Report on the conference "Learning Technologies in the Language Classroom: A step closer to the future"

(University of Cyprus, 26-28th May, 2006)

The conference was jointly organised by the LT SIG, the University of Cyprus and the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute. It hosted 44 talks and workshops. Over 200 participants and speakers from 17 different countries attended what turned out to be a highly successful event.

This page, edited by Sophie Ioannou-Georgiou, contains links to material used at the conference, such as handouts etc. This page is under development.


The Opening Ceremony


Pavlos Pavlou welcomes everyone.


Welcome by the University Rector, Professor Stavros Zenios.


Welcome by the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute Acting Director, Dr Kyriakos Pillas.


Welcome by Gavin Dudeney, the outgoing Learning Technologies SIG Coordinator.


The opening of the conference by His Excellency, the Cyprus Minister of Education and Culture, Mr Pefkios Georgiades.


A group of happy delegates at the reception which followed the conference opening.
From left: Yuhua Hu (UK), Revathi Viswanathan (India), Sophie Ioannou-Georgiou (Cyprus), Ayesha Heble (Oman).

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The Plenaries and Panel discussion

Professor James Coleman

Opening plenary by Professor James Coleman (The Open University, UK). "The past, present and future of research into technology-enhanced language learning"
You can view the powerpoint of the plenary here.

Dr Stephen Bax

Plenary by Dr Stephen Bax (Canterbury Christ Church University, UK) "How can we make CALL more effective?".
You can view the powerpoint of the plenary here.

Gavin Dudeney

Plenary by Gavin Dudeney "The DoS, the Trainer & Technology: And Ne'er the Twain"

The Panel discussion

The Panel discussion inspired a very interesting and lively discussion among the panelists and the audience.

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Some of the presenters in action.

(The complete conference program can be viewed here).

Mark Pegrum

Mark Pegrum, University of Western Australia, Australia. Mark's powerpoint and his handout.

Yuhua Hu

Yuhua Hu, University of Edinburgh, UK


Pawel Sheffler

Pawel Sheffler, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland

Deborah Capras

Deborah Capras, Spotlight Verlag, Germany.
Debbie's powerpoint.

Ehya Amalsaleh

Ehya Amalsaleh, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Iran

Other links

Jane Sherman's powerpoint.

Revathi Viswanathan's handout.

Chrystalla Lymbouridou's powerpoint.

Pete Sharma's handout.

Sophie Ioannou-Georgiou & Nicos Sifakis' powerpoint.

Tilly Harrison's powerpoint.



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A glimpse at some of the workshops

Tilly Harrison giving a workshop

Tilly Harrison (University of Warwick) giving a workshop on "Creating your own Interactive Activities".

Jack Burston giving a workshop

Jack Burston (University of Cyprus) giving a workshop on "Making Student-Produced Photo Documentaries"

Brendan Wightman giving a workshop

Brendan Wightman (Cambridge ELT) giving a workshop on Interactive Whiteboards.

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Poster sessions

Poster sessions Poster sessions

Poster sessions were very interesting.

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Audience Audience audience

Audiences were great. And lots of fun!

audience audience audience

Lots of chatting and getting to know each other.
From left Demetris Chronopoulos (Greece), Demetris Aivazoglu (Greece) and Pavlos Pavlou (Cyprus).

From left: Yiannis Georgiou (Cyprus), Sophie Ioannou-Georgiou (Cyprus), Micki Zaritsky (Israel), Jean Ashbury (UK), Gail Shuster-Bouskila (Israel), Revathi Viswanathan (India).

From left: Jane Sherman (Italy), Andy Harrison (UK), Anne Claypole (Germany), Michael and Tilly Harrison (UK).

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And quite a bit of dancing took place

(and a bit of dancing on tables but some censorship took place and pictures were axed from this photodocumentary!)


From left: Pavlos Pavlou (Cyprus), Sophie Ioannou-Georgiou (Cyprus), Mark Pegrum (Australia).

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