Getting ready for Kyoto
At the stately mansion from which ELTNEWS.com operates we are running around in a rather unrefined manner in preparation for this weekend's Extensive Reading World Congress at Kyoto Sangyo University (you can register upon arrival -- full details here).
I'll be giving a presentation on the Monday at 3:30 pm, taking a look at how extensive reading and listening can be implemented on the iPhone and iPad and other devices. I'll be drawing from my experience working on the smartphone versions of the Oxford Bookworms Library (which are being properly launched next week but some of which are available now) and taking a look at how the proper use of computers and software can help writers, editors and publishers create even better extensive reading titles. I hope you'll be able to come along and keep me company -- each member of the audience will get a free iPhone / iPad extensive reader title to try out. (iPhones and iPads not included, unfortunately!)
Of course, I'm worried about the attendance for my presentation as there are so many interesting speakers at the conference. In fact it has been agonizingly difficult to choose which presentations to go to as there are so many interesting ones -- but to give you a flavour of the conference here's a PDF of the presentations I'll be trying to attend. And don't forget you can download a PDF of the full conference program here.
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