V a n c e  S t e v e n s


CALL Coordinator and eLearning Specialist
Consultant in Computer-Assisted Language Learning Implementations, ESL Software Developer; Lecturer in ESL and Computing

P.O. Box: 41637, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi phone, fax, and voice mail: (+971) 02-632-6972

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Curriculum Vitae


Specialist in Computer Assisted Language Learning / Instructional Technology / eLearning / Independent Learning / Teacher Training and Coordination - particularly involving teaching English as a foreign or second language




I am a Lecturer of Computing at Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi.  Prior to that I was Amideast consultant and CALL (computer-assisted language learning) coordinator at the Military Language Institute in Abu Dhabi (1997-2003). As CALL coordinator for the Language Center at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman, 1985-1995, I was manager responsible for setting up and running the Student Resource Center.  An ESL teacher since 1975, I have worked in Texas, Saudi Arabia, and Hawaii in addition to Oman and the UAE. Extensive involvement in CALL since 1979 includes: CALL software development, research, CALL project leadership, numerous publications, and from 1995-1997 work with Authorware and speech recognition, among other computer-based development tools, as Director of ESL Software Design at a courseware publishing company in California.


I have served on the editorial boards of major professional journals, including TESOL Quarterly and CALICO Journal, and I am currently "On the Internet" editor of the TESL Electric Online Journal. I was a founding member and first officially appointed chair of the CALL Interest Section in TESOL, and currently serve as EVOnline Liaison to the Distance Education Sub-committee of TESOL's Professional Development Committee and on the Executive Committee of APACALL (Asia-Pacific Association for CALL). Since 1996 I have organized and developed online language learning projects resulting in two robust communities of practice based on the 'Webheads' concept of personalized web pages and weekly synchronous online events utilizing a variety of free multimedia synchronous communications tools.


I am a native speaker of English, married, with two children, both in college. I have traveled widely and can communicate in several languages, particularly French and Arabic. I have learned to converse in Arabic having spent 5 years in Saudi Arabia, 10 in Oman, and 6 in the UAE, and studied in Arabic language courses in each country.

Educational Background


Highest degree: M.A. in ESL, University of Hawaii at Manoa –

Thesis research in CALL - August, 1983

B.S. in Biology, University of Houston, Main Campus - August, 1971


Work History


July 2003 to Present - Lecturer in Computing at Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi, UAE, where I teach computing to foundation year UAE nationals and help develop curriculum.


May '97 to June 10, 2003 - CALL Coordinator for the Amideast UAE/MLI Project in Abu Dhabi, UAE. As a managerial team member, my job included conceptualizing, preparing, developing, maintaining, and coordinating a state-of-the-art multimedia-based CALL component to the MLI's EFL curriculum, and helping train teaching staff in its effective use. I worked for Amideast, http://www.amideast.org, 1730 M Street, NW, #1100, Washington, DC 20036, USA; phone: (202) 776-9600; fax: (202) 776-7091.


Sept '85 to July, 1997 - Director of ESL Software Design, Courseware Publishing International in Cupertino, California. CPI no longer exists but produced CD-ROM based listening and reading comprehension materials for ESL, and developed software for language learning utilizing speech recognition. I worked with a team of software designers and graphics artists on CD-ROM based CALL materials for ESL using Authorware Pro, IBM speech recognition software, and an array of multimedia development tools in Windows and Macintosh. My proudest accomplishment there was my part in production of Traci Talk, a speech recognition driven adventure game I helped design with Phil Hubbard and the CPI staff.


Oct '85 to Sept '95 - Lecturer of ESL / Instructional Developer / Coordinator for CALL and Self- Access Learning, Sultan Qaboos Univ. Language Centre, Box 43, Al-Khoud, OMAN 123. My duties included setting up learning labs, teaching ESL, managing CALL facilities, and developing software.



Aug '83 to Jun '85 - Instructor and Academic Director, Institute of English Studies, Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Box 428, Kamuela, Hawaii 96743 / USA - I was responsible for all academic aspects of setting up and running the Institute of English Studies during its initial 2 years at HPA, including choice, design, sequencing and presentation of teaching materials for academic listening, reading, and writing developing A/V and computer lab components (Apple ][) scheduling, advising, instructing, testing and evaluating students supervision of instructional staff


Apr '83 to Aug '83 - Instructor, Kansai Gaidai Hawaii College, 5257 Kalanianaole, Honolulu, HI 96821 - I taught writing and grammar to Japanese college freshmen


Aug '81 to Jul '83 - Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Dept. of ESL, 1890 East-West Rd., Moore Hall 570, Honolulu, HI 96826 / USA - I taught writing and listening comprehension courses in the English Language Institute to graduate and undergraduate foreign, predominantly Asian, university students


Sep '76 to Jun '81 - Lecturer and CALL Coordinator, University of Petroleum and Minerals Language Center, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia



May '75 to Mar '76 - Instructor, English Language Services, 5900 Calhoun, Houston, Texas 77004 / USA - I taught intensive English to entering university students of heterogeneous backgrounds


Technical Skills


·        Programming – Programmed in Basic 1985-1995; worked with Authorware 1995-1997

·        HTML – can write code and use web authoring tools e.g  Front Page, Hot Metal Pro, Dreamweaver – can utilize JavaScript in code, embed Java applets, images, video, sound files

·        Course management systems – Set up courses in Blackboard and Nicenet; familiarity with WebCT; maintain webpage at http://www.vancestevens.com/authorng.htm

·        Web development – helped administer site with ASP script operating off Access dbase (2000-2003)

·        Multimedia development - Real Producer, MS Encoder, various sound, image and video file editors

·        Desktop and network operating systems – Apple II 1981-1985; DOS 1985-1995; Novell Network 1993-1995; developed in Mac environment 1995-1997; Windows 3.1/95/98/NT/2000 including 1995-2003 experience with administration of NT4 and Windows 2000 LAN

·        General knowledge of issues in Instructional Technology and ability to keep abreast -
maintain webpage at http://www.vancestevens.com/esl_home.htm


Current Web Projects


Starting in 1996 as a volunteer online ESL instructor with English for Internet, http://www.study.com, I conceived and developed a set of online projects which have evolved into robust, ongoing communities of practice.  



For the MLI 1997-2003




Experience in Teacher Training


From 1997-2003 my full-time CALL Coordinator work at the MLI in Abu Dhabi entailed teacher training in using, developing, and troubleshooting CALL in the course of daily work there.  I have made dozens of presentations to peers at professional conferences worldwide. The most recent ones are listed at http://www.vancestevens.com/papers.


Among the more salient:



Summer'83 - Instructor, Hawaii Community College, Kailua, Hawaii - I conducted a night course in PILOT one semester in the Continuing Education program at HCC

Jan '83 to May'83 - Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Dept. of ESL, 1890 East-West Rd., Moore Hall 570, Honolulu, HI 96826 / USA - I taught a semester of TEFL methodology to regularly enrolled undergraduate students



Service to Professional Organizations


For a detailed listing and links to presentations given at conferences hosted by these organizations, please see: http://www.vancestevens.com/papers/index.html


TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) http://www.tesol.org


CALICO (Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium) http://www.calico.org/


AILA (L'Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquee) http://www.aila.ac

1987 8th World Congress in Sydney, Australia, I co-convened a 2-day symposium entitled: Computers in applied linguistics: The decade of the 1980's and beyond.


CAELL Journal (formerly C.A.L.L. Digest)

I was a Contributing Editor from 1987 through the final issue.


APACALL (Asia-Pacific Association for CALL), http://www.apacall.org/

I am on the Executive Committee of from November 2002 - October 2004



For additional information, search for "Vance Stevens" in major search engines for references on various web pages.  Email addresses of those below available on request:






Books and Articles


44f. Stevens, V. (forthcoming - 2004). Chapter 10. Webheads Communities: Writing Tasks Interleaved with Synchronous Online Communication and Web Page Development for a book entitled Task-based instruction in foreign language education: Practices and programs coedited by Betty Lou Leaver and Jane G. Willis, Georgetown University Press.

43f. Stevens, V. (forthcoming - 2003). How CALL-IS Began. Prepared at the request of Chris Sauer, CALL-IS Newsletter Editor, May 2003

42. Stevens, V. and Altun, A. (2002). The Webheads community of language learners online. In Syed, Z. (Ed.). The process of language learning: An EFL perspective. Abu Dhabi: The Military Language Institute. pp. 285-318. There is a pre-publication version of this paper at http://sites.hsprofessional.com/vstevens/files/efi/papers/t2t2001/proceeds.htm

41. Stevens, V. 2002. A day in the life of an online language educator. TESL-EJ 6, 3. http://www-writing.berkeley.edu/TESL-EJ/ej23/int.html

40. Stevens, Vance. 2001. Developing a Community in Online Language Learning. In Syed, Zafar, and David Heuring, eds. Tools of the Trade: Teaching EFL in the Gulf. Proceeds of the Military Language Institute's 1st annual Teacher-to-Teacher Conference, May 3-4, 2000, Abu Dhabi (UAE) pp 85-101, and on the web at http://lightning.prohosting.com/~vstevens/t2t2000/gvs_t2t_paper.htm. An early version of this paper was submitted to VenTESOL for publication in their newsletter. I believe it was published but have not been successful in getting a copy. The web version of what I sent them is at: http://www.vancestevens.com/papers/webheads/ventesol.htm

39. Stevens, Vance. 2000. Designing a CALL facility from bottom to top at the Military Language Institute in Abu Dhabi. In Hanson-Smith, Elizabeth (Ed.). Technology-enhanced learning environments. Alexandria, VA: TESOL Publications. Pp. 21-33. The final draft I submitted to the above publication is here: http://www.vancestevens.com/papers/tesol/tele2000/mli_call.html

38. Stevens, Vance. 1999. Writing for Webheads: An online writing course utilizing synchronous chat and student web pages. A paper submitted for the 4th Annual Teaching in the Community Colleges Online Conference: Best Practices In Delivering, Supporting & Managing Online Learning, April 7-9, 1999, http://leahi.kcc.hawaii.edu/tcc99 - http://sites.hsprofessional.com/vstevens/files/efi/hawaii99.html

37. I have an article in New Ways of Using Computers in Language Teaching (1997). Tim Boswood, Editor, 309 pp., ISBN 0-939791-69-2.

36. Stevens, Vance. (1996). Use and abuse of autonomy in computer-assisted language learning: Some evidence from student interaction with SuperCloze. Pemberton, R., E. Li, W. Or, and H. Pierson (Eds.). Taking Control: Autonomy in Language Learning. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, pp.281-302.

35. Cobb, T. and V. Stevens. 1996. A Principled Consideration of Computers and Reading in a Second Language. Pennington, M.C. (Ed.). The Power of CALL. Houston: Athelstan. pp.115-136.

34. Stevens, Vance. 1995. Concordancing with language learners: Why? When? What? CAELL Journal 6, 2:2-10.

33. Stevens, Vance. 1993. A survey of the MS-DOS/Windows Users Group membership. MS-DOS/Windows Users Group Newsletter6, 3:9-12. Also, DOS Tips, same issue.

32. Stevens, Vance. 1993/2. Concordances as enhancements to language competence. TESOL Matters 2, 6:11.

31. Stevens, Vance. 1992. Humanism and CALL: A coming of age. In Pennington, Martha, and Vance Stevens (Eds.). Computers in applied linguistics: An international perspective. Clevedon, England: Multilingual Matters, pp. 11-38. Also co-authored, with Martha Pennington, Introduction: Toward appropriate uses of computers in applied linguistics, pp. 1-8, same book.

30. Stevens, Vance. 1992. An overview of the 9th Conference on Technology and Education. CAELL Journal 3, 2:13-18.

29. Stevens, Vance. 1991. A study of student attitudes toward CALL in a self-access student resource centre. System 19, 3:289-299.

28. Stevens, Vance. 1991. Classroom concordancing: Vocabulary materials derived from relevant, authentic text. English for Special Purposes Journal 10: 35-46.

27. Stevens, Vance. 1991. Concordance-based vocabulary exercises: A viable alternative to gap-fillers. In Johns, Tim, and Philip King (Eds.). English Language Research Journal, Vol. 4, University of Birmingham, pp. 47-61.

26. Stevens, Vance. 1991. Reading and computers: Hangman and cloze. CAELL Journal 2, 3:12-16.

25. Stevens, Vance. 1991. Create your own concordancer with a one-line DOS command. MS-DOS Users' Group Newsletter 5, 1:2-3.

24. Stevens, Vance. 1991. Strategies in solving computer-based cloze: Is it reading? Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (25th, New York, NY, March 24-28, 1991). ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 335 952.

23. Stevens, Vance. 1991. Computer HANGMAN: Pedagogically sound or a waste of time? Revised version of a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (24th, San Francisco, CA, March 6-10, 1990). ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 332 524).

22. Stevens, Vance. 1990. Text manipulation: What's wrong with it anyway? CAELL Journal 1, 2:5-8; reprinted in ON-CALL 5, 1:5-10.

21. Stevens, Vance. 1989. A direction for CALL: From behavioristic to humanistic courseware. In Pennington, Martha (Ed.). Teaching languages with computers: The state of the art. La Jolla, CA: Athelstan Press.

20. Stevens, Vance. 1989. Maybe we should give them what they want. C.A.L.L. Digest 5,7:6-7.

19. Stevens, Vance. 1989. Student attitudes toward CALL in a self- access centre. C.A.L.L. Digest 5,6:4-5.

18. Stevens, Vance. 1989. Using Symphony in teacher applications. C.A.L.L. Digest 5, 4:8-9.

17. Stevens, Vance. 1989. Results of a survey of MS-DOS Users' Group members. MS-DOS Users' Group Newsletter 2, 2:1-4.

16. Stevens, Vance. 1988. A critical but overlooked factor: Not can but will teachers modify the software? C.A.L.L. Digest 4,8:3-5.

15. Stevens, Vance. 1988. Self-access language learning materials at Sultan Qaboos University. The Journal of Educational Techniques and Technologies 21, 2/3:2-4.

14. Stevens, Vance. 1988. Misconception and misuse in CALL. C.A.L.L. Digest 4, 4:2-3.

13. Stevens, Vance. 1988. Studying vocabulary using concordances on microcomputers. TESOL Newsletter 22, 3:27.

12. Stevens, Vance. 1988. Converting key strokes to corresponding ASCII values. TESOL/CALL-IS IBM-PC Users' Group Newsletter 1, 2:3-4.

11. Stevens, Vance. 1987. Model applications: CALL in Oman. C.A.L.L. Digest 3,8:6-7.

10. Stevens, Vance, Steve Spurling, Don Loritz, Roger Kenner, John Esling, and Moya Brennan. 1986. New ideas in software development for linguistics and language learning. CALICO Journal 4, 1:15-26.

9. Stevens, Vance. 1986. Using LUCY/ELIZA as a means of facilitating communication in ESL. TESOL Newsletter 20, 2:13-14.

8. Stevens, Vance. 1986. The word process of writing: Using a computer to study the writing process. CALL-IS Newsletter 2:9-14.

7. Stevens, Vance, Roland Sussex, and Walter Vladimir Tuman. 1986. A bibliography of computer- aided language learning. New York: AMS Press, Inc. Previously appeared as ERIC ED# 254 072.

6. Stevens, Vance. 1985. Annotated bibliography of publications concerning computers in education: Emphasis on microcomputers in ESL and language learning; Revised edition. Washington, D.C.: ERIC Clearinghouse for Languages and Linguistics. ED# 266 646; replaces previous version, ERIC document ED# 246 674.

5. Stevens, Vance. 1985. You'd be surprised at how much public domain software you can adapt to ESL and language learning. TESL Reporter 18, 1:8-15.

4. Stevens, Vance. 1984. Implications of research and theory concerning the influence of choice and control on the effectiveness of CALL. CALICO Journal 2, 1:28-33,48

3. Stevens, Vance. 1984. Research abstract on: The effects of choice and control in computer-assisted language learning in teaching supplementary grammar to intermediate students of ESL and to remedial English students at the college entry level. TESOL Quarterly 18, 1:141-3.

2. Stevens, Vance. 1984. Can CAI be evaluated? TESOL Newsletter 18, 1:16,18.

1. Stevens, Vance. 1983. A report of a project illustrating the feasibility of video/computer interface for use in ESL. CALICO Journal 1, 1:27-30,50.


Reviews of CALL Books, Software; & Etc.


18. Stevens, Vance. March 2001. Software review of Concordance by Rob Watt, CALICO Online Journal at http://calico.org/CALICO_Review/review/concord00.htm

17. Stevens, Vance. 1995. Book review of Word Perfect: Literacy in the computer age, by Myron Tuman, 1992, University of Pittsburg Press, English for Special Purposes Journal, 87-92. Abstracted for CALL-IS Newsletter 13, 1:11.

16. Stevens, Vance. 1993. Book review of Computer assisted language learning and testing: Research issues and practice by Patricia Dunkel (Ed.), 1991, Newbury House. System 21, 2:257-260.

15. Stevens, Vance. 1993. Software review of Adam & Eve (Oxford). CAELL Journal 4, 3:35-39.

14. Stevens, Vance. 1992. Book review of Computers and Writing: Models and tools by Noel Williams and Patrik Holt (Eds.), 1989, Intellect Books. System 20, 3:395-397.

13. Stevens, Vance. 1990. Software review of European nations and locations, The sea voyagers, and Famous scientists: Three content-based programs for ESL. CALL-IS Newsletter 7, 1:3,5-8.

12. Stevens, Vance. 1989. Book review of Language, learners and computers: Human intelligence and artificial unintelligence by John Higgins, 1988, Longman. CALL-IS Newsletter 6, 3:3-4.

11. Stevens, Vance. 1989. Software review of Tales of adventure, Tales of mystery, and Tales of discovery. CALL-IS Newsletter 6, 1:6-8.

10. Kenner, Roger, and Vance Stevens. 1989. A summary of "Descriptive research approaches for CALL activities" (colloquium at TESOL '89). C.A.L.L. Digest 5, 3:6-7.

9. Stevens, Vance. 1988. Book review of Computers in language teaching and research by Leech, G., and C. Candlin (Eds.), 1986, Longman. CALL-IS Newsletter 5, 1:7-8.

8. Stevens, Vance. 1988. Software review of Robot Odyssey 1. CALL-IS Newsletter 5, 1:8-10.

7. Stevens, Vance. 1987. Book review of Working with computers: Computer orientation for foreign students by Michael Barlow, 1987, Athelstan. CALL-IS Newsletter IV:8-9.

6. Stevens, Vance. 1987. Software review of CAI adaptation of Robert J. Dixson's Essential idioms in English. TESOL Quarterly 21, 3:558-564.

5. Stevens, Vance. 1986. Book review of Writing and computers by Collette Daiute, 1985, Addison-Wesley. CALL-IS Newsletter 3:11-12.

4. Stevens, Vance. 1986. Software review of Clue in (Regents/ALA) and The game show (Advanced Ideas). CALL-IS Newsletter 3:8-9.

3. Stevens, Vance. 1985. Software review of Sentence combining I & II (Milliken). CALICO Journal 2, 4:41.

2. Stevens, Vance. 1985. Book review of Higgins and Johns's, Computers in language learning (Addison-Wesley). CALICO Journal 3, 2:27.

1. Stevens, Vance. 1983. Software review of English lessons on PLATO. TESOL Quarterly 17, 2:293-300.


Commercial and Shareware Software


4. I helped develop and am credited on the CPI products: See it, Hear it, Say it!, and Tracy Talk, The Mystery.

3. I did (uncredited) Authorware conversions to Mac/Win of CPI's English Vocabulary: School & Work.

2. Stevens, Vance, and Steve Millmore. 1990-96. SuperCloze, HangMan-in-Context, HangWord Shareware available from the authors and on the TESOL CELIA/CALL Interest Section cd-rom.

1. Stevens, Vance, and Steve Millmore. 1987-93. Text Tanglers. Stony Brook, NY: Research Design Associates.


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