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Learner Autonomy and Web 2.0

Latest volume in the CALICO book series:

Learner Autonomy and Web 2.0 explores tensions between the “classical” definitions of learner autonomy and the learning dynamics observed in specific online contexts. Some of the contributions argue for the emergence of actual new forms of autonomy, others consider that this is merely a case of “old wine in new bottles”. In this volume, autonomy is seen as emerging and developing in a complex relationship with L2 proficiency and other competencies. The volume takes an expansive view of what is meant by Web 2.0 and, as a result, a wide diversity of environments is featured, ranging from adaptive learning systems, through mobile apps, to social networking sites and – almost inevitably – MOOCs. Paradoxically, autonomy is seen to flourish in some quite restricted contexts, while in less constrained environments learners experience difficulty in dealing with a requirement to self-regulate. Learn more about this volume.

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Esperanto Access to Language Education Award

Language-learning Website Award: The Esperanto “Access to Language Education Award”

CALICO,, and the Esperantic Studies Foundation present this award to a website offering exceptional language-learning resources. The winning website is recognized at CALICO’s annual conference banquet, and its developers are presented with an Award Certificate and a prize. Noncommercial (cost-free) websites, created and/or maintained by CALICO members, are eligible for this award.  The following is the criteria and directions for nominating a website:

Sites created and/or maintained by current CALICO members are eligible for the Access to Language Education award (ALE). Nominated sites will be judged on the usefulness, the breadth and depth of available resources in support of language learning, meeting some or all of the following criteria.  Sites must be open access (cost-free), or have an open access section (which will be the section evaluated for the Award).

1. Ease of access and range of accessibility:  Web-based learning resources accessible by individual language learners from varying cultural, linguistic and geographic backgrounds.
2.  Versatility of the resources:  For learners of various ages (adolescent, university student, and/or adult self-learner) and educational goals (conversation, business, literature, preparation for language competence certification, etc.).  Resources addressing varied learning styles and offering diverse types of learning activities and tasks.
3. Breadth of the resources:  Materials to help students to progress from the beginning level of language learning to moderate levels of language proficiency.  Sites which aggregate and annotate language learning resources available on other sites.  Materials for learning more than one language will be considered a plus.

It is NOT necessary to meet all of these criteria.  If you have created an outstanding language web site, please consider nominating it. CALICO members may submit nominations for their own web sites, or those of other CALICO members (with their consent).

Nominations should include:
A) a brief paragraph describing the nature and purpose of the web site, B) contact information of the CALICO member who is the web site’s developer/maintainer (name, email address, and telephone number),
C) the URL of the web site,
D) A one-page (or less) discussion of how the site maximizes access to language learning, referencing the criteria described above.

Please be clear, concise, and DESCRIPTIVE in your brief descriptions.

The winner will be announced during the Annual Symposium.  Please send nomination information directly to Derek Roff:

Award Winners

Center for Applied Second Language Studies (visit the website)

Mezdhu nami: An Interactive Introduction to Russian (visit the website)

Ayamel, ARCLITE Lab (visit the website)
Brigham Young University

Resource Center for Teachers of Russian (visit the website)
Evgeny Dengub, Susanna Nazarova, Marina Rojavin and Irina Dubinina

Papiers-Mâchés (visit the website)
Aline Baehler

Macedonian Language E-Learning Center (visit the website)
Biljana Belamaric Wilsey

Focus Award:
Acceso (visit the website)
Amy Rossomondo, the Staff of the Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center, and the KU Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Aymara on the Internet (visit the website)
Gillian Lord, M. J. Hardman, Justino Llanque-Chana, Howard Beck, & Marcela Pineros

EuroCatering Language Training [visit the website]
Jozef Colpaert, Frederik Cornillie, Margret Oberhofer

Français interactif [visit the website]
Karen Kelton, Carl Blyth, & Nancy Guilloteau

Arabic Without Walls [visit the website] (request password for educational purposes from
Robert Blake & Kirk Belnap (Project Co-Directors); & Sonia Shiri (Course Designer)

French Online [visit the website]
Christopher Jones (Project Director & Coauthor); Marc Siskin (Technical Lead); & Sophie Queuniet & Bonnie Youngs (coauthors) 

Franel [visit the website]
Piet Desmet & the Lingu@tic team

Focus Awards:
Autonomous Technology-assisted Language Learning (The ATALL wikibook) [visit the website]
Gary Cziko
Bauhaus and Beyond: Influences on Chicago’s Skyline [visit the website]
Franziska Lys, Denise Meuser, & Ingrid Zeller (Project Conception and Development); Denise Meuser & Ingrid Zeller (Video Production); Mark Schaefer (Camera and Editing); Franziska Lys, Daniel Escuatia, & Adam Bennett (Software Development)  

German Resources on the Web [visit the website]
Jim Witte, Donna Van Handle, & Anne Green (American Association of Teachers of German).

Spanish Grammar Exercises [visit the website]
Barbara Kuczun Nelson

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Outstanding Graduate Student

Robert A. Fischer Outstanding Graduate Student Award
The outstanding graduate student is selected by CALICO’s Executive Board. The recipient is recognized at CALICO’s annual conference and is presented with a certificate and a prize (see criteria and procedures below).

Award Winners

Ju Seong John Lee (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

Sahar Matar Alzahrani (Umm AlQura University and University of Southampton)

Moonyoung Park (Iowa State University and University of Aizu)

Frederik Cornillie (University of Leuven)

D. Joseph Cunningham (University of Kansas)

Theresa Schenker (Michigan State University)

Julian ChengChiang Chen (University of Maryland College Park)

Tetyana Sydorenko (Michigan State University)

Peter Wood (University of Waterloo)

Julie Sykes (University of Minnesota)

Senta Goertler (University of Arizona)

Kara McBride (University of Arizona) and Jonathan Reinhardt (Pennsylvania State University)

Sabine Siekmann (University of South Florida)

Claudia Kost (University of Arizona)

Jozef Colpaert (University of Antwerp)

Outstanding Graduate Student
Candidates must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program, in good standing, and actively pursuing a degree with a primary focus on CALL (e.g., doing a CALL-related dissertation)

Candidates should have already been advanced to candidacy, that is, at least at the point of beginning to undertake research on the dissertation.

Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:
CALL research projects completed and in progress,

CALL development projects completed and in progress,
Participation in CALICO, and
General service to the profession, teaching, research, and potential for making significant contributions to the field.

Candidates may nominate themselves or be nominated by someone familiar with their work.

Candidates submit a description of their work based on a form available through CALICO: Form to Submit

Candidates request a letter of recommendation from an individual familiar with his/her work. The letter of recommendation should be submitted directly to CALICO.