25 April 2009, University of León, Spain
17-19 April 2008, University of Padova, Italy
CMC SIG Workshop: "Computer
Mediated Communication and Learning:
Research and Practice"