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Background Notes

The use of “New Media” in Language Learning/Teaching

in Adult, Continuing, Further and Higher Education 2020



The ICC 2017 Annual Conference follows on the tradition of the past two successful conferences:
2015 - Language Learning in 2020 in Adult, Continuing, Further and Higher Education,
2016 - The Language Teacher in 2020 in Adult, Continuing, Further and Higher Education
2017 - The use of “New Media” in Language Learning/ Teaching in Adult, Continuing, Further and Higher Education 2020, where we will examine and discuss the use and exploitation of "new media" for language learning and language teaching from 2020 onwards. The event will provide a mixture of presentations by professionals/ organisations working in the field of integration of new media in education, followed by a workshop approach, where colleagues with specific expertise in the integration of the new media into language learning and teaching guide and accompany small groups of colleagues in the demonstration/practice of the use of certain, identified media which they have found useful in their teaching.



  • 1. Keynote: Ursula Stickler Senior Lecturer in German, Open University, UK.
  • 2. Short presentations by experts
  • 3. "Hands-on" experience with the experts
  • 4. Discussions in small groups
    (individuals exchange their experience, both in terms of their own use of new media and what they have discovered/learnt in the sessions presented at the conference.)
  • 5. Practice sessions under the supervision of the experts
  • 6. Summary and conclusions: Bärbel Kühn, Chair designate ICC


A summary of contents and findings of the conference by Prof. Bärbel Kühn

In the tradition of the ICC conferences, there will be ample opportunity for exchanges on a one-to-one basis, in small groups, and in the plenary sessions.

The whole event will culminate in a summary and statement of what the group/conference as a whole feels would be "good practice" in the deployment of new media in language learning and teaching for our target groups.

Beyond the more formal setting of the conference proper, participants will be encouraged to exchange experience and impressions gained with other colleagues participating in the conference. One of the hallmarks of the ICC conferences is the rich opportunity for exchange with the invited speakers and with other, like-minded professionals working in post secondary language education in an informal setting.

Keynote Speaker: This year, we have the honour of welcoming Ursula Stickler Senior Lecturer in German at the Open University, UK, as our keynote speaker. Guest Speakers: Robert O’Dowd, Eva Groestenberger, Michael Carrier Bärbel Kühn, Rob Williams


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