Wednesday, November 30, 2011

CALL and Language acquisition

Nowadays the use of ICT in our lives is rather common. Read chapter two from your textbook and try to explain the evolution experienced in this area of knowledge.

After that, have a look at this recollection of links:

and try to relate it to the advantages of using CALL material created for language learning purposes vs general teaching material used to teach / learn languages.

Please, use the comments option to reply.


Maria said...

As a conclusion from the chapter of Levy´s book, TUTOR-TOOL FRAMEWORK: CALL has important potential for English language teaching. If used properly with clear educational objectives, CALL can interest and motivate learners of English. CALL can increase information access to the learner, provide flexibility to instruction and thereby better serve the individual's learning pace, cognitive style and learning strategies. CALL allows learners to control their own learning process and progress. Using effective and suitable software applications, CALL can provide communicative meaningful language learning environments. Good quality and well-designed CALL software can offer a balance of controlled practice and free communicative expression to the learners, including immediate feedback. In the future, with the advance of computer technologies, it is expected that CALL will be able to absorb some teaching functions. However, despite greater user-friendliness, and effectiveness, CALL will never replace the teacher. Like other new technologies, CALL is not a magic solution to language teaching. The effectiveness of CALL relies on how CALL is utilized to meet language learning goals for individualized learners in specific educational settings.

María Jordano said...

Thank you for you participation. Please, let me know your complete name so that I could give some punctuation for this in your final marks.

María Jordano