About Me 

In 2009, she was appointed as Director of the  MECESUP UCO-601,  a human capacity building project, granted by the Ministry of Education, for the implementation of a web-based Distance Education Advanced English Program for Academic Purposes and Acculturization, implemented in a b-Learning environment,  to train  University Faculty in developing competence in English to pursue post grade studies in international universities. (Read more about this project).  The research interests, work scope and experience of prof. Emerita Bañados include: The use of ICT in foreign language teaching and learning, the integration of ICT in foreign language curriculum design, and the roles of the agents in the educational context involved, learning autonomy;  Applied Linguistics and CALL, design of b-learning and e-learning environments for SLA,  CALL materials design, particularly materials to develop communicative competence with an emphasis on listening and speaking skills; design of TBLT for online environments; telecollaboration, CMC and video-web  intercultural interaction to enhance, inject life and internationalize language learning programs;Network Based Language Learning, CSCL and collaborative work; feedback strategies; competence-based curriculum design, competence assessment; teacher training,  and educational engineering.

Emerita Bañados has presented widely in international conferences in the USA (CALICO; TBLT, and in North American Universities), in Europe (EUROCALL, WORLDCALL, IATEFL, Antwerp CALL Conference) and Latin America. She has presented conferences as Special Guest, representing the Chilean Ministry of education, in the APEC Future Education Forum, Korea; and as invited Key Speaker in the Antwerp CALL 2008 Conference, Belgium. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the CALL JOURNAL (Taylor & Francis, Routledge) Editorial Board. She has published in CALICO, ReCALL, and other journals.  In 2009, she has been invited by the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO and UNESCO  to participate in an Expert meeting in Beijing, China (March 26-27) to discuss the feasibility of the establishment of a Cyber Network for Learning Languages and to a group meeting in Shanghai, held at Shanghai TV University (May 27-June 30), to finish the drafting of the report about this initiative, together with a select group of 5 experts, . The Cyber Network for Learning Languages is a proposal introduced by China to UNESCO’s Executive Board in September 2008, aiming at harnessing the power of information and communication technology to advance the learning of languages and establishing an online-based network for learning languages.