Computer Assisted Language Learning (Comput Assist Lang Learn )

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


Distance learning and learning by computers are prevalent these days. Computer Assisted Language Learning puts you in touch with the increasingly interdisciplinary and international research community.

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Online Informal Learning of English (OILE) involves the many different types of language practices that non-specialist EFL students of English are involved in on the Internet. This article reviews previous studies in the area and summarises the specific outcomes that OILE is thought to produce. It then presents an analysis of a survey of teachers’ cognitions concerning OILE from a sample of 30 professors of English working in French universities. It analyses survey data in various manners, offering insight into teachers’ awareness of the OILE phenomenon amongst students, the perceived or imagined effects of these practices on their students’ English and the ways they do or do not integrate these cognitions into their own teaching. Results indicate that many professors are aware of the types of input that their learners may be exposed to, but that they know little of the specifics and few make use of this knowledge in their English courses. In the discussion some questions are raised as to future forms for English language teaching to specialists of other disciplines.
    Computer Assisted Language Learning 01/2015; 28(1).
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning 01/2015; 28(1).
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    ABSTRACT: This exploratory computer assisted-language learning (CALL) study used a computer-mediated communication (CMC) interface to allow English as a foreign language (EFL) writing students in classes at two universities to give each other anonymous peer feedback about essay-writing assignments reacting to selected news stories. Experts also provided feedback review. Follow-up questions were facilitated by the interface. The students felt that they benefitted from the instructional design, but found that the peer review focused most on things like grammar whereas the experts focused on organization and structure, making the expert feedback more valuable. Researchers found that more complex issues discussed in the source news articles resulted in lower outcome scores, based on a rubric, than did source material simpler issues. The study also compared performance of students with higher and lower ability and evaluated the quality of the review comments. Conclusions and recommendations for practice are provided. This study is significant because it used CALL/CMC technology to provide online interactivity between students and reviewers in an open forum that allowed students to seek follow-up clarification to the comments of reviewers. The review process, therefore, was not a one-way anonymous communication from reviewer to student but rather allowed interactive discussion of the points and suggestions made by the reviewers.
    Computer Assisted Language Learning 01/2015; 28(1).
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning 01/2015; 15(1).
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    ABSTRACT: This paper describes a structured attempt to integrate flip teaching into language classrooms using a WebQuest active learning strategy. The purpose of this study is to examine the possible impacts of flipping the classroom on English language learners’ academic performance, learning attitudes, and participation levels. Adopting a quasi-experimental design, three different formats for flip teaching were developed in this study. The results indicate that the structured and semi-structured flip lessons were more effective instructional designs than the non-flip lessons. With a varying extent, both the structured and semi-structured flip lessons helped the students attain better learning outcomes, develop better attitudes toward their learning experiences, and devote more effort in the learning process. Given the positive results, this paper concludes with a call for more research into this promising pedagogy to contribute to its knowledge base across disciplines.
    Computer Assisted Language Learning 01/2015; 28(1).
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    ABSTRACT: Digital storytelling, which combines the art of storytelling with a variety of digital audio, video, and multimedia images, has been increasingly used as a language learning tool as research studies have shown it to be effective in enhancing the development of language skills as well as related language learning skills, such as autonomy, collaboration, and problem-solving skills. However, before successful language learning can take place, teachers’ concerns regarding technology adoption has to be explored, especially since there is very little research in this area in the Malaysian context. This study addresses this gap in knowledge by sharing the concerns of four English as Second Language (ESL) instructors in terms of their attitudes and acceptance of the use of technology in the form of digital storytelling in teaching ESL at a Malaysian public university. “Concern” in this study refers to the evoked feelings and perceptions towards an innovation and the change process. The data of the study are drawn from the Stages of Concern Questionnaire (SoCQ) and interviews of the instructors. The findings revealed that the teachers perceive the technology to be beneficial to their students to a certain extent; however, resistance to the technology was particularly strong in two of the instructors and this could lead to failure in technology integration.
    Computer Assisted Language Learning 12/2014; 27(4).
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning 11/2014; 27(6).
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    ABSTRACT: This study investigates a computer-assisted pronunciation training (CAPT) technique that combines oral reading with peer review to improve pronunciation of Taiwanese English major students. In addition to traditional in-class instruction, students were given a short passage every week along with a recording of the respective text, read by a native speaker. They practiced at home by listening to the recordings, reading out loud while listening, recording themselves, and comparing their recordings to the native speaker. When satisfied, they posted their own recording to an online discussion board. Every student listened to the recordings of three classmates, supplying feedback through the discussion board. Two control groups received only in-class instruction without the recording and posting assignments. Results show that the integration of the CAPT technique was superior in reducing students’ pronunciation problems compared to only in-class instruction. eprint link:
    Computer Assisted Language Learning 10/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Besides focusing on grammar, writing skills, and web-based language learning, researchers in CALL and second language acquisition have also argued for the importance of promoting higher-order thinking skills in ESL (English as Second Language) and EFL (English as Foreign Language) classrooms. There is solid evidence supporting the effectiveness of teaching analytical skills and critical thinking skills in a language classroom. This article argues that website analysis exercises and related design education might be a possible way to get students involved in constructive writing practices, and for promoting critical thinking. Research evidence supports website design process as a potentially valuable and energizing experience, and a rhetorical exercise in the technical communication classroom. Twenty-eight students participated in this in-class experiment as reported in this article. The six-week experiment involved analyzing websites with open-ended questions, indirectly based on established design guidelines of the web user experience model as developed by Garrett (2011). Accuracy scores suggest that readers did reasonably well with questions on audience analysis and product goals, and showed promise analyzing questions on navigation/information/interface design, with enough indication that with more feedback and structured assessment mechanism, analytical ability of these non-native readers will improve, resulting in superior English text production and improved analytical ability. However, variability in accuracy scores across weeks also indicate that more practice, feedback, and contextual exposure are required for performance improvement.
    Computer Assisted Language Learning 10/2014; 27(5).
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    ABSTRACT: This research proposed a situational learning system to help elementary school students practice and improve their English as a foreign language (EFL) writing skills. Students carried out assigned writing tasks using the support of mobile devices in situations deemed to be familiar to the students, such as on the school playground, within classroom facilities, and at lunch. The study recruited 59 sixth-grade students from two separate EFL classes. A class of 28 students was identified as the experimental group, and another class of 31 students was assigned as the control group. The students of the experimental group carried mobile devices to carry out EFL writing assignments within specific and familiar subject environments, stimulating real-life situations or contexts. The results of the experiment indicated a significant difference in learning achievement between the two groups. Students in the experimental group perceived the designed activities to be fun; thus, they were more inclined to maintain interest in situated learning scenarios. Furthermore, based on interviews with participating students from both groups, we found that the activities presented within familiar contexts, and supported by our proposed EFL writing system, inspired students to not only write more sentences, but to describe the target objects clearly and thoroughly.
    Computer Assisted Language Learning 10/2014; 27(5).
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    ABSTRACT: Pronunciation training based on speech production techniques illustrating tongue movements is gaining popularity. However, there is not sufficient evidence that learners can imitate some tongue animation. In this paper, we argue that although controlling tongue movement related to speech is not such an easy task, training with visual feedback improves its control. We investigated human awareness of controlling their tongue body gestures. In a first experiment, participants were asked to perform some tongue movements composed of two sets of gestures. This task was evaluated by observing ultrasound imaging of the tongue recorded during the experiment. No feedback was provided. In a second experiment, a short session of training was added where participants can observe ultrasound imaging in real time of their own tongue movements. The goal was to increase their awareness of their tongue gestures. A pretest and posttest were carried out without any feedback. The results suggest that without a priori knowledge, it is not easy to finely control tongue body gestures. The second experiment showed that we gained in performance after a short training session and this suggests that providing visual feedback, even a short one, improves tongue gesture awareness.
    Computer Assisted Language Learning 10/2014; 27(5).
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    ABSTRACT: This paper reports on a blended-learning project that aims to develop a web-based library of interpreting practice resources built on the course management system Blackboard for Hong Kong interpretation students to practise outside the classroom. It also evaluates the library's effectiveness for learning, based on a case study that uses it to assist in-class instruction of a first-year undergraduate interpretation course. Future improvements and modification of the library design and contents, and the implications of this case study for course design in blended learning and computer assisted interpreter training are also discussed.
    Computer Assisted Language Learning 10/2014; 27(5).
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    ABSTRACT: Animated agents are virtual characters who demonstrate facial expressions, gestures, movements, and speech to facilitate students’ engagement in the learning environment. Our research developed a courseware that supports a XML-based markup language and an authoring tool for teachers to script animated pedagogical agents in teaching materials. The design of the markup language refers to Mayer's segmenting principle that is efficient for assisting a teacher to edit teaching contents into a set of segments and further organize the segments in a given lesson in class. This paper details a case study of applying the proposed courseware for elementary students in English education, and further investigates how the instructional materials scripted using the courseware affect the learning achievement of students. Two groups of participants from an elementary school in Taiwan enrolled in this experiment. The experimental group used animated agent-based instructional materials in their English classroom, whereas the control group participated in a traditional curriculum. Post-test results revealed that the experimental group outperformed the control group. Our experiment demonstrated that the developed courseware provides an opportunity for scripting animated pedagogical agents as appropriate instructional tools in a computer-assisted language learning environment to foster elementary students’ English learning.
    Computer Assisted Language Learning 10/2014; 27(5).
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    ABSTRACT: This paper reports on the effect of a Moodle-supported strategy instruction on both reading comprehension and strategy use among EFL (English as a Foreign Language) students. Specific reading strategy training was first integrated into a Moodle system, which included reading exercises on problem identification, monitoring comprehension, inferencing, summarizing, transfer, resourcing, and questioning for clarification. The comparison between pre-test and post-test of the experimental group indicated that students had improved their reading comprehension performance after the experimental course was implemented. No significant difference in student reading comprehension performance was found in the control group. Moreover, the learning records were significantly correlated with the post-test of reading comprehension in the experimental group, indicating the positive effect on learning outcome. A questionnaire was also conducted to investigate the students’ perceived learning progress and strategy use. Before the instruction took place, there was no difference in strategy use observed between the experimental and control groups. After the instruction, students in the experimental group employed significantly more reading strategies than the students in the control group, especially in the categories of metacognitive and cognitive strategies. The results demonstrate that Moodle-supported strategy instruction can and will facilitate the EFL students’ overall reading comprehension and strategy use.
    Computer Assisted Language Learning 10/2014; 27(5).
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    ABSTRACT: This study applied storytelling in the English as a foreign language (EFL) classroom in order to promote speaking skills. Students were asked to practice speaking EFL through producing individual and interactive stories with a Web-based multimedia system. We aimed to investigate an effectiveness of applying individual and interactive storytelling on speaking skills and the potential effects of multimedia aids in storytelling to facilitate language learning. Furthermore, we explored the relationships between research variables of this study, such as speaking performance on individual and interactive storytelling, the number of animation representations, and the system actual usage, with learning achievement. Four main findings were found in this study. First, students who used the system for creating stories significantly outperformed students who did not use it on the post-test. This finding suggests that storytelling activity with support of the system was beneficial for improving speaking skills. Second, speaking performance and the number of animation representations significantly correlated with learning achievement. Students who performed well during learning activities usually studied diligently and scored higher on final test. Animations could help students remember vocabulary and practice speaking to describe their animated stories. Third, only the speaking performance on individual storytelling was found as the significant predictor of learning achievement. Students working individually on storytelling were independent; they were less distracted from others, and had more opportunity for practice. The last but not the least, most students expressed positive perceptions and attitude toward the system and learning activities. Based on these findings, we suggest that storytelling learning activities supported by the Web-based multimedia system and implementing them in EFL learning classroom can be beneficial for facilitating speaking skills. Students can remember new vocabulary better, practice speaking skills more frequently, become competent in speaking target language, and improve learning performance.
    Computer Assisted Language Learning 05/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: This article attempts to analyse to what extent a distance collaboration project between two groups of university students sharing the same lingua franca (English), but with different course educational objectives can benefit its participants. We build on the knowledge gleaned from previous studies of second language telecollaboration which point to the advantages of such projects with regard to linguistic skills development, enhanced intercultural awareness, motivation and improved teaching skills as well as to constraints such as classroom, socio-institutional and interaction issues. Our article examines to what degree the different aims set up for two groups of English language teacher trainees and the design and implementation of the project influenced the perceptions of each group (Spanish B1 level students focusing on language development and Polish C1 level students concentrating on developing their pedagogical skills with technology) collaborating together to complete tasks using their L2 as a lingua franca. The results indicate that telecollaboration projects for groups with different course objectives offer a number of advantages, but may not benefit all participants to the same extent.
    Computer Assisted Language Learning 04/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: This paper will describe pedagogical approaches for re-purposing an open educational resource (OER) designed and produced by the Deutsche Welle. This free online program, Deutsch Interaktiv, consists of authentic digital videos, slideshows and audio texts and gives a contemporary overview of the culture and language in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The program was designed for the public domain and primarily for self-study and focused on developing the students’ listening and reading skills. However, we will describe how in this study, the OER program was integrated into college credit courses for elementary German at the University of Pennsylvania to provide the themes and grammar topics for live online class sessions and out-of-class asynchronous assignments, which included the use of blogs for essays, Facebook for shorter written assignments and Wimba Voiceboards for oral practice. In addition, this article will show how Deutsch Interaktiv ultimately influenced educational practice in the online classroom and within the context of interactionist learning theories.
    Computer Assisted Language Learning 03/2014; 27(2).
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    ABSTRACT: Speaking practice is important for learners of a second language. Computer assisted language learning (CALL) systems can provide attractive opportunities for speaking practice when combined with automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology. In this paper, we present a CALL system that offers spoken practice of word order, an important aspect of Dutch grammar. The system uses ASR technology to process the learner’s responses and to detect errors so that immediate corrective feedback (CF) can be provided on learner errors. We evaluate the system as a learning environment by analyzing proficiency gains in pre- and post-tests, the logs of the practice sessions, and the learners’ appreciation of the system. In this paper, we present two learning conditions: (1) the learners received oral practice and immediate CF on spoken performance and (2) learners received oral practice and NO CF on spoken performance. We found that our system was successful in providing L2 speaking practice. Results show that both groups improve their proficiency on the target feature as a result of treatment. Between the groups there is no significant difference in learning, but the groups proceeded differently through the sessions, and the learners in the group that received automatic CF evaluated the system more positively than the NO CF group. We discuss the performance of the system as an environment for language learning and the obtained proficiency test results, and relate them to current views on second language acquisition. Keywords: second language acquisition; corrective feedback; automatic speech recognition (ASR); CALL
    Computer Assisted Language Learning 03/2014;