New Perspectives on Call for Second Language Classrooms

New Perspectives on Call for Second Language Classrooms

New Perspectives on Call for Second Language Classrooms

New Perspectives on Call for Second Language Classrooms

Synopsis

This practical handbook is designed to help language teachers, teacher trainers, and students learn more about their options for using computer-assisted language learning (CALL) and develop an understanding of the theory and research supporting these options.

Excerpt

Spurred by the rapid development of technology from the early 1980s, computer-assisted language learning (CALL) has now become an important component of second and foreign language learning pedagogy. Originally viewed as a supplement to classroom instruction, communicative interaction-based CALL activities are now used to promote learner autonomy and to encourage involvement with the target language both inside and outside of the classroom. CALL publications have evolved from explanations of computers and software to broad explorations of CALL-based pedagogy for a variety of instructional needs. In this direction, the present volume is designed to be a practical handbook for language teachers, teacher trainers, and students who want to learn more about their options for using CALL as well as to develop an understanding of the theory and research supporting these options.

Chapters in this collection synthesize previous CALL theory and research and describe practical applications of CALL to both second and foreign language classrooms, including procedures for evaluating these applications. The implementation of CALL at the institutional level is also addressed, including designing multimedia language laboratories and creating collaborative CALL-based projects between educational institutions. Although many chapters locate their descriptions of CALL activities and projects within the ESL/EFL (English as a second or foreign language) setting, the principles and activities described are equally useful for other languages as well.

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