Graham Davies


Graham Davies: CV
Updated 22 May 2012

I am a retired (Emeritus) Professor of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), but I continue to do occasional consultancy and training work in the area of ICT and language teaching and learning and I sit on a number of national and international committees. I also edit the ICT4LT website, a substantial set of ICT training materials for language teachers that I maintain as a labour of love. I am a partner in Camsoft, a business that develops and retails software for Computer Assisted Language Learning.

A more succinct summary of my life, which also includes an audio recording about myself, can be found in my Wiki.

If you are looking for my personal email address, I am afraid you won't find it anywhere at this site. I have had to remove it to prevent it being harvested by spammers. Please use my business contact form if you wish to email me: Contact Form.

I am a member of the EUROCALL/CALICO
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Age: I am a senior citizen. I have a free bus pass and I get excellent discounts on a round of golf at my local course and on my lift pass when I go skiing in Austria.

Nationality: British

Current activities

Biographical landmarks

Printed and online publications

1980: "New technologies for linguists", Language Monthly 9, August 1980: 23-26. Available online at:

1980: "Learning German by Computer at Ealing College of Higher Education", CALNEWS 15: 5-8, CEDAR Project, Imperial College, University of London.

1981: "Learning German by computer at Ealing College of Higher Education". In Smith R. (ed.) Education and IT: Longman General Studies Project, York: Longman.

1981: (with Steel D.) "First steps in Computer Assisted Language Learning at Ealing College of Higher Education". Paper presented at the CAL 81 conference, University of Leeds, 8-10 April 1981. Published as part of an article, "Micros in Modern Languages", Educational Computing, October 1982: 30-31. Available online at

1982: "Doing it yourself", EFL Gazette 37: 6-7.

1982: (with Steel D.) "First steps in Computer Assisted Language Learning at Ealing College of Higher Education", INTUS News 6, 1: 64-74, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

1982: "Authoring techniques and Computer Assisted Language Learning", INTUS News 6, 2: 46-57, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

1982: (with Higgins J.) Computers, language and language learning, London: CILT.

1984: "German and the micro", treffpunkt 16, 2: 20-25.

1985: "Computer assisted language learning: a time for realism", SAALT Journal 19, 3: 14-26, Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg. South Africa.

1985: (with Higgins J.) Using computers in language learning: a teacher's guide, London: CILT.

1985: Talking BASIC: an introduction to BASIC programming for users of language, Eastbourne: Cassell.

1985: "Computers in modern language learning and teaching". In Wellington J. (ed.) Children, computers and the curriculum, London: Harper & Row.

1986: "In what ways has CALL improved over the last five years?" In Lancashire I. (ed.) Computers and the Humanities Conference Guide, Toronto: University of Toronto.

1986: "Authoring CALL courseware: a practical approach". In Leech G. & Candlin C. (eds.) Computers in English language teaching and research, London: Longman.

1986: "Using the computer in task-oriented language-learning activities" In Lesbats M., Frankel F., & Köchling M. (eds.) Triangle V: new technology and foreign language learning, Paris: Didier Erudition, AUPELF, The British Council, Goethe-Institut.

1987: "Programming languages, author languages and authoring packages", Bulletin CILA 46: 26-37, Commission Interuniversitaire Suisse de Linguistique Appliquée, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

1987: "Latest trends in CALL materials", Bulletin CILA 46: 38-47, Commission Interuniversitaire Suisse de Linguistique Appliquée, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

1987: "CALL: past, present and future", MLA Journal 68, 2: 68-78.

1988 "Using the computer to stimulate conversation". In Kühlwein W. & Spillner B. (eds.) Sprache und Individuum, Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag.

1988: "CALL software development". In Jung U. (ed.) Computers in applied linguistics and language teaching: a CALL handbook, Frankfurt-am-Main: Peter Lang Verlag.

1988: (with Staddon S.) "Perspectives de développement de l'ELAO", Cahiers de l'APLIUT, Sèvres, France.

1989: "Repurposing a videodisc for French language teaching". In Kécskés I. & Agócs L. (eds.) New tendencies in CALL, Debrecen, Hungary: Kossuth University. Available online at

1989: "CALL and NCCALL in the UK: past, present and future". In Smith W. Flint (ed.) Modern technology in foreign language education, USA: National Textbook Company, ACTFL Foreign Language Education Series.

1989: "EXPODISC - an interactive videodisc package for learners of Spanish". In Buchholz E. (ed.) Fremdsprachenlernen mit Mikrocomputer und anderer Informationstechnik, Rostock: Wilhelm-Pieck University. Available online at

1991: "EXPODISC - an interactive videodisc package for learners of Spanish", Audio Visual Librarian 17, 1: 31-37. Available online at

1991: "Fun with Texts Version 2.0". In Holzmann C. & Peters K. (eds.) Man and the Media IV: proceedings, Special issue of CALL Austria 15, Vienna: Verein CALL Austria.

1991: "EXPODISC - an interactive videodisc package for learners of Spanish". In Savolainen H. & Telenius J. (eds.) Eurocall 91 proceedings, Helsinki: Helsinki School of Economics. Available online at

1992: "Computer Assisted Language Learning". In Embleton D. & Hagen S. (eds.) Languages and international business: a practical guide, Sevenoaks: Hodder & Stoughton.

1992: (co-edited with with Hussey M.) New technology in language learning: proceedings of the 1989 Man and the Media symposium, Peter Lang Verlag, Frankfurt-am-Main.

1993: "CALL in the New Europe: the spirit of co-operation". In Liddell P. (ed.) CALL: theory and application: proceedings of CCALL2/CCELAO2, The Second Canadian CALL Conference, Victoria, Canada: University of Victoria. Available online at

1994: "New developments in computer assisted language learning", Education (Longman) 183, 17: 337.

1994: "That'll teach you", Helpware Magazine, Autumn 1994: 21-23.

1997 (updated 2011): "Lessons from the past, lessons for the future: 20 years of CALL". In Korsvold A-K. & Rüschoff B. (eds.) New technologies in language learning and teaching, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France. Available online at An abridged version of this article was also published in Kranz D., Legenhausen L. & Lüking B. (eds.) Multimedia, Internet, Lernsoftware: Fremdsprachenunterricht vor neuen Herausforderungen? Edition Volkshochschule Band 4, Agenda Verlag, Münster.

1997: (with Yu Hong Wei) "Do grammar checkers work?". In Kohn J., Rüschoff B. & Wolff D. (eds.) New horizons in CALL: proceedings of EUROCALL 96, Dániel Berzsenyi College, Szombathely, Hungary. Available online at

1997: (with Bangs P., Burgess G., Harland M., James S., Sandford N. & Sousa C.) German Encounters CD-ROM, London: Hodder & Stoughton / University of Hull, The TELL Consortium. Available online at

1998: Introduction to Chapter 5, "Commercialisation". In Blin F., Chénik N. & Thompson T. (eds.) EUROCALL directory of courseware development projects, University of Hull: Lingua Project 96-01-CLI-0379-00. Available online at

1998: Exploiting Internet resources offline. Conference presentation, University of Ghent, Belgium. Available online at

1998: "True creativity often starts where language ends". Keynote presentation, WorldCALL conference, University of Melbourne, July 1998. Available online at

2000 (regularly updated): Editor-in-Chief / Contributor, ICT4LT: Information and Communications Technology for Language Teachers, Slough: Thames Valley University: Printed version of Basic Level modules published 1999. Printed version of Intermediate Level and Advanced Level modules published 2000.

2000: Article on Computer Assisted Language Learning, Routledge Encyclopaedia of Language Teaching and Learning (ed. Byram M.), London: Routledge: 90-93.

2001: "The history of EUROCALL", TELL&CALL 1/2001: 6-10. Available online at and also at the EUROCALL website:

2001: (co-edited with Chambers A.) New technologies and language learning: a European perspective, Lisse: Swets & Zeitlinger (now taken over by Taylor & Francis).The first volume in a new series titled Language Learning and Language Technology, Series Editors, Graham Davies & Carol Chapelle.

2001: "New technologies and language learning: a suitable subject for research?" In Chambers A. & Davies G. (eds.) New technologies and language learning: a European perspective, Lisse: Swets & Zeitlinger (now taken over by Taylor & Francis).

2001: "Doing it on the Web", Language Learning Journal (ALL) 24: 34-35. Available online at

2002: "ICT and Modern Foreign Languages: learning opportunities and training needs", published in International Journal of English Studies 2, 1: Monograph Issue, New Trends in Computer Assisted Language Learning and Teaching, edited by Pascual Pérez Paredes & Pascual Cantos Gómez, Servicio de Publicaciones, Universidad de Murcia, Spain. Available online at

2002: Article on Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) in the Good Practice Guide at the website of the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS), University of Southampton. Available online at and also, with updated links, at

2003: "Perspectives on online training initiatives". In Felix U. (ed.) Language learning online: towards best practice, Lisse: Swets & Zeitlinger.

2003: (co-edited with Fitzpatrick A.) The impact of Information and Communications Technologies on the teaching of foreign languages and on the role of teachers of foreign languages, EC Directorate General of Education and Culture. My contribution, relating specifically to the UK, is available onlline at

2003: "Computer Assisted Language Learning: where are we now and where are we going?" published by Futurelab. Available online at

2004: "Aspects of technology enhanced language learning: a UK perspective". In Fitzpatrick A. (ed.) Analytical survey: Information and Communications Technologies in the teaching and learning of foreign languages: state-of-the-art, needs and perspectives, Moscow: UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education. My contribution, relating specifically to the UK, is available online at

2005: (regularly updated): (with Bangs P., Frisby R. & Walton E.) Setting up effective digital language laboratories and multimedia ICT suites for Modern Foreign Languages, London: CILT. Available online at

2005: "Computer Assisted Language Learning: where are we now and where are we going?" Keynote paper first presented at the UCALL Conference, University of Ulster, Coleraine, June 2005. Regularly revised. Available online at

2006: "Computer Assisted Language Education". In Brown K. (Editor-in-Chief.) Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics (2nd Edition), Elsevier: Oxford: Vol. 6, 460-470.

2009: Preface to Molka-Danielsen J. & Deutschmann M. (eds.) (2009) Learning and teaching in the virtual world of Second Life, Tapir Academic Press, Trondheim, Norway, ISBN: 9788251923538:

2009: "New technologies and language learning: a suitable subject for research?". In Hubbard P. (ed.) Computer Assisted Language Learning, Volume I, 265-279. Routledge: London and New York: Originally published in Chambers A. & Davies G. (eds.) (2001) New technologies and language learning: a European perspective, Lisse: Swets & Zeitlinger.

Microcomputer software

1996: (with Bruzzone M.) GapKit 2.0 (authoring software), Camsoft, Maidenhead:

1997: (with Bangs P., Burgess G., Harland M., James S., Sandford N. & Sousa C.) German Encounters CD-ROM, London, Hodder & Stoughton / University of Hull, The TELL Consortium.

2004: (with Bruzzone M.) Fun with Texts 4.0 (authoring software), Camsoft, Maidenhead:

Social activities

I enjoy an active life, playing golf (20 handicap) once a week, going downhill skiing once or twice a year, swimming three or four times a week and taking my greyhound for a one-mile walk once a day. I enjoy travelling and I can order a beer in fifteen different languages, but I would describe myself as fluent only in English and German. My French is tolerable and I can survive in Italian, Russian and Hungarian. I used to scuba-dive regularly, but I have little time these days. I did, however, manage to fit in a dive on the Great Barrier Reef in July 1998.

Interesting ancestors and relatives

I have a few interesting ancestors and relatives:

1. My paternal grandfather, Samuel Davies (Sam "Pont"), a coal miner in Maerdy, Rhondda Valley, was the right-hand man of the militant South Wales miners' leader Arthur Horner around the time of the General Strike of 1926. Arthur Horner was so left of centre that he was under constant surveillance by the security services. This probably explains why I failed to get into the diplomatic corps in 1968.

2. My maternal great-grandfather, David Davies, gained an entry in the 1976 edition of the Guinness Book of Records as being the "most durable coal miner", working underground for 73 years from 1849 to 1922 (aged 7 to 80). His portrait hangs in an art gallery in Moscow. It was painted by a visiting artist from the former Soviet Union.

3. I can just about claim to be a distant relation of Richard Burton. Richard Burton's first wife was Sybil Burton (née Williams), with whom I share an aunt, Gwyneth Davies (née Lewis). Gwyneth Lewis was the wife of my father Gomer Davies's brother, John ("Jack") Davies. Gwyneth's sister, Mabel Lewis, was Sybil's mother. The brother of Gwyneth and Mabel, Arthur Lewis (whom I always called "uncle"), was leader of the Black and White Minstrel Show at the Victoria Palace theatre in the 1960s. We often used to meet for a pint in the pub opposite the stage door. It is said that Sybil named her New York discotheque "Arthur" after Arthur Lewis, her favourite uncle. Sybil's elder daughter, Kate Burton (who is an actress), went to visit my aunt Lizzie ("Betty") Davies in Maerdy, Rhondda Valley, in 2004. Kate had been invited to attend the opening of the Millennium Centre in Cardiff and decided pay her a visit while she was in the area.

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