Developing learner agency through smart technology
Xi'an, China | July 1-3, 2022
Welcome to the 5th Pedagogy and Practice in Technology Enhanced Language Learning (PPTELL 2022) conference - an annual conference to be co-hosted by Shaanxi Normal University (SNNU) and the PPTELL Association on 1-3 July, 2022. Given the continual impact of the global pandemic, PPTELL 2022 conference will be held online wishing to provide us with a great opportunity to connect and reconnect with colleagues. Considering Developing learner agency through smart technology as the theme of the conference this year, this online conference brings us to think further about the potentiality of technology and how it can be adopted/adapted for effective language learning to meet diverse needs of learners through smart technology.
Nowadays, language learners and educators have been challenged by coping with the changing environments, using tools and features embedded in technologies and objects, and finding and accepting new ways of interaction with peers. This year will focus on using smart technology to help language learners become autonomous learning agents who can determine their own learning goals, make learning plans, and strengthen the plans with appropriate language learning tools. The autonomous language learners will monitor their learning process, adjust and interact with the environment based on their learning status through smart technology. Given the advent of the artificial intelligence and other smart technologies, integrating perception, representation & reasoning, machine learning and natural interaction, they have created new and innovative learning opportunities and invited us to envisage learner agency in a new light.
Reflecting on and thinking ahead of possibilities and feasibilities of technology enhanced language learning in smart contexts, the aim of the 5th PPTELL conference is to facilitate and maximize insightful conversations and discussions about theory and practice in autonomous language learning. We are specifically interested in the nexus of theory and practice surrounding the impacts of artificial intelligence in language learning and how features of smart technologies, learning environments, and pedagogical approaches have affected diverse language learners and teachers in contemporary language classrooms.