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Scott Brill - Research Engineer


SCOTT BRILL received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University. He has been working since 1988 at the University of Arizona programming and designing Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) software and is the lead programmer and project manager for the 14 titles of the Critical Languages Series and the freely available MaxAuthor authoring system used to create the Critical Languages Series.

Previously, he was a researcher in automatic speech recognition at the Computer Science Department of Carnegie-Mellon University.

Recent publications and presentations:

"Extending Moodle for Multimedia LCTL Instruction", S. Brill, Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium, Honolulu, HI, 2013

"Four Decades Of LCTL Instruction: The National Association Of Self-Instructional Language Programs", S. Brill, A. Pressler, National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, Chicago, IL, 2013.

“Critical Languages Series: New Features and New Devices”, S. Brill, R. Fagan, National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs, Washington, DC, 2012.

“The Critical Languages Series Online”, S. Brill, Southwest Association of Language Learning Technology, Tempe, AZ, 2012.

"The University Of Arizona Critical Languages Series Online For Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced LCTL Instruction", S. Brill, R. Fagan, National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, Madison, WI, 2012.

"Expanding Accredited LCTL Instruction: The National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs", R. Fagan, A. Dunkel, M. McAnear, S. Brill, A. Pressler, P. Jantharat, National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, Madison, WI, 2012.

"Customizing Moodle for Language Learning", C. Born, C. Siskin, S. Brill, L. Frumkes, J. Nelson, T. Robb, Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium, Victoria, BC, 2011.

"University of Arizona Critical Languages Series: Beginning Kurdish, Intermediate Ukrainian, and Advanced Turkish", National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, Madison, WI, 2011.

“The Critical Languages Series Online”, S. Brill, R. Fagan, A. Pressler, National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs, Washington, DC, 2010.

"Distance Learning Assessment of Hindi-Urdu via Skype", A. Dunkel, G. Mahajan, S. Brill, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, San Diego, CA, 2009.

"The University of Arizona Critical Languages Series for Kazakh", S. Brill, A. Mukan, Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium, Phoenix, AZ, 2009.

"MaxAuthor - a free multimedia authoring system for language instruction", S. Brill, National Capitol Language Resource Center, June 2007 Newsletter

"The Impact of Self-Instructional Technology on Language Learning: A View of NASILP", A. Dunkel, S. Brill, B. Kohl, In C.A. Spreen (Ed.), New Technologies and Language Learning: Cases in the Less Commonly Taught Languages (Technical Report #25; pp. 97-120). Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i, Second Language Teaching & Curriculum Center, 2002, ISBN: 0824826345. (full text PDF)

Professional Memberships

National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs (NASILP) - Board of Directors
Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO)
International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT)
SouthWest Association for Language Learning Technology (SWALLT)
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL)

Contact Information

University of Arizona
Critical Languages Program
1717 E. Speedway Blvd, Suite 3312
PO Box 210151
Tucson, AZ 85721-0151