Dr. Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl lecture "Online Language Learning: SpeakApps to LMOOCs"


Location: 329 DeBartolo Hall MPR

Dr. Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl of Dublin City University will be giving a lecture on October 15th. She will be presenting an overview of her research in the area of online language learning including LMOOCs and oral language technologies. The talk will be from 3:30 to 4:30 pm on October 15th in the CSLC. All are welcome to attend!

Online Language Learning: SpeakApps to LMOOCs

Language learning for most is an active practice, which is facilitated by knowledge of the language and the development of specific language competencies and skills (Bárcena and Martín-Monje 2014). Decades of theoretical and empirical research into Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) posits that technology can and does assist the language learner in this process. However, Chapelle (2009) in her analysis of the integration of technology within the traditional classroom discouragingly concludes that CALL remains on the edge of mainstream practice. This lecture provides an overview of the research of Dr. Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichil into online language learning ranging from Language Learning MOOCs or LMOOCs to technologies to support oral language production.


Dr. Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl is a Lecturer and Digital Researcher in Dublin City University, Ireland. Over the last decade Mairéad has played key leadership roles in national and European Research Projects centering on the use of ICT for learning and within the university as an Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning. Mairéad is a Fulbright TechImpact Scholar and she is currently researching the area of Massive Open Online Courses for Languages at the Center for the Study for Languages and Cultures, University of Notre Dame. Her current project is the development of the IRISH 101 MOOC as part of the Irish Online Project. Mairéad is a member of the National Institute for Digital Learning and she is a former member of the National Council’s for Curriculum and Assessment ICT committee.