Joseph Hopkins

Surname: Hopkins
First name: Joseph
Address for correspondence: E-mail 
Nationality: Spanish / US

Affiliation with educational networks/associations

  • Member of EUROCALL (European Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning)
  • EUROCALL CMC Special Interest Group

Work information

Occupation or position
currently held:
Lecturer in English as a Foreign Language, Director of the Program of Languages
Name of employer: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Country of employment:  United

Education and training

  • Master of Arts (MA) in Spanish Applied Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA ) in Spanish and German, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Languages of communication

First language  English
Other languages  Spanish, Catalan, German

Contribution to the project

I have been involved in foreign language teaching for more than 20 years, both in the US and Spain. Since 2001 I have been a lecturer in EFL at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), a totally online distance learning institution. My main areas of expertise are training teachers to use CALL, distance and web-based language learning, the creation of online communities, and computer-mediated communication.

As a lecturer in EFL at the UOC, I have been involved in course design for distance language learning, design of online materials, training and supervision of online tutors, selection and implementation of appropriate technology, along with the development of online learning tasks.

Three related publications:

Hopkins, J. (2010). Distance language learners’ perceptions of assessed, student-led speaking tasks via a synchronous audiographic conferencing tool. Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching. 4(3), 235-258.

Hopkins, J., Gibson, W., Ros i Solé, C., & Starkey, H. (2008). Interaction and critical inquiry in asynchronous computer-mediated conferencing: A research agenda. Open Learning, 23(1), pp. 29-42.

Ernest, P., & Hopkins, J. (2006). Coordination and teacher development in an online learning environment. CALICO Journal, 23(3), 551–568.


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