Karen Price

Part-Time Instructor

Karen Price was a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for eleven years and director of Harvard’s ESL teacher-training program for twelve. She has lectured at Boston University’s School of Education since 2009.

While at Harvard, she obtained grants from sources including Apple, IBM, and the Exxon Educational Foundation to support research into technology use and second language acquisition, winning an Apple Classroom of the Future award, a ComputerWorld Smithsonian nomination, a CNPAG award from Harvard University, and a Joe Wyatt Challenge award from EDUCOM.

She conducted the first research into the use of captioned video for language learning and also developed early prototypes of technology now commonly used, such as the lexical search of video. Her other prototyping work includes data-driven language learning projects, talking board games and card games, a MIDI-based system to record, track and analyze individual speaker behavior in a classroom, and a musical staircase in her home.

She has consulted on projects for government and corporate entities including the US State Department, US Department of Defense, Microsoft, Annenberg, USAID, AmidEast, Fulbright, and Kodak and is one of three external technology advisors for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She also serves as a mentor at Northeastern University’s IDEA Venture Accelerator, a program offering resources to entrepreneurial initiatives.

She has delivered keynotes and workshops in over a dozen countries and authored more than 20 articles and textbook chapters. Her current interests include the role of affect in second language acquisition: emotion-detecting technologies and online user responses, “Sensitive Artificial Listener” avatars, voice conversion and voice pre-processing, and real-time transfer of a user’s facial expression to an avatar.

Doctorate in Applied Linguistics, Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon, France
M. A. in Linguistics, New York University
Maîtrise in Applied Linguistics, Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon, France
BA in Music, Hollins University

LS658: Second Language Acquisition
LS595: Child Second Language Acquisition
TL542: Computer-Assisted Language Learning

2013. Multimodal interfaces: Blending gaze, gesture, movement and speech to overcome the limitations of keyboard, mouse & touchscreen. WorldCALL, Glasgow.

2011. Computer-Assisted Transcription and Analysis: Software Tools for Qualitative Research TESOL Applied Linguistics Forum Newsletter, Arlington, VA: TESOL. http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/tesolalis/issues/2011-06-14/5.html

2009. Afterword: The Future is Now. In P. Hubbard (Ed.), Computer Assisted Language Learning: Critical Concepts in Linguistics, Volumes I-IV, 427-444. London & New York: Routledge.

2007. Afterword: The Future is Now. In J. Egbert and E. Hanson-Smith, (Eds.), CALL Environments: Research, Practice, and Critical Issues. Alexandria, VA: TESOL Publications, 437-454.

1997. Information Processing and the Processing of Information. In Lawrence Dowler (Ed.), Gateways to Knowledge: The Role of Academic Libraries in Teaching, Learning and Research, 169-180. Cambridge: MIT Press.

1996. How Technology Changes the Way We Teach and Learn. Language and Communication Review, (2), 9-21.

1992. Look Who’s Talking: A Computer-Assisted System for Discourse Analysis. Cross Currents, 73-79.

Price, Karen. (2016, November). The Perils & Promises of Technology in Facing Novel Challenges in TESOL. Invited keynote, TESOL Kuwait Conference, Kuwait City.

Price, Karen. (2016, May). Eye-Tracking for L2 Researchers: Guidelines for Hardware Selection. Paper presented at the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) Conference, East Lansing, MI.

Price, Karen, Chukharev-Hudilainen, E., Zhihong, L., Al Sharoufi, H., & Arjun, D. (2016, May). Technologies for L2 Writers: Automated Writing Evaluation(AWE) and Intelligent Tutoring Systems. Invited colloquium sponsored by the Artificial Intelligence SIG of the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) Conference, East Lansing, MI. Presented at the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) Conference, East Lansing, MI.

Price, Karen. (2015, June). Perceptual Computing and "Sensing" Technologies: Detecting and Responding to Learners' Cognitive-affective States. Paper presented at the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) Conference CALICO, Denver, CO.

Price, Karen. (2015, April). Low Tech Solutions for Low Tech Situations. Invited 10-hour workshop for TESOL Academy at TESOL India Conference, Chandigarh, India.

Price, Karen. (2015, April) 7-days of invited workshops regarding Second Language Acquisition and Computer-Assisted Language Learning sponsored by the US State Department for faculty of RIE and teachers. Regional Institute of English of South India, Bengaluru, India.

Price, Karen. (2014, June). SLA Issues Involved in Task Types and Interactivity. Invited workshop at StarTALK Program, sponsored by the US National Security Language Initiative (NSLI) at Boston University.

Price, Karen. (2014, June). Interactive Video: A relic of the past or promise for the future? Paper presented at the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) Conference CALICO, Athens, OH.

Price, Karen. (2013, July). Multimodal Interfaces: Blending Gaze, Gesture, Movement and Speech to Overcome the Limitations of Keyboard, Mouse, & Touchscreen. Paper presented at WorldCALL, Glasgow, Scotland, 2013.

Price, Karen. (2013, August). Implications of Research Regarding Positive and Negative Evidence in Second Language Acquisition. Invited workshop at StarTALK Program, sponsored by the US National Security Language Initiative (NSLI) at Boston University.

Price, Karen. (2012, March). ICALL (Intelligent Computer Assisted Language Learning) Applications: The Integration of Handwriting Recognition and the Haptics of Learning. Invited paper for CALL Interest Section at TESOL. Philadelphia, PA.

Price, Karen. (2011, July). Learning, Curriculum Transformation and Pedagogical Innovation in the Age of Digital Technology. Keynote Address, Digital Learning Summit Conference, Shanghai, China.

Price, Karen. (2011, July). Using Technology to Promote L2 Language Skills. 8 days of invited workshops sponsored by US Department of State and Taiwan Department of Education for K-12 English L2 teachers. Kaohsiung & Miaoli, Taiwan.

Price, Karen. (2011, May). Paper-based Computing. Paper presented at the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) Conference, Victoria, B.C., Canada.

Price, Karen. (2010, June). Emerging Technologies for the Language Classroom: New & Improved? Plenary Address, VenTESOL XXVIII Conference, Maracay, Venezuela.

Price, Karen. (2010, June). Using Technology for Conversation Analysis of Second Language Classroom Discourse. Paper presented at the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) Conference, Amherst, MA.

Price, Karen. (2010, March). The Emergent Role of Educators in Evolving E-Learning Environments. Invited paper for SIG Intersections at TESOL, (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), Boston, MA.

Price, Karen. (2009, March). How Mobile and Social Technologies of the Future will Shape our Teaching. Invited paper for SIG Intersections at TESOL, (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), Denver, CO.

Price, Karen. (2008, April). Speech Analytics Software: Content AND Speech Recognition. Paper presented at TESOL, (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) Conference, New York.

Price, Karen. (2007, April). What Can Some of the Emerging Technologies Do for Language Literacy? Invited speaker for the Annual Lecture to the Language & Literacy Department, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA.

Price, Karen. (2007, June). Machine Translation Technologies and the Future of Multilingualism. IALLT (The International Association for Language Learning Technology), Tufts University, Medford, MA.

Price, Karen. (2006, October). Virtually Anything: New Modes of Communication. Keynote Address, The New England Regional Association for Language Learning Technology (NERALLT) Conference, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

Price, Karen. (2005, October). Future Visions of CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning). Keynote Address, TexTESOL Conference, Austin, TX.

Price, Karen. (1999, May). Integrating the Use of Computers in the Language Curriculum. Invited workshops sponsored by AmidEast for teachers of English, United Arab Emirates.

Price, Karen. (1998, January). Using Technology to Promote Literacy. Invited workshops sponsored by USAID, New Horizons, and the Jamaican Ministry of Education for policy makers, Kingston, Mandeville, Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Price, Karen. (1997, November). Information Technologies and English Language Teaching. Plenary Address, ITELL Conference on Information Technology, National University of Singapore.

Price, Karen. (1996, March). Identifying Best Practies: Using Technology to Teach English and Math. 3 weeks of invited workshops sponsored by the Bi-national Fulbright Committee & USAID, Cairo & Sohag, Egypt.

Price, Karen. (1993, October). Information Processing and the Making of Meaning. Plenary Address, Harvard University Gateways Conference (Harvard College Libraries), Cambridge, MA.

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