In the UK context, it is very timely to ask what is, and what should be, the role of technology in the language education accessed by migrants and refugees.
Anyone interested in this subject is very welcome to come along to a lunchtime roundtable next week, Wednesday 11th April, on ‘Technology-enabled Language Education for Migrants and Refugees in the UK’ at the Migration Museum Project in London. The event is free and registration is open now through the Eventbrite link
The roundtable is designed to provoke discussion on the role of technology in language education for migrants and refugees. Are any current technologies relevant or useful? Are they a barrier to genuine human contact and learning? Should they be used much more widely and how might that come about?
Speakers include Nafisah Graham-Brown, Management Council Member of NATECLA (National Association of Teaching English and other Community Languages to Adults), Tom Hayton, Techfugees, and Dr Michael Thomas, Professor of Language and Global Studies, University of Central Lancashire.
Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, Professor of Learning Technology and Communication in the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University and Past-President of the International Association for Mobile Learning, will be the discussant. Her original background is in language teaching and learning. Recent projects include the MASELTOV project on personalized technologies for social inclusion, the British Council project on Mobile Pedagogy for English Language Teaching, and the SALSA project on language learning in the next generation of smart cities.
We look forward to exchanging experiences, learning from one another and deciding what needs to happen next.