CALL-IS Electronic Village (2021)

Call for Proposals

Submission deadline: 11:59 PM U.S. Eastern Standard Time - Friday, February 5


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The Computer-Assisted Language Learning Interest Section (CALL-IS) invites you to submit proposals for Electronic Village sessions, which will take place during the TESOL 2021 Virtual Convention (March 24-27, 2021). Due to the virtual nature of the convention, Electronic Village presentation-oriented sessions will consist of short, pre-recorded videos available to convention attendees on demand, paired with related live video Q & A chats with presenters, scheduled at times conducive for the global audience. These tech fair videos will be “how to” demonstrations that showcase how classroom teachers can practically apply technology-based tools and activities during virtual, blended, or face-to-face instruction. The video Q & A presenter chats will be synchronous 60-minute Zoom meetups with CALL-IS moderator support; participants can ask questions related to the asynchronously viewed video presentations.

Sessions will be organized into three topics; one topic will be featured each day of the virtual convention:

  1. Making Your LMS Work for You: Lessons Learned and Effective Practices (Google Classroom, Moodle, Canvas, Blackboard, etc.). Live Q & A on Thursday, March 25 will be at 8am and 12pm EDT.
  2. Tech Tips: Tools and Activities for Synchronous Virtual Instruction. Live Q & A on Friday, March 26 will be at 8am and 12pm EDT.
  3. Tech Tips: Tools and Activities for Asynchronous Virtual Instruction. Live Q & A on Saturday, March 27 will be at 8am and 12pm EDT.

Pre-recorded presentation videos must be 5-10 minutes long; these videos should succinctly highlight a specific application of a technology-based tool, showcase a technology-supported activity or approach, or provide an overview of a tool’s general capabilities for classroom use. The use of screencasting and other display approaches that visually demonstrate how the tool functions or an activity sequence takes place is highly encouraged. These presentation videos will be showcased to convention goers via Padlet, Flidgrid, or a similar tool, along with CALL-IS-provided resources about how to use this tool in classroom settings. Attendees will be able to make comments and ask questions using the interactive video display tool. Thus, our tech fair video sessions will themselves communicate key pedagogical information with attendees, while also providing a context for demonstrating another classroom-appropriate “video-sharing and comments” tech platform.

Ideally, all presenters will commit to being available for one or both of the scheduled live chat video sessions on the date their presentation’s theme is featured. Again, these Q & A sessions will be an informal opportunity for the participants to ask questions about the session(s) they watched.

We welcome proposals from all English language practitioners, including instructors, teacher trainers, developers, and graduate students.

  • Your abstract must clearly explain your session plan by identifying the tool or activity you will demonstrate, listing the pedagogical aims of your presentation (“By watching this video, participants will be able to…”), and briefly describing how you will achieve these aims. If your session is applicable only to a certain age group, proficiency level, or content context, please specify that information in your proposal.
  • As you complete the form, please also identify the daily thematic topic that best matches your presentation content, as well as your availability to participate in the associated live Q & A sessions.
  • To ensure the maximum benefit to conference participants, please note that preference will be given to presentations that focus on widely available—free or “freemium,” if possible—resources and tech tools; we will not accept any proposals that explicitly promote or attempt to sell for-fee tools.

Include your session title (10-word limit), a session summary for the electronic program (50-word limit), and an abstract of your session (100-word limit) by 11:59 PM U.S. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, February 5th, 2021.
To apply to present, please use this form:

Submit Proposal Here

If you are unable to access the Google Form application or have other questions about this call for proposals, please contact Marta Halaczkiewicz at for additional support.