The IATEFL Learning Technologies Special Interest Group is one of the largest and the oldest of the IATEFL SIGs. It began as the COMPUTERS SIG in the mid 1980s and now has around 500 members. This reflects the growing interest in new technologies.
The LTSIG is concerned with the application of new technologies to English language learning. The LTSIG includes among its interests the use of corpora and concordancers, multimedia, online tools and resources, social media, e-learning, instructional design, mobile learning, computer mediated communication, text-based software, authoring, learning management systems, and interactive digital whiteboards. This list is non-exhaustive and as technologies grow, so too do our interests.
- To raise awareness among ELT professionals of the power of learning technologies to assist with language learning.
- To contribute to the knowledge base as to how learning technologies can be used for effective English Language Learning.
- To develop members’ expertise in the myriad of uses of learning technologies with their language learners.
- To encourage networking and online collaboration amongst SIG members.
What we do:
- organise Edtech related events in the UK and overseas, at least three times a year, with discounts for IATEFL members
- organise the learning technologies track at the main IATEFL Conference.
- run this website.
- build a community around learning technologies on our Facebook page and Twitter account
What we did:
- until 2014 we produced a newsletter, LT, previously called the CALL Review, three times a year available only to members of the IATEFL LTSIG. This included information on applications of computers to ELT, software reviews, Internet sites, and research related issues.