Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL)

Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL)

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Term2.png Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL)
Similar to computer assisted instruction (CAI) or computer based training (CBT), this process involves the learning of a language with the help of a computer.

In addition to basic instruction, computers can be used for drill and practice-style computer marked assignments, exercises and quizzes, as well as for providing a learner with examples of in-context use of the target language. Through the interactive potential of computers, learners are given the chance to practice the four skills of language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing. A distinction is also made between using CALL to teach a native language versus a non-native one, as well as using it for instruction versus assessment/evaluation.[1]

When connected to a network, computers can also allow for communication between learners, or between a learner and a native speaker, allowing the learner to experience authentic use of the language without needing to travel. More recent computer technologies allowing video conferencing further enhance the benefits of this communication by also providing the learner with visual cues to accompany the aural communication.[2]

Alternatively, learners may also enter virtual worlds where they become totally immersed in a language's accompanying culture and can practice use by way of playing through various situations such as asking for directions or ordering food.[3]
  1. Computer Assisted Language Learning http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/09588221.asp (29 September 2010)
  2. Computer-assisted language learning http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer-assisted_language_learning (29 September 2010)
  3. EnterZon http://enterzon.com/ (29 September 2010)