LatinCALL


WorldCALL is very proud to announce that it helped set the seed to create LatinCALL, the Latin American Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning at the V WorldCALL Conference hosted by the University of Concepción (Chile) from 13 to 16 November 2018.

Mission

LatinCALL is an international association that fosters the effective teaching and learning of languages assisted by technologies in diverse and multilingual contexts of Latin America.

LatinCALL seeks to empower educators, stakeholders and the educational community  in general, to engage meaningfully with  technologies and promote excellence in language learning, research, and teaching practice.

Vision

LatinCALL envisions to lead and promote the effective teaching and learning of languages assisted by technologies in the region, by building liaisons among those involved in education both nationally and internationally, by creating opportunities for professional development and  by establishing connections with sister CALL organizations in the world.

LatinCALL expects to be recognized as an authority for continuous professional development of language teachers and practitioners that use technologies in Latin America, and to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and networking among professionals.

Strategic goals

  • To establish LatinCALL as one of the leading authorities in computer-assisted language learning in the region
  • To gather CALL practitioners and researchers in the region
  • To provide professional development for CALL practitioners
  • To lead and advocate for good and ethical CALL practices to external stakeholders
  • To partner and collaborate with other entities to further the CALL mission
  • To increase membership value
  • To attain and maintain financial stability

Action plan

  • Organize an annual conference in Latin America
  • Encourage smaller regional events
  • Devote 1 issue per year in the CALL Research Journal (Taylor & Francis) edited by a guest editor from within the LatinCALL
  • Publish an online journal, accepting papers in any of the languages spoken in Latin America
  • Disseminate CALL practices from Latin America through social networks and social media
  • Seek funding to set up transnational cooperation projects

Founding LatinCALL Steering Committee

  • President: Emerita Bañados, Universidad de Concepción, Chile
  • Vice-President: Liliana Cuesta Medina, Universidad de La Sabana, Colombia
  • General Secretary: Mónica Stella Cárdenas, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile
  • Treasurer: to be appointed
  • Social Media and Website Officer: Patricia Vasconcelos Almeida, Universidade Federal de Lavras, Brazil & Ana Carolina de LaurentiisBrandão, Universidad Estatal de Mato Grosso, Brazil
  • Outreach Officer: Carolina Orgnero, Facultad de Lenguas, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba
  • Journal Editor & Communications Officer: Ana Fernández Peraza, Universidad de Costa Rica
LatinCALL launch November 2018, Concepción (Chile)