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This is YOUR invitation to join an online conference session, Sunday, July 2, 9:00 to 10:30 GMT

Subject: online discussion Sunday July 2nd 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 GMT
From: Vance Stevens

Colleagues and online students,

I have been reading with interest and delight announcments on various lists of sites offering teachers and students the opportunity to meet synchronously online.

Accordingly, "Webheads" would like to invite you to attend its next world-wide online gathering of teachers AND students keenly interested in authentic, motivating, and communicative virtual language learning.

On Sunday, July 2, 2000, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 GMT, we plan to meet to discuss the following topic:

You can join the discussion in either voice or text chat ...

Where to meet:

This will launch the hearme voice presence client. If you haven't used it before, it will invite you to install the plugin and grant java security permissions to your computer. It also displays the url given below in its main frame. (You will need a 4.0 or better browser and a sound card; mic optional).

If you don't wish to do this, please sidestep the voice chat frame by visiting the main frame directly for links and instructions regarding access to text and Palace (avatar-based) alternative chat sites.:

Or simpler still, go directly to the text chat at:

More detailed explanation can be found at

Online students as well as online teaching colleagues are invited to join the discussion.

Background information

The conference opportunity for our meeting is 'CALL for THE 21st CENTURY', the IATEFL Computer Sig Event to be held at ESADE, Barcelona, Spain. June 30th - July 2nd, 2000;

There will be (at least) two online events at this conference. One is a Moo event on Saturday, July 1. Information on this event is at

The Webheads event will be Sunday, July 2, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 GMT. The webheads event is unique in that it attempts to draw together online students and wired professionals and put them in touch with a live audience of conference-goers, whom I suspect will all be CALL enthusiasts and practitioners in their own right.

There was a practice for the discussion on June 11, 2000 which attracted nine students and half a dozen teacher-practitioners. There were technical difficulties preventing some from joining us which we think we have ironed out for the real event. The logs of the chat are at:

I am sending this invitation to the members of various lists I follow and also the students in my online class Writing for Webheads. If you have synchronous online students, you are welcome to ask them to join us.

If you need assistance during the sessions, you can reach me at:

- ICQ 2774215
- Yahoo messenger vance_stevens

You are welcome to post this to other lists as you see fit.

Thank you,

Vance Stevens
CALL Coordinator
Amideast UAE / MLI Project

This update: June 14, 2000
Vance's email: