Should you study CALL? Maybe.

A recent issue of English Teaching Forum, features an article by George M. Chinnery that explores both the advantages and possible disadvantages of CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) for ELT, a topic that is still very popular among some young researchers.

Young scholars will want to take a look at this source, CALL Me … Maybe: A Framework for Integrating the Internet into ELT.

Other important sources are Stockwell’s, Computer-Assisted Language Learning: Diversity in Research and Practice available in the U.S. and in India, and, of course, Chapelle and Jamieson’s, Tips for Teaching with CALL: Practical Approaches to Computer-Assisted Language Learning in the U.S. and India.

If you use these sources in your research writing, be sure to cite them. To help you out, here are the APA citations for the two books above:

Chapelle, C. & J. Jamieson. (2008). Tips for Teaching with CALL: Practical Approaches to Computer-assisted Language Learning. Pearson-Longman.

Stockwell, G. (ed.) (2012). Computer-Assisted Language Learning: Diversity in Research and Practice. Cambridge.

APA is the correct style for use with education, linguistics, and English language teaching academic work. MLA is used for literature.

Chinnery’s article first calls attention to the way internet use reflects accepted ideas of second language acquisition:

“…Fairly stable access to the Internet offers exposure to English, along with the opportunity to manipulate the language and interact in it. As such, the use of the Internet as a medium adheres to widely accepted beliefs about how languages are acquired.”

But, then he addresses opposing ideas such as those found in a 2012 report by Macaro, Handley, Walter that claims

“a comprehensive analysis of the research on CALL in primary and secondary school English language education similarly concluded that ‘the evidence that technology has a direct beneficial impact on linguistic outcomes is slight and inconclusive'”

English Teaching Forum is freely available to teachers worldwide and claims to have the largest circulation of any English language teaching periodical. I encourage teachers to check it out.

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