Raise Your Voice

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Date: 11th May 2018

Time: 12:55 – 13:40

Room: Parkview 2

Presented By: Donna Cook and Vicki Bos

Although the digital revolution may often lead to face to face interaction being replaced by the virtual, it can also enhance the face to face and make otherwise impossible connection possible. This presentation will outline what the Raise Your Voice project is, why it is important and why it is only possible on this scale due to the digital revolution. Our project exemplifies how the role of technology in English language education is complementary to that of personal interaction. The goal of language learning, after all, is communication with real people.

What is our project ?

The Raise your Voice consortium has been established by the Queensland branch of English Australia and is funded by Trade and Investment Queensland. We have also partnered with UQ School of music, Study Brisbane and community choirs. We will hold a choral festival for ELICOS students and others in August 2018. The Festival will bring together international students for a major cultural event and give voice to the international student experience in QLD through music

How has the digital revolution enabled “Raise your Voice”?

Our presentation will explore all the ways that the digital revolution has made the raise project possible. Online, we are able to liaise, coordinate and organise in a way that would otherwise not be practical Social media allows us to publicise and create a buzz around the event using images, video, testimonials, discussion and comment. The age of digital information allows us to make rehearsal tracks, music, lyrics and other resources available to event participants for download, merely by emailing them a link. Choristers are becoming tighter because they have been connected digitally. Technology is integral to the project, involved in all logistics; its role is facilitation and enhancement of the face-to-face event.