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May 2, 2002

Pitt hosts language technology conference

Pitt will host the annual conference of the Northeast Association for Language Learning Technology May 3-5 at the Robert Henderson Language Media Center on the Cathedral of Learning's ground floor. The conference theme is "The Language Media Center: Not Just Another Computer Lab."

There will be presentations, panels and discussions about how better to integrate technology into language teaching and learning, including The Web is for Everyone: Usability and Accessibility in Web Page Design, Supporting Online Learning, "Vous ?tes Morgane…": Commercial Computer Games as French Civilization Courseware, Atajos con Tecnologia: Shortcuts with Technology, Pushing Oral Output Inside and Outside of the Language Lab in Advanced Oral Expression Classes, Language Alive in a "Low Tech" Classroom, Archiving the Lab Experience: Electronic Portfolios and Grade Books, Online Oral Proficiency Testing, and Revisiting the "Dark Side of the Web."

The conference will feature a multimedia showcase encompassing programs in German, Polish, Chinese, Spanish, English as a second language, Hungarian, Japanese, French and American Sign Language. Participants will include directors of language labs and media centers from Pitt, Yale, Princeton, Case Western Reserve, Carnegie Mellon, Swarthmore, Haverford, Hamilton, Skidmore, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Notre Dame.

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